Participants will work with the Nerve Centre and Cinemagic Festival teams in partnership with film exhibition partners including Foyle Film Festival and Queen’s Film Theatre Belfast to develop young people’s skills in programming films and celebrating cultural and specialised cinema.
The new group of young programmers will spend three days participating in workshops and discussions on the business of film festival programming as well as watching and reviewing films from around the world with a view to selecting a series of films over the next six months, which will be screened in Queen’s Film Theatre and the Nerve Centre. Further programming meets will take place over the summer months ahead of festival season in the autumn.
Eavan King, Ones to Watch Coordinator said: 'We’re delighted that Film Hub NI has recognised the great work of our Ones to Watch Young Programmers in the last year and supported us in our new partnership with Cinemagic and Queen's Film Theatre, as well as strengthening our bond with the Foyle Film Festival who has been so supportive of the young programmers since the get go. We’re looking forward to seeing the creativity and passion that a new generation of programmers will bring to our screens.'
The programmers academy delivered by the Network will educate participants in accessing film content, negotiating titles, working within budgets, print transport, programming themes and strands and how programming links with marketing, sales, promotion and audience development.
Previous Ones to Watch participants Sophia, Tomala and Molly travelled to Birmingham last year to learn about programming in a Young Audience Screening Day.
Chris Shaw, Cinemagic Festival Programmer said: 'This is a fantastic opportunity with support from Film Hub NI, to work alongside like-minded people to learn about film programming and selecting films that will be screened in Queen’s Film Theatre and the Nerve Centre. We are looking forward to working with a group of enthusiastic, creative young people and the aim is to nurture young talent and engage with partners to build a network of young programmers, developing skills and awareness in this area.'
Hugh Odling-Smee, Project Manager of Film Hub NI commented: 'Young audiences are at the heart of the BFI’s Film Audience Network plans for the next four years, and what better way to engage with young audiences than empower them to screen films themselves. We are delighted that our members, Cinemagic, QFT and Foyle Film Festival and Nerve Centre are combining to offer young people their considerable expertise in programming and exhibition. We look forward to working with all three organisations to develop this programme further in the coming years.'
The Young Programmers will meet on February 19 and 20 in the Nerve Centre from 10.30am-3.30pm. Participants must be available to travel to Belfast for Wednesday February 20 to partner with Cinemagic and QFT for a joint day of activity. To register, download and fill in the below form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, February 15.