Young Programmers are a group of 15 to 19 year olds with a real passion for film! Meeting weekly, together they curate films for Filmhouse and for the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and co design the programme, the promotion and the delivery of their screening events.
Alongside the Belmont Young Programmers, the group has been working hard on watching short films submitted to EIFF, and working towards curating a 90 minute programme of the best entries! The films will be screened at a special event at EIFF in June. This is a really exciting opportunity to work as part of the EIFF team to present exciting new cinema for other young people!
Previous Young Programmers have written copy for Festival publications, hosted Q&As with visiting filmmakers and worked as part of a team to present exciting new cinema for other young people. All participants have an opportunity to meet filmmakers and industry professionals using their EIFF student pass, which gives access to industry events, press and industry screenings and lots of other great events and benefits. In return, we ask that participants to show commitment and enthusiasm and provide us with a review of their experiences at EIFF. Check out our EIFF Youth 2019 highlights reel at https://www.filmhousecinema.com/learning/young-programmers.
Remember to look out for our Young Programmer Picks in our brochure, where they share with you the films that are on their must-see list.
If you would like to become a Young Programmer with us, please register your interest by filling in an application form. The deadline to apply is Friday 27 September, so please let us know if you would like to be considered for the 2019/20 team!
Please see https://www.filmhousecinema.com/learning/young-programmers to
download FILMHOUSE YOUNG PROGRAMMERS APPLICATION form.
This year Young Programmers will be involved in choosing exciting, must-see films for Filmhouse and Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Who are we?
Young Programmers are a group of 15-19 year olds who help select films for Filmhouse and the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF). It’s a free programme and no prior experience is required - just a love of cinema and a desire to share this enthusiasm with others.
What do we do?
We meet every Monday from 4.30pm to 6pm to watch films, discuss them and decide whether to show them on the big screen. It’s a fun, casual environment, where you can meet new people – we even provide free snacks!
What kinds of films will I see?
We watch all sorts – from comedies and action films to documentaries and experimental shorts. Young Programmers are exposed to the widest range of cinema and get to see loads of films way before they are released.
What do we do at Filmhouse?
We are involved in an exciting project called Moving Cinema, where we select the best European films and show them to a young audience at a special event in 2020. We are involved in every stage of this project,
including the marketing, promotion and hosting of the event.
What do we do at Edinburgh International Film Festival?
EIFF began in 1947 and is the longest continually running film festival in the world. For twelve days every June, it provides audiences with a chance to see the very best in new international features, documentaries, shorts and animations. Young Programmers are involved in many aspects of the festival. We badge up to 20% of the feature films as essential viewing for young people, as well as curate our very own short film event, aimed at a young audience. We also host workshops at EIFF Youth, introduce screenings and lead Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers.
EIFF Young Programmers is funded through the PLACE Programme, a partnership between the Scottish Government through Creative Scotland, the City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Festivals.