Barbican Young Programmers

Ages 16-25
Free programme

Applications are now open. Access the application form here.

What is this?

The Barbican Young Programmers are a group of film-buffs aged 16 to 25 who want to share their love of the silver screen. Whether you are gaga for Godard or a freak for Fellini the Barbican Young Programmers will help you put your passion into practice by training you to curate, market and deliver a film festival at the Barbican.

What will you be doing?

Over fortnightly meetings between September and April you will be mentored by programming specialists, Barbican curators and guest tutors from across the film industry. You will be encouraged to watch as many movies as possible, pitching your favourites to the group and curating the choices into a film festival and series of events. You will then run the event over a weekend at the Barbican, contributing to event planning, marketing and the overall delivery of the festival.

Past participants say:

‘The Barbican has opened my eyes to the ridiculously varied ways in which it is possible to get involved in the film industry and has highlighted career paths I never knew existed. For me working in film was a secret and unachievable dream, but thanks to you all this is no longer the case. Applying for the programme was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! I’ve learnt, grown and gained so much confidence thanks to being a Young Programmer!’

The programme will:

  • Provide training from industry specialists
  • Grow your knowledge of film and the film industry
  • Give you practical marketing, event planning and delivery and live hosting experience

At the end of the programme you will have:

  • Programmed and delivered a film festival from curation and event planning to hosting Q&As
  • Joined a network of professionals working in film, as well as establishing your own contacts within your peer group of film fans

You will be working with:

Lead mentor Suzy Gillett who has worked in film for over twenty years as a film curator, film producer and film educator. She is an expert in nurturing and empowering emerging international film talent. Her major curated festivals include: Film Africa 2013, Marrakech Biennale Film 2012, Women’s Cinema from Tangiers to Tehran 2008 Mosaïques Festival 2004-08. Film labs include: The Low Budget Film Forum 2009-14; Making Waves, Serial Eyes, Film Garage and Adapting for Cinema 2012-16.

How do you apply?

Applications are now open. Access the application form here.

Applications will close 1 September 2017

Applications will open on 11 May 2017. Check back for a link to the application form.
You must be a Young Barbican member to participate. Sign up here for free and get discounted tickets to amazing art and entertainment.

If you would like to discuss any special access requirements you have for both the application process or the programme itself please call the Creative Learning department on 020 7382 2333 or email

Bursary Information

If there is a financial reason that would prevent you from participating in this programme we have a bursary fund available that can assist in covering the cost of travel, childcare or any other costs that would prevent your application or participation.

Call 020 7382 2333 or email for the bursary info pack and application form.

Media downloads:

  Chronic Youth 2016