98% of recent visitors felt safe while at the Barbican. Here’s what you need to know ahead of your visit. Find out more

Young creatives

Young Film Programmers

Deadline information
A panel of people sitting on stage with a large projection behind

Share your love for film and turn your passion into practice by curating, marketing and delivering your own film events.

The Young Film Programmers are a group of around 12 people, aged between 16 to 25. The group will meet online, via Zoom, four times a month from October 2020 to March 2021.

As a Young Film Programmer you will be equipped with the skills to put on film events, find out exactly what it takes to create your own cinema event and spend quality time with a group of people who are as enthusiastic about film as you are.

Course Leader Suzy Gillett has worked in independent film for over twenty-five years as a curator, producer and educator. She is an expert in nurturing and empowering emerging film talent. Each month she will be joined by Barbican Curators or film industry guests.

During the six month course, you are required to watch many films from around the world, widening and honing your tastes and acquiring programming skills, moving on to collectively programme, market and deliver Chronic Youth film events either online or at the Barbican Cinema. You will be given a subscription to festivalscope and occasional free tickets to watch films on the Barbican Cinema on Demand platform.

Applications for 2020/21 have now closed.

You must be a Young Barbican member to participate. Sign up for Young Barbican for free and access discounted tickets to amazing art and entertainment.

More info

‘‘[it] 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'‘
Young programmer, 2016

Chronic Youth Film Festival

A group of people sitting cross-legged on ground looking in the distance

Be a part of it

The Chronic Youth Film festival will take place in the Barbican cinemas and on demand from 3-13 October 2020.  

Chronic Youth is a festival programmed, run and presented by and for young people.

Check back on this page for further details and how to book.

Film at the Barbican

a fantastic photo of boy blue entertainment the barbican centre's artistic associates

Watch: Short Films

Commissioned or curated by us, you’ll experience a taste of the Barbican through architecture, performance and drama in our short films, filmed in and around the Barbican.

Join Young Barbican

Be there when it happens with discounted access to unmissable art and entertainment as well as events and creative opportunities for 14-25 year olds