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Young Film Programmers

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Transform your passion for film into practice by curating, marketing and delivering the Chronic Youth film festival at the Barbican.

Young Film Programmers is for those who are passionate about film and eager to dive into the world of film programming.

Learn the skills required to create your own cinema event – Chronic  Youth – and spend quality time with a group of people who are as enthusiastic about film as you are. 

Receive guidance from esteemed course leader, Isra Al Kassi, an experienced programmer and co-founder of T A P E Collective, plus colleagues from our Cinema team and film industry guests who will share insights into programming, marketing, running events and festivals, film distribution and other aspects of film programming.

Watch films from around the world, widening and honing your tastes, with the chance to also attend other film festival events.

Applications for the 24/25 programme open this summer.

£5 Young Barbican tickets

Aged 14-25? Sign up for free and unlock £5 exhibition tickets for you and a mate
‘‘Fantastic. Such care and passion was shown and I’ve left the programme inspired to continue working as a curator and programmer.‘
Past Participant

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Young Film Programmers

Hear directly Young Film Programmers about their experience as a young creative.


  • This is a hybrid programme.
  • We strongly encourage and will support you to attend in-person as much as you can. Participation online is there when needed e.g., for mental and/or physical health conditions, disabilities, or if feeling unwell/testing positive for Covid.
  • We’ll also consider applications from people living outside of London who may need to participate solely or partly online if they’re too far away for regular travel.
  • We aim to support travel costs (usually via public transport) within the M25 circular boundary or a limited number of journeys via National Rail/coach if coming from outside of London.
  • Your ability to participate in the programme, whether in-person or online, does not affect your application. 
  • The programme takes place in step-free spaces with accessible toilets either on the same floor or one floor above/below, reached via step-free routes. There are lifts servicing all floors of the Centre where sessions take place.
  • We do not have fragrance-free areas, though do encourage people to be mindful of how strong fragrances may adversely impact others. 
  • Regular sessions are generally relaxed in nature, meaning stimming and tics are welcome, and people can leave the space if they need to. There are usually quieter spaces nearby available to use.

This programme is not currently BSL interpreted.

‘‘[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'‘
Past participant

Film at the Barbican

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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.