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Young creatives

Young Programmers

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

Learn how to transform your passion for film into practice by curating, marketing and delivering your own Chronic Youth film festival at the Barbican Cinema.

The Barbican Young Programmers are a group of around 20 people, aged between 16 to 25 who meet four to five times a month from September 2019 to March 2020.

As a Barbican Young Programmer you will be equipped with the skills to put on a film festival, 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 years as a curator, producer and educator. She is an expert in nurturing and empowering emerging film talent.
She will be joined by Barbican curators and guests from across the film industry. 

Applications have now closed. 

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‘[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

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Be a part of it

In 2019 the Barbican Young Programmers will be curating the annual Chronic Youth Film Festival, a festival programmed, run and presented by and for young people.

They are currently calling for original shorts submissions which will be shown at the shorts lounge as part of the festival.

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.

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