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.

The Barbican Young Programmers are a group of film-buffs aged 16 to 25 who meet over four times a month to learn how to share their love and knowledge of film with real audiences. 

As a Barbican Young Programmer you will be given the skills to put on a film festival at the Barbican.

Lead mentor Suzy Gillett 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.
She will be joined by Barbican curators and guest tutors from across the film industry. You will be encouraged to watch as many films movies as possible, working as a group to programme and market a film festival. You will then run the event over a weekend at the Barbican, contributing to event planning, marketing and the overall delivery of the festival. 

The deadline for applications has now passed.

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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

Be a part of it

In 2018 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.

Submit you short

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