Young FAN (Young Programmers Network UK)

Image: Young programmers at CELLB, Blaenau Ffestiniog
Image: Young programmers at CELLB, Blaenau Ffestiniog


The FAN Young Programmers Network (YPN) is an exciting new project designed to support the next generation of young film curators and film enthusiasts across the UK. 
 

During it's pilot year, between May 2016 and March 2017, the network explored actvity undertaken to date, looking at gaps and opportunities and uncovered 38 active groups across the country. You can find the YPN survey results within our Film Hub Wales Youth Festivals Report, which were commissioned alongside our Wales report.  


The YPN has aims to map, link and network young programmers across the UK, providing diverse opportunities for new talent in the industry along with access to quality British independent and international film for young audiences. Young people can learn skills such as programming, project management and event delivery, as well as attending UK-wide events such as ICO Screening Days and learning how to video blog at Flatpack Film Festival, Birmingham. See some of the recent attendees of My Flatpack and their video blogs here
 

There are five venues in Wales offering young programmer initiatives:
 

Rhyl Little Theatre

In partnership with Wicked International Youth Film Festival, Rhyl Little Theatre offers workshops for young people to develop specialised film programmes, alongside other training opportunities and visits to other cinemas.
 

CELLB, Blaenau Ffestiniog

CELLB work with young people from the local area to develop youth-led cinema events. Participants are taught progamming skills, leading to a final day screening of films such as "Young Offenders".


Galeri, Caernarfon

Galeri's Young Programmers scheme was introduced as part of their SBARC initiaive, also getting young people involved in the development of the venue's second cinema screen. The sessions include training on budgeting, timelines, marketing and programming.


Chapter, Cardiff

Chapter worked with local schools in Ely and Splott to deliver eight consecutive weekly sessions, with a final all day event. Over the weeks, students learned how to conceive an event, design a budget and deliver an immersive cinema experience to the public.


Torch Milford Haven
 

The Torch are creating a network of young programmers who will learn how to programme, market and design film at The Torch, with the aim of setting up a young film club. 

 

The Young Programmers Network also opens up opportunities for other experienced young people, such as graduates of the Zoom Youth Film Council and BFI Film Academies, via organisations such as Valleys Kids

 

If you work with young people in Wales who curate, review or exhibit films and would like more information on Young FAN, or to register for the Young FAN newsletter, please contact dan@danthomas.org.uk