The Courtyard Hereford have launched a brand-new Young Film Programmers Cinema Project funded by BFI Film Audience Network and Film Hub Midlands.
The region’s premier cultural venue is thrilled to announce its latest cinema project, “Young Film Programmers,” a groundbreaking initiative aimed at promoting diverse narratives and increasing access to independent film for underrepresented groups. This project has been made possible with support from Film Hub Midlands through funds from the National Lottery, underscoring The Courtyard’s commitment to fostering a more inclusive and vibrant cultural landscape.
The Courtyard has long been dedicated to diverse programming, championing women in film, offering accessible screenings, and showcasing LGBTQ+ stories. The “Young Film Programmers” project will further this mission by involving young programmers in curating a rich and diverse film program that reflects the community’s needs and interests.
The successful young film programmers are, Georgia Grace, Emily Mason and Lewis Powell – a dynamic group of individuals committed to creating a more inclusive cinema experience. The paid positions allow them to gain valuable experience in film programming, marketing, and audience development. These young talents will learn the ropes and have access to workshops, screenings, and one-on-one mentorship.
The Young Programmers will curate two films per month, primarily targeting under-25 audiences and families. The Courtyard plans to engage younger audiences through innovative marketing strategies, as well as hosting special events to enhance the cinema-going experience. The project launches with a screening of 90’s favourite, Clueless (12), followed by a 90’s film quiz on Friday 22 September 5.30pm.
The Courtyard Hereford’s “Young Film Programmers” project aims to cultivate a deeper appreciation for independent film among young audiences. By involving young people in every aspect of programming and audience development, the project seeks to create an authentic and engaging cinema experience that resonates with the community.
Young Film Programmers Project Manager, Ethan Hargreaves, said: “I’m beyond excited to get started on this project. To not only have fantastic input and research from these young programmers, but also to develop their skills and help them to forge a career in film and cinema. We already have a fun event planned to launch the project, as well as some classic scary movies for Halloween!”
The Courtyard already have free membership schemes for young people under 30, which allows them to access £3 cinema tickets, as well as discounts on live events and at the Café Bar. Those aged 14-30 can sign up to Courtyard Card and under 13’s can join Courtyard Club, more information can be found online at www.courtyard.org.uk/memberships.