How do I become a film programmer?

Film programmers from major British film festivals give their tips.

So you want to be a film programmer, but do you want to programme for festivals or for cinema programmes? Do you need to do voluntary work to get your foot in the door?

Watch the video to see film programmers from major British film festivals giving their tips on entering a career in programming films.

If you’re interested in training courses (and are aged 16 to 19) then the BFI Film Academy Specialist residential programme focuses on different specialisms – including film programming and audience development – with leading industry professionals delivering masterclasses and practical skills training. Participants also receive bespoke careers advice.

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