BFI Film Academy Young Programmers

Young Programmers help us shape and promote the BFI Film Academy events programme.

BFI Film Academy Young Programmers

Ten young people from all over the UK preview film submissions for BFI Future Film Festival, programme and host events online and in venue, create marketing and editorial content, and really become the face of BFI Film Academy events.

Being a Young Programmer is an educational opportunity focused on developing new or existing skills. BFI Film Academy events are all about career development, and it’s no different for our Young Programmers.

After a very successful two years of running this programme, we are so excited to introduce our 10 new BFI Film Academy Young Programmers 2023/24!

  • Rosie Bailey
  • Lucas Melian Batista
  • Christina DeConcini
  • Bethan Celeste Davies
  • Lucy Fenwick Elliott
  • Matthew Igoe
  • Cici Peng
  • Callista Saputra
  • Alex Slater
  • Francesca Tomlinson
This opportunity has been one of the most surreal experiences of my life. Feeling as involved and integrated into the industry through the BFI Film Academy and the BFI Future Film Festival was something I thought would never be possible, and I have loved every second of it. This has definitely been a career building opportunity that I will never forget, and wouldn’t trade it for anything else!Shadman Kabir, Young Programmer 2021/2022
I've loved every second of my time as a BFI Film Academy Young Programmer and I'm so grateful to the Film Academy.Bethany Privitera, Young Programmer 2021/2022
From previewing film submissions and writing copy, to hosting SCENE interviews and curating in-venue events, I have developed such a broad range of skills which has laid the perfect foundation for my career going forward.Nick Willis, Young Programmer 2021/2022