BFI Film Academy: 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 what should your next steps be? Do you need to get a qualification in film programming? Do you want to programme for film festivals, or for cinema programmes? Do you need to do voluntary work at festivals to get your foot in the door?

Watch the video to see film programmers from major British film festivals giving their tips, and research the resources to find out what you need to do to enter a career in programming films.

The BFI Audience Academy offers 16-19 year-olds the chance to understand all aspects of film programming, marketing, exhibition and distribution, giving you the opportunity to put your learning into practice. Applications are closed – we hope to re-open applications in 2019.

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