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Working with Young Programmers


Groups of Young Programmers have sprung up in venues across the UK and can be a great way of encouraging young people to engage with non-mainstream cinema.

This comprehensive training day will look at how to get started, from identifying young people and selecting suitable films, to maintaining a group and ensuring opportunities beyond the project. We will also examine how working with Young Programmers can develop a younger audience for venues year round.

This training event will be held in Dundee during the Discovery Film Festival, a leading event for young people which is partly programmed by the Discovery Young Ambassadors.

Led by Nicola Kettlewood, Head of Education & Learning for the Centre for the Moving Image (incorporating Edinburgh International Film Festival & Filmhouse Cinema), the event will include speakers from venues and festivals across the UK. The full programme will be announced soon.

There will be opportunities to hear about:
- Case studies from organisers and young participants of YP groups.
- Advice on how to set up your own young programmers groups, including maintaining groups and progression for young people.
- Practical advice on ages groups, location, diversity and activities.
- Explore the impact of Young Programmers groups on venue income.

Case studies from organisations including:
- Chapter Arts, Cardiff
- Dundee Contemporary Arts
- East End Film Festival, London 
- Watershed, Bristol
- Edinburgh International Film Festival

Training sessions will take place from 10.00-17.00, with registration from 9.30. The day will close with a screening of Alena (from 17.00-18.30), introduced by the Discovery Young Ambassadors. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

This training is designed for participants working in film exhibition who have either recently set up a Young Programmers group or are planning to do so. It is important to consider whether your organisation has the capacity to set up and manage a Young Programmers group on a long-term basis.

Advance booking is essential and tickets cost £15. To book your place please visit Eventbrite.

Please contact your local Film Hub to enquire about bursary support.

This event is supported by BFI FAN’s Young Programmers’ Network and Discovery Film Festival.



About Nicola Kettlewood

Currently Head of Education & Learning at Centre for the Moving Image, Nicola has 20 years experience in film exhibition, distribution and festivals, including roles in marketing, PR, programming, festival management and now film education. She began her career at Glasgow Film Theatre, worked at BFI Distribution and then as cinema programmer at Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling. As Deputy Artistic Director of EIFF she was responsible for programming, guest, press and screenings departments (from 1999-2006).

In her current role Nicola is responsible for supporting and encouraging new and young audiences to engage with cinema and to develop their skills for the industry. She has established EIFF Young Programmers and EIFF Youth Hub, which is a free programme of workshops, masterclasses and careers advice for 15-25 year olds. She also established Understanding Cinema (an adaptation of Cinémathèque Française's Cinema cent ans de jeunesse) which will operate in six Scottish schools in 2016/17.

Travel and Accommodation

How to get there

Dundee train station is a 10-minute walk from Dundee Contemporary Arts. The station is on the UK east coast line with direct links to London. The UK capital is six hours away by train and regular daily services go direct to many parts of the country. Check thetrainline.com for the best advanced rates.

Dundee Airport offers flights to London Stansted, usually twice a day. There is more flexibility if you fly to Edinburgh Airport and take the train to Dundee.

Dundee is closely linked to the motorway network via the A90 Kingsway bypass and the A92 east of the city. For wider travel information to and within Dundee please visit www.dundeetravelinfo.com.

Suggested nearby hotels

Best Western Queens Hotel
Rooms from £51.75
Distance to DCA: 243 ft

Malmaison Dundee
Rooms from £65
Distance to DCA: 0.3 miles

Holiday Inn Express Dundee
Rooms from £64
Distance to DCA: 0.5 miles

Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa
Rooms from £72
Distance to DCA: 0.7 miles

Attending film screenings

If you are arriving on Thursday 3 November, or plan to stay on after the training, please check Dundee Contemporary Arts’ film schedule which includes both Discovery Film Festival screenings and regular cinema screenings. NB regular film screenings will be updated in October.

4 November 2016



  • Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA)
  • 152 Nethergate
  • Dundee
  • DD1 4DY
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