Young Film Programmers

A Young Film Programmer’s Group is a team of 16-30-year olds who meet to programme, publicise and deliver film screenings in areas where cinema provision for young and diverse audiences remains inconsistent and/or below average.

Film Hub South East have awarded Reel Connections the sub-region partner contract for the British Film Institute’s Young Film Programmers Network. Our work involves developing and supporting YFP groups in independent venues across our sub-region*.

The Young Film Programmer’s strategy is an important initiative that connects to many of our shared organisational objectives. This includes increasing young people’s awareness and enjoyment of specialised film whilst providing more opportunities for people to engage with independent film and cinemas.

*Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Suffolk

Become a member

YFP Network membership is free and easy to join! Benefits include:

• Comprehensive resource pack to help kick-start your YFP group
• One-to-one support session to help you plan your approach and recruitment (via phone call or in-venue)
• Introductory training session for up to three members of your team
• Optional in-house training session for nurturing a whole-staff team approach to take place within your venue
• Face-to-face networking session and follow-up training for facilitators and young film programmers
• Online networking via closed Facebook group
• Sharing best practice with other YFP groups in the network
• Year-round support and advice
• Email updates and opportunities via our newsletter

If you are interested in finding out more about starting a Young Film Programmer’s Group, or if you already run a YFP group in the region, please get in touch. Contact us to arrange a telephone call or an in-person meeting to discuss in more detail.


Get involved with our online programme

To keep us all connected with each other during this tricky time, Reel Connections have been partnering with Film Hub South East to host Intermissions, a range of activities, industry-related resources and opportunities for Young Film Programmers (YFP’s) and their audiences. Click on the links below to catch-up with what’s been happening.

If you are already a YFP, or a young person interested in getting involved, then our closed Facebook group is a great place to share good practice, swap ideas, troubleshoot and promote your activities more widely. So, if you are not already a member, please do join up.

If you are a facilitator or member of a programming team, and would like further information about the Young Film Programmers project you can contact us.

YFP Recommends

Young Film Programmers from across our region recommend films they think we should all watch! Read what other Young Film Programmers from across the country think you might like to watch from comedy and classics to Science fiction and thrillers.

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Weekly round up

There is a whole host of FREE treats to choose from via online players, with new and classic films to watch on free-to-view channels each week check out our recommendations online on All4, BBC iPlayer and more.

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Online Screenings

During lockdown, our Young Film Programmers across the South East region have been suggesting great films to communally watch, followed by a chance to discuss the film afterwards.

Click here to find out more.

Industry sessions

These sessions are designed to give our Young Film Programmers and others the opportunity to talk directly to people working in the film exhibition sector and related professions, find out more about what their work involves and their career paths so far.

Intermissions is a range of Young Film Programmers-focused activities, programmed by Film Hub South East and Reel Connections.

Keep informed

Upcoming Industry Sessions will be announced here and on our Facebook and Twitter pages as soon as they are confirmed.

learn more about upcoming Intermissions events please email to join the mailing list.

Previous sessions

Click on the items below to access more information and to watch the previous sessions.

Q&A with Filmmaker John Maclean

Q&A with Filmmaker John Maclean

Intermissions Industry Session 21 May 2020, 4.30pm Heather McIntosh and Isabel Moir(Film Programmers, Independent Cinema Office) We’re delighted to welcome BAFTA-winning filmmaker John Maclean for this Intermissions Industry Session. These sessions are designed to...

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Film Distribution with Bryony Forde

Film Distribution with Bryony Forde

Intermissions Industry SessionThursday 11 June, 4.30pmBryony FordeWe’re delighted to welcome Bryony Forde, Theatrical Sales Director at Altitude Film Entertainment, for this Intermissions Industry Session. These sessions are designed to give our Young Film Programmers...

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Music On My Mind


“We all have songs that are so wrapped around our lives that they stop being just songs and become something else. Something more integral to us, like extra DNA…” Miranda Sawyer, Journalist and Broadcaster

‘It was a secret network. It was how you made friends, how you met girls, and how you soundtracked your world’. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop – Bob Stanley, author and musician


If you’re anything like us, you’ll still remember the first record you ever bought. Music has probably been the soundtrack to all the major events in your life ever since. It also connects us to other people; a social experience in which nearly everyone shares, prompting passionate (though hopefully good-natured!) disagreements, and lasting friendships.

We have been working with Norfolk Library & Information Service and the 12th Man Campaign to develop a new programme of record listening clubs and events in and around Norwich and the wider area, and we are looking for people interested in getting involved.

The project is supported by the National Lottery Community Fund and we had been getting ready to host our first meetings in 2020, but obviously had to change our plans. We’re now hoping it won’t be too long before we can start meeting up in person, but in the meantime, we’ll be posting the first events and information online. Our first podcasts will be available in the next few weeks and there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved in the project and to tell us about your favourite artists and how they have soundtracked your own world..

If you’d like to get in touch and find out more about the project, just contact us here