Some exciting news – West Side Cinema has been awarded funding through the National Lottery’s Awards for All scheme to provide training for young people in cinema programming and presentation. 

The 5 session programme is FREE to attend and open to any young person aged 15 -24 that is resident in Orkney. Training will include film and event programming, technical presentation, marketing and events management. It will also deliver a wide range of creative transferrable skills. As a grand finale to the course, participants will receive funding to create their very own specially designed public film event. 

The training programme will run through the Autumn and be delivered through practical sessions at West Side Cinema in Stromness and the Phoenix Cinema in Kirkwall. The 5 sessions will be about 3 hours on a Saturday. Travel costs to attend the sessions will be covered, including to any of the outer isles. Participants will also get free access to all film events at this year’s Film Focus Festival which is due to return in November. 

We’re very grateful to receive this National Lottery award. Cinema is growing across the UK and here in Orkney too. We want to encourage more young people to get involved, to bring fresh ideas for film programming and events, and perhaps create a more sustainable future for their local community cinemas. We also want young folk to get involved in the Film Focus Festival, so a free pass is such a great opportunity to enable that.

People interested need to complete a short statement about why they would like to take part and what they would like to gain from the project.

Download the application form: Young Film Programmers_call_Final

Applications are to be returned by 17.00, 20th September 2018.

For more information please contact Mark Jenkins HERE