BFI Young Programmers Festival

Curated by 36 young people aged 16 – 19, the BFI Young Film Programmer Season is finally upon us!

We gave these talented young programmers carte blanche to come up with whatever they wanted. The result is a season that includes some of the best in contemporary and cult classics, including The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner.

With each film fitting into a different strand including, Perfect Failures, Dreams of the Future, Living in Colour, The Overlooked, Videogames in Film and Identity and Self-Discovery. Which each exploring a set of themes, subjects and commonality through the films.

This team of young film experts have put together a varied and considered season of cinema. Their selections are a joy to behold on the big screen, and putting these films back where they belong gives people a chance to see them for the first time, or give some classics a much-needed rewatch.

The BFI Young Programmers Festival was planned and put together by 36 talented 16-19 year olds from this year’s BFI Film Academy Specialist Programming Course, which runs here at Showroom Cinema each year. On the month long course, 36 young people from all over the UK learned about film programming, marketing, distribution and audience development alongside industry professionals and filmmakers from across the world. Each strand, film, event and discussion has been curated by young programmers from across the UK.

We will also be screening a selection of our very own BFI Film Academy short films ahead of each screening.

This course is part of BFI Film Academy, a national talent programme supported by the Department for Education and the National Lottery. For more information about the BFI Film Academy Specialist Courses please click here.

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Phantom of the Paradise
Phantom of the Paradise 15
Written and directed by Brian de Palma as a loose retelling of The Phantom of the Opera, Phantom of the Paradise stars William Finley as Winslow Leach, a talented songwriter who writes his music for the woman he loves to perform.
  • Sun 13 Feb
  • 15.25
Jennifer's Body
Jennifer's Body 15
A newly possessed high school cheerleader turns into a succubus who specializes in killing her male classmates.
  • Sun 13 Feb
  • 17.30
RafikiTriple F-Rated
Rafiki 12A
When romance blossoms between two Kenyan girls, they must choose between their happiness and their safety. A vibrant, vital film buzzing with chemistry between its two leads.
  • Mon 14 Feb
  • 16.00
PariahTriple F-Rated
Pariah 15
17 year-old Alike quietly but surely embraces her identity as a lesbian. Growing up in Brooklyn, as a straight-A student and talented poet, she is comfortable with who she is, but faces the difficulty of encouraging her family’s acceptance.
  • Mon 14 Feb
  • 18.00
scott pilgrim
Scott Pilgrim vs The World 12A
Scott Pilgrim must defeat the seven evil exes of the girl of his dreams to win her over.
  • Tue 15 Feb
  • 15.30
Wreck-it Ralph
Wreck It Ralph PG
Tired of playing the role of a bad guy in his game, Ralph sets off on a journey across the arcade through multiple generations of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero.
  • Tue 15 Feb
  • 18.00
One Cut of the Dead
One Cut of the Dead 15
A film crew is shooting a zombie horror flick when a real zombie apocalypse erupts.
  • Wed 16 Feb
  • 15.15
Sorry to Bother You 15
A fresh, funny and outrageously audacious political comedy starring Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out), Tessa Thompson (Creed) and Jordan Peele.
  • Wed 16 Feb
  • 17.30
under the skin
Under The Skin 15
Visually and aurally audacious and as slippery in form as its central character, Jonathan Glazer’s elliptical sci-fi about an alien creature who stalks down human prey.
  • Fri 18 Feb
  • 15.20
The Shining
The Shining 15
Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece of modern horror is widely considered to be the most terrifying movie of all time.
  • Fri 18 Feb
  • 17.45
2001: A Space Odyssey U
Kubrick’s spectacular, transcendent epic has been the touchstone for all science fiction cinema since its original 1968 release
  • Sat 19 Feb
  • 14.40
Blade Runner
Blade Runner: Final Cut 15
Harrison Ford’s Deckard is a retired Blade Runner - a cop who specialises in terminating replicants. He is forced to resume his old job when four rogue replicants escape from an off-world colony and make it to Earth.
  • Sat 19 Feb
  • 17.30


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