Youth Lab

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After a hugely successful 2019, The CFF Young People’s Jury is moving online and expanding to become ‘CFF Youth Lab’.

The Youth Lab is a fantastic film education opportunity for young people in Cambridge and around the country to increase film criticism skills and to develop an understanding of how the film and film exhibition industries work.

The 2020/21 Youth Lab activities will be conducted online via Zoom while Covid restrictions remain in place, before moving to in person meetings once it is safe to do so.

The main focus of CFF Youth Lab is to encourage and foster young people’s understanding of film and film evaluation skills, at the same time as supporting valuable teamwork and communication skills.

During its first year the project grew in scope as young jury members had the opportunity to attend the “A Film I Love…” screenings and to workshop with guest presenters and film industry professionals.

Young people have always been a major part of the Cambridge Film Festival and the Youth Lab offers unrivaled access to industry professionals and places participants at the heart of the CFF awards process. 

The Youth Lab has many exciting plans for its first online season including:

  • Guided discussions on “A Film I Love…” films.
  • Video introductions from special guests, including Mark Kermode and Anna Smith.
  • Workshops with specially invited guests dealing with specific aspects of the film industry including: Andrew Collins from the Radio Times; Simran Hans from The Guardian; Helen O’Hara from Empire Magazine and silent film expert Pamela Hutchinson. 

Participants will be aged between 16-24 and need no prior skills, just an interest in discovering and exploring a diverse range of films.

Although spaces are limited some remain and we encourage all those interested to get in touch.

Please contact for more information and to get involved.


Learn more about Youth Lab Presents: County Lines


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