CFF Education

CFF Education is an umbrella programme comprised of all of the Cambridge Film Festival's various education initiatives. Below is more information about each initiative and how you can get involved. 

First Steps

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A programme of volunteering, mentoring, and internship opportunities starting in the months preceding the Festival aimed at young people (particularly targeting those from disadvantaged and minoritised backgrounds via outreach) looking for practical skills in the sector that support a route to employment in the film industry.

CFF Youth Lab

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Launched in 2019 (as CFF Young People's Jury), we are incredibly proud of the Youth Lab's work as it goes from strength to strength, expanding to include a larger group of participants taking in a broader range of activities and roles within CFF. 

Industry Day @CFF

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Cambridge Film Festival has long provided great networking opportunities for filmmakers, students, and film professionals. Since 2022, we have presented CFF Industry Day, building on our previous work and formalising the Festival's networking and education aims. A day of workshops, panels, and discussions brings together partners from across the sector to benefit the filmmaking and exhibition industries. CFF Industry Day provides an opportunity for filmmakers and professionals to create new relationships and learn new skills.

CFF Reel Voices

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Introducing an important new mentoring scheme for emerging film journalists and critics.

CFF Reel Voices is dedicated to helping young people develop film journalism skills through tailored mentoring from industry professionals, workshops, and one-to-one support. Alongside learning about film criticism and improving a range of related skills, CFF Reel Voices provides early access to Festival content and screenings during the Festival itself. Each year, the participants produce film reviews that will be published on CFF’s website and social media.

The CFF education programme is in partnership with

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