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Introducing the Cambridge Film Festival YOUTH LAB.

The new home for all our activities aimed at engaging with and encouraging film culture among young people (aged 16-30).


A pan-European young persons jury. (Ages 18-25)

12 young people (with representation from a minimum of 6 EU countries) working together with a mentor to learn about film criticism & European cinema. This project will culminate in the awarding a "Best European Film" jury award.


Children’s Film Award. (Ages 0-16)

An introduction to film criticism for even younger audiences, the Children's Film Award is a specialist audience award, giving children attending the Family Film Festival the opportunity to vote for their favourite film. A bespoke short film is screened before each Family Film Festival event to introduce film criticism & highlight key aspects to consider when voting.


Take One Festival magazine & Website. (Ages 16-30)

Working with key Festival partner Take One, each year we recruit a team of film & journalism students to write for the Festival magazine. Reviewing, interviewing, recording/transcribing Q&As, taking photographs & helping with marketing. A number of them are invited each year to attend the Cannes Film Festival or other smaller European Film Festivals & provide coverage for Take One. Since 2016 they have also produced a daily publication to supplement Take One magazine which can count towards their coursework.


Programming Team. (Ages 16-20)

This year (2018) sees the introduction of a film literacy initiative centred on programming. This 3-year initiative focuses on learning & mentoring allowing the students to program a European short film strand within the Cambridge Film Festival. Applications for places on this exclusive programme are expected to open in late May. 


Networking events & masterclasses. (Ages 16-25)

A series of events which see Festival Filmmakers and industry guests host discussions & classes with both Film & Media students and other young people.


Internships. (Ages 18 +)

In addition to the initiatives above we also recruit a small team of 6-10 interns to assist with every aspect of the Film Festival, from Marketing and Design opportunities to Events Management and Film Shipment support, these internships offer real, hands on, experience delivering a modern film festival.  


Festival Volunteering. (Ages 16+)

Alongside a small group of interns the much larger team of Festival volunteers is essential to delivering every edition of the Festival. Volunteer duties include ushering at screenings, assisting with marketing activities, assisting the hospitality team, as well as runner tasks including general office and front-of-house duties to keep the Festival running smoothly.


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