Runtime: 1hr 30m

From putting on a screening of your own film in a pop up venue to setting up a film festival this is a fantastic opportunity to learn the skills needed to be a film programmer.

Learn about licencing films and how to go about hiring a commercial cinema from people who do this for a living and just for fun! Meet a programmer from Scalarama who has recently put on a season of Bob Fosse films, learn how to hire a multiplex to put on a commercial film from Ourscreen and find out how members of the INDIs Young Programmers Group plan and deliver a year-round screening programme.


Mosa Mpetha, Scalarama Programmer

Mosa Mpetha (Mashiya Presents) is an emerging film programmer who has a particular interest in retrospective cinema from the 1930s – 1960s and a love for 50's Hollywood Musicals. Her most recent project is a programme of five films directed by Bob Fosse called Fosse In Film with a discussion on Power & Exploitation in Dance, Film and Beyond. This programme is supported by Scalarama Leeds, Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds Film and Northern School of Contemporary Dance and is funded by Leeds Inspired. Mosa has a background in the event management and operations of film & art festivals and children’s theatre production; she is also the Production Manager for INDIs 2019.

Lizzy Daish, ourscreen

Lizzy manages operations and production at ourscreen, the UK’s foremost crowdsourced cinema platform. She supports individuals and film clubs around the country to host film screenings at their local cinema - across indies and multiplexes. Lizzy also previously headed-up Shuffle Festival, an East London based Film and Arts festival & short film festival.

ourscreen allows film fans to watch the films they love at their local cinema, whether that’s a cult classic, foreign thriller or modern masterpiece. Launched in 2014, ourscreen is the UK’s foremost crowdsourced cinema platform, changing the way you watch films in the cinema.

Abi Standish, Cinema for All

Abi joined the Cinema For All team in October 2015 as Marketing and Events Coordinator after volunteering in the office and at our events for just over a year. She is now Sector Development Officer, focusing on our training and coaching programmes and works with distributors to represent films on the Booking Scheme for community cinemas to screen. She has previously worked for the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield as Audience Development Assistant, and co-ran Minicine, winner of the Film Society of the Year award 2015.  

Since 1946, Cinema For All has been supporting community cinemas across the UK. As a national charity, they support over 1250 community cinemas with support and advice, film licences, affordable equipment hire, training and more. Whether you have been screening films in your community for many years, or are just thinking about setting up, Cinema For All can support you along every step of your journey. They offer much of their advice and support for free, as well as providing a huge range of additional services and benefits for their members.

Sylvia Barber, Hyde Park Picture House

Sylvia recently started a new role at the Hyde Park Picture House as the Young Audiences Officer, which involves programming films and organising accompanying activities for young audiences (from toddlers to young adults), alongside working with local schools, community groups and organisations on related film projects to support young people’s education, engagement and understanding of their local cinema heritage. Prior to starting this new role, Sylvia worked in Higher Education specialising in widening participation and outreach to improve access, attainment and progression for young people within education as well as working freelance on film exhibition and events across Leeds.

INDIs Programmers Group