EIFF Young Programmers is a group of 15–19-year-olds with a passion for film who meet weekly and work together to select, promote and host films for Filmhouse and the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) .
This year pupils from Tynecastle High School met with EIFF education and learning teams to learn about film programming and plan and promote screening events. The result is the announcement of EIFF Youth Weekender to be held at Filmhouse in March.
Focussing on the rights of marginalised groups, the young programmers have decided that their film programme will explore ideas around race allowing for a discussion of a topic at the forefront of public discourse and encompassing many different types of genres and eras of filmmaking.
The films that the EIFF Youth Programmers have selected are detailed below along with their Filmhouse screening times. Tickets for the screenings are on sale and both films will be screened with captions, making them accessible to the deaf community. EIFF Young Programmers will also be giving a short introduction before each screening which will be accompanied by a live BSL interpreter.
These March screenings will be followed by a series of special screenings and events at Edinburgh Film Festival in August with more details being released of events in the next few months.
The two chosen films are the 2017 Get Out in which Jordon Peele makes his directorial debut and won an Oscar for Best Screenplay, screening on Saturday 19th March at 3.15 pm and Spike Lee’s 2018 BlacKkKlansman based on an incredible true story screening on Sunday 20th March at 3.00 pm.
EIFF Young Programmers believe these films to be an entertaining and engaging way to discuss the topic of race and, although these films are both set in America, discuss topics of global relevance and allow for moments of self-reflection.
Tickets for each film are only £2 and can be purchased from: