Become a film festival pro

In summer 2012, Deptford Film Club is running a festival of popular world cinema at the Stephen Lawrence Centre – and we’re recruiting a team of young adults (18-25) to organise it.

Over 16 hours, we’ll teach you how to programme, publicise and manage a film festival. You’ll learn all the technical and legal aspects of running film events. You’ll also discover films from Africa, Asia, India and the Caribbean – and work out how to excite audiences about popular world cinema.

We are looking for energetic people with a passion for cinema – and experience of watching at least one form of popular world cinema (eg, Bollywood, Nollywood and the popular film industries of Vietnam, China, Turkey and the Caribbean).

This hands-on and creative course will boost your CV with practical experience in writing, designing, film-making, negotiating, marketing and project management. And once you’ve finished this course, you’ll have the skills and experience to run your own film festival events. You must be available for all the course dates plus the days running up to the festival, and you must be aged 18-25 and live, work or study in the borough of Lewisham.


  • Week one: 6-8pm Wed 4 July / 6-8pm Thu 5 July / 10am-2pm Sat 7 July
  • Week two: 6-8pm Wed 11 July / 6-8pm Thu 12 June / 10am-2pm Sat 14 July
  • Festival: Fri 24 August and Sat 25 August

APPLY NOW – deadline extended
Course fees are just £15.00 per person.
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Course trainers

  • Phoenix Fry is the creative coordinator of Deptford Film Club. In 2010, he ran Nollywood Now, the UK’s first ever festival of Nigerian film, and in 2012 co-produced the New Cross + Deptford Free Film Festival. He has over 7 years’ experience in developing and delivering training for young people in the UK, India, Egypt and Tunisia. His thoughts on popular world cinema in the UK
  • Alison McCloskey is the director of Flipside Film Festival has been a tutor of filmmaking and animation for over 10 years. She runs Youth Animation and Media, an award-winning organisation that has enabled the production of more than 100 youth and community-led films in South London.