Arts Connect’s region-wide Film and Digital Programme seeks new and existing opportunities for young people in film and digital. Working with key film agencies, film centres and organisations we aim to join up thinking and ensure the region offers strong, relevant and exciting opportunities for young people.

Film Network

The Film Network connects independent cinemas, screening spaces and film organisations across the West Midlands. Working as a consortium, the network explores and develops a range of regional and national initiatives to support and engage children and young people in cinemas, screening spaces and film. Audience development plays a vital part in the network’s portfolio, ensuring the film offer in the region is exciting, broad, relevant and inspiring to young people.

Film Ambassadors

Film Ambassadors is a unique programme for 11-19 year olds running at a number of venues Cinema’s and screening spaces in the region. Young people work alongside venues to programme films and develop exciting film experiences that will inspire and attract young audiences, going beyond the mainstream cinema experience.

Current cinemas taking part are Light House, Wolverhampton; mac Birmingham; The Hive, Shrewsbury; The Artrix Bromsgrove; and Wem Town Hall, Shropshire.

BFI Film Academies

Are you 16-19? Passionate about film? Want a career in the film industry? Then the BFI Film Academy – UK Network Programme is for you. This exciting programme offers hands-on filmmaking courses, aimed at developing your knowledge and skills and encouraging your special interests. There are three different BFI Academies in the West Midlands, to find out more go to:


Random Acts

Random Acts is a major three-year Arts Council England/Channel 4 project that supports young artists between the ages of 16-24. Rural Media, in Hereford, run the midlands Random Acts centre. Further information can be found here.

Film & Arts Awards

Arts Connect work closely with Into Film and other agencies to deliver Arts Award Advisor training and bespoke sessions which support teachers, staff and practitioners to deliver film arts awards using the Into Film mapping tools and other resources. There are no current session planned; details of any future training will be posted here.