A THEATRE in Hereford has launched a brand new project working with young film fans to diversify its film screenings.

The Courtyard's latest initiative is aimed at promoting independent film and making its cinema screenings as inclusive as possible. 

Funded by the British Film Institute and Film Hub, through the National Lottery, the theatre has recruited three young people to help plan future film screenings. The aim of the project is to put together a rich and diverse selection of films that reflects the community.

Georgia Grace, Emily Mason and Lewis Powell were chosen to take part in the project, with paid positions giving them valuable experience in film programming, marketing and audience development. They will learn the ropes through one-to-one mentorship as well as attending workshops.


They will curate two films per month, primarily targeting under-25s and families, using marketing strategies to engage young audiences. They will also host special events to enhance the cinema experience and encourage a deeper appreciation for independent film.

Ethan Hargreaves, the project's manager, said: "I'm beyond excited to get started on this project. These young programmers already have a fun event planned to launch the project!

The Courtyard has tried to promote cinema among young people for some time, with free card membership schemes for people aged between 14 and 30, including £3 cinema tickets and discounts on live events and at the cafe bar.