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Wanted: Programmers for the Future

Eye is kicking off Programmers for the Future, a course aimed at training a new, diverse, young generation of programmers in the field of film and the art of the moving image. This is one of the ways Eye is seeking to open up its film collection and museum to new perspectives and narrators. Programmers for the Future is made possible thanks to a subsidy from Fonds 21.

By Eye Editors01 November 2021

There are currently no training opportunities for film programmers in the Netherlands, even though the future is crying out for a new, diverse, young generation of programmers. With Programmers of the Future, Eye will create scope for events, programmes and series put together by these trainee programmers.

From September 2022 through July 2025, each year three new programmers will be trained and hired. These programmers will be given a combination of theory and practical training, with workshops and coaching from Eye’s programmers and curators, external experts, teachers and above all the filmmakers and artists whose work is presented in Eye.

The practical element consists of creating and organising programmes and events, writing texts/arguments, drawing up communication and educational plans, excursions and working trips. A great deal of scope will be offered and attention devoted to research and reflection as well as meetings with professionals from the film industry and the museum world.

The aim is also for the course to have an impact on the film and cultural sector as a whole, and ultimately for it to receive a quality kitemark making it a guarantee of highly trained, expert, talented young programmers. Their motivation, talent and passion for film culture and the art of the moving image carry more weight than educational level and work experience.

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