In 2020, we plan to subsidise a new youth film festival (Cheltenham Youth International Film Festival) to run alongside the main festival, reaching out to young people who are detached from the arts and have had little to no access to the culture of cinema and the art of film. The aim is to help young people, especially young people disadvantaged and living in marginalised communities, to get in touch with their creativity, to gain in self-confidence and to experience team work in programming film and producing film content.

We wish to inspire young people to consider jobs and a career in the film industry. The Youth Festival includes workshops in the basics of filmmaking and special film screenings by and for our young audience. And, we are appointing a career advisor specialising in film, to guide and mentor young people with an interest in film.
Through film, through our programme and via the young people we work with in the community, we hope to help break down barriers to engagement with the art of film, and to put film at the heart of personal social development.