January 23, 09:00am

Festival Focus: Young Film Audiences

Cineworld Llandudno Junction

We would like to invite you to Film Hub Wales' interactive training session for film festival organisers working with young audiences, led by Martin Grund and Jamie Cross from Leeds Young Film Festival, as part of Iris On The Move. 

We'll be taking a look at innovative ways to reach young audiences, with a focus on ages 16-30, from marketing, to programming, working with volunteers and event management. 

This coincides with the launch of the Welsh Youth Festival Network, which aims to bring together Welsh film festivals who work with, or aspire to work with, young audiences. Perhaps you already offer a programme for young audiences and want to connect to other organisations, or you're new to working with this age group and looking for some inspiration. 

The day's programme is currently as follows, but is subject to change:

 9:30 Registration and refreshments 
10:00 Welcome and Intro 
10:15 Working with Volunteers (Jamie Cross)
11:15 Break
11:30 Event Management (Jamie Cross)
12:30 Lunch
13:00 Programming (Martin Grund)
14:00 Break
14:15 Marketing (Martin Grund)
15:15 Break
15:30 Welsh Youth Festival Network (Wicked Wales)
16:30 Close 

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

FREE to attend for Film Hub Wales members. 


Bursary Support and Membership:

  • This event is eligible for bursary support. FHW can cover travel accommodation costs for members to attend. Fill in a form here.

  • If you are not yet a member of FHW, you can join for free here.

  • Find out more how Film Hub Wales supports the Welsh exhibition sector and opens up a world of film for audiences in Wales here.


About Leeds Young Film Festival:


Martin Grund
A passionate film fan from a very young age, Martin studied photography at Trent University and trained to be a Design Technology teacher at Leeds Beckett University where he set up the Leeds Horror Society. He joined Leeds Film in 2006 and is now Producer and Programmer for Leeds Young Film Festival, the largest family film event in the UK; and Independent Directions Film Festival (the INDIs), a relatively new festival for young people aged 16+ who are keen to pursue filmmaking as a career. He set up MediaFish in 2007, a film club and consultants group for young people aged 16-19 which has since developed into the INDIs Network. Martin also programmes the Fanomenon strand of Leeds International Film Festival and is a freelance graphic designer. When not watching films he enjoys eating his way around Europe discovering new cuisine with his wife, Sarah. He has a very stupid cat called Lugosi.




Jamie Cross - Festival Freelancer
Jamie Cross is a freelancer specialising in logistical delivery and event management of large multi-venue festivals with over seven years experience in film festivals. He works with Leeds International Film Festival, the largest film festival in England outside London, where currently he is the Production Manager but has previously worked for Leeds Young Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Berwick Upon Tweed Film & Media Arts Festival and Edinburgh International Film Festival. 

Jamie has extensive experience with budgets, ticketing, health and risk assessments, venue management, and site builds. Annually he plans the delivery of 700 events including screenings, talks, theatre shows, drink receptions and art installations. He manages the recruitment of over 80 staff members and over 400 volunteers to deliver these events with over 80,000 attendees across the year.    

About the Welsh Youth Festival Network:



A new Welsh film festival network initiative, developed by Film Hub Wales, Wicked Wales and key festivals within the region, with the aim to increase British independent and international film programmes available for and made by young audiences. 
Read more here.