Hippsters: Hippodrome Silent Film Festival

Hippsters: Hippodrome Silent Film Festival

What is a Hippster?

Hippodrome Silent Film Festival (HippFest) is one of Scotland's most prestigious and popular film festivals, happening in Scotland's oldest purpose-built cinema - the Hippodrome in Bo'ness. Renowned for its warm welcome, inclusive atmosphere and community engagement, the Festival attracts fans of cinema and live music and has an unrivalled reputation in the UK for screening an exciting programme of international silent films, accompanied by a dazzling line-up of new and established musicians and performers.

Hippsters are the Young Reviewers of the Festival. Aged 17-25 these young people gain an insight into the organisation of the Festival, silent film and the live music which is central to HippFest. Before the Festival they will develop their understanding of the Festival programme and they will cover at least one day of the Festival as a young reporter.

What's in it for you?

  • Chance to develop critical writing skills
  • Chance to create vlogs and social media posts reporting on HippFest.
  • Opportunity to see great Festival films
  • Chance to meet new people and work with a small team
  • Opportunity to meet Festival guests
  • Improved understanding of festival delivery and venue/event management
  • Improved interpersonal skills
  • Travel expenses to and from Bo’ness

What's involved?

  • Writing about the films and events within the Festival programme
  • Developing understanding of strong event photography
  • Creating positive, impactful social media posts about HippFest

Skills, attitude, and experience required

  • An interested in silent cinema and live music.
  • An interest in journalism, photography, filmmaking

Other important information

Location: Hippodrome Cinema and other festival venues in Bo'ness

Time commitment: At least 3 meetings prior to Festival (2 online) and at least two days attending HippFest (max 6 hours)

Contact: Nicola Kettlewood, Producer 01324 590927


Training: Volunteers will receive training about writing and creating impactful social media.

Expenses: Up to £8 per day with proof of receipt of travel.


To apply, please complete an online application form here.

The closing date for applications is 21 February 2020.

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