Oswestry's independent cinema Kinokulture will be handing over the reins to a young film programmers this half-term.

The exciting initiative is part of the first BEACON Film Festival which takes place between Friday, October 25 and Saturday, November 2.

The youngsters have been working alongside Ruth Carter and Ian Garland from Kinokulture cinema to develop a full week of films and events.

The pair said: "It has been a great opportunity for the young people to learn about film programming and the festival launches on Friday, October 25, with a special screening of 'All Is Lost' starring Robert Redford as a man lost at sea.

"The screening will be accompanied by a live soundtrack from Electronica duo Animat."

The young film programmers have also put together family friendly matinees, a Halloween Special, three independent British films, the Korean cult classic 'Train To Busan' and a free daytime panel discussion with guest film industry professionals. This will include Andy Evans who grew up in Oswestry and went on to produce the critically acclaimed 'Set Fire to The Stars', 'The Vanishing' and 'Poms' starring Diane Keaton and Yen Yau who is co-ordinating the new entrants scheme on the next James Bond film.

Their closing film 'Downton Abbey' has already sold out but look out for the BEACON Film Festival brochures and the full festival programme can be viewed online at www.kinokulture.org.uk

The project has been made possible by support from Film Hub Midlands through the BFI with funding from The National Lottery.