The BFI has appointed Justin Johnson to the new role of Specialist Programme & Project Advisor (Young Audiences).

In the role, Johnson will develop the family and youth programming remit of BFI Southbank and the BFI London Film Festival and also work with the BFI Film Fund on strategies to boost family audiences and family films.

According to the BFI, Johnson “will ensure a holistic and dedicated approach to the BFI’s activities for family audience”.

In addition, he will undertake a major piece of research and engagement across the family film sector, on behalf of the BFI Film Fund, to look specifically at supporting and growing this audience.

Johnson is the deputy chair of the BAFTA Children’s Committee, sits on the BAFTA Film Committee and is a regular contributor to the media on issues around film and young audiences.

He has chaired many juries for awards ceremonies and at international film festivals and has served as head of venues at the BFI Southbank where he has developed a strong programme of family programming, including the regular Family Funday activities, The Disney 50 and the 50th anniversary Dr Who Celebrations. 

He takes up his new role from Monday (Nov 11).