After working with Flatpack Festival in Birmingham in 2017, Rico Johnson-Sinclair went on to build CineQ, a queer film festival that prioritises queer and trans Black and Indigenous people and people of colour which is now in it’s 5th year. He’s programmed for festivals including Fringe! Queer Film Festival in London and Outfest in Los Angeles
Not limited to film, Rico has lead campaigns that focus on marginalised communities he was also Festival Manager of SHOUT Festival, Birmingham’s queer arts and culture festival offering a mix of dance. music, theatre, live art, visual arts and film and has previously worked for organisations such as Coventry City of Culture and Film Hub Midlands.
Outside of programming and exhibition, Rico consults with organisations around events that focus on inclusion and diversity.
He is currently Race Equality Lead for the British Film Institute, working to bring a critical perspective into conversations about race in the film industry.
He recently produced the BFI backed film ‘Sweet Mother’ in 2019 written and directed by Zane Igbe and is currently working on his first short film as Writer/Director named ‘PREY’ which was also funded by BFI.