Glasgow Youth Film Festival: for film lovers and filmmakers

Glasgow Youth Film Festival: for film lovers and filmmakers

If you are fascinated by the art of movie making, interested in writing screenplays, or just want to appreciate a good film and a warm bucket of fresh popcorn, we have some good news for you; on the 14th September 2018, the Glasgow Youth Film Festival (GYFF) opens its doors. The festival lasts three days and is packed with a large variety of international movies, workshops and behind-the-scenes glimpses. 

Organised by the GYFF Young Programmers, the exciting programme is the work of individuals form summer school, the Glasgow Film Theatre and the Glasgow Film Festival. Coinciding with Scotland’s very first Year of Young People, the festival is supported by the Year of Young People 2018 event fund managed by Event Scotland; part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.  Together, the initiatives aim to recognise and celebrate young people’s contributions and achievements, while facilitating new outlets for their creativity. 

So, what exactly can you look forward to?

Firstly, the movies. Regardless of whether you favour classics, comedies, Manga or feature films, the festival has it all. Featuring music videos like Elvis Presley's 'Jailhouse Rock', to the Zombie-Musical 'Anna and the Apocalypse', the festival is a treasure trove for music lovers. Alongside this, the movies range from the comedy 'Superbad', the documentary 'Worlds of Ursula L. Le Guin', to the animated adventure 'Take 2: Mary and the Witch’s Flower',  and the Manga 'Bungou Stray Dogs: Dead Apple.'

Secondly, f you are interested in filmmaking or in the film industry in general, you should definitely sign up to the workshops on offer. On Saturday 15th September join the 'Alternative Careers in Film' Workshop and learn more about the numerous career paths within the film industry. If you are interested in making your own film, then the 'How to Make Your First Film' Workshop on Sunday 16th September could be the right event for you. Both workshops are free, but you must register in advance to have a secure seat.

Thirdly, there are several screenings that are followed by Question & Answer events. Here you get the unique chance to ask directors, members of cast and crew all of your questions. The screenings with Q&A sessions are: 'Anna and the Apocalypse' and 'Skate Kitchen'.

For those who are passionate about music, why not sign up and rock the stage at the Battle of Bands, prior to the closing 'School of Rock' screening. If you love dancing then stay a little longer for the 'Jailhouse Rock' showing and enjoy live music with ‘50s dancing.

So, no matter if you are a future director or a today’s film lover, the Glasgow Youth Film Festival is for you. 

For additional information, the timetable, venues and for tickets click here. For additional information on Scotland’s Year of Young People click here.

Extra tip: Aged 15-25? Then sign up for the free 15-25 Card and watch every GFT and GYFF movie for just £5.50.

[Photo Credits: Mark Lewis, Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0.]

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