Kicks off on 6th February with Shaun of the Dead. Dress up as a zombie – you could win a prize
Glasgow Youth Film Festival is part of Glasgow Film Festival. The 2015 Festival will run over the weekend of 6–8 February, and will offer an exciting programme of screenings and events for young people.
This year most of the child-friendly programming has been integrated into the main Glasgow Film Festival programme Modern Families strand, meaning the festival's dynamic young programming team – it is the only film event in Europe totally curated by 15-18 year olds – have focussed the festival into an audacious, weekend-long youth cinema showcase. The three-day lineup is a full-on teen takeover, with a jam-packed programme taking in everything from cutting-edge sci-fi premieres, late-night cult classics, a special pop-up closing gala, and a stellar set of films, workshops and events throughout.
As the worldwide film industry remains perpetually fascinated by teenage issues, many of the films in the programme deal with themes of isolation and the pains of growing up. The festival kicks off on Friday 6 February with the Scottish premiere of eerie sci-fi thriller The Signal, which stars Laurence Fishburne and rising star Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel). On Saturday 7 GYFF is delighted to host a special panel event and screening with the cast and crew of hit Channel 4 series Glue.
As 2015 is Glasgow’s Green Year, the GYFF team will take over BAaD (Barras Art and Design) at the famous Barras Market for one night only on Sunday 8 February, turning it into a fantasy wilderness for special themed pop-up screenings of cult favourites Jumanji and Labyrinth. There'll be a raucous forest-party atmosphere, live bands and food to close out the weekend.
Screenings in between include an ambitious world cinema programme, with German Hitchcockian thriller For No Eyes Only, quirky coming of age drama Supernova, and sleek sci-fi anime Time of Eve, accompanied by GYFF’s now-traditional Cosplay Parade, where young fans of cult TV series, anime and computer games, dress up and role-play as their icons. Look out for the GMAC Film Academy, an event designed to introduce youth audiences to the idea of studying film, as well as workshops with directors and screenwriters designed for aspiring young filmmakers.
Young programmer Sean McInally, 16: "Working on the GYFF team has been a fantastic insight into film festival programming, events organization and the film industry itself, while producing the trailer has given me great filmmaking experience. I'm delighted that we've a great film like The Signal as our Opening Gala - I think 2015’s GYFF is going to be the best so far!"
Young programmer Kirsty McKechnie, 16: "It's really exciting to be putting together a programme that just focuses on teenagers and young people this year. Some of the films we've chosen address issues faced by young people all over the world; some of them are just great examples of filmmaking involving young people & their concerns. I'm especially looking forward to our Green Year pop-up closing events: the Barras is going to feel like another world after we’re done with it!"
Glasgow Youth Film Festival is part of Glasgow Film Festival. The 2015 Festival will run over the weekend of 6–8 February, and will offer an exciting programme of screenings and events for young people. GYFF gives young Glaswegians affordable access to the latest cinema releases plus exciting opportunities to learn from film and television industry professionals. The public programme is devised entirely by local teenagers who work together over a period of six months to select the line-up of films, guests and events for their Festival.
GYFF is the only film festival in Europe where young people are involved at all stages of festival production, from selecting the film programme to publicity and event management, and welcomed over 8000 admissions in 2013.
Can be bought at www.glasgowfilm.org/gyff Standard GYFF ticket price is £8.00/ £6.50 concession and £5 for under 14s (with proof of age). Special events may have different prices. GFT’s free Youth Card scheme offers standard tickets and masterclasses at the reduced price of £4.50. Info at www.glasgowfilm.org/youthcard
The 2015 Glasgow Youth Film Festival would not be possible without the support of Glasgow City Council, The Robertson Trust, Creative Scotland, Europa Cinemas, Scotland Loves Anime, and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Nic, Hailey and Jonah, three MIT students, embark upon on a road trip across America’s southwest. Their mission is to track an elusive computer genius: a hacker known only as Nomad who has managed to expose flaws in the college’s security systems. When they are lured to an isolated area, suddenly everything goes dark. Nic regains consciousness to find himself in a waking nightmare. An intelligent and mind-bending sci-fi thriller
To tie-in with the zombie-movie themed trailer they’ve created, the GYFF team are delighted to put on one of their favourites as a late night classic. Our eponymous hero has been shuffling through life with his layabout best mate Ed and long suffering girlfriend Liz. When a mysterious outbreak makes everyone start acting a bit bitey, it’s up to Shaun to step up, be the hero and impress Liz. Grab your crew, settle in for our GYFF late-night screening and wait for all this to blow over. Preceded by short film Emo (The Musical).
Only 6620 kilometres from the glittering skyline of New York is Korso, a suburban wasteland on the outskirts of Helsinki. On its frozen streets, 20-year-old Markus dreams of becoming a basketball star in the Big Apple, committing petty crime with his friends to try to make his dream a reality. This gritty drama is an eye-opening look at the lengths people will go to when chasing an impossible dream.
When teenage computer geek Sam is unwillingly confined to his bedroom nursing a broken ankle, he is stuck in world of boredom. To fill his days he installs computer software that allows him to hack into the webcams of his fellow pupils and leads him to keep track of the suspicious activities of a new student. Sam teams up with his friend Livia and they become embroiled in a web of voyeurism, intrigue and murder. A modern adaption of Hitchcock’s Rear Window, this German thriller exposes the dangerous consequences of spying on your neighbours.
From the BAFTA winning writer behind Skins and This is England ’86. Glue is Jack Thorne’s latest hard-hitting youth television drama for E4, featuring up-and-coming British actors including Yasmin Paige (Submarine) and Jordan Stephens (Rizzle Kicks). GYFF offers young fans the chance to go behind the scenes with a screening and panel discussion featuring members of the cast and crew (guestsTBC).
Dutch teenager Meis and her family live a seemingly stagnant existence in their house which sits on a bend along a country road. Meis’ parents met when her father’s car crashed through their living room window. Following numerous other collisions, the family are waiting tensely for the next arrival. A dreamy and compelling tale of one girl’s sexual awakening.
Join director and screenwriter Eleanor Yule and GMAC Film’s 16 to 19 year old BFI Film Academy participants for a discussion on the specifics of film genre. GMAC Film delivers the BFI Film Academy in Glasgow in partnership with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and aims to give young people the first step towards pursuing a career in film and TV.
This darkly gripping classroom drama was Slovenia’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards. When Robert takes over as a high school German teacher, his old-fashioned methods quickly create tension between him and his students. When one of them takes her own life, Robert finds himself the scapegoat as relationships turn sour. With a classroom of non-professional actors, this chilling case study paints an authentic portrait of society in miniature.
When Rikuo notices Sammy, his android has been acting strangely he decides to investigate. In a world where androids are disrespected, his search leads him to the Time of Eve café, where humans and androids are treated as equals. A touching and thought-provoking anime take on what makes us human. The film will be followed by the cosplay parade, where special guest judges will hand out some great mystery prizes for the best dressed!
Barras Art and Design centre, 54 Calton Entry, The Barras, Glasgow G40 2SB, www.baadglasgow.com
Welcome to the jungle! We’ve got fun and games…and Fair Trade food, live music, and pop-up screenings of two classic films set in strange other worlds. The GYFF team will turn the central space at BAaD into a fantasy wilderness at the height of winter, with their first foray into programming a pop-up event. This event celebrates Glasgow’s Green Year 2015.
Jumanji (1995) tells the story of an explorer (Robin Williams) trapped inside a mysterious board game, which pulls siblings Judy (Kirsten Dunst) and Peter (Bradley Pierce) into its wacky wonderful world. Labyrinth (1986) will for a whole generation always be David Bowie’s defining role, as his wicked, be-mulleted Goblin King draws Jennifer Connelly’s Sarah into a labyrinth filled with strange creatures while she tries to rescue her baby brother.
Saturday 7th February, 12-4pm, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Panel: Writing for Film and TV with Stephen Greenhorn (Sunshine on Leith, Dr Who) Free
Directing and Acting Masterclass with Tamar van den Dop (Supernova) £5
Sunday 8th February, 12-4pm, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Anime Drop in Free
Filmmaking with Robert Florence £5, limited spaces available, 16-25 year olds