Are you a movie fanatic? Fancy being the first in line to see Glasgow’s latest releases?
Well, you can, thanks to the Glasgow Youth Film Festival. The February 2016 programme has just been announced, and boy, are you in for a treat; opening with The Witch and closing with Edward Scissorhands.
Basically, its Glasgow’s answer to Cannes; there’s just a lot less wrinkles on the big screen. It’s the only festival in Europe curated by teenagers alone – pretty impressive. These filmmakers must be top notch, since they’re the only ones of their age selected to showcase their work.
And because the films have been created by young people, they will be directed at the same audience; first love, peer pressure, and identity struggles will be just a few of the themes covered. And that’s not all – do you have a burning question you’d love to ask your favourite filmmaker? Well, you can ask it! After the screenings, a number of directors will be available for Q&A sessions with the audience.
And, if you’re feeling super inspired by the festival, you can learn to be a filmmaker too. Okay, we know it’s not as simple as that – but hey, it’s a start. You can take workshops by casting director Lenny Mullan and Neds actor Conor McCarron. Talk to the stars and learn their secrets; before you know it, you could be following in their footsteps.
It could really help, you know. As Justin Weinstein says, if you go to as many festivals as you can, you’ll build up relationships with other filmmakers in the industry. “Talk to them, ask them questions, share your interests,” she adds.
If you want to get involved, now is the time to do it. Creative Scotland are paying more attention to the Scottish film industry now than ever before, with £800k being put aside last year to support the growing number of TV and film crews.
Young programmer Anthony Carroll said: ‘GYFF is a brilliant experience that makes a truly youthful film festival come alive. Each one of us is passionate about film and come from all walks of life and together we collect films from all corners of the world to bring to our festival. They all establish a key theme: the voice of young people matters. That’s what the festival is about, and we achieve that from programming the festival as a group of young people.”
This sounds like one for the masses. Who needs a Hollywood premier when you have Glasgow’s Film Theatre right on your doorstep?
Don’t be the one to miss out – get your tickets here before they sell out.