Eight events we can't wait for at FANS Youth Film Festival

Young filmmakers, are you ready for FANS Youth Film Festival?

FANS Youth Film Festival is all about showcasing and celebrating the work of young filmmakers, at all levels, from all areas of Scotland. From 16 – 18 November, the festival will take place in Glasgow at the STUC building, Gilmorehill Cinema and Glasgow Film Theatre.

The fantastic programme of screenings, workshops and panels has been curated by the FANS Youth Team; twelve young people from around Scotland who have been working together to design and implement the festival to create a truly inspirational weekend of youth-made film and events for young and aspiring filmmakers.

The line-up is jam-packed with exciting events and brilliant speakers. It was hard to narrow it down, but here are eight events we’re especially looking forward to…

1. Film Challenges 

Throughout the whole festival weekend, FANS will be screening all of the Film Challenge submissions from young filmmakers. Back in July, FANS asked young filmmakers to rise to the challenge of making a film within strict time limitations and adhering to one of the following themes: Social Issues, ‘No Dialogue’ Films or Animation. We can’t wait to see the outcome! Showing all weekend at STUC.

Three of the FANS Youth Team looking over a balcony

2. Behind the Scenes with Outlander

On the Saturday at 11am – 12.30pm at STUC Atrium, there will be a panel discussion with key heads of department and the trainees who are rising through the ranks of Outlander. Joining the event will be Co-Producer, Michael Wilson, Construction Manager, Danny Sumsion, Supervising Locations Manager, Michael Higson, as well as Clare Flanagan, Trainee Draughtsperson and Fionn Corbett, Location Assistant.

Outlander - Catriona Balfe

3. Anna and the Apocalypse 

This hotly anticipated panel discussion will include Anna and the Apocalypse Director, John McPhail, Writer, Alan McDonald and Producer, Lauren Lamarr to hear about the production and upcoming release on 30 November of this locally produced Zombie Comedy Musical. Saturday, 12.45 - 2pm, STUC Atrium.

Anna and the Apocalypse - Ella Hunt

4. Careers in Film: Inspiration Event 

Hear from a panel of young professionals successfully making their way within the media industry, including Glasgow-based Screenwriter and Director, Raisah Ahmed and Alex Porter-Smith and Ethan Currie from High Tide Media, a film and video production company based in Edinburgh. Saturday, 4 - 5.30pm, STUC Atrium.

Calibre filming on location

5. Social Media and the Digital Rights of Young People

Hosted by Digital Media Practitioner and Researcher and Founder of Digital Beez, Alicja Pawluczuk, this round table discussion on Saturday at 5 - 6.30pm at STUC Workshop, will focus upon the 5 digital rights of young people:

- The Right to Remove
- The Right to Know
- The Right to Safety and Support
- The Right to Informed and Conscious Use
- The Right to Digital Literacy

This event is in collaboration with Document Film Festival, Scotland’s international human rights documentary film festival.

The FANS Youth team brainstorming ideas on a whiteboard

6. Short Film - Girl Power 

Girl Power is the short film strand that celebrates female filmmakers and stories about women standing up for what they believe in. Saturday, 12 - 1.30pm and Sunday, 1.15 - 2.15pm, STUC Cinema.

7. Screenwriting: Focus on Story

This masterclass will be led by Maryam Hamidi, a Scottish writer and actor working across stage, screen and radio. Her online sitcom pilot, Slipping, for Sky TV and GMAC’s Scotland on Demand Programme was presented at table read and she has recently written sketches for Gusman Production’s Sketchtopia and two episodes for new CBeebies show, Molly and Mack.

Maryam’s first short as writer/director, Bloody Love, was developed through SFTN’s Five@5 scheme and she is currently developing her second short, Bahar. This event is on Sunday, 2.30 - 4pm, STUC Atrium.

8. Awards Ceremony and Closing Night Feature 

The prizes for the winning short filmmakers will be presented at GFT on the Sunday evening, followed by the Closing Night Feature, Shaun of the Dead. Sunday, 5 - 7pm and 7.40 - 9.30pm, GFT.

We hope to see you there! Find out more about FANS Youth Film Festival here: https://filmaccess.scot/festival/.

The film festival is run by young people, for young people, with support from GMAC Film, Media Education, Screen Education Edinburgh and Shmu and additional assistance from the DCA, Macrobert Arts CentrePlantation Productions and VOMO TV.

Notes to Editors:

See www.filmaccess.scot for the full festival programme and to ‘Meet the Team’.

About Film Access Scotland

Film Access Scotland is a consortium of leading moving image and media access organisations that work with young people and the wider community to create access to and understanding of film in all its forms. Film Access Scotland has a rich and diverse history of engaging with people at all stages of their learning journey and for nurturing creativity, artistic expression and raising levels of attainment and aspiration.