Full programme announced for Glasgow Youth Film Festival 2019

One of the most innovative youth film festivals in Europe, Glasgow Youth Film Festival (GYFF) returns from 13 - 15 September 2019, and GYFF19 will host the festival’s first ever Careers Day.

Co-programmed by Glasgow Film and GYFF Young Programmers aged 15 -19, who are mentored on a year-round basis, the festival presents an outstanding range of international films and two free to attend creative workshops for young people, Into Industry: Finding Your Feet in Film and A Day in the Director’s Life.

Glasgow Youth Film Festival will host a Careers in Film Day on Thursday 12 September, curated especially for S4 - S6 pupils across Glasgow. At the event, pupils will have the chance to participate in hands-on workshops and receive invaluable career advice from professionals for a successful career in the ever-growing Scottish film industry. The event will feature a keynote speech from Alan McDonald, a former High School teacher, Script Consultant on CBBC shows and the Writer of GFF18 Opening Gala, Anna and the Apocalypse.

Friday 13 September

Opening the 11th edition of Glasgow Youth Film Festival is a special preview screening of The Farewell, a heartfelt and uplifting tale from Writer/Director, Lulu Wang, starring Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians). Following that, the ultimate 1980s teen cult classic Heathers takes to the big screen as GYFF19’s special late night screening.

Saturday 14 September

The GYFF Young Programmers take over GFT’s weekly Saturday morning family screening slot, Take 2, and present a screening of Coraline, the animated dark fairy-tale based on the novella of the same name by Neil Gaiman. Curated by the Young Programmers in association with Scotland Loves Anime, Gorô Taniguchi’s sequel to the original series, the UK premiere of new anime Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;Surrection also screens.

On Saturday evening, GYFF19 presents the Scottish premiere of Phoenix, an affecting Norwegian film that turns the teen coming-of-age drama on its head. The second day of GYFF19 will complete with the glittering UK premiere screening of uplifting documentary Drag Kids – get ready for wigs, vogue-ing and a whole lot of Lady Gaga tunes…

Sunday 15 September

Kicking off the final day of GYFF19 is the French cosmic coming-of-age comedy Stars by the Pound. Bring the whole family for an afternoon adventure at Family Gala: Fantastic Mr Fox at Maryhill Burgh Halls (family tickets available), then settle back at GFT for GYFF: ShortListed, a selection of short films by young filmmakers from Scotland and beyond, curated by the Young Programmers.

In the evening, fresh from its Scottish Premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival, GYFF screens triumphant documentary, The Biggest Little Farm, followed by a Skype Q&A with some very special guests. To close the 11th GYFF, it’s time to take on some evil exes at our immersive pop-up screening of Edgar Wright’s love letter to video games, Scott Pilgrim vs The World at Maryhill Burgh Halls, with added activities designed for the audience to Power Up!

"The GYFF Young Programmers have worked extremely hard to curate a diverse and high quality programme of film"

“We are thrilled to open the 11th edition of Glasgow Youth Film Festival with a preview of Lulu Wang's brilliant and affecting drama The Farewell. The GYFF Young Programmers have worked extremely hard to curate a diverse and high quality programme of film, including short films and inspiring workshops, ensuring there is something for everyone at the festival."

Rebecca McSheaffrey
Glasgow Film’s Children and Young People Coordinator

Glasgow Film’s Youth Programme Officer, Emma McDonald, said: “The GYFF Young Programmers have created a brilliant programme of screenings and workshops for 2019, particular highlights include the Scottish premiere of unique coming-of-age Norwegian drama Phoenix, and the brilliant documentary Drag Kids, followed by what is sure to be a lively Skype Q&A! The team have really brought their imagination to the programming, and the Closing Gala: Scott Pilgrim vs The World is sure to be an unforgettable immersive screening."

Screen Scotland’s Scott Donaldson said: “This year’s GYFF is building on its great work developing and inspiring young people who have a passion for cinema by launching its first Careers Day. Inspiring the next generation of talent and diversifying the workforce is so important to the continuing success of Scotland’s growing film and tv industry.

“Learning directly from industry experts and gaining hands-on experience will help young people to comprehend the huge range of roles within the industry and that they too can forge a rewarding and exciting career within it.”

Tickets available now

Tickets for all events are available from the Glasgow Film Theatre Box Office, and at https://glasgowfilm.org/glasgow-youth-film-festival. The full programme brochure is available for download here.

Notes for Editors

Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) is one of the UK’s leading independent cinemas. GFT plays an important part in the cultural life of Glasgow, screening a wide variety of international cinema, classic films and documentaries alongside locally made work and material aimed at a range of community groups. Glasgow Film Theatre was awarded Accessibility Champion at the SCoD Star Awards 2016 and became the first UK cinema to scoop the Autism Friendly Award 2017.

GFT is a registered charity and has a strong education programme of outreach, courses and school screenings. GFT is part of Glasgow Film, which also incorporates Glasgow Film Festival, one of the top three film festivals in the UK, Glasgow Youth Film Festival and Glasgow Short Film Festival. Glasgow Film Theatre is a charity registered in Scotland. No. SCO05932. www.glasgowfilm.org

The eleventh annual Glasgow Youth Film Festival will run from 13 – 15 September 2019. GYFF is supported by Screen Scotland Film Education Partnership Fund; the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery; The Robertson Trust; Glasgow City Council; and Europa Cinemas.