Bill Forsyth to attend FANS Youth Film Festival

FANS Youth Film Festival, designed and delivered by young people for young people, is delighted to announce some exciting guests for the festival's second edition, happening 15-17 November at Summerhall, Edinburgh.

The fantastic Bill Forsyth will be joining the young people for the opening night of the festival, which will feature a screening of That Sinking Feeling, forty years after its initial release. The team of 16-25 year old’s selected That Sinking Feeling as their opening night film because Forsyth "paved the way for low-budget DIY filmmaking with a team of teenage actors, and achieved a Guinness World Record for the smallest budget on a feature film."

DIY filmmaking is the defining theme of this years’ festival. Other festival strands are dedicated to the climate crisis, mental health, animation and It’s All About Access.

The Festival is entirely free to attend, and both nights will close with pizza, networking and a film quiz.

FANS Youth Team, Glen King and Angus Christie stand on stage speaking into microphones

FANS Youth Film Festival showcases and celebrates youth-made short films. Over eighty short films from around Scotland were submitted to the festival, and the Youth Team have created six screening strands showing thirty-five of the most inspiring and relevant films. The films were selected to display the contrast of what is possible to create both with and without support. Prizes will be awarded to a number of outstanding films.

The Youth Team have also selected Karen Gillan’s directorial debut The Party’s Just Beginning and will be holding a post-screening Q&A with the Guardians of the Galaxy star via Skype.

There will also be panel events, workshops and masterclasses all aimed at young filmmakers aged 16 to 25.

FANS Youth Film Festival is a Film Access Scotland initiative which aims to transform peoples lives through access to film. It is funded by Screen Scotland’s Film Education Fund. Find out more about FANS Youth Film Festival and see the full programme at

Notes to Editors

Film Access Scotland is a consortium of organisations who are dedicated to helping people transform their lives by increasing skills, confidence, communication and resilience through a high quality, creative and engaged participatory approach.

FANS Youth Film Festival is delighted to be working in partnership with EIFF Youth, who deliver the youth programme for Edinburgh International Film Festival.