Anna and the Apocalypse to open Glasgow Youth Film Festival

Glasgow Youth Film Festival Opening Gala screening announced

One of Europe's most innovative youth film festival celebrates its 10th Anniversary this Sept

2018 marks a very special year for Glasgow Youth Film Festival as it celebrates its 10th anniversary. The festival, which has been labelled one of Europe's most innovative youth film festivals, runs Fri 14–Sun 16 Sep at Glasgow Film Theatre.

The 2018 festival also comes in the midst of Scotland's Year of Young People. The year-long programme of events, led by EventScotland as part of VisitScotland's Events Directorate, celebrates the talents and contributions of Scotland's young people as it creates new opportunities for them to shine. This lines up nicely with GYFF, which has traditionally been curated by the festival's own Young Programmers.

Participants aged 15–19 have been working closely with the Glasgow Film team to piece together this year's programme. The festival promises an outstanding range of international films and creative workshops for young people across the city.

Though much of the programme remains underwraps the Opening Gala screening has been revealed. The festival kick starts with a showing of Scottish-based production Anna and the Apocalypse – a thrilling zombie musical mash-up. The film comes fresh from film festival screenings around the world and will open the weekend long event on Fri 14 Sep. This special showing will be followed by a Q&A with members from the cast and crew.

John McPhaill, the Glasgow based director behind the production, remarked: 'I'm so pleased that the Glasgow Youth Film Festival team have chosen to programme Anna and the Apocalypse. I'm a Glasgow boy, and remember sitting in GFT watching all these amazing films, inspired to make my own'

The full GYFF 2018 programme will be revealed on Wed 15 Aug. Those hoping to attend can expect a jam-packed programme of international films and creative workshops providing the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience under the mentorship of industry experts.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop, said:
'As we celebrate Scotland's Year of Young People 2018, I am pleased to see the incredible work Glasgow Youth Film Festival is doing to inspire a love of film in our younger audiences and aspiring filmmakers, creating new opportunities for their skills and talents to flourish.'

The programme for GYFF 2018 will be revealed in full on Wed 15 Aug. The festival takes place GFT on Fri 14 - Sun 16 Sep 2018. Tickets for the Opening Gala: Anna and the Apocalypse showing are on sale now.

Anna and the Apocalypse

  • 4 stars
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 1h 32min
  • 15
  • Directed by: John McPhail
  • Cast: Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Marli Siu, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux, Ben Wiggins
  • UK release: 30 November 2018

Motherless teen Anna (Hunt) and her lovesick bestie John (Cumming) are about to graduate from secondary school when they find themselves in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. Polished, self-aware and pleasingly irreverent zombie musical, spattered with blood and sprinkled with glitter, a surefire Christmas crowdpleaser.