5 highlights from the Glasgow Youth Film Festival
Wreck-It Ralph and Studio Ghibli's Wolf Children form part of Glasgow Film Festival's youth strand
A handful of essential picks from Glasgow Film Festival’s feisty young counterpart. The Glasgow Youth Film Festival, carefully curated by the GFT’s Youth Team, packs feature and short films, masterclasses, outdoor screenings and even a cosplay red carpet parade into the 10 days between Sun 3–Wed 13 Feb.
1. Girl Walk // All Day
An outdoor, interactive screening of this New York-set dance film, a hit at last year’s South by South West Festival. It follows three dancers performing across the city to the sounds of DJ Girl Talk’s album All Day.
River Clyde Embankment, adjacent to the red pedestrian bridge on Clyde St, Wed 13 Feb.
2. Wreck-It Ralph 3D
Recently Oscar-nominated and featuring a voice cast packed with proper character actors (John C Reilly, Jane Lynch, 30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer), this new animated comedy from Disney sees video game character Ralph seeking to escape his bad-guy role. Toy Story for the X-Box generation?
GFT, Mon 4 Feb.
3. First Position
A brilliantly-observed documentary about the young competitors in world-renowned ballet contest the Youth America Grand Prix. Fascinating and moving, and told with a true documentarian’s eye, it’s the anti-X Factor in all the right ways.
GFT, Tue 5 Feb.
4. Wolf Children
This fantastical Japanese anime from the director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is arguably the most intriguing pick from a very strong animation strand that also features the latest from Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Ponyo) and a surprise film.
GFT, Sun 10 Feb.
5. The We and the I
Michel Gondry, endlessly creative director of Eternal Sunshine and Be Kind Rewind, shrugs off Hollywood and jump-starts his mojo with this lo-fi story of a bunch of Bronx kids on their final bus ride of the school term.
GFT, Wed 13 Feb.