Glasgow Youth Film Festival 2014: a round-up of the best events

Glasgow Youth Film Festival 2014: a round-up of the best events

Sharon Rooney

The Glasgow Film Fest's youth strand presents films about young people for all ages

You might not think it at first glance, but the Glasgow Youth Film Festival isn’t just for children and teens. Now in its sixth year, the ten-day event attracts audiences of all ages to see its showcase of films about young people. Aside from the movies, the festival’s young curators have also organised an imaginative mix of events, workshops and masterclasses.

For a creative, behind-the-scenes look at the film industry, there’s the Movie Poster Design Workshop (Sat 8 Feb, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and Zombie Make-Up Workshop (Tue 11 Feb, Platform), while Scotland Loves Anime returns for another mystery anime premiere, complete with a Cosplay Red Carpet Parade (Sun 9 Feb, GFT).

For those keen on learning their mise-en-scène from their cinematography, GMAC Film Academy’s Reimagining Gregory’s Girl (Sun 9 Feb, GFT) sees young filmmakers screen and discuss their reinterpretations of the cult Scottish film. There’s also the Pop-Up! Festival Panel (Sun 9 Feb, GMAC), where experts give advice on how to hold your very own film screening just about anywhere.

If television is more your thing, then How to Get Started in TV (Tue 11 Feb, Albany Centre) is a no-brainer, and those looking to be the next John Grierson should probably check out Documentary Skills with David Street (Sun 9 Feb, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). There’s also a special talk from the cast and crew of E4’s My Mad Fat Diary (Fri 7 Feb, GFT) including BAFTA winner Sharon Rooney, and a Comedy Writing Masterclass (Wed 5 Feb, Albany Centre) with Burnistoun star Rab Florence, neither of which you'll want to miss.

Finally, after the Closing Gala, German tragi-comedy I Feel Like Disco (Wed 12 Feb, GFT), there’s live music from local bands, including headliners Inuit (Wed 12 Feb, Scottish Youth Theatre), bringing this year’s festival to a suitably teenage angst-ridden end.

Various venues, Glasgow, Sun 2–Wed 12 Feb.

Glasgow Youth Film Festival

Innovative festival for young audiences featuring premieres, screenings, events and special guest speakers. GYFF enables 15–19 year olds to co-create a vibrant and diverse festival.