Glasgow Youth Film Festival today announced its programme for 2015, and has had a radical shake-up to mark its seventh year.
This year most of the child-friendly programming has been integrated into the main Glasgow Film Festival programme Modern Families strand, meaning the festival’s dynamic young programming team – the only film event in Europe totally curated by 15-18 year olds – have focussed the festival into an audacious, weekend-long youth cinema showcase.
The three-day lineup is a full-on teen takeover, with a jam-packed programme taking in everything from cutting-edge sci-fi premieres, late-night cult classics, a special pop-up closing gala, and a stellar set of films, workshops and events throughout.
As the worldwide film industry remains perpetually fascinated by teenage issues, many of the films in the programme deal with themes of isolation and the pains of growing up. The festival kicks off on Friday 6 February with the Scottish premiere of eerie sci-fi thriller The Signal, which stars Laurence Fishburne and rising star Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel).
On Saturday 7 GYFF is delighted to host a special panel event and screening with the cast and crew of hit Channel 4 series Glue.
Other screenings include an ambitious world cinema programme, with German Hitchcockian thriller For No Eyes Only, quirky coming of age drama Supernova, and sleek sci-fi anime Time of Eve, accompanied by GYFF’s now-traditional Cosplay Parade, where young fans of cult TV series, anime and computer games, dress up and role-play as their icons.
Said young programmer Sean McInally, 16, “Working on the GYFF team has been a fantastic insight into film festival programming, events organization and the film industry itself, while producing the trailer has given me great filmmaking experience. I’m delighted that we’ve a great film like The Signal as our Opening Gala – I think 2015’s GYFF is going to be the best so far!”
The 2015 Festival will run over the weekend of 6–8 February.