GYFF Summer School


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The 3rd of august marked the end of the GYFF summer school for the nine new festival programmers. The eight day experience was filled with laughs and bonding over films, as well learning new skills. Each day began at 11am when a specialist in their field came to talk to us about their job, or even their own experience with film festivals in general. This opportunity meant that we met most of the people behind the Glasgow Film Festival as well as those who contribute to the GFT on a daily basis, such as the marketing team and the box office people and even the projectionists. We also got the chance to meet Vincent Förster, who led us through his journey of being part of the Berlin Film Festival but also his journey to becoming a movie maker. On the last day of the summer school we received a small talk from director of the Glasgow Short Film Festival and got some tips on handling a short film programme, which we hope to bring into GYFF in the future (there's something to look forward to!)

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With each day at the summer school came a new skill that we learned, or information on things that we never comprehended were important in programming a festival. A large part of the GYFF school was watching films with a critical eye, trying to pinpoint what audiences will like in the film and deciding who our audience is. We discovered some brilliant foreign films as well as some important British ones, to give the festival a variety and so it would contain something that will appeal to everyone. There were some films that didn't make the cut because we simply want only the most fascinating and creative movies for our attendees.

Our goal through the Glasgow Youth Film Festival is to bring in young people to the GFT and show them how amazing the art of film is. We try to find new viewers who may have never been to the Glasgow Film Theatre and persuade them to come again and again and fall in love with movies, just as we did.

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