Full Programme Announced For The Ninth Annual Glasgow Youth Film Festival 2017

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The full programme has been announced for the ninth annual Glasgow Youth Film Festival.  Curated by local young programmers aged 15 - 19, the three day festival features cult classics and hot new releases on the big screen. GYFF 2017 features Scottish Premiere of award-winning At Eye Level and exclusive first showings of new anime.

Running at the Glasgow Film Theatre and other venues across the city from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September, the festival is programmed by local young programmers aged between 15 to 19. The group take part in a two week summer school where they work closely with the team behind the GFT and Glasgow Film Festival to learn how to put together an exciting and thought-provoking film festival for their peers. Previous guests at the festival have included Hollywood star John C. Reilly and the cast of Channel 4 smash hit Fresh Meat.  

Moving to a regular new slot in September, the 2017 Glasgow Youth Film Festival will open with the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017 Audience Award winner Just Charlie, Rebekah Fortune’s thought-provoking debut feature about a transgender child’s journey for acceptance.  

Other highlights include:  

  • A collaboration with Crunchyroll Movie Night and Scotland Loves Anime to bring anime adventure The Ancient MagusBride to the big screen, preceded by an exclusive look at original Crunchyroll production Children of Ether before it's even screened in Japan (23 Sep) 
  • The Scottish Premiere of At Eye Level (24 Sep), the winner of Best Family Film at the German Film Awards. Michi is picked on as the smallest child in his foster home. When he discovers a letter written by his deceased mother he believes it holds the secret of his father’s identity and sets out to find him in this charming tale of difference and belonging 
  • The Scottish Premiere of the new big screen adaptation of Jasper Jones (24 Sep). This gripping Australian thriller starring Toni Collette and Hugo Weaving sees a small town in disarray over a missing girl and a strange outsider  
  •   A series of free, behind-the-scenes workshops for prospective young filmmakers led by industry professionals 
  • Local director Peter Mackie Burns introducing his debut feature Daphne (23 Sep), an emotional contemporary drama about a 30-something Londoner who witnesses an attack on her local shopkeeper
  • Cult modern classics back on the big screen with a late night screening of Luc Besson's Leon (22 Sep) and a closing gala screening of Wes Anderson's irresistible Moonrise Kingdom (24 Sep) which will see Glasgow's stunning Mackintosh Queens Cross Church transformed into Camp Ivanhoe
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“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” say the Young Programmers.  “We want to find new viewers who may have never been to Glasgow Film Theatre and persuade them to come again and again and fall in love with movies, just as we have.” 

Tickets to all GYFF screenings are £5.50 for 15-25 Card holders. Anyone between 15 and 25 can register for a free 15-25 Card at GFT box office or online here. Tickets for Leon and Moonrise Kingdom are £5.50 for all.  Tickets go on sale at 10am on 24th August.

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