Glasgow Youth Film Festival 2019 Celebrates Record Admissions

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Glasgow Youth Film Festival closed its 11th edition with record admissions and a surprise special message from Hollywood director Edgar Wright.

The director of Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead and Baby Driver sent the festival programmers – a group of 15 young people aged 15 to 19 – a personal video message at the Closing Gala, an immersive pop-up screening of another of his hit films: Scott Pilgrim vs The World.

Edgar Wright said the making of the film had created some of his favourite memories. He added: “I just wanted to say how thrilled I am that you guys at the Glasgow Youth Film Festival picked Scott Pilgrim as your closing event. The film means a lot to me… I am very proud of the movie and I’m glad it has had such an effect on you guys and inspired some of you to be involved in film-making. That’s the whole reason I got my start, because I used to make amateur movies and send them into young film festivals.”

One of the most innovative youth film festivals in Europe, Glasgow Youth Film Festival (GYFF) ran from 13 to 15 September. Admissions this year were a record 1285 for the three-day festival, a 4% increase on last year’s total. The GYFF Young Programmers are mentored on a year-round basis and co-programme the festival with a team from Glasgow Film.

GYFF is made possible by funding from Glasgow City Council Education Services, Screen Scotland and The John Mather Trust, and is supported by The Robertson Trust. It is run by Glasgow Film, a charity which also runs Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT).

New additions to GYFF this year included the festival’s first Careers Day – which featured a keynote speech from Alan McDonald, a former High School teacher, script consultant on CBBC shows and the screenwriter of GFF18 Opening Gala Anna and the Apocalypse – and free creative workshops, with BAFTA Scotland and director Marilyn Edmond, and the team behind Glasgow Film Festival, the UK’s third-largest film festival.

Glasgow Film’s Children and Young People Coordinator, Rebecca McSheaffrey, said: “The young people put together an amazing programme, they worked incredibly hard and hosted all the Q&As. From programming the festival to promoting it and making sure it ran smoothly and was a success, they have been a brilliant group who should be very proud of putting together such an impressive festival. They each brought insight and ideas, and we hope the experience will stay with them and help them in their future studies and work.

“We’d like to thank them for all their efforts and their enthusiasm, and we’d also like to thank our funders and supporters: Screen Scotland, Glasgow City Council Education Services, The John Mather Trust and The Robertson Trust, for helping us put on this record-breaking festival.”

Among many highlights, the festival included UK premieres plus a special preview of The Farewell, a late-night screening of Heathers, and the Scottish premiere of Phoenix followed by a Q&A with director Camilla Strom Henriksen and actor Yvla Bjorkaas Thedin.

Want to join the team and be a Young Programmer for Glasgow Youth Film Festival 2020? Email for more information.



Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) is one of the UK’s leading independent cinemas. GFT plays an important part in the cultural life of Glasgow, screening a wide variety of international cinema, classic films and documentaries alongside locally made work and material aimed at a range of community groups. Glasgow Film Theatre was awarded Accessibility Champion at the SCoD Star Awards 2016 and became the first UK cinema to scoop the Autism Friendly Award 2017.

GFT is a registered charity and has a strong education programme of outreach, courses and school screenings. GFT is part of Glasgow Film, which also incorporates Glasgow Film Festival, one of the top three film festivals in the UK, Glasgow Youth Film Festival and Glasgow Short Film Festival. Glasgow Film Theatre is a charity registered in Scotland. No. SCO05932.        

Glasgow Youth Film Festival (GYFF) is supported by Screen Scotland Film Education Partnership Fund; the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery; The Robertson Trust; Glasgow City Council; and Europa Cinemas. The full programme is on sale now

Screen Scotland is the dedicated partnership for screen in Scotland.  With funding from Scottish Government and the National Lottery, Screen Scotland is driving the cultural, social and economic development of all aspects of the sector in Scotland, through enhanced funding, services and support.  Screen Scotland sits within Creative Scotland and is a partnership with Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Funding Council, working in close collaboration with the sector to ensure its success.  @screenscot

Watch the GYFF19 trailer, below.

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