Young Selectors at Glasgow Film Festival 2022


Young Selectors, a group of 18–21-year-olds with a passion for film, have returned to Glasgow Film Festival 2022. This year, 10 young people have selected films from the festival programme to create their own Young Selectors spotlight. They will also be doing Q&As with filmmakers, write reviews and online content and – for the first time at the festival – they will be unveiling their own industry programme.

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Casblanca Beats (Haut et fort)

This year’s Young Selectors – Andrea, Areeb, Bérénice, Emily, Lauren, Maria, Ryan, Sumayyah, Taylor and Toby – have chosen three films to champion, from a selection they’ve spent the last two months watching. We are pleased to announce their films: Once Upon a Time in Uganda, Zalava and Casablanca Beats. The group have chosen these films because not only did they enjoy them but also because they felt that they all captured the idea of old ways meeting the new. Tradition versus modernity. And how powerful a simple idea can be.

On choosing the films, Toby said: 'The chosen films reflect a conflict between tradition and identity. Zalava explores the ideological complexities of mob mentality against Western ideals, whereas Casablanca Beats and Once Upon a Time in Uganda show how a true passion for creation can face adversity in a regimented world. I hope you enjoy them.'

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Once Upon a Time in Uganda

Maria describes Once Upon a Time in Uganda: 'In his Ugandan birth neighbourhood, Wakaliga (more affectionally known as Wakaliwood), director Isaac Nabwana is inspired by American action movies and his love for martial arts to produce low budget movies. When film producer Alan Hofmanis watches one of his trailers, he decides to drop everything and move to Uganda to participate in this communal experience of filmmaking. This hilarious feature documentary follows their ventures as they try to film, produce and reach worldwide and Ugandan audiences in the hopes of spreading laughter and their deep-rooted passion for cinematography.'

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Zalava

Zalava, as described by Toby: 'A surreal trip into the world of Iranian horror. A portrayal of two groups with strong beliefs, we follow a sceptical soldier who comes face to face with what could be a supernatural presence. Suspenseful and creepy, Zalava is a peek into a world not too dissimilar from our own...'

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Casablanca Beats

Ryan’s thoughts on Casablanca Beats: 'Anas, a former rapper, starts a new job at a cultural centre. He uses hip-hop to teach his students to defiantly be themselves when society yearns to define them. A powerful film about young people finding their voice.'


The Young Selectors won’t only be presenting films, but will also be bringing Behind the Scenes events to the industry programme in collaboration with the GFT Youth Board. These events will be held on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March and are aimed at 15–25 year-olds who are trying to break into the film and television industry, or those just starting out in their careers.

The Young Selector’s Behind the Scenes events will include a prop-making workshop for those working on low budget films or aiming for more sustainable filmmaking, and a documentary pitch workshop. There will also be a panel on film journalism with a variety of talented writers passionate about cinema, chaired by GFT programme manager, Paul Gallagher. Blazing Griffin editor Elizabeth Clutterbuck will host a one-of-a-kind editing workshop, during which she will edit film footage on screen and share helpful hints for aspiring film editors. More to be announced soon!

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Once Upon a Time in Uganda

We look forward to sharing the content and events created by the Young Selectors and can’t wait to see what they make of the festival this year.


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