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GFT Blog: Glasgow Youth Film Festival 2017


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Glasgow Youth Film Festival has gained cult status over the past nine years as the first film festival in Europe curated by 15-19 year-olds. This year the festival returned with a diverse line-up of cinema, special guest speakers and behind-the-scenes workshops. Running Friday 22 - Sunday 24 September, GYFF, again, proved to be Scotland's most innovative film festival for young adult audiences.

Opening with Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017 Audience Award winner Just Charlie, the programme featured an eclectic selection of UK and Scottish Premieres including award-winning German comedy At Eye Level and the new film adaptation of Craig Silvey's acclaimed novel Jasper Jones. Cult modern classics Léon and Moonrise Kingdom both made a return to the big screen, while fans of anime were treated to an exclusive first look at the first three episodes of Japanese fantasy series The Ancient Magus' Bride.

Other highlights were a special Q&A and Facebook Live Stream with local director Peter Mackie Burns ahead of the UK release of his debut feature Daphne, a screening of heartfelt dance documentary Step, and an insightful series of creative workshops for aspiring filmmakers including Costumes on Screen with Nina Ayres (Game of Thrones) and Writing For Film with screenwriter Morayo Akandé & film critic Alistair Harkness. The festival's Closing Gala, which saw Glasgow's stunning Mackintosh Queen's Cross Church transform into Camp Ivanhoe for a night, rounded off a fantastic weekend of cinema with an evening screening of Wes Anderson's irresistible Moonrise Kingdom.

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GYFF17 Closing Gala: Moonrise Kingdom

My highlight of the festival was Moonrise Kingdom. It was so great to see everyone enjoy the event that we helped create and seeing all our hard work pay off. My favourite screening, however, had to be Step. I think that everyone who hasn’t seen it definitely must - it’s so uplifting and inspiring, everyone in the audience laughed and cried together!

Charlotte, GYFF Young Programmer
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GYFF17 Workshops: Writing for Film & Costumes on Screen

Just Charlie was a phenomenal choice to open GYFF17. Fantastic Q&A too, startlingly empathetic work.

GYFF Audience Member
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(left) "Don't wait for a good idea...find one." Watch Peter Mackie Burns' Daphne Q&A below. (right) Just Charlie producer Karen Newman & writer Peter Machen.
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Glasgow Youth Film Festival will be back from 14-16 September 2018. View photos from GYFF17 here.

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