Glasgow Youth Film Festival 2017 programme announced

The ninth annual Glasgow Youth Film Festival brings another line-up of film curated by local teen programmers

Article by The Skinny | 21 Aug 2017

Glasgow Film Theatre’s young team are back in the driving seat for the ninth edition of the Glasgow Youth Film Festival, the annual event that sees a group of bright teen film fans aged 15 to 19 take over programming duty. “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.”

They’ve come up with an interesting and eclectic line-up with which to entice these new film fans. The festival kicks off with Just Charlie, Rebekah Fortune’s debut feature about a transgender child’s journey for acceptance. A hit a the recent EIFF (it won the audience award), it’s sure to be a moving and thought-provoking opener.

Anime fans are catered for with adventure film The Ancient Magus’ Bride, while from Germany comes At Eye Level, which follows a young boy in a foster home trying to discover the identity of his estranged father. There’s also the Scottish Premiere of the new big screen adaptation of beloved Australian novel Jasper Jones, which stars Toni Collette and Hugo Weaving. And Glaswegian filmmaker Peter Mackie Burns will introduce his comic-drama Daphne, which centres on a 30-something London woman going through an existential crisis after witnessing a stabbing.

You’ll also find some modern classics back on the big screen. There’s a late night outing for Luc Besson's Leon, and Wes Anderson's bittersweet coming-of-ager Moonrise Kingdom closes the festival with an event that will see Glasgow's Mackintosh Queen's Cross Church transformed into Camp Ivanhoe, the boy scout campsite where much of the film takes place.

GYFF runs 22-24 Sep. Tickets go on sale at 10am on 24 Aug. For tickets and more programme details, head to