The programme for the fifth annual Glasgow Youth Film Festival – the only film event in the UK curated entirely by 15-18 year olds – launches today, at Tramway’s Fresh Faced Winter Fayre. Working with staff at Glasgow Film Festival, the team of young programmers have organised workshops, special preview screenings of soon-to-be-released films, and even an outdoor dance party on the banks of the Clyde!
This year’s opening gala will be an advance preview screening of Disney’s latest, video game-themed release, Wreck-It Ralph, starring John C Reilly and Sarah Silverman; the festival closes with a preview of The We and the I, the hilarious, off- beat new film from director Michael Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).
A number of extra special events make the programme particularly unique this year. A team of street dancers and DJs will take over the River Clyde Embankment, creating a live homage to the innovative music/dance film Girl Walk // All Day, which saw dancers interacting with the public all over New York; the film will be simultaneously projected onto the riverbank. Elsewhere, London’s Paper Cinema company use puppetry, live animation, music and performance to create a one-off big screen version of The Odyssey, and members of the cast and crew of Channel 4’s hit sitcom Fresh Meat drop by for a masterclass. Enduring teen icon Ferris Bueller gets another day out, and a number of films get UK premieres, including Dutch comedy The Deflowering of Eva van End, Belgian drama The Day of the Crows, and from the US, Matthew Lilliard’s Fat Kid Rules the World, about a suicidal teen rocker.
The programme also includes a vibrant, internationally-focused range of animation, documentaries and films reflecting issues and experiences of young people around the world, and a series of workshops where industry professionals offer advice, tips and practical experience to young people interested in making a career in cinema. There’s plenty for little brothers and sisters too, from innovative family-focused short films to a live appearance by Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson.
The 2013 festival will run from 3-13 February 2013, the actual Glasgow Film Festival starts the day after Glasgow Youth Film Festival finishes,running from 14-24 February. The People’s Movies & Cinehouse will be at the Glasgow Film Festival which the youth festival is part off and we’ll do our best to bring you the best of the action from the festival.
Wreck It Ralph
Opening Gala:Monday 4 February (18.30), GFT / Opening Gala **SCOTTISH PREMIERE**
For decades, Ralph has been overshadowed by Fix-it Felix Jr., the good-guy star of their arcade game who always gets to save the day. Tired of playing the role of the bad guy, Ralph sets off on a journey across the arcade through multiple generations of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero. Wreck-It Ralph crashes onto the big screen on Friday 8 February.
Director Rich Moore / USA 2012 / 1h41m / PG
The We And I
Closing Gala:Wednesday 13 February (20.50), GFT/ The We and the I **SCOTTISH PREMIERE**
It’s the last day of school in NYC. A group of rowdy teenagers take the bus ride home and learn a lot more about themselves than they ever imagined. An imaginative and outspoken depiction of teenagers by visual genius Michel Gondry, the director behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Be Kind Rewind.
Director Michel Gondry / UK/USA/France 2012 / 1h43m / N/C 15+