The Glasgow Youth Film Festival runs before the main festival, from the 5th to the 15th of February. It aims to include films for all ages, from toddlers to teenagers, and there are old favourites showing alongside exciting new work. You'll also find events providing the opportunity to play, to find out more about the films you love, and maybe even to let you try filmmaking for yourself!
A Boy And His Samurai and Princess Mononoke
(Country: Bulgaria; Year: 2011; Director: Konstantin Bojanov; Writer: Arnold Barkus, Konstantin Bojanov; Stars: Anjela Nedyalkova, Ovanes Torosian, Martin Brambach, Svetla Yancheva, Bruno S., Nikola Dodov, Krassimir Dokov, Katinka Nedyalkova, Maria Petrova, Elena Rainova, Iossif Surchadzhiev, Nikolai Urumov, Bojka Velkova, Ivan Yurukov, Bojidar Zlatkov)
A young hitchhiker meets an intriguing girl with a penchant for fabulous lies.
A Boy And His Samurai (Chonmage Purin)
(Country: Japan; Year: 2010; Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura; Writer: Yoshihiro Nakamura, based on the book by Gen Araki.; Stars: Fuku Suzuki, Hitomi Satô, Ryô Nishikido, Shiori Kutsuna, Keisuke Horibe, Rie Tomosaka)
The difficult life of a boy and his single mother looks set to change when they take in an Edo-era samurai warrior who has been magically transported to their time.
(Country: Italy, Switzerland, France; Year: 2011; Director: Alice Rohrwacher; Writer: Alice Rohrwacher; Stars: Yle Vianello, Salvatore Cantalupo, Pasqualina Scuncia, Anita Caprioli)
A young girl struggles to cope with a family move, while preparing for her confirmation ceremony.
Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below
(Country: Japan; Year: 2011; Director: Makoto Shinkai)
Makoto Shinkai's anime will appeal to Ghibli fans as young Asuna gains entry to the underground land of Agartha.
Napoleon Dynamite and Dragonslayer
(Country: US; Year: 2010; Director: Joel Fendelman, Patrick Daly; Writer: Patrick Daly, Joel Fendelman; Stars: Muatasem Mishal, Maz Jobrani, Dina Aishah, Michael J. Golden, Markus Goldberg)
A Muslim kid who doesn't fit in becomes friends with a Jewish boy but doesn't know how to resolve the initial misunderstanding about his background.
(Country: USA; Year: 2011; Director: Tristan Patterson; Stars: Josh 'Skreech' Sandoval), Official Site
Documentary following a year in the life of skateboarder Josh ‘Skreech’ Sandoval.
Harold And Maude (Harold & Maude)
(Country: US; Year: 1971; Director: Hal Ashby; Writer: Colin Higgins; Stars: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack, Charles Tyner, Ellen Geer)
A morbid young man falls in love with a vivacious septuagenarian.
J'Aime Regarder Les Filles
(Country: France; Year: 2011; Director: Fred Louf; Writer: Fred Louf, Régis Jaulin; Stars: Pierre Niney, Audrey Bastien, Lou de Laâge, Ali Marhyar, Victor Bessière)
An ordinary young, left wing guy falls for a rich girl and decides he must pretend to be someone he's not if he is to seduce her.
Lessons Of A Dream (Der Ganz Große Traum)
(Country: Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Sebastian Grobler; Writer: Sebastian Grobler, Philipp Roth; Stars: Daniel Brühl, Burghart Klaußner, Thomas Thieme, Justus von Dohnányi, Jürgen Tonkel)
An English teacher introduces his class to football in the 1890s and sparks a craze right across Germany.
Avé and The Muppets
(Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: James Bobin; Writer: Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller; Stars: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Rizzo, Amy Adams, Jason Segel, Chris Cooper, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal), Official Site
When the Muppet Theatre is theatened, three fans must reunite its former stars to save it.
Napoleon Dynamite (Napoleon Dynamite - Special Edition)
(Country: US; Year: 2004; Director: Jared Hess; Writer: Jared Hess, Jurusha Hess; Stars: Jon Heder, Jon Gries, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez, Diedrich Bader, Tina Majorino, Sandy Martin, Haylie Duff, Shondrella Avery, Trevor Snarr)
In praise of small town high school losers who discover their skills.
(Country: Belgium, Netherlands; Year: 2010; Director: Hans Van Nuffel; Writer: Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem, Hans Van Nuffel; Stars: Gijs Scholten van Aschat, Marie Vinck, Kris Cuppens, Wouter Hendrickx, Anemone Valcke)
Two young men who share an incurable illness face death together and try to find something precious in life.
(Country: Sweden, Denmark, France; Year: 2011; Director: Ruben Ostlund; Writer: Ruben Ostlund; Stars: Kevin Vaz, Sebastian Blyckert, Anas Abdirahman, Sebastian Hegmar, Yannick Diakit)
Thought-provoking and considered drama inspired by an elaborate scam developed by young teens in Gothenburg.
Princess Mononoke (Mononoke Hime)
(Country: Japan; Year: 1997; Director: Hayao Miyazaki; Writer: Hayao Miyazaki, Neil Gaiman; Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Keith David, Gillian Anderson, Jada Pinkett Smith)
A prince becomes caught up in a battle between a mining town and a forest.
The Wise Kids and Harold And Maude
The Rabbi's Cat (Le chat du rabbin)
(Country: France, Austria; Year: 2011; Director: Antoine Delesvaux, Joann Sfar; Writer: Sandrina Jardel, Joann Sfar, Joann Sfar; Stars: François Morel, Maurice Bénichou, Hafsia Herzi, François Damiens, Mathieu Amalric, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Mohamed Fellag, Sava Lolov, Daniel Cohen, Eric Elmosnino, Alice Houri, Wojciech Pszoniak, Karina Testa)
Extravagant animated fantasy set in 1920s Algiers
Simple Simon (I Rymden Finns Inga Känslor)
(Country: Sweden; Year: 2010; Director: Andreas Öhman; Writer: Jonathan Sjöberg, Andreas Öhman; Stars: Bill Skarsgård, Martin Wallström, Cecilia Forss, Sofie Hamilton, Susanne Thorson)
A teenager with Asperger's syndrome embarks on a quest to find the perfect girlfriend for his recently-dumped brother.
(Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Miguel Alvarez, Bradley Beesley, John Bryant, Bob Byington, Michael Dolan, Sam Wainwright Douglas, Jay Duplass, Chris Eska, Paul Gordon, Amy Grappell, Duane Graves, Carlyn Hudson, Clay Liford, Berndt Mader, Geoff Marslett, Justin Meeks, Scott R Meyers, Sp; Stars: Bob Ray, Marc Wiskemann, John Chisholm, Sarah Kihls), Official Site
A tribute to Richard Linklater's Slacker made by members of the Austin Filmmakers Society.
Tales Of The Night (Princes And Princesses)
(Country: France; Year: 2011; Director: Michel Ocelot; Writer: Michel Ocelot; Stars: Julien Bramis, Marine Griset, Michel Elias)
Enchanting, magical tales told using silhouette animation and screened in 3D.
(Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Azazel Jacobs; Writer: Patrick Dewitt, Azazel Jacobs; Stars: Jacob Wysocki, John C. Reilly, Creed Bratton, Diane Salinger, Olivia Crocicchia, Bridger Zadina, Jenna Gavigan, Tara Karsian, Jessica D. Stone, Melanie Abramoff, Mary Anne McGarry, Jamie Lee Redmon, Justin Prentice, Curtiss Frisle, Lisa Hoover)
An unhappy, overweight boy with a difficult home life finds inspiration in a deputy headteacher who loves to break the rules.
Slacker 2011 and Corpo Celeste
Twiggy (La Brindille)
(Country: France; Year: 2011; Director: Emmanuelle Millet; Writer: Emmanuelle Millet; Stars: Christa Théret, Johan Libéreau, Maud Wyler, Anne Le Ny)
A young woman's life is turned upside down when she suddenly finds out that she's more than six months pregnant.
The Wise Kids
(Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Stephen Cone; Writer: Stephen Cone; Stars: Molly Kunz, Tyler Ross, Allison Torem, Matt DeCaro, Sadieh Rifai)
Three teenagers struggle with issues round religion and identity as one of them tries to come to terms with being gay.