Put together by a group of young film enthusiasts and designed to provide something for everyone from toddlers to teens, the Glasgow Youth Film Festival, which precedes the main festival, always offers a strong selection of movies.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off and First Position
Alfie The Little Werewolf (Dolfje Weerwolfje)
(Country: Netherlands; Year: 2011; Director: Joram Lürsen; Writer: Tamara Bos, based on the book by Paul van Loon.; Stars: Ole Kroes, Maas Bronkhuyzen, Remko Vrijdag, Vader Vriends)
On his seventh birthday, a boy discover a hair-raising family secret.
(Year: 2012; Director: Yung Chang; Writer: Yung Chang; Stars: Zongli He, Yunfei Miao, Moxiang Qi, Zhong Zhao)
In central China, where a coach recruits poor rural teenagers and turns them into Western-style boxing champions, the top students face dramatic choices as they graduate – should they fight for the collective good or for themselves?
The Day Of The Crows (Le jour des corneilles)
(Country: France; Year: 2012; Director: Jean-Christophe Dessaint; Writer: Amandine Taffin; Stars: Voices of Jean Reno, Isabelle Carré, Claude Chabrol, Lorànt Deutsch)
Animated story of a boy who leads a wild existence deep in the forest until the day he discovers civilised life in a neighbouring village and meets a girl who lives there.
The Deflowering Of Eva Van End (De Ontmaagding Van Eva Van End)
(Country: Netherlands; Year: 2012; Director: Michiel ten Horn; Writer: Anne Barnhoorn, Michiel ten Horn; Stars: Vivian Dierickx, Jacqueline Blom, Freerk Bos)
The arrival of a handsome exchange student causes a troubled family to come apart at the seams.
Fat Kid Rules The World
(Country: US; Year: 2012; Director: Matthew Lillard; Stars: Jacob Wysocki, Matt O'Leary, Billy Campbell)
A suicidal teenager is befriended by an aspiring punk musician but his father disapproves.
Kauwboy and The Day Of The Crows
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
(Country: US; Year: 1986; Director: John Hughes; Writer: John Hughes; Stars: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Kristy Swanson, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones, Jennifer Grey, Charlie Sheen, Cindy Pickett, Lyman Ward)
A teen plots a day off school.
(Country: USA; Year: 2011; Director: Bess Kargman)
A documentary following a group of kids through tough ballet training.
From Up On Poppy Hill
(Country: Japan; Year: 2011; Director: Goro Miyazaki; Writer: Hayao Miyazaki, based on a story by Tetsurô Sayama; Stars: Masami Nagasawa, Junichi Okada)
A new friendship and the prospect of romance are thrown into disarray by a shocking revelation.
Gimme The Loot
(Country: US; Year: 2012; Director: Adam Leon; Writer: Adam Leon; Stars: Tysheeb Hickson, Zoë Lescaze, Joshua Rivera, Tashiana R. Washington), Official Site
A pair of graffiti artists attempt to pull off a daring tagging mission
(Country: UK, Germany; Year: 2009; Director: Max Lang, Jakob Schuh; Stars: James Corden, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Wilkinson, Robbie Coltrane, John Hurt)
A mouse survives a walk in the woods using its wits.
I Wish and The Deflowering Of Eva Van End
The Gruffalo's Child
(Country: UK, Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Uwe Heidschötter, Johannes Weiland; Stars: James Corden, Helena Bonham Carter, Shirley Henderson, Robbie Coltrane, John Hurt)
A brave little gruffalo goes looking for the big, bad mouse.
I Wish (Kiseki)
(Country: Japan; Year: 2011; Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda; Writer: Hirokazu Kore-eda; Stars: Koki Maeda, Ohshirô Maeda, Ryôga Hayashi, Cara Uchida, Kanna Hashimoto, Rento Isobe, Hoshinosuke Yoshinaga, Hiroshi Abe, Yoshio Harada, Isao Hashizume, Kirin Kiki, Masami Nagasawa, Yui Natsukawa, Jô Odagiri, Nene Ohtsuka)
Two brothers hatch a plot to make their reunion wish come true.
Kaddish For A Friend
(Country: Germany; Year: 2012; Director: Leo Khasin; Stars: Neil Belakhdar, Ryszard Ronczewski, Neil Malik Abdullah)
A refugee family risks deportation after the teenage son gets in trouble, so he sets out to make things right, making surprising discoveries in the process.
(Country: Netherlands; Year: 2012; Director: Boudewijn Koole; Stars: Rick Lens, Loek Peters, Susan Radder, Hüseyin Cahit Ölmez)
A boy with a difficult home life befriends an injured jackdaw.
(Country: Netherlands, Belgium; Year: 2011; Director: Christophe Van Rompaey; Stars: Emma Levie, Niels Gomperts, Jeroen Willems)
A young woman tired of being written off because of her size tentatively embarks on a new relationship.
Gimme The Loot and Wolf Children
(Country: South Africa; Year: 2011; Director: Sara Blecher; Writer: James Whyle, Sara Blecher; Stars: Jafta Mamabolo, Thomas Gumede, Sihle Xaba, Tshepang Mohlomi), Official Site
Three friends discover surfing as an escape from the violence of late-apartheid South Africa.
Sammy's Great Escape
(Country: Belgium; Year: 2012; Director: Ben Stassen; Stars: Wesley Johnny, Cinda Adams)
When a turtle explorer and his friend are kidnapped and taken to an aquarium, their children set out to rescue them.
The We And The I
(Country: US; Year: 2012; Director: Michel Gondry; Writer: Michel Gondry, Jeff Grimshaw, Paul Proch; Stars: Michael Brodie, Teresa Lynn, Raymond Delgado)
A chance to get to know a diverse group of schoolkids on their bus home through the Bronx after the last day of school.
Wickie And The Treasure Of The Gods (Wickie auf großer Fahrt)
(Country: Germany / Malta; Year: 2011; Director: Christian Ditter; Writer: Christian Ditter, Runer Jonsson, Neil Ennever; Stars: Jonas Hämmerle, Waldemar Kobus, Valeria Eisenbart, Günther Kaufmann)
When will little Wickie finally become a real Viking? This question is giving his father Halvar sleepless nights. But when Sven the Terrible kidnaps Halvar, Wickie unexpectedly gets his big chance.
Wolf Children (Ookami Kodomo No Ame To Yuki)
(Country: Japan; Year: 2012; Director: Mamoru Hosoda; Writer: Mamoru Hosoda, Satoko Okudera; Stars: Aoi Miyazaki, Takao Osawa, Huru Kuroki)
After falling in love with a werewolf she meets at university, a young woman is left alone to raise two half-wolf children who must be hidden from prying eyes.
Wreck-It Ralph and From Up On Poppy Hill
Wreck-It Ralph (Wreck-It Ralph 3D, Wreck It Ralph)
(Country: US; Year: 2012; Director: Rich Moore; Writer: Rich Moore, Phil Johnston, Jim Reardon, Jennifer Lee, John C. Reilly, Sam J. Levine, Jared Stern; Stars: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Mindy Kaling, Joe Lo Truglio, Ed O'Neill, Dennis Haysbert, Edie McClurg, Raymond S. Persi, Jess Harnell, Rachael Harris, Skylar Astin, Adam Carolla)
Tired of being a video game bad guy, Ralph sets off through all the games in the arcade where he lives, hoping to make a name for himself.