Glasgow Youth Film Festival celebrates success

First independent run for festival is a hit.

by Jennie Kermode

The Youth team presents Labyrinth
The Youth team presents Labyrinth Photo: Max Crawford

The organisers of this year's Glasgow Youth Film Festival are celebrating today after the weekend event, the first ever to be run independently, proved a success. With sell-out performances of several films including closing gala choice Labyrinth, and with filmmaking workshops packed with enthusiastic learners, in generated a lot of excitement among young people in the city, many of whom said they hope to attend again next year.

The festival opened with a screening of The Signal which was generally well received despite a few people saying they didn't understand it. To add to their confusion, there were random zombies seated in the audience, as several people had arrived already prepared for a later screening of Shaun Of The Dead. The dressing up theme continued with a cosplay parade, with many attendees making a great deal of effort, and for the closing events the whole Barras Art & Design Centre was dressed up, turning into a jungle replete with trees, vines, snakes, giraffes and an elephant. It was a smaller animal that caused the most sensation, however, as a cockroach went on the rampage through the Youth team's dressing room, creating a panic. Fortunately, the team recovered in time to introduce the films.

With a large and very well received Vegan buffet on offer to celebrate the Green Glasgow theme, and with a performance by the Sensational David Bowie Tribute Band, the festival made many new friends by the time it came to a close. With interest in the creative side of film particularly high, it bodes well for the future of the Scottish industry.

Share this with others on...
News

An inconvenient woman Tanya Wexler on Buffaloed and a heroine who doesn't apologise

The fashion historian Mark Bozek on The Times Of Bill Cunningham

Huppert on a perpetual erotic charge Ira Sachs on working with France’s ultimate diva

Binoche out of her comfort zone Director Safy Nebbou on delivering the gift of a role

Eugene Hernandez appointed Director of New York Film Festival Dennis Lim named Director of Programming

Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President to open Tribeca Mary Wharton film lined up for 19th edition

César awards furore over Polanski Academy board resign as ceremony looms

More news and features

We're looking forward to the Berlinale, Scottish feminist festival Femspectives and the Glasgow Film Festival.



We've recently been at Sundance in Utah, Palm Springs, the French Film Festival and Tallinn Black Nights, Welsh horror spectacular Abertoir, the London Korean Film Festival and DOC NYC and the Valencia Film Festival.



Read our full for more.


Visit our festivals section.

Interact

Win a copy of Clockwise in our latest competition.