Glasgow Youth Film Festival a sell-out success

Festival closes with Edward Scissorhands extravaganza.

by Jennie Kermode

Young cinemagoers assemble
Young cinemagoers assemble Photo: Max Crawford

The Glasgow Youth Film Festival came to a close last night after a successful run that saw several screenings sold out and large audiences throughout. Among the most popular choices were opening gala The Witch, which viewers deemed suitably scary, and Nena, the story of a teenager's relationship with her disabled dad, which was followed by a live talk with director Saskia Diesing. Workshops were also well attended, with children and young people keen to acquire filmmaking skills of their own.

The closing gala was held in recently restored church St Luke's, which had been spectacularly decorated with fake topiary and woodland animal taxidermy. Pastel-coloued paper houses illuminated from the inside recreated the small town location of Edward Scissorhands, which has succeeded in finding itself a new generation of fans. Preceding the screening were the Erskine String Trio playing songs by The Cure.

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