EIFF announces Youth Hub details

Programme offers access to free workshops and careers advice.

by Amber Wilkinson

The Moon Dogs cast and crew will join the EIFF Youth Hub on June 17.
The Moon Dogs cast and crew will join the EIFF Youth Hub on June 17.
Edinburgh International Film Festival has announced details of the EIFF Youth Hub. This free programme of filmmaker masterclasses, workshops and careers advice for 15-25-year-olds will run from June 17-20.

Taking place in The Church of St. John the Evangelist on Princes Street, EIFF Youth Hub highlights include a presentation from Pixar Director of Photography Ian Megibben, putting the spotlight on the studio’s award-winning animations, and masterclasses with Foley artist Pete Burgis (Take Down, The Danish Girl, Captain Phillips) and Costume Designer Alison Mitchell (The Rezort, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Outpost: Black Sun). It will also welcome the cast and crew of new Scottish feature Moon Dogs on Friday 17 (in advance of their world premiere that evening) and feature I Know What You Did Last Summer director Jim Gillespie on Monday 20th.

The programme is aimed at young people who love cinema and want to find out more about the process of filmmaking. It aims to also offer inspiration, advice and information on the careers available. There’s also a creative and insightful Careers Surgery taking place on the morning of Saturday, June 18.

EIFF head of education Nicola Kettlewood said: "We want EIFF to be accessible and enjoyed by young people from Edinburgh, Lothians and Scotland. EIFF Youth Hub is a free opportunity for them to hear from some of our visiting filmmakers and gain valuable careers advice. Meanwhile for those who don’t know what to see, our Young Programmers have recommended their favourite films and badged them Young & the Wild.”

This year’s Young & the Wild films come recommended by EIFF Young Programmers - a group of film enthusiasts aged 15-19 years old. Young programmers chair many of the events at EIFF Youth Hub. They will also chair select Q&As at EIFF film screenings.

EIFF 2016 also includes the Student Critics Competition which is open to all students from Scottish schools, colleges and universities. Students must submit a 400-word, or three-minute vlog of an EIFF film. The submission deadline is June 23.

The Student Critics Competition is supported by two events - a drop-in vlogging workshop run by Into Film taking place at Youth Hub on June 17 from 2.15-3.45pm; and Getting Started in Film Criticism will present professional writers and vloggers sharing their experiences of working as a critic, which will take place at Filmhouse on Saturday, June 18 from 3.45-4.45pm.

Follow EIFF Youth Hub on Facebook (EdFilmFestYouthHub), Twitter (@eiffyouthhub) and Instagram (EIFFYouthHub) for more information and updates, and visit the website. To register for EIFF Youth Hub events, click here.

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