The Farewell to open Glasgow Youth Film Festival

Special Careers in Film Day also announced

by Jennie Kermode

The Farewell
The Farewell

The full schedule for this year's Glasgow Youth Film Festival was announced today, with Lulu Wang's The Farewell revealed as the opening film. Described as a "brilliant and affecting drama" by Glasgow Film’s Children and Young People Coordinator, Rebecca McSheaffrey, it follows a family's efforts to arrange to say goodbye to their elderly grandmother without letting her know that she's been diagnosed as terminally ill.

The festival will feature a special address by Alan McDonald, screenwriter of last year's opening film, Anna And The Apocalypse. As well as a strong line-up of films which includes a late night screening of cult favourite Heathers, it will host a number of special events aimed at helping young people to explore careers in film, including a dedicated Careers in Film Day on 12 September.

"The GYFF Young Programmers have created a brilliant programme of screenings and workshops for 2019, particular highlights include the Scottish premiere of unique coming-of-age Norwegian drama Phoenix, and the brilliant documentary Drag Kids, followed by what is sure to be a lively Skype Q&A!" said Glasgow Film’s Youth Programme Officer, Emma McDonald. "The team have really brought their imagination to the programming, and the Closing Gala: Scott Pilgrim Vs The World is sure to be an unforgettable immersive screening."

The main festival, which is curated entirely by young people, runs from 13 to 15 September.

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