2022 FILM PROGRAMME
Venue: Grovepark Hall at Community Central Hall, 304 Maryhill Road, Glasgow, G20 7YE (directions)
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Programme tag key: BFI Academy (BFI), Moving Image Arts (MIA), Scottish Documentary Institute (SDI), Youth Cinema Network (YCN), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Climate Challenge: 1.5° Films (1.5 Films), Alchemy Film Town (Alchemy) and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS)
13:00 – 14:20 Film Programme 1 - Composed Rhythm & Passing Time
Here we encounter realities happening in and out of sync with our own time. Sometimes simultaneous and often inhabiting daily tempos, this programme beautifully challenges our perception of passing time.
A Futuristic Knock On The Door (Archie Kirkwood-Law, Edinburgh & The Lothians, 04:48 mins)
A sci-fi comedy movie where Archie is met with the challenges of his future self arriving and not being very helpful.
Aaron Underworld & The Asteroid (Ruairidh Cooper, Glasgow, 01:30 mins) 1.5 Films
An animation about a world of anthropomorphic dinosaurs facing a potential catastrophic extinction event that mirrors our own. But much like us, not every 'saur believes the asteroid is real, or such a big deal.
Sleepless (Cleo Forbes, Edinburgh & The Lothians, 03:24 mins) BFI/MIA
Time seems never-ending as Eva tries to get to sleep. Made at home as part of the BFI Film Academy Edinburgh & South East Course.
Cinema of Distractions (Axel Mordecai, Mid Scotland & Fife, 17:27 mins)
A comedy about two cinema ushers with vastly different opinions on outside food being brought in the cinema, whose ideological conflict is stretched to ridiculous and comedic lengths.
Wooplash (Branching Out Youth Group with Alchemy Film & Arts, South Scotland, 02:55 mins) Alchemy
A short percussive look at the outdoors, sound, and friendship made by Branching Out (Borders Additional Needs Group).
Meine Stadt in Berlin/My city in Berlin (Jameela Mearajdin, Germany, 2021, 03:48 min) YCN
In her film, the filmmaker reflects on how Berlin has both changed her life and herself.
Nitro (Eva Magdic Govedarica, Edinburgh & The Lothians, 01:30 mins) 1.5 Films
Through abstract imagery, Nitro focuses on individual emotional and spiritual connections to nature.
I Will Never Forget (Lloyd Darko, Glasgow, 03:12 mins) Lux Scotland
‘I Will Never Forget’ by Gloria Dima and Lloyd Darko uses the symbolism of objects accompanied by spoken word and song, to interpret a traumatic past experience as a means of alternative storytelling.
Harmonic Spectrum (Austen McCowan & Will Hewitt, Edinburgh & The Lothians, 13:55 mins) SDI
Sean uses the piano to navigate life on the Autistic Spectrum. Drawn into a new musical collaboration, he must learn to balance his enthusiasm and compulsive energy with understanding and compromise, redefining his perspective as he enters adulthood.
Total running time: 46:57 + 5 min comfort break.
19:30 – 20:45 Film Programme 2 - In Our Minds and Bodies
Come and explore the intricacies of mental health and the relationships between our brains and bodies. Each film effectively portrays important emotional themes in a variety of engaging ways, allowing for a range of perspectives and discussions surrounding these nuanced topics.
Robyn (Chloe Kennedy, Edinburgh & The Lothians, 04:21 mins)
A coming-of-age dance film following a young girl who struggles with anxiety and depression, feeling overwhelmed as she attempts to escape from a house party. Conflating dance and reality, Robyn is expressive and passionate, freeing her mind and self through movement.
Fight or Flight (Katie Cameron, Glasgow, 04:13 mins) RCS
A film about people who, rather than face their fears, allow them to take over their lives. The central character confines themselves to a prison-like existence which is determined by spiders.
Like Me (Maisie Muir, Edinburgh & The Lothians, 03:16 mins) BFI/MIA
Ella is struggling to deal with the hurtful side of social media. Made at home as part of the BFI Film Academy Edinburgh and South East Course.
Moonman (Callum Martin, Glasgow, 02:48 mins) Lux Scotland
FOMO, Fear Of Missing Out, is a modern symbol of isolation, that teenagers experience constantly. FOMO is represented by Moonman and the planet he lives on is the state of isolation that is felt.
The Fox (Fatima Jawara, Central Scotland, 04:06 mins) BFI/MIA Language
Juggling with the backlash of his parent's divorce and being flung into adulthood, 17-year-old Joe takes it upon himself to leave with no plan on returning
Contagious Loneliness (Carina Krause, Germany, 2020, 04:05 mins) YCN Nudity
A woman has to put aside her desire to be touched. The loss and change of her familiar surroundings pushes her to her limits.
Loco (Rory Wilson, UK, 2020, 7 min) YCN Suicide / PTSD
A train driver is left traumatised after an incident on the tracks.
An Ode To Chlomo (Peer Theilen, Edinburgh & The Lothians, 5 mins)
From dyslexia and the wobble cushion, through performance anxiety and on-stage adrenaline we tell the story of Chlomo. As he effortlessly floats through the air, suspended from trees and wrapped in silks, we discover his spirit is as free as his flowing movement.
Everyman (Jack Goessens, Glasgow, 10:54 mins) SDI
A personal, visual essay about gender transition – focusing on the social context and implications and exploring how the world is different living as female compared to being perceived as male. Jack tells his story by using and reframing gender focused tropes and imagery from popular culture, mythology, history and art.
Total duration of the programme: 75 min approximately (45:13 min running time + 5 min comfort break + 20 min Q&A)
13:00 – 14:30 Film Programme 3 - Earthly Explorations: AHRC’s Research in Film
This programme uplifts voices of those who are often excluded from conversations surrounding the climate crisis, showcasing shortlisted films from the AHRC Research in Film Awards. These films, based on cutting-edge climate research, encourage us to engage in meaningful conversations and take action to heal our relationship with the planet.
Kii Nche Ndutsa/Time and the Seashell (Itandehui Jansen, Edinburgh University, 13:10 mins) AHRC
A young Indigenous boy imagines his future while listening to the sounds of a seashell. An Indigenous man recalls his past listening to the same shell. The man remembers birds and fireflies in his childhood, that are no longer there. The short film invites an audience to consider past, present and future of a changing landscape and vanishing biodiversity.
A Stork's Journey (Brigitta Keaves/Ben Worku-Dix, Germany/London, SOAS, 5 mins) AHRC
‘A Stork’s Journey’ illustrates important research at the Max Planck Institute for Animal Behavior, Fly with White Storks as they strike out from Germany, flying via Turkey to Sudan and beyond. It shows the dramatic perils of this dangerous journey, as the birds navigate electricity wires, hunters, pollution and pesticides. Yet it also illustrates the magic of this odyssey, soaring over half the world, past stunning landscapes with these majestic birds. llustrated and animated by artist and graphic novelist Karrie Fransman and Produced by PositiveNegatives.
INSECURE (Katie Parsons, University of Hull, UK, 09:36 mins) AHRC
INSECURE – Intergenerational stories of a coastal community facing climate change impacts explores the dynamic and rapidly eroding coastline of the town of Withersnea and the local community’s relationship with this changing seascape. Based off a community engagement project that encouraged young people to research and gather stories of coastal change and present their findings through poetry, stories, videos and pictures, this film demonstrates how coastal change has had a long and interlinked history with the town’s development and people’s lives.
To Be A Marma (Ed Owles, UK, 15:41 mins) AHRC
An evocative portrait of the Marma people, a minority indigenous people living in the Hill Tracts of the Bangladesh/Myanmar border. Ruled over by an increasingly symbolic tribal monarchy, as well as the Bangladeshi state, they are battling to protect their identity, culture and land in the face of mass climate migration into their ancestral lands from the rest of Bangladesh.
The Promise (Chi Thai, 06:41 mins) AHRC
The Promise is an urban fairy tale that plays out on the mean streets of a mean city. Here, a young thief tries to snatch an old woman’s bag but she cannot have it without giving something in return: The Promise.
Q&A with Ed Owles, Farhana Hoque (To Be A Marma), Armando Bautista (Time and the Seashell) and Florence Halstead (INSECURE)
17:30 – 18:30 Film Programme 4 - (Un)Sustainable Systems
Systems determine the way we live our lives, socially, politically, and environmentally. This film programme has an environmental focus, exploring each idea in a new and unique way. How can we sustain ourselves if the systems we rely on are unsustainable? What do you imagine the future looking like?
The Reset Button (Ana Songel, Glasgow, 01:30 mins) 1.5 Films
A film about climate change effects and how these could be extremely serious and non-reversible. The film encourages us to think about these consequences and how they would affect our planet if we don’t stop them on time.
Assisted Growing (Rowen Henderson, Highlands & Islands, 04:26 mins)
A light-hearted film about a gardener who unwittingly uses a DNA altering growth spray on his plants leading to some LARGE consequences.
A Greener Way To Die (Erin Gilbertson, Edinburgh & The Lothians, 01:30 mins) 1.5 Films
How does your death affect the environment? What can you do to make sure your death doesn't leave a negative impact? This film answers those questions and is brought to you in the wonderful medium of animation.
REVELATION! (Libby Douglas, Glasgow, 01:30 mins) 1.5 Films
A film about the value of wind power. It’s a humorous look at how "God" may react to the way mankind is treating the planet, and how they could easily fix it.
Dams - The Pros & Cons (Ava Skye Barton, Chas Seiffert, Brazil/USA, 02:21 mins) YCN
Told through astonishing stop motion animation, this short captures and insight into the history of our relationship with water and humans’ desire to control this natural resource for their own uses through different technologies.
Dreams of Tomorrow (Zoë Swann, North-East Scotland, 01:24 mins) 1.5 Films
Tayport locals share their thoughts on realistic, positive changes they’d like to see happen in the local area to make the town a greener, more sustainable place.
Fast Fashion Dining (Amy Gardner, Glasgow, 01:30 mins) 1.5 Films
A caricature of consumer behaviour when it comes to purchasing clothes. Explores the catastrophic effects of overconsumption on the environment.
Hoover (Group of authors, Estonia, 01:35 mins) YCN
Subject 36 (Cal White, Edinburgh & The Lothians, 04:09 mins) Language / Blood / Gore
A convict on death row is forced to descend down a dark endless stairwell by a mysterious authority, unaware of the terrible fate awaiting them...
Precio/Price (Samuel Navarro, IES Rodanas, Épila, Spain, 2020, 04:44 min)YCN Racist themes
She has it all. They want it all.
A Bit Picky (Mathieu Monclar, Kristian Dimitrov, Central Scotland, 02:15 mins)
Two men walk into a bar- you know the story…or do you?
19:30 – 20:30 Film Programme 5 - Home Is Not A Place
Join us on a journey across time and space, exploring different identities and relationships with ‘home’. What does it feel like to have an identity crisis? What makes us feel a sense of belonging? We explore personal stories of migration and join uplifting journeys of self-discovery.
Yayoi Kusama's Magic Circles (Eleni Pehlivani, Greece, 02:51) YCN
The Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama, begins a long journey with her balloon. She passes through different countries and collects coloured circles. During her travels, she saves two children before their boat sinks. They take her to their city, which has been destroyed by war. With her magical circles, she helps them rebuild!
Let The Sunshine In (Eva Magdic Govedarica, Edinburgh & The Lothians, 05:11 mins)
It's been four years since Eva moved from Croatia to Scotland and her time here has been a roller-coaster of identity crises. To make sense of it all, she got behind a camera and collected moving images of her everyday surroundings...only when she placed them on the timeline did the healing process begin.
My Own Personal Lebanon (Theo Panagopoulos, Glasgow, 15:44 mins) ECA
My Own Personal Lebanon is a short documentary following the attempts of a young Greek filmmaker to connect with his distant Lebanese half by discovering his mother's secret stories of the war. The film explores the emotional tension between national and personal identity through a conversation in a car, two installations in Athens, a book about Beirut and three spoken languages.
The Merry Dancers on TV (Fiona Burton, Central Scotland, 04:51)
A young girl is the only person in the world to notice when the Moon vanishes from the night sky.
Total duration of programme: 60 min approximately (27:57 min running time + 5 min comfort break + 20 min Q&A)
18:30 – 20:00 Film Programme 6 - Waves of Kinship
A sensitive investigation into the fluctuating relationships between being, both human and nonhuman. Here we provide a platform for recognising the joy and difficulties we face from existing in our inter-webbed networks.
Wild Swimming (Gracie Beswick, Glasgow, 2:52 mins)
Wild Swimming is an experimental short film that blends poetry and documentary footage to create an intimate portrait of a wild swimmer. With an intimate voiceover from her partner, Beswick invites the audience to join her in the heart-freezing moment when you first dive in.
Florieren (Florian Garzotto, Switzerland, 2020, 07:31 mins) YCN
Florieren is a short film, using self-produced music, about the filmmaker’s life as a transgender man and 'gender' as a social construct.
The Beach (Kieran McLaughlin & Louie Holland, Glasgow, 6:51 mins) Loss / Grief
After the death of a close friend, a man finds himself on a beach, searching for himself.
Red Cape (Gary Beatson, Central Scotland, 9:22 mins) Language
Tensions are high in ten-year-old Sandy’s house as his parents' relationship falls apart. Sandy uses his red cape and intense imagination to find solace in the chaos as his father struggles under the weight of the betrayal. Together they must find a way to get through it.
Lasagne (Dominic Williams, Glasgow, 9:38 mins) Language / Drug Use
A fast-paced, sometimes relatable, sometimes absurd, comedy. Lewis’s relationship is in jeopardy due to his lack of effort and insight. He mistakenly thinks that making a lasagne will fix everything. But first he needs to find the elusive lasagne dish...
Pandemonia (Sonique Noreiga & Rebecca Murray, Glasgow, 2:39 mins) Lux Scotland
Pandemonia uses the format of an online video game between two friends to show the difficulty of living in a pandemic. Their characters (Tiny and Gingy) must keep their mental and physical health bars up to stay in the game.
Reclaiming the Land: The Urban Garden (Ruby Seber, Glasgow, 1:30 mins) 1.5 Films
A film exploring a Glasgow community’s journey in reclaiming a piece of disused land and transforming it into a productive garden. A film about building community, growing and redistributing nutritious food, and increasing biodiversity in the face of the climate crisis.
My Dad's Video Diary (Debora Maité Bottino & Lewis Saunders, Glasgow, 16:05 mins) Loss / Grief
After a former computer repairer is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, home videotapes provide a way for his son to reconnect with him. The film works with the idea of the disappearance of memory, and the recognition of affection, through the use of images that are also at risk of disappearing, due to the obsolescence of technology.
Total duration of programme: 90 min approximately (54:72 min running time + 5 min comfort break + 20 min Q&A)
We are a registered charity and would appreciate contributions towards tickets for the Youth Film Access Festival so we offer a sliding scale of ticket prices. If you can contribute in a small way towards the costs of running of the Festival, we encourage you to do so, but equally we are happy to offer free tickets to any and all that need them, no questions asked. Our sliding scale is £0/£2/£4/£6.
Due to anticipated demand, we would kindly ask you to cancel your place should you no longer be able to attend.
We hope you enjoy the programme of events and screenings!
Youth Film Access Festival is a project supported by
- Screen Scotland
- UK Research and Innovation’s Arts and Humanities Research Council and
- Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, and funded by Screen Scotland and National Lottery funding from the BFI.