EIFF The Young & The Wild Youth Programme Announced

Youth hub panel

Edinburgh, May 2018: Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has today launched the full programme for its expanded youth strand The Young & the Wild which is dedicated to highlighting films, works and stories by, about and for young people. Taking place from 21 – 30 June 2018, The Young & the Wild will host an array of cutting-edge film screenings, special events, talks and masterclasses for youth audiences at this year’s Festival.

The Young & the Wild is supported by the Year of Young People 2018, managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Event Directorate and Edinburgh-based independent investment manager, Baillie Gifford. In the spirit of Scotland’s Year of Young People, EIFF have teamed up with international and local organisations, filmmakers and production companies to deliver an outstanding programme of screenings and events for 2018.

It’s an outstanding line-up created by young people for this year’s The Young & the Wild programme. The Scottish Government’s Year of Young People is all about creating new opportunities for young people’s skills and talents to flourish. This project is a unique chance for them to learn directly from world-renowned industry experts and gain hands-on experience to develop their passions and make their CVs stand out. Fiona Hyslop
Cabinet Secretary Culture, Tourism and External Affairs

Taking over the Cornerstone Centre at St John’s Church on Princes St, The Young & the Wild HQ will offer a free programme of filmmaker masterclasses, hands-on workshops and careers advice sessions for 15-25 year-olds. The youth programme of events is co-designed by the EIFF Young Programmers, a group of 15-19 year-olds who curate their own shorts strand, The Young & the Wild, and who badge events and screenings in the brochure that are relevant for youth audiences.

The programme will offer hands-on practical filmmaking workshops that enable young people to express their stories visually: for aspiring directors, EIFF will host a Directing Workshop with Garry Fraser (Second Unit Director on Trainspotting 2, Writer/Director on upcoming serial drama The Grey Area), budding writers will get a chance to train their skills in the film journalism and screenwriting workshops and for those looking to create a film in a week, join the doc workshop for a chance to get your film screened during the official The Young & the Wild closing event.

With a strong emphasis on promoting career and training opportunities, Saturday 23 June will also see the ever-popular Careers Surgery with filmmakers and industry experts including BBC Studios, STV and Into Film. Throughout the week, visitors can find out about how to get into radio production, film journalism and film festivals.

Three young men being filmed on a tablet

Continuing their commitment to breathing life into archival content, EIFF has partnered with Edinburgh’s notoriously exciting Tinderbox Orchestra to deliver Moving Music, a cutting-edge cinematic journey seeing young musicians respond musically to the silent archive short films The Ring, from the National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive, and Looking for Lucey, a University of Edinburgh archive project run by MSc Film, Exhibition & Curation students. The performance takes place on Friday 29 June at 7pm. Tickets go on sale from 12pm and are priced at £5 standard and free with a £5 The Young & the Wild Pass.

As part of EIFF’s free lecture series Reel Talks, there will be two The Young & the Wild lectures featuring youth-driven content and encouraging intergenerational exchange. Looking for Lucey will see Edinburgh University students discuss the creative process of transforming the archive of pioneering film maker Eric Lucey into a cultural public event and Introduction to Film Studies: The Young & the Wild will look back on films that made a lasting impression on three mature students from Edinburgh University. Tickets can be booked online from 23 May 2018 when the general EIFF programme is launched. A number of tickets will be reserved for The Young & the Wild pass holders at this and other special EIFF events including EIFF Play: Blade.