EIFF Youth Hub 2017 is now finished. Thanks to all our visitors, event participants and filmmakers for coming along and joining our masterclasses, workshops and networking events. See you at Youth Hub 2018!


EIFF Youth Hub returns from 23-26 June with an exciting programme of workshops, careers events and masterclasses. Get to know other film fans and meet festival guests and industry professionals who can give you an insight into the process of making films and getting them on screen. Whether you are simply a film enthusiast or considering a career in the film industry, our events offer something for everyone!

To access Youth Hub events all participants must register for a Youth Hub Pass. This pass costs £5 and entitles you to discount tickets at EIFF as well as giving you access to our free programme of Youth Hub events. 

With the exception of two events, you don't need to sign up for Youth Hub events. Just show up on the day with your Youth Hub pass and join our sessions.


1 Pass - 4 Days - 21 Events


Register for your pass here.


You can also register for a pass in person at the EIFF Registration desk. However, please be aware you might have to wait for over an hour for the pass to be processed.

Youth Hub is located at 30b Grindlay Street (opposite the Lyceum Theatre), Edinburgh, EH3 9AX.

Young Scot Logo

This year we are an official activity partner of Young Scot. If you are a Young Scot card holder, you’ll receive a 100 points reward for every day you attend Youth Hub. And that’s not all: you can also claim reward points by reviewing EIFF films. More details here and here.


Youth Hub Programme 2017


Youth Hub Filmmaking Competition

Launch: Saturday 17 June 2017 | 2pm – 4pm | Lyceum Theatre Wyndham Bar

Scientific Research + You + 1 Week → Winning Film

Do you have an idea for a short film with a scientific theme? Sign up now for our EIFF Youth Hub Filmmaking Competition! Create a short film in a week and see your work on the big screen at EIFF 2017! For more info and to register go https://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/youth-hub-filmmaking-competition

Friday 23 June

Spotlight on… Directing

Friday, 23 June 2017 | 3pm – 4pm | Main Hall

Join EIFF feature film directors Emer Reynolds (The Farthest) and Rebekah Fortune (Just Charlie) for an insightful discussion about the ins and outs of directing factual and fiction features. Get first-hand advice about directing, how to get recognised by the industry, and the challenges today’s directors are facing both on and off set.


In Person: Ewen Bremner

Friday, 23 June 2017 | 4.15pm - 5.15pm | Main Hall

A unique chance to get to know Scottish actor and star of Trainspotting and Wonder Woman Ewen Bremner for an insightful In Person event. Find out how Ewen got to where he is now, which challenges he had to face throughout his career, and any advice he has for young people trying to break into the industry today!


Youth Hub / The Young and the Wild Launch

Friday, 23 June 2017 | 5.30pm – 6.15pm | Main Hall

Find out all you need to know about our Youth Hub 2017 programme of events. From career surgeries and filmmaking workshops, to masterclasses with leading filmmakers and industry experts, Youth Hub 2017 has lots to offer. Hear from our Young Programmers about the Young and the Wild short film strand and their year-round work with EIFF.


A Foot in the Door: Youth Hub Networking Event

Friday, 23 June 2017 | 6.15pm – 7pm | Main Hall

You’re Only as Strong as Your Network.

Getting ahead in the film industry relies heavily on who you know, and even more on who knows you. Making yourself known and establishing a network is a vital first step towards securing your place in the industry. Your network starts here!

Whether you’re a young writer looking for a director, an emerging producer looking for crew, or just curious to discover the local film scene – join our Youth Hub Networking session. Meet young filmmakers, share your ideas and widen your network.


Saturday 24 June

A Foot in the Door: Careers Advice Session

Saturday, 24 June 2017 | 10.15am - 1.30pm | Main Hall | Limited to 50 spaces.

Want to get your foot in the door and break into the film/TV industry? Join us for our hugely popular careers advice session with Creative Skillset, BBC Scotland and training scheme Hit the Ground Running as we help you plan your next big step towards a career in the industry. This session includes:

10.15am-11am: Panel discussion

11.10am-12.15pm: Networking surgery with filmmakers and experts from the creative industries.

12.15pm-1.30pm: A light networking lunch with industry guests, EIFF filmmakers and delegates.

Spaces for this event are limited. To sign-up please email youthhub@edfilmfest.org.uk.


Finding the Beat – An Introduction to Music Supervision

Saturday, 24 June 2017 | 1.45pm - 2.45pm | Main Hall

Remember that film you watched recently? The one with the amazing song that you love so much?

If you’ve ever wondered how that song ended up in this film and who was responsible for securing it, meet Iain Cooke, music supervisor on feature films DAPHNE, MODERN LIFE IS RUBBISH, AMY, OASIS: SUPERSONIC and acclaimed TV drama LUTHER.

Learn how a love for music can get you a career in the film industry, and watch Iain live in action selecting tracks and detailing the process of getting them into films.


Spotlight on… Creative Documentary

Saturday, 24 June 2017 | 3pm - 3.50pm | Main Hall

What's great about documentary, it seems to me, is that it can be experimental filmmaking. You have a license to do a lot of diverse things under the umbrella of 'documentary.'   

Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line)

A constantly evolving art form with as many styles as themes, documentaries have the potential to relentlessly push the boundaries of our expectations, subvert our beliefs and challenge the status quo. Together with feature director Chico Pereira (Donkeyote) we will explore the genre of the Creative Documentary, its potential, uniquely diverse style and the challenges of creating it.


Spotlight on… Cinematography

Saturday, 24 June 2017 | 4pm - 4.45pm | Main Hall

The cinematographer’s job is to create a consistent look for a film. How this look is realised varies from film to film, and genre to genre. Screen Academy graduate and Director of Photography Julian Schwanitz (Donkeyote, 1745) discusses his experiences working on fiction and documentary films, shares his insights into the role and how to make it as a cinematographer.


Spotlight on… Short Filmmaking 101

Saturday, 24 June 2017 | 5pm - 5.45pm | Main Hall

Are you a self-funded or student short filmmaker looking to find out more about working with funders? Or are you just interested in learning about short filmmaking in general? Making a short film can be overwhelming for any filmmaker, no matter their level of experience. It can take months, often years, of writing, rewriting, scheduling and negotiating before a film is finished. But knowing is half the battle!

This session will explore the ins and outs of making a funded short film, how it may differ (or not differ) from self-funded or no-budget filmmaking, and the different stages of production, from development to post-production. We have invited short film director Sam Firth (Creeling) to discuss the various steps involved in making a short film: from initial concept, pitching to funders, working with funding bodies, to getting the completed film into festivals.


A Foot in the Door: First Steps in Film & TV Drama

Saturday, 24 June 2017 | 5pm - 7pm | Education Space | Limited to 30 spaces.

Outlining how being a great runner can be the key to a successful start to your career. 

BAFTA award winning Scottish producer Linda Fraser (Hit the Ground Running) will share an overview of the industry in Scotland, what a runner does and how to be awesome at it. Packed with practical insider info and tips for how to get started, this is a session not to be missed!

Spaces for this event are limited. To sign-up please email youthhub@edfilmfest.org.uk.


A Foot in the Door: Casting Advice Session

Saturday, 24 June 2017 | 6pm – 7pm | Main Hall

Are you an aspiring actor or actress or considering a career in the casting department? Or are you just curious to learn more about the world of acting?

Join Casting Director Orla O’Connor and Daphne lead actress Emily Beecham for a one of a kind session on auditioning for film and TV. Learn how the casting process works, what to be aware of and how to nail your audition. Draw from Orla’s and Emily’s expertise on both ends of the table and experience a very special mock audition.


Sunday 25 June

Screenwriting Masterclass with Krysty Wilson-Cairns

Sunday, 25 June 2017 | 11.15am – 12.15pm

Would you like some feedback on your script? Or are you just interested in learning more about screenwriting? Join our hour-long masterclass with EIFF Screenwriter in Residence Krysty Wilson-Cairns for insight and practical guidance on language, form and style. Two audience members will get a chance to have their script read and analysed anonymously by Krysty and the audience.

In order to submit your writing, please send a log line, a 50 word synopsis and one page from your script to youthhub@edfilmfest.org.uk. The deadline is Saturday 24 June 2017 at 7pm. Please note that due to time constraints we can only select two scripts for this session. The two scripts selected will not necessarily be ‘the best’, but will provide scope for interesting discussions and feedback.

About Krysty Wilson-Cairns:

A graduate from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and NFTS, Krysty’s screenwriting credits include supernatural television drama Penny Dreadful and the award-winning short films All Men's Dead, The End of an Era and Fink.

Krysty was named one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow in 2014 and is currently in development with feature, "The Good Nurse" (Produded by Darran Aronofsky). Her original screenplay Aether was listed in the top ten of the 2014 Blacklist, Brit List and the Hit List and was picked up by Film Nation Entertainment.


Play. Explore. Discover: VFX, Game Design & Animation

Sunday, 25 June 2017 | 12.30pm – 6pm | Education Space & Main Hall

PLAY the latest games created by students from Abertay University and Napier University and immerse yourself in 3D & VR game demonstrations.

EXPLORE the new digital creative fields of VFX, game design and animation and join us for masterclasses, careers advice and game demonstrations.

DISCOVER which skills are required to launch your digital motion media career today and get first-hand insights from industry practitioners, students and teachers.

Event partners are Disney•Pixar, Axis Animation, One of Us, Napier University, Abertay University, Animation Centrifuge and Buzludzha VR.

List of Events:

Invisible Tricks - VFX Masterclass

Sunday, 25 June 2017 | 12.30pm – 1.30pm | Main Hall

Visual manipulation of images has been around for more than a hundred years. Some of the most iconic shots in films such as Raiders of the Lost Ark or Star Wars are actually the result of visual effects work. But of course the digital revolution has changed the way in which images can be manipulated and created. In this masterclass, VFX compositor Dominik Platen from BAFTA winning visual effects company “One of Us” (The Crown, Life, Assassin’s Creed, The Revenant, Under the Skin) will look at the oftentimes invisible mastery of visual effects, the possibilities they offer, which skills are required to work in the industry and what the future of VFX may hold.

A Foot in the Door: Careers in Digital Motion Media

Sunday, 25 June 2017 | 2pm – 2.45pm | Education Space

Join our panellists for an insightful session on careers in visual effects, game design and digital animation. Find out which skills are required to break into the industry, how to sell yourself and what to expect from a career in digital motion media. With Bruce Sutherland (Head of Animation at Axis Animation), Fraser MacLean & Will Moore (Animation Centrifuge) and VFX compositor Dominik Platen from BAFTA winning visual effects company One of Us.


Pixar Animation Masterclass with Scott Morse

Sunday, 25 June 2017 | 3pm – 4pm | Main Hall

Get unique insights into the world of Cars 3 with Scott Morse, Head of Story as he explains the many stages of developing an animation feature film. Find out about the world of Pixar and the people who work there.


VFX Animation Masterclass with Steve McDermott

Sunday, 25 June 2017 | 4.05pm – 4.55pm | Education Space

Join visual Effects Animator Steve McDermott (Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, The Emperor’s New Groove) for an illustrated talk about his work and to hear unique insights on how to make it in the industry.


Spotlight on… Editing

Sunday, 25 June 2017 | 1.45pm – 2.45pm | Main Hall

It’s said that a film is made three times. Once through the script, a second time on set and a third time in the edit suite. In this session we will explore the truth behind this statement, how editing determines the pacing of a film, and the relationship between director and editor. Director Rupert Jones and Editor Tommy Boulding will share their unique insights into their work on Kaleidoscope and offer advice on how to break into the industry.


Spotlight on… Young and Wild

Sunday, 25 June 2017 | 4.10pm – 4.45pm | Main Hall

Meet the EIFF Young Programmers and the filmmakers from the Young and the Wild short film strand. Learn about their journeys from developing their films to presenting them at EIFF 2017 and get advice on how to get your short out there.


Cinematography Masterclass with Seamus McGarvey

Sunday, 25 June 2017 | 5pm – 6pm | Main Hall

How does the cinematographer develop a film’s aesthetic, and how is this realised from a technical point of view? Oscar-nominated cinematographer Seamus McGarvey (Nocturnal Animals, The Avengers, Life, We Need to Talk About Kevin) shares his approach and gives advice on how to create a film’s look.


Monday 26 June

Spotlight on… Film Criticism

Monday, 26 June 2017 | 4pm – 5.15pm | Main Hall

Learn how to translate your passion for cinema into compelling journalism! Explore the basics of film criticism and how it's evolving in the digital age. Discuss the freshest EIFF reviews with Matthew Turner (iNews.co.uk, VODzilla, The List, Horrorville) and James Mottram (Total Film, The Herald, Metro) and discover what the future has in store for film journalism.


Spotlight on… SFX Design with Gibbet FX

Monday, 26 June 2017 | 5.30pm – 6.45pm | Main Hall

You can’t keep a good corpse down! Join SFX Artist Calum MacDonald for a taster session on how to create zombie, gore and casualty SFX prosthetics and get insights into the role of a special effects designer. Not for the faint hearted!


Watch this space for more event announcements!


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