Not Another Teen Movie

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This year we introduced a new addition to the EIFF line-up: a new strand programmed for young people, by young people.


I was lucky enough to be one of the Young Programmers at this year’s Festival. It has been an invaluable experience which has given me and the other programmers a great insight into all the planning that goes into an international film festival like EIFF.

We began our journey back in March and from then until the programme deadline we met weekly to watch films and discuss which ones we wanted in our programme. Our aim was to choose films that we all enjoyed ourselves and in turn we believed our peers would enjoy too. The outcome of our weeks of watching films (a very tough job…) is a programme of six feature films and a shorts programme that we’re all really proud of.

Like Mark Cousins’ A Story of Children and Film (today, 6.15pm at Filmhouse), a beautiful and captivating portrait of childhood around the world, our programme also has an international outlook; with films ranging from Denmark to Israel.However, while Mark focuses on the depiction of children in cinema, our programme moves on a few years, looking at a subject all filmmakers love but few manage to represent accurately: adolescence.

Everyone’s teenage years are different, but we believe that these filmmakers have succeeded in touching on some of the aspects which make up the so-called “best years of your life,” doing so with honesty, humour and originality.

There are stories of friendship and betrayal, beautifully executed in Kaspar Munk’s You & Me Forever from Denmark.

Then from Paraguay comes 7 Boxes (today, 9.30pm at Cineworld), a real edge-of-your-seat thriller which follows a teenage boy caught up in man’s game.

The ‘teen movie’ genre is put to the test in Struck by Lightning (tomorrow, Sunday 30 June, 3.05pm at Cineworld), in Chris Colfer’s satirical tale of fleeing the nest and his small town American high school.

Meanwhile Old Stock (today, 5pm at Cineworld) gives a different view of growing up, and how much harder it is than growing older.

We’ve really enjoyed programming our strand and have been delighted with audience response to the films so far. If you haven’t already, there’s still time to catch some of our films!

Buy your tickets online, by phone on 0131 623 8030, or at any Film Festival Box Office.

– Michelle Conlin, Young Programmer

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This intrepid band love cinema and love EIFF. The 2016 Young Programmers' strand, 'The Young and the Wild', includes an excellent selection of films that explore issues pertinent to young people around the world. During EIFF 16, various young programmers will be bringing you blog posts on a variety of subjects.


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