Youth Hub 2016 at EIFF

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Youth Hub 2016 at EIFF

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  • 13-17, 18-25

Whether you want to gain insights into animation or screenwriting, learn from experienced filmmakers about costume design, make-up or short filmmaking, or if you just want to network and step into a career in film - Youth Hub at Edinburgh International Film Festival is the place to be, from 17 - 20 June. Please find the whole programme below or here or here.

All events at Youth Hub are free, but you will need to reserve tickets via Eventbrite.

Youth Hub is based at St. John's Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ.


Friday 17 June

How to See the Sea: Crafting the Lighting of "Finding Dory"

Friday, 17 June 2016, 1pm - 2pm. Free event with Eventbrite sign-up.

Get a bird, sea lion, fish and octopuses-eye-view of the world with Ian Megibben, Finding Dory’s Director of Photography for Lighting as he details the efforts involved in designing the light-scape in the world of Dory and her friends.


Drop in, get creative

Friday, 17 June 2016, 2.15pm - 3.45pm. Drop-in workshops, no registration needed.

Come along for 90 minutes of drop-in workshops in 2D animation, working with green screens, vlogging, and advice on funding opportunities for your own projects. Drop-in sessions include:

Time to Shine – Fund your project with Young Scot
Are you interested in developing your skills in Drama, Film, Music or the Arts? Do you need funding? Are you aged between 14 and 20? If the answer to all of these questions is yes then come talk to a representative from Young Scot about the Nurturing Talent Fund and other opportunities for you to get involved with Young Scot.

Green Screen Workshop
Did you know that most film scenes that you think are filmed in spectacular locations are actually CGI effects shot in a studio? Picture yourself in a movie scene in New York, a news reporter in another part of the world, an astronaut in outer space. The world is your oyster with the amazing effects of using green screen! Drop in to Into Film's Green Screen workshop and try it out for yourself.

Stop Motion Animation
How do you fancy creating your own animation? Do you want to create the next Sean the Sheep or Wallace and Gromit? This drop in session will help you develop your stop motion skills by breaking the process down in to simple steps, using iPads to create a film using 2D shape.

Do you have opinions on our films? Why not share them in a video blog? In this drop-in workshop, Into Film will explain the ins and outs of vlogging. With the help of experienced vloggers, you will learn to create your own vlogs about EIFF and Youth Hub. All vlogs will be shared on our social media channels and screened in a final networking session on Monday 20 June, 7pm.

Are you studying in Scotland? Why not participate in our Student Critics Competition? Review any film in the Festival programme and send a 3 minute vlog to by Thursday 23 June, including your age, matriculation number/school name and contact details with your entry.


Spotlight on... Moon Dogs

Friday, 17 June 2016, 4pm - 5pm. Free event with Eventbrite sign-up.

Come join us for an hour-long session with cast and crew from the highly anticipated Scottish coming-of-age feature Moon Dogs. A unique opportunity to get up close with cast and crew and a chance to win tickets for the world premiere screening at Cineworld on 17 June 20:50pm.

Youth Hub / The Young and the Wild Launch

Friday, 17 June 2016, 5pm - 7pm. Free event with Eventbrite sign-up.

Join us for an informal networking event that will tell you all you need to know about the Youth Hub 2016 programme of events. From career surgeries, filmmaking workshops to masterclasses with leading filmmakers, there is so much on offer at Youth Hub.
This launch will also be a great opportunity to hear from our Young Programmers about The Young and the Wild shorts programme and their work with EIFF.


Saturday 18 June

Careers Advice Session

Saturday, 18 June 2016, 10am - 1.15pm. Free event with Eventbrite sign-up.

Want to get your foot in the door and break into the Film/TV industry? Join us for advice with BBC Talent Network, Screen Academy Scotland and other key creative organisations as we help you plan your next big step towards a career in the industry.

This session includes:
10.15am-11am: Panel discussion
11 am-12pm: Networking surgery with filmmakers and professionals from the creative industries.
12.15pm-1.15pm: A light lunch but a big networking opportunity with all our partners and guests.


Make Your Voice Heard

Saturday, 18 June 2016, 1.30pm - 1.50pm. Free event with Eventbrite sign-up.

A chance to meet some of the members of the Youth Arts Voice Scotland group and find out about their experience influencing the Time To Shine youth arts strategy for Scotland.


BAFTA Scotland Masterclass: The Art of Foley with Pete Burgis

Saturday, 18 June 2016, 2pm - 3pm. Free event with Eventbrite sign-up.

Footsteps, creaking doors, rustling leaves – the every day sound effects you perhaps take for granted but add the extra magic to a movie. Join Pete Burgis, the legendary British Foley Artist who has worked on over 150 titles including the Oscar winning The King's Speech, Gosford Parkand Slumdog Millionaire and others including, Band of Brothers, Atonement, Children of Men,Quantum of Solace and the Harry Potter films. He is also a double Emmy Award winner and a triple Golden Reel Award winner. Pete’s recent credits include, Eddie the Eagle, Pan, Legend,Everest, Steve Jobs as well as Cinderella, Exodus: Gods and Kings and Edge of Tomorrow.


Making the Most of your Short Film

Saturday, 18 June 2016, 3.15pm - 4pm. Free event with Eventbrite sign-up.

Congratulations, you’ve made a short film – what now? Join short film expert Jude Goldrei in a discussion with EIFF short filmmakers about getting your short film seen, what people are looking for when funding shorts, and how shorts can help launch your career.


Spotlight on... Cinematography

Saturday, 18 June 2016, 4.15pm - 5pm. Free event with Eventbrite sign-up.

What do cinematographers do? How do they create the look of a film? How do you become one? Join cinematographers René Richter (The White King) and Bet Rourich (Adult Life Skills) as they discuss their roles, their careers, and the philosophy behind their work.


It’s all about the crew

Saturday, 18 June 2016, 5.15pm - 6pm. Free event with Eventbrite sign-up.

Who do you need to make a short film? Learn about the different roles involved in the making of a short film with Grimm Street director Siri Rødnes and the film’s Assistant Director, Composer, Costume Designer and Art Director. Grimm Street is an SFTN commissioned short screening in theScottish Shorts strand at EIFF on 25 June.

Sunday 19 June

Spotlight on… Screenwriting

Sunday, 19 June 2016, 1.30pm - 2.45pm. Free event with Eventbrite sign-up.

‘I don’t think screenplay writing is the same as writing … it’s blueprinting’. – Robert Altman

What’s makes a script successful? How do get a screenplay noticed? In this session with EIFF feature film screenwriters you will discover a range of useful tips to help you get started in your screenwriting career.


Spotlight on... Directing

Sunday, 19 June 2016, 3pm - 4pm. Free event with Eventbrite sign-up.

Join this panel discussion with EIFF feature film directors and explore the world of directing, from tips to making it in the industry to the challenges facing directors today. Your directing journey starts here!


Spotlight on... Costume Design

Sunday, 19 June 2016, 4.15pm - 5.15pm. Free event with Eventbrite sign-up.

Join costume designer Ali Mitchell (The Rezort, Red Tails, Outpost) and director Steve Barker (The Rezort, Outpost) discussing the role of the costume designer and the relationship between costume designer, production designer and director in achieving the perfect look for a film.

Spotlight on… Editing

Sunday, 19 June 2016, 5.30pm - 6.30pm. Free event with Eventbrite sign-up.

Join us in discussion with the editor of an EIFF feature to learn about the role of the editor, discuss how to get into the industry and find out how editing techniques determine the pace of a film.


Make It On Your Mobile

Sunday, 19 June 2016, 6.30pm - 8.30pm and Tuesday, 21 June, 6pm-8pm. Register via Eventbrite.

Due to the limited workshop capacity, you will be asked to pay a £10 holding deposit for your ticket reservation. The deposit will be returned to you upon completion of both workshops.

This workshop will introduce you to filming with smartphones and tablets. Over the course of two workshop sessions, the group will develop, shoot and edit a short film and learn how to compose simple shots as well as how to use more advances apps and add-ons. Learn how to use different filming techniques on your phone and get important tips on how to record sound.
The workshop will end with a screening of all completed projects, so bring your friends and family and show off your films!

Session #1:  Sunday, 19 June, 6.30pm – 8.30pm.
Session #2: Tuesday, 21 June, 6pm –7.30pm.
Screening:   Tuesday, 21 June, 7.30pm – 8pm.

You can either bring your iPhones/iPads (no Android, sorry!), or we can provide an iPad for you.
If you bring your own devices, please check you have iMovie and Filmic Pro installed.
Please let us know at the time of booking if you will bring your own device or if you would like to borrow one from us.


Monday 20 June

10-4-20: A Directing Masterclass with Jim Gillespie

Monday, 20 June 2016, 3.30pm - 4.30pm. Free event with Eventbrite sign-up.

We are delighted to welcome director Jim Gillespie (Take Down, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Eye See You) to Youth Hub to discuss his career and give us a special insight into the filmmaking process. This session includes two short screenings: Jim’s breakthrough short film,Joyride, which premiered at EIFF in 1995, and also a ten-minute sequence from this year’s feature Take Down, and a discussion of the different processes that went into making them – both ten minutes long, filmed over four days, separated by twenty years…


Spotlight on…Documentary

Monday, 20 June 2016, 4.45pm - 5.45pm. Free event with Eventbrite sign-up.

Do you have an idea for a short documentary? Fancy discussing it with some experts? Come along to a session with the Scottish Documentary Institute and meet the filmmakers behind Bridging the Gap shorts. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet both professional and aspiring documentary filmmakers, share ideas and get some feedback.


Spotlight on… SFX Make-Up

Monday, 20 June 2016, 6pm - 7pm. Free event with Eventbrite sign-up.

Enter the magical and transformative world of film make up design! VFX make up artist Stephanie Smith (Guardians of the Galaxy, Jupiter Ascending, Snow White and the Huntsmen) will join us fresh off the set of her latest film to give us an insight into her work and career and demonstrate a range of make up prosthetics.


Close Connections - Final Networking Reception at Youth Hub

Monday, 20 June 2016, 7pm - 8pm. Free event with Eventbrite sign-up.

As Youth Hub draws to a close, come along for a recap of its highlights in 2016. See what our vlogging workshop participants have been up to over the weekend and share your own experiences of the festival so far. Take the opportunity to meet, mingle and network with likeminded people.



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    St. John's Church Hall
    Princes Street
    EH2 4BJ
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