Takeover Film Festival Programmed by Young People

QFT and Crescent Arts Centre host a series of events curated by the QFT Youth Panel

The fourth Takeover Film Festival, featuring masterclasses, screenings and special guest appearances, is set for Queen's Film Theatre and the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast from February 7 – 9, with a packed programme packed curated by the QFT Youth Panel.

Takeover 2014 boasts, among other events, two film premieres, a Gothic film focus – part of the British Film Institute's Gothic season – and some big names flying in from as far afield as New York.

Sean Gullette, star of Darren Aronofsky's cult movie Pi, will be flying over from the Big Apple to bring his feature directorial debut, Traitors, to the festival for its UK Premiere. The film has screened at festivals around the world, including Venice and at the Dubai International Film Festival.

Set in the atmospheric surroundings of Tangier, and mixing punk music and drug smuggling, Traitors has a youthful, rebellious energy – fitting this year’s festival theme of celebrating youth culture, diversity and music. The screening will be introduced by Gullette and will be followed by a discussion with the director.

Gullette will also deliver a low budget film-making masterclass for aspiring young film-makers. And for those who are interested in composing sound for film, there is also a workshop presented by celebrated Dublin-based collective 3epkano.

Other highlights include the award-winning We are the Best!, a funny, observant tale, set in 1980s Sweden, about the young members of a punk band who set out to prove that they are, indeed, the best.

The Northern Irish premiere of Gone too Far – a gritty but blackly humorous rumination on racial tensions in London adapted from the Olivier-winning play written by Bola Agbaje – will also feature a Q&A with Agbaje and director Destiny Ekaragha.

As part of the Gothic NI season, Takeover will be screening some spooktacular delights over the festival weekend, including the eerie Expressionist classic The Cabinet of Dr Cagliari – with a live accompaniment with 3epkano – Neil Jordan’s Interview with the Vampire, and a screening of Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro’s masterpiece Pan’s Labyrinth.

The closing night celebrations kick off with live music from Northern Irish band The Left Backs, featuring a special effects demonstration by Flails and Nails, wrapping up an eclectic and electrifying weekend of events.

Takeover Film Festival is supported by the Community Relations Council NI. Visit the festival website for more information and booking details.