The sixth annual Takeover Film Festival ‘takes over’ Queen’s Film Theatre’s screens from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 February, with an exciting weekend of film premieres, star appearances, masterclasses and music, all organised by the enthusiastic QFT Youth Panel.
The sixth Takeover Festival commences on Friday 20 February with an exclusive premiere of the inspiring new film, X+Y, followed by a Q&A with Director, Morgan Matthews, and Belfast-born star, Martin McCann. X+Y is a comedy about a socially awkward teenage maths prodigy who finds his direction in life when he lands a spot on the British team at the International Mathematics Olympiad in Taipei. Inspiring, life-affirming and hilarious, X+Y is classy feel-good cinema that explores what lies beyond reason but makes sense of life – human connections and love.
Marion Campbell, Education and Outreach Officer at QFT said:
“The Takeover Youth Panel have really excelled themselves with this year’s festival programme. This group of young people have created a programme not just full of great, enjoyable films, but films that really encourage you to think about issues very relevant to the time we are living in – race, diversity and equal rights. We are hugely excited that actor, Martin McCann, and director, Morgan Matthews, will be joining us on the opening night screening of X+Y. This is a unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at one of this year’s most interesting films.”
The festival continues on Saturday and Sunday with a packed film programme, including award-winning Japanese anime, Patema Inverted, Girlhood, a beautifully-observed, exuberant film about a 16 year old growing up in the Paris suburbs, To Kill a Mockingbird, the classic adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel starring Gregory Peck and School of Babel, a remarkable documentary set in Paris about a class of immigrant youth from countries around the globe – particularly relevant in view of the recent turmoil witnessed in Paris.
The closing film, Difret, a socially relevant drama that seeks to illuminate a tradition in much of rural Ethiopia that grossly violates the rights of women and girls – the abduction of young women into marriage. Zeresenay’s Mehari’s enthralling debut drama, with Angelina Jolie as Executive Producer, explores Ethiopia’s journey towards equal rights.
Other highlights from the weekend include a highly original Animation Masterclass hosted by professional Animator, Jasbeer Singh, responsible for notable work shown on MTV and BBC. He will be appearing at the festival to share his animation techniques with the lucky few.
Northern Irish filmmakers will showcase and talk about their work in the Takeover Shorts programme and local musician John D’Arcy returns to the festival with his unique take on the past year at the movies, with an audio-visual remix of film, sound and live performance at the QFT bar.
For full details of this year’s Takeover programme and to book tickets, visit www.takeoverfilm.com. All events take place at Queen’s Film Theatre.