Say hello to our Discovery Young Ambassadors!


21 October 2015

It's not only us that work hard to bring you the best new films for young audiences, our DYAs - a team of local young film enthusiasts - spend time in the lead up to the festival watching lots of films with us and helping to pick the best new cinema for teens. We're sure you'll agree that they've done a mighty fine job this year!

Here at DCA we love talking about film and - you guessed it! - so do our DYAs, so we spoke to some of the group about their favourite films, what they're most looking forward to at this year's festival, and what it's like being a Discovery Young Ambassador...

We thought we'd start with a toughy... What is your favourite ever film?    

Elliot: I have two favourites: an ultimate favourite, and one that comes close: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Drive. Scott Pilgrim really inspired me to take up filmmaking: I think it’s the greatest comic book film adaptation of all time. The cinematography in Drive is so stunning it led me to think I might want to work as a Director of Photography.

"Amélie. It's just so beautiful, cute and playful."


Shaun: I saw Birdman in the cinema last year without knowing anything about it except that I liked the actors. It was such a great film to see in the cinema, with amazing performances and the fantastic sense that it was all filmed in one take.

Rowan: My favourite is The Cabin in the Woods. I’m a really big fan of horror films and I love how it plays with genre: it’s beautifully written and has some lovely dialogue.

Theodore: Fargo is my ultimate favourite, with The Breakfast Club, The Evil Dead and Quadrophenia all coming close: each of them speaks to a part of me.

Šean: Amélie. It's just so beautiful, cute and playful: Jeunet really understands the nuances of cinema and Yann Tierson’s soundtrack has a lovely air of melancholy.

With so much to see and do at #DiscoveryFilmFest, what are you most looking forward to?

Stuart: Prince is one of the top films I'm so excited to watch again. I love the style, the soundtrack and the tone of it. It's very much like Drive meets The Guest.

Šean: Crow’s Egg - I haven’t seen it yet and it looks very sweet and heartwarming.

Fin: I am really looking forward to seeing Antboy: Revenge of the Red Fury as I saw the first film last year and really enjoyed it - cannot wait to see the next instalment. And Dessau Dancers as it is set in the time of cold war Germany but uses friendly and enjoyable narrative to convey the difficult time.

Elliot: Labyrinthus is very unique so I’m interested to see it again.

"I loved Dessau Dancers the first time I saw it so can’t wait to see it on the big screen. "


Rowan: I’m really looking forward to seeing Hideyuki Katsumata’s exhibition in the galleries. I really like Japanese art so I can’t wait to see it - I think it will appeal to lots of young people.

Shaun: I have two I can’t wait to see: Dessau Dancers and Antboy: Revenge of the Red Fury. I loved Dessau Dancers the first time I saw it so can’t wait to see it on the big screen. I saw Antboy last year and didn’t have high expectations – we went with my little sister so it was something the whole family could watch – but I really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to seeing what they do with a sequel.


Theodore: I’m excited to see Prince on the big screen: I really loved the colours and style of the film.

Finally, can you tell us a bit about what it's like being a DYA?

Elliot: It’s a fantastic experience - it introduced me to films from around the world so I now have a higher appreciation of cinema, as well as meeting people and being part of the group.

Theodore: I really like helping out behind-the-scenes at a cinema.

"It's a great way to see films that would otherwise not be seen."


Šean: It’s great to get to have an opinion that counts! We would probably all rant about films even if we didn’t do this, but as DYAs our opinions make a difference to the programme.

Fin: It's a great way to see films that would otherwise not be seen in main stream cinema, and it is great to see other ideas from around the world both in film and the cultures within them. 

Rowan: I really like being around people who are as passionate about film as I am!

Shaun: Being given the chance to see films that might not otherwise be screened at all.

Stuart: Being part of DYA is a fantastic experience that I would heavily recommended to any young film fanatic! Watching films with completely different style, tone and language than most high budget movies will make you proud to be on the team.

There's still time to grab a ticket to some of the films our DYAs have recommended. Have a read of the programme online, and don't forget that Prince (UK premiere), Being 14 (UK premiere), Dessau Dancers (UK premiere) and Labyrinthus have all been picked for you by our young programmers - It's a fantastic selection of films and we can't wait for you to see them!

If you're a film enthusiast aged 15-19 and like the sound of being a part of the festival, you can find out more about becoming a DYA by emailing