Following from its postponement due to COVID-19 in March, the Glasgow Short Film Festival kicks off today with an adapted programme.

Vinegar Baths (2018), directed by Amanda Nell Eu

The festival’s 12th and a half edition will take place online from the 17th-23rd of August and features an eclectic selection of films, exclusive filmmaker interviews, industry events and more.

GSFF will be placing competition selections – the six programmes of the Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film and one of their strongest ever Scottish Short Film Competition lineups – under the spotlight.

Opening with a glimpse behind the scenes of Hannah Currie’s GSFF 2020 trailer, the programme features the UK premiere of In the Company of Insectsthe latest film by Scottish filmmaker Duncan Cowles.

The festival programme includes:

Black Spatial Imaginaries – These films explore the fluidity (often not by choice) of Black communities through the concept of Black Geographies.

European Film Academy Showcase – This selection of award-winning EFA films brings critically acclaimed titles from across Europe to UK audiences.

Family Shorts – GSFF’s ever-popular family programme once again brings you the most exciting new animation from around the world, suitable for all ages. 

Filmmaker Focus: Sorayos Prapapan – GSFF will present nine of Thai filmmaker Sorayos Prapapan’s short films, alongside an exclusive interview conducted by Gail Tolley.

For Shorts and Giggles – This year’s comedy shorts programme is “pure filth”.

Girl in the Picture: The Youth Films of Nobuhiko Ôbayashi – This mini-spotlight includes films screening with English subtitles for the first time anywhere.

Scared Shortless – GSFF have compiled their favourite creepy cuts, chillers and bloodfests from this year’s submissions. 

Second Sight: New Commissions –  These films are part of the ICO’s 2020 national film tour Second Sight which explores the legacy, methods, aesthetic strategies and histories of the UK Black Film Workshop Movement which developed throughout the 1980s.

The Skinny: Best of the Decade – This selection looks back at the best Scottish short films to emerge in the 2010s at Glasgow Short Film Festival.

Urban Palimpsests –  This includes films by Austrian collective Total Refusal, artist Ana Vaz and Brazil-based duo Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca alongside UK premieres of new films from Austria, Hong Kong and the Czech Republic. 

Check out the full programme here.

Industry Events

Industry delegates can enjoy full access to the online programme, and extended access to the hub for one month after the festival’s end. You can request accreditation via the GSFF portal

Production Attic Short Film Pitch – 19th August

In partnership with Production Attic and Glasgow Film Festival Industry Focus, Glasgow Short Film Festival presents the fourth Short Film Pitch. Each year GSFF invites five emerging filmmakers to pitch for in kind equipment hire and a small cash bursary to experiment and realise their ideas.

Festival Cooperation in a Time of Crisis – 20th August

This live discussion examines how festivals of differing scales, resources and socio-political contexts can address challenges together, with consideration for each other’s own contexts and identities.

Short Routes – 21st August

Short Circuit is delighted to be supporting this live panel discussion featuring international industry representatives with experience across festival programming, distribution and sales. Speakers will shed a light on different avenues, trends, audiences, and opportunities that can inform the life of your film and can help it live up to its potential.

Still unsure about what to look out for at GSFF2020? Check out BFI’s round-up of the festival.

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