Glasgow Short Film Festival Online Programme Announced

Glasgow Short Film Festival (GSFF), the largest competitive short film festival in Scotland, announces its 2020 online programme, its first as an independent charitable organisation. Like other arts organisations, GSFF has had to adapt to new circumstances so the full programme planned back in March can no longer go ahead.

Instead their competition selections, that comprise the six programmes of the Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film and Scottish Short Film Competition line-ups, will take centre stage. 

Each programme includes exclusive filmmaker interviews, bringing context to a cross-section of new cinema from Scotland and across the world. The online festival will also include a focus on Thai filmmaker Sorayos Prapapan, thematic programmes Black Spatial Imaginaries and Urban Palimpsests and the early shorts of Nobuhiko Obayashi.

GSFF Director, Matt Lloyd, said, “This year has been tough on everyone, but it has also been a time of great collaboration and support between colleagues and organisations, both at home and around the world. It has given us an opportunity to reflect on what we do, how to make it more sustainable, more accessible – how best to serve the filmmakers who comprise our programme and how to maintain, support and build an audience for short film…”

GSFF is collaborating with Short Waves Festival in Poland on two industry panels and a spotlight on animator Tomasz Popakul, and will be supplementing the programme with discussion events and a specially-curated opening programme showcasing the UK premiere of In the Company of Insects, a brand-new film by Duncan Cowles.

GSFF Online edition provides an opportunity for viewers unfamiliar with short film to get to grips with the format with a selection of award-winning European Film Academy titles that bring critically acclaimed titles from across Europe to UK audiences. The comedy and horror programmes and family animation programme will be accompanied by an exclusive online filmmaking workshop by Kate Burton.  

There are two competitions at GSFF – the Scottish Short Film Award that honours inspiration and innovation in new Scottish cinema and the Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film that showcases new cinema from around the world. This year each award carries a cash prize of £1,000 and each competition is judged by an international jury of filmmakers and curators, whilst the audience has the opportunity to choose their favourites to win the Scottish and International Audience Awards. This year’s Scottish Audience Award is sponsored by Film City, and the winner will receive a commission to make the GSFF 2021 trailer.

Since their selection for GSFF, several films in competition have won prestigious awards and nominations from BAFTA, the European Film Academy, the Royal Television Society, the Grierson Awards and international festivals such as Palm Springs, Go Short and Vienna Shorts.

All the GSFF programmes, including Q&As, are captioned for Deaf and Hard of Hearing audiences and GSFF Online will implement a pay-what-you-can sliding scale for passes with the aim of improving access and inclusion. 

GSFF Online takes place between 17-23 August 2020 with public registration opening at midday on Monday 10 August.  

Irene Brown

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