Published as submissions open for Glasgow Film Festival 2017
Submissions for Glasgow Film Festival 2017
Glasgow Film, comprising Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow Film Festival, Glasgow Short Film Festival, and the Learning and Engagement programme, celebrates a hugely successful year as the call for film submissions for the 2017 festival opens.
The last twelve months have been a bumper year for GFT. Not only was the cinema named the Screen Awards Cinema of the Year (24-screens or less), but 2015/16 also saw the second highest annual admissions in the cinema’s history, with 198,900 admissions. In 2015/16, the busiest week ever recorded at GFT was from 19-25 February 2016, with 12,103 admissions. Glasgow Film Festival 2016 achieved a record-breaking 42,000 admissions, and the 12th edition also saw the introduction of the Industry Focus at the festival, with two days of sold out presentations and panels. Glasgow Short Film Festival welcomed more international guests and industry delegates than ever before to its ninth edition, while Glasgow Youth Film Festival also boasted its busiest year yet, with over 1,500 people attending the packed 4-day weekend. Glasgow Film’s Learning Programme attracted 4,870 young people from across the West of Scotland for Glasgow Film Festivals Schools Week, and worked with schools and colleges to provide a range of learning opportunities for young audiences throughout the year. Accessibility remained a priority with Visible Cinema, Access Film Club, and Dementia-friendly screenings making cinema available to often-excluded communities. Other highlights in 2015/16 included the breathtaking Wings of Desire at Paisley Abbey in November. The national moment at the centre of the BFI LOVE season, the event featured Wim Wenders’ 1986 Berlin symphony accompanied by live music, sonic art, and aerial performance.
2015/16 also marked the continuation of Glasgow Film’s redevelopment project. The second phase of the project, which began in 2013 with the completion of Cinema 3, includes the refurbishment of the foyer, bars and Learning Suite, and a platform lift that will further improve access. A butterfly staircase in the foyer will pay homage to GFT’s predecessor, the Cosmo; Scotland’s first arthouse cinema. In addition to enhancing the experience of thousands of GFT cinema-goers, this will also improve the facilities GFT can offer organisations, companies, clubs and individuals who hire the cinema for their own private events.
Glasgow Film Festival will return in 2017 from 15–26 February: feature submissions for GFF17 are now open. Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) is committed to supporting emerging talent and providing audiences with the opportunity to see the best of world cinema. Six submitted films were screened at GFF16, including The Elite, Cain’s Children, Man Vs Snake, The Host, Weepah Way for Now and Voice of the Eagle. The Early Bird deadline for submissions is Friday 26 August, the regular deadline is Friday 30 September and the late deadline is Monday 31 October. For more information, pricing and details on how to enter your film, please visit http://www.glasgowfilm.org/festival/submissions
Jaki McDougall, CEO of Glasgow Film, said:
‘The Annual Review reflects the breadth of Glasgow Film’s achievements. We’ve had another great year across all areas of our work, which I’m confident our audience, supporters and funders will agree with. As we enter our 42nd year, we’re still inspiring, challenging and entertaining our audiences more successfully than ever. But we’re not stopping there – with the redevelopment of the foyer, bars and Learning Suite now underway, it’s an exciting time, and we look forward to welcoming even more film lovers to the cinema in the coming year.’
Allison Gardner, GFF Co-Director, said:
‘2015/16 has been another record-breaking year for Glasgow Film Festival, and the festival continues to go from strength to strength. The huge success of the inaugural Industry Focus means that Glasgow more than ever is a festival for people who love movies and for people who are serious about making them. GFF17 will take place 15–26 February 2017, and we’re delighted to invite filmmakers to submit their work for consideration. Our open call for submissions enables us to support emerging talent, and past submissions have gone on to secure distribution.’