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Glasgow Film Festival 2015, Dates and new programming strands announced

GFF15_FACEBOOK_start2_extra_largeStrewth! Australia, Ingrid Bergman, nerd culture, Glasgow’s cinema history and family cinema celebrated at Glasgow Film Festival as 2015 dates and new programming strands are announced.

GFF 2015

Glasgow Film Festival organisers have announced their 2015 dates, as well new programme strands for the upcoming festival. This year the festival stretches out over a wider geographic area than in previous years, making use of even more cinemas and venues across Glasgow, while paying special tribute to the city itself.
 
Supported by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Creative Scotland, BFI and EventScotland, the festival, which in 2014 logged over 40,000 admissions, will return from 18 February to 1 March 2015 – a day longer than previous festivals. Glasgow Youth Film Festival has been rebranded as a sleeker, weekend-long festival focusing tightly on cinema for teenagers and young adults, from 6-8 February, and Glasgow Short Film Festival moves away from the others for the first time, standing by itself from 11-15 March. www.glasgowfilm/festival

Nerdvana – cult cinema, gaming and comic book culture

Amongst the new programme strands this year are Nerdvana, bringing together the festival’s previous ‘geek-friendly’ events with a focus on cult cinema, gaming and comic book culture; Pioneer, which consolidates the festival’s growing reputation as the place to have a first encounter with the great directors of the future; and CineMasters, offering a sneak peak at new work from internationally renowned auteurs. And Glasgow Youth Film Festival’s sharpened focus on teenagers allows GFF to welcome in children (and their parents) with the Modern Families strand.

New Strands from Different Countries
 
The festival runs an annual strand focusing on new cinema from a particular country, as well as a retrospective looking back over the career of a particular era or star. Following Glasgow’s passing of the Commonwealth Games baton over to the Gold Coast, our new strand Strewth! showcases the best new (and classic) Australian cinema, while Here’s Looking At You, Kid pays homage to Ingrid Bergman’s life and work.

The full GFF programme will be announced on Wednesday 21 January 2015 and available to browse on www.glasgowfilm/festival from Thursday 22 January.

Pop-up Events

These strands will run alongside and in conjunction with GFF’s signature pop-up cinema events, which make imaginative, unusual use of some of the city’s unique venues. However, this year the festival will take its celebration of the city a step further. Taking its name from the four-year local history project run by Glasgow Film, the Cinema City strand is about Glasgow’s love affair with the movies: screenings of classic Glasgow-set films will sit alongside an exhibition showcasing memorabilia and oral histories of cinema-going in the city.
 
Festival Co-Director Allison Gardner said: “We’re using this opportunity to take the festival out beyond the city centre and bring it to new audiences.  We have always been an audience-focused festival, and our new strands like Pioneer and Nerdvana are the result of listening to feedback and picking up on elements of the festival our audience responds to. We’re also excited to engage with younger cinema-going audiences; so our Modern Families strand will show some really extraordinary and imaginative films about childhood. And I’m delighted that the culmination of our Cinema City project will result in a real celebration of what the movies mean to Glasgow – it’s like a little extra gift to our audiences.”
 
The full GFF programme will be announced on Wednesday 21 January 2015 and available to browse on www.glasgowfilm/festival from Thursday 22 January.

GFF15 EARLY BIRD PASSES

Only available until Sunday 4 January 2015.

If you love film, these Early Bird passes are essential to make sure you don’t miss out on must-see screenings and exciting new cinema!

You'll get early access to secure your tickets before general sales go live, in addition to ridiculously low prices. Select from the following packages:

10 films for £50 (Each ticket is £5)
20 films for £90 (Each ticket is £4.50)
40 films for £160 (Each ticket is £4)

The standard ticket price is £8.50 so if you're planning on going to see many films, then you can make some great savings - by choosing 40 films for £160, you can see twice as many films for the same amount of money and still have cash left for a round of drinks!

You will be able to check out the programme from its release on Thursday 22 January 2015 to select your films four days before general sales go live.

Early Bird information and tickets

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