Press Launch, Glasgow Film Festival, 2015
18th February – 1st March, 2015
174 events including 11 world premieres
I went along tonight to the launch of for the eleventh Glasgow Film Festival – the programme looks brilliant. Described as ‘an exciting, innovative, audience-focused festival packed with UK, European and World premieres’.
The opening gala will show the European Premiere of Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young, and close with the UK Premiere of Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure. This year’s programme also offers an exciting new platform for early-career feature film directors, pays tribute to Ingrid Bergman as an early feminist icon and celebrates Glasgow as a city hooked on the silver screen. Back in the 1930s Glasgow had more cinemas per head of population than any other city in the world. The cinema still holds plenty of attraction and this year’s festival is sure to entice locals as well as enticing visitors to the city.
There will be pop-up cinema events, including at the Mackintosh Queens Cross Church, Robert Adam’s Trades Hall, hip new spaces like Drygate Brewery, Stereo and The Old Hairdressers. The programme also includes screenings in established cinemas in all corners of the city with family films showing at The Quay and Cineworld, Parkhead.
Feature Film Award
For the first time GFF has introduced a feature film award – the brand new Audience Award asks the ticket-buying public to vote on a selection of ten films by first and second-time directors. This has been designed to showcase some exceptional early career talents creating pioneering and brilliant work, often on shoestring budgets without the backing and marketing power of major studios. The winner of the Audience Award will be announced at the Closing Gala.
All film critics accredited for the festival are also offered the chance to vote on their favourite films from across the programme – a Glasgow Film Festival Critics’ Choice list will be published after the festival.
The films in this year’s programme are of particularly high calibre, numbering over sixty major international prizes and nominations from the biggest film festivals and awards ceremonies. Major UK premieres this year include Wim Wenders’ Oscar®-nominated documentary Salt of the Earth and Still Alice, for which Julianne Moore is tipped to win the Best Actress Oscar®.
Some great family events and, of course, Glasgow Youth Film Festival, who are inviting you to dress up as a zombie for the showing of Shaun of the Dead on 6th February.
Tickets for the main festival programme are on sale from 10am on Monday 26 January.
Passes for FrightFest, GFF’s horror festival-within-the-festival, go on sale at 10am Thursday 22 January.
The brochure will be available online from 19.15 on Wednesday 21 January at www.glasgowfilm.org/festival
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