Glasgow Film celebrates record-breaking admissions in another successful year of dynamic growth

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Glasgow Film comprises Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT), Glasgow Film Festival (GFF), Glasgow Short Film Festival (GSFF) and Glasgow Youth Film Festival (GYFF), as well as an extensive range of engagement, outreach and educational programmes that aim to reach people of all ages and backgrounds.

In 2018/19, GFT achieved 193,218 admissions, the fourth busiest year on record in GFT history. Welcoming directors, producers and actors to 126 Q&A events, alongside innovative programming through a number of collaborations and partnerships, GFT continues to encourage audiences to experience and debate cultural practice and ideas through diverse, unique and quality programmes.

 Glasgow Film’s range of festivals present something for everyone and continue to build on previous successes – 2019 was GFF’s most successful year so far, selling a record number of tickets and breaking the previous record of highest attendance, with 42,244 admissions over the 12-day festival. GYFF, one of the most innovative youth festivals in Europe, continues to go from strength to strength, with the 2018 festival enjoying an 89% increase in audiences from 2017. The 12th edition of Scotland’s leading short film event, GSFF, was its most successful yet, with an unprecedented 4,747 attendees at five days of screenings, parties and industry events.

 Glasgow Film looks forward to a future that allows everyone to access great film in a friendly and inclusive environment – Cinema For All. Building resilience and connections are key drivers for Glasgow Film, the past year marked an upwards curve of increased attendance, visibility and interaction through three primary accessible programmes: D/deaf and Hard of Hearing-friendly Visible Cinema, autism-friendly Access Film Club, and Movie Memories – a monthly dementia-friendly film programme.

View Glasgow Film’s Annual Review here.


 Jaki McDougall, CEO of Glasgow Film, said: “At Glasgow Film, we believe cinema has the power to change people’s lives: great film can spark debate, encourage conversation, broaden perspectives and bring people together. 2018/19 has been another successful year of growth, with a number of key achievements to celebrate and build on, including an increase in attendance to our accessible programmes and a hugely successful range of festivals, particularly spectacular growth for Glasgow Youth Film Festival. Glasgow Film continues to seek creative ways to engage with film, and we are delighted to see that the figures presented show Glasgow Film’s audiences continue to be strong and engaged.”


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