Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) will return for its 17th edition from 24 February to 7 March 2021 with a new hybrid format. In-cinema screenings at GFF’s home, Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT), will run alongside a brand-new online streaming platform, Glasgow Film At Home, safely bringing the festival to new audiences, as well as inviting back dedicated Glasgow Film Festival fans.
Year Round GFT At Home
New year-round platform Glasgow Film At Home will go live for the first time late November, 2020– Bringing Best of the Fest programme of films straight to audiences at home.
The programme consists of four films that were big hits at GFF 2020, including 2020 Audience Award Winner Arracht from director Tom Sullivan, set during the desperate times of the 1840s Irish potato famine, and Runar Runarsson’s Echo, which was part of Glasgow Film Festival 2020′ Icelandic Country Focus, the film explores a fragmented society at Christmas time. In addition is The Long Walk from director Mattie Do which follows a Laotian hermit who travels back in time, plus Matthew Rankin’s wildly inventive and highly stylised faux biopic The Twentieth Century.
GFF 2021 is also launching branding, which brings to life their focus on delivering the festival to audiences at home, as well as on cinema screens, and still firmly rooting the festival in the City of Glasgow. Although Glasgow Film Festival will naturally be different this year, they are creating new and innovative ways to bring great cinema to audiences, and to conjure up the festival feeling at home.
Glasgow is known as one of the world’s friendliest film festivals and this mix of cinema screenings, streaming and online events will help recreate this atmosphere for all of their audiences.
GFF is one of the leading film festivals in the UK and run by Glasgow Film, a charity which also runs Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT). GFF is made possible by support from Screen Scotland, the BFI (awarding funds from the National Lottery), Glasgow Life and EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.
GFF 2020, held in February and March 2020, had record audiences with more than 43,000 admissions, but the 2021 edition must adapt to the new circumstances cinemas and festivals across the world are operating in. Making sure as many people as possible can access quality premieres from around the world, as well as the best new Scottish and UK releases, was a key consideration when planning the festival. The new blend of cinema screenings and at-home streaming means GFF can take place despite restrictions caused by Covid-19.
Allison Gardner, Glasgow Film CEO and Co-Director of Glasgow Film Festival, said:
“We are delighted to be bringing Glasgow Film Festival back in 2021 in as safe as possible a way. GFF has always been a festival for audiences and, though our festival must take a different shape this year, our audiences are still at the heart of everything we do. Glasgow Film at Home and our new branding will invite GFF straight into your living room, and the Best of the Fest programme will give a taster of what’s to come and share incredible cinema with audiences all around Scotland and the UK this November.”
Allan Hunter, Glasgow Film Festival Co-Director, said:
“We are very excited to share the dates of the 2021 Glasgow Film Festival and give everyone a glimpse of what lies ahead. It cannot be business as usual but we promise a festival of exciting UK premieres from around the world. The power of film to entertain, illuminate and move us has never felt more necessary. The launch of Glasgow Film At Home and the Best Of The Fest programme will allow a much wider audience access to the cherished Glasgow experience.”