Programme: Glasgow Short Film Festival 2015


11th _ 15th March, 2015

Glasgow’s Annual Celebration of Short Film

Hosting biggest programme todate with over 200 films including six world premieres and twelve UK premierest .

The Scottish premieres of unique walking tour A Wall Is A Screen and the stunning Vertical Cinema, plus a focus on new Ukrainian voices, Greg Hemphill hosting a night of comedy shorts and 27 Scottish films in competition to take home the prestigious Scottish Short Film Award, sponsored for the fourth year by Mother India

Glasgow Short Film Festival unveils its most ambitious programme to date. The Festival – taking place for the first time in March – will host over 200 films across 5 days, with everything from a spectacular night of cinema flipped on its axis to a free walking tour projecting Glasgow in a whole new light, plus gigs, talks and brand new work from the hottest filmmaking talent from Scotland and beyond.

Highlights from the five day Festival programme include:

The Scottish premiere of Vertical Cinema (Weds 11th March)

A series of ten specially commissioned large-scale works by internationally renowned experimental filmmakers, projected vertically on 35mm celluloid with a custom-built projector in vertical cinemascope. Devised by Dutch curators Sonic Acts, Vertical Cinema will be hosted in the imposing Victorian courtyard of The Briggait, combining unique visuals and sound to create an unforgettable immersive experience that is part monumental spectacle, part cinematic provocation. 

A_Wall_Is_A_ScreenThe Scottish premiere of A Wall Is A Screen (Sat 14th March)

Part guided city tour, part short film night which invites you to see Glasgow as never before. This free, unticketed guerrilla mobile screening takes over neglected spaces, familiar buildings and commercial facades for ten minutes of lovingly curated short film before moving on to the next location – the ultimate pop-up cinema! Presented in association with Goethe-Institut Glasgow.

shortcomShort Com (Sat 14th March)

A night of hilarious independent comedy shorts introduced by Still Game star Greg Hemphill.

Strange Electricity (Sat 14th March)

A night at The Glue Factory celebrating the 20th anniversary of  the ‘Holy Grail of electronic music documentaries’. Shot in 16mm, Säkhö the Movie documents Finnish ultra-minimalist techno label Sähkö Recordings in its mid-90s prime. The night will feature a rare live gig from Säkhö label chief Jimi Tenor, plus support from Glasgow’s own Golden Teacher and DJ sets from JD Twitch and Bake.

Unmissable talks, workshops and competitions

From some of the biggest names in international short filmmaking, including a masterclass with top music video director Daniel Wolfe (the man behind Paulo Nutini’s Iron Sky and Plan B’s The Defamation Of Strickland Banks), the master of the ‘Desktop Documentary’ Kevin B Lee, the Scottish Film Talent Network  presenting their favourite ‘career-making shorts’ and how those filmmakers made the step from short to feature films and 48 hours for you to create and film your very own 90 second animation at Ani Jam (all on Fri 13th  March).

International_1_film_detailThe Scottish and International Competitions

Presenting the very best new shorts from top local and worldwide talent, with 27 Scottish films and 42 international films in competition including new films by multi-award winners Don Hertzfeldt, Terence Nance (both US), Caroline Sascha Cogez (Denmark) and Adrian Sitaru (Romania), as well as new films by Scotland’s own BAFTA winning animators Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson and the winner of our 2014 Scottish Short Film Award Ewan Stewart.. The Festival culminates in Jury Prizes awarded to the top Scottish and International films in competition, together with Audience Awards for the most popular films with the festival-going public.

International Competition

A unique focus on new Ukrainian voices (Thu 12th & Sun 15th March)

Screening vital documentaries dealing immediately with the current political situation, plus a vivid selection of new fiction shorts

Jennifer_ReederA retrospective of Midwestern filmmaker Jennifer Reeder

Thursday 12th March plus repeat screening Sunda 15th March)

David Lynch-meets-Miranda July tale of an insecure supply teacher and a choir of savvy schoolgirls A Million Miles Away was the undisputed hit of the 2014 short film circuit.   Fresh from wowing audiences at Sundance, A Million Miles Away screens together with her three previous works the Forevering Trilogy, whilst brand new film Blood Below The Skin has its UK premiere in the International Competition.

Let Glasgow Flourish (Sat 14th & Sun 15th March)

A programme of shorts marking the 30th anniversary of Clyde Film, a radical history of Glasgow’s failed regeneration, created by a collective of young activists in Cranhill. The Festival will screen Clyde Film, together with archive documentary and artist-made films

12th Player (Sun 15th March)

Turns the camera away from the pitch to celebrate any football team’s greatest asset: the fans. Ranging from animation to artists’ moving image, from documentary to fiction, films made about and by the most obsessive of devotees take us on a near transcendental journey, from the border between Austria and Germany to Maradona’s infamous goal against England in Mexico 1986. GSFF director Matt Lloyd says “Glasgow Short Film Festival is coming into its own by striking out into March and adding an extra day to the programme. We’re already thrilled by the response to our two key events Vertical Cinema and Strange Electricity, but we’re just as proud of all the new events announced today. From Daniel Wolfe’s extraordinary music videos to Jennifer Reeder’s feminist rethink of the teen movie, from timely considerations of Ukrainian filmmaking and Glasgow’s regeneration to a cinematic walking tour and a celebration of the beautiful game, this year’s festival is a sprawling all-consuming behemoth. Naturally we’re not entirely alone – we couldn’t do it without our partners Creative Scotland, Film Hub Scotland, the CCA, the Goethe-Institut, Glasgow Film Office, and Channel 4, not to mention sponsors Bar 91, Stewart Brewing and of course the one and only Mother India, returning as Scottish Short Film Award sponsor for the fourth year running. With their help, Glasgow Short Film Festival is going places”.

GSFF Programme

The full programme for GSFF 2015 can be downloaded from and tickets for all events are on sale now, available online or via the Glasgow Film Theatre and CCA Box Offices.

Glasgow Film Festival

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