GSFF Presents: 2024 Industry Programme

Calling all film folks! We’re excited to announce the return of our Industry Events to GSFF24

Alongside our jam-packed lineup, we’ll run a series of industry-focused events. This year we’re thrilled to offer a variety of talks, masterclasses, screenings and more throughout our festival.

Our talks and panels will feature experts talking on a range of topics; from funding and support available in Scotland, to ethical filmmaking practices in documentary, to film festival selection processes.

We’ve also programmed exclusive screenings that showcase new and exciting talent from emerging filmmakers on the Scottish scene.

There’s still time to sign up to be one of our delegates. Get your application for Industry Accreditation in by Wednesday 13th March to take full advantage of our amazing programme.


Funders Roundtable 1: Short Circuit & Little Pictures | Friday 22 March, 12:45, Civic House (Duration: 75mins)

The Scottish short fiction funding pipeline explained! Join the teams behind Short Circuit’s Sharp Shorts and GMAC Film’s Little Pictures schemes to find out about the funds’ processes, what they’re looking for in proposals, how they work with filmmakers across script development and production, and what training and support they provide throughout the year. A perfect opportunity for emerging fiction filmmakers to hear from key talent development projects in Scotland, and make personal connections with the teams.

Short Circuit will also generously support the drinks reception at Civic House on Friday at 17:30.

Short Circuit is a film talent initiative for Scotland which aims to nurture the creative and professional development of filmmakers and creatives working in the Scottish screen sector. The initiative offers funding to support short films into production, and the development of first feature films. Additionally, Short Circuit facilitates a variety of training schemes for new and emerging filmmakers, allowing upcoming screenwriters and producers to take the next step in their career. Short Circuit is delivered by Film City Futures in partnership with Glasgow Film and supported by Screen Scotland and BFI NETWORK (using funds from the National Lottery).

Little Pictures is a micro-budget commissioning scheme that nurtures new talent to make their first funded short film in fiction, documentary, animation, or experimental genres. Little Pictures encourages new filmmakers to develop their voice, take creative risks, and kick start and develop film talent from across Scotland and of all ages from 16 years and over. Up to 12 short films of 15 minutes or less are commissioned. The projects are developed through training, workshops, and mentoring throughout the scheme with a budget of up to £2,000. Little Pictures is funded by Screen Scotland.

This event is free and open to the public. Book your space here.

Funders Roundtable 2: Scottish Documentary Institute & BFI Doc Society | Friday 22 March, 14:30, Civic House (Duration: 75mins)

Do you have a bold idea for a short documentary? Do you want to know more about what funders are looking for and how they work with film teams? Join representatives from Scottish Documentary Institute and BFI Doc Society for a presentation of their Bridging the Gap and Made of Truth short film funds, their processes and support, illustrated by two case study talks. We will be joined by Eilidh Munro, director of A Long Winter (Bridging the Gap), and Tolu Stedford, producer of The Medallion (Made of Truth; screening in our Bill Douglas Award competition).

Scottish Documentary Institute and BFI Doc Society are dedicated to nurturing filmmakers and supporting author-driven, compelling, thought-provoking documentaries for the big screen. Both organisations support filmmakers year-round through talent development activity and advisories, networking events delegations to festivals, and more.

This is event is free and open to the public. Book your space here.

Programmers Panel: TIFF, SXSW, IDFA | Friday 22 March, 16:15, Civic House (Duration 75mins)

We’re pleased to welcome three shorts programmers from top tier international festivals to Glasgow this year. Jason Anderson from Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and Aspen Shortsfest, Céline Roustan from South by Southwest (SXSW) and Palm Springs ShortFest, and Jasper Hokken from International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) will join this panel to shed light on their work, what they are looking for in their programming, and wider tips for your submissions journey and engaging with the festival circuit. 

Audience questions will be invited.  This panel is generously supported by Short Circuit.

This event is for passholders only.

Reframing Archive: Invisible Women in conversation with Jyoti Mistry and Emily Munro | Saturday 23 March, 13:00, Civic House (Duration 75mins)

Time for the archive lovers and curious to assemble. Throughout this year’s programme we find a wealth of works that reappropriate and recontextualise archive and found footage, often as a political act. To discuss their own research and practice of working with archives, we are pleased to welcome Jyoti Mistry to Glasgow, whose triptych We Come In Peace, They Said is screening on Friday evening, and Emily Munro, whose film Childish is screening in our Scottish Competition. This conversation will be hosted by Lauren Clarke from Invisible Women, who are presenting a two-programme strand on 1970s Mexican feminist collective Cine Mujer at this year’s festival (screening on Thursday and Saturday night). 

A great opportunity for filmmakers who are interested in engaging with archives and repurposing found footage. 

This event is free and open to the public. Book your space here.

Jyoti Mistry works in film both as a research form and as a mode of artistic practice. She has made critically acclaimed films in multiple genres and her installation work draws from cinematic traditions but is often re-contextualized for galleries and museums that are outside of the linear cinematic experience. Her films have screened at key festivals and art galleries around the world. She has been artist in residence at the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam and the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and was a member of the International Short Film Jury at the 68th Berlinale. She is currently professor in film at the University of Gothenburg.

Emily Munro is a curator, filmmaker and writer based in Glasgow. Her film work explores contemporary themes using archival collage in subtle and poetic ways. Her feature-length documentary, ‘Living Proof: A Climate Story’ (2021), was nominated for a FOCAL International Award. ‘Childish’ (2024), a short experimental documentary on the choreography of childhood, is Emily’s first collaboration with composer Michael Maftean.

Towards Liberation: Filmmaker Conversation | Saturday 23 March, 11:15, Civic House (Duration 75mins)

An open conversation with documentary filmmakers from across this year’s GSFF programme, drawing on their experiences of making political films and making films politically, and addressing the place of cinema in ongoing struggles for freedom, self-expression, and reclaiming identity and history. This panel will explore the motivations and responsibilities of filmmakers, the impact that films can have within festival spaces and beyond, and consider how documentaries driven by care and ethics can counter empathic distress. 

This conversation is supported by Scottish Documentary Institute and will include filmmakers from across the festival programme. Audience contributions are welcomed. 

This event is free and open to the public. Book your space here.

Meet the Industry | Saturday 23 March, 14:45, Civic House (Duration 90mins)

A rare opportunity to connect with several international festival programmers and talent scouts in one room!

We’re pleased to welcome a range of industry representatives to GSFF this year. They will introduce themselves and their organisations, after which you’ll be able to pick their brains in more detail, get useful advice, and discuss their and your own work with them in small groups. Groups will rotate so you will get time to speak to several delegates. You’ll gain great insights into the festival circuit and how to get your work to the audience it deserves.

Connect with representatives from Toronto International Film Festival (CA), London Short Film Festival (UK), South by Southwest (US), Film Fest Gent (BE), FIDMarseille (FR), interfilm Berlin (DE), 2ANNAS Riga (LV), Bolton Film Festival (UK), and more. 

We recommend you also attend our Programmers Panel on Friday 21 March at 16:15, where you will hear in-depth from programmers from three key international festivals: Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), South by Southwest (SXSW), and International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).

This event is for passholders only. Capacity for this event is limited.

Randa Maroufi – Artist Conversation | Saturday 23 March, 16:45, CCA Clubroom (Duration 60mins)

GSFF is pleased to welcome French-Moroccan artist Randa Maroufi to Glasgow this year for a retrospective programme and artist talk. Maroufi, born in 1987 in Casablanca and currently based in Paris, studied at the National Institute of Fine Arts in Tetouan (MA) and the School of Fine Arts in Angers (FR). She is also a graduate of the renowned postgraduate programme at Le Fresnoy – Studio national des art contemporains (FR). 

Randa Maroufi’s works examine social dynamics and the politics underlying them, focusing on who does and doesn’t occupy spaces, with an emphasis on gender and migration. Through her fictional pieces, carefully staged yet leaning on documentary aesthetics, she makes audiences reflect on their understanding and trust of images and dominant narratives.. 

Join us for this conversation delving into Maroufi’s practice, hosted by Myriam Mouflih. Audience questions will be invited. 

A retrospective programme will screen on Saturday at 15:00 in CCA Cinema, right before this talk, and Maroufi’s work The Intruders will be exhibited in Intermedia Gallery from 21 – 23 March. More info on PAGE XX (Randa Maroufi intro page)

This event is free and open to the public. Book your space here.

Reasons to Buy Your Film | Saturday 23 March, 16:45, Civic House (Duration 60mins)

Ok, we’ll be honest: there’s isn’t a huge amount of buying and selling going on in short film, though it does happen! To open up different paths of opportunity, in this session three industry experts across sales, distribution and programming will provide instant live feedback on a selection of short film excerpts. We will choose a number of participants in advance who will present their work to the panel. This session is open to anyone to attend, and will increase understanding of what decision makers are looking for across different fields. 

There will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions. 

The panel will include Simon Young (Director of Acquisitions, ShortsTV), Charlotte Ashcroft (Festival Co-Director, London Short Film Festival), and Tam Dan Vu (Artistic Director, Travelling Distribution).

This event is for passholders only.


We’re a friendly bunch at GSFF so expect drink receptions, DJ sets and plenty of opportunities to kick back with fellow industry guests in our lovely venues across the festival. Every year, we welcome home-grown talent and exceptional professionals from around the world to our festival so don’t miss out on the chance to meet some of the most exciting talent on the shorts circuit.

View our full schedule for more information.

Register for Accreditation

Industry members have access to all GSFF screenings and events (subject to availability), industry-only screenings, invite-only events and the online video library (full festival pass holders only).

Applying for festival accreditation is open to:

  • Industry delegates
  • Press delegates
  • Selected filmmakers
  • Film students

Accreditation closes next week on Wednesday 13th March. Register here.

Photo Credits

GSFF24 Creative by Martin Bailie

GSFF23: Meet the Industry | Photo by Erika Stevenson

GSFF23: Scottish Competition 4 – Navigations | Photo by Erika Stevenson

GSFF23: Scottish Competition 4 – Navigations | Photo by Erika Stevenson

GSFF23: Festival Models in Times of Crisis | Photo by Erika Stevenson

Still from Cause of Death by Jyoti Mistry

Still from 53 by Sofia Borges

GSFF23: Scottish Competition 4 – Navigations | Photo by Erika Stevenson

GSFF23: Meet the Industry | Photo by Erika Stevenson

Still from Bab Sebta by Randa Maroufi

GSFF23: Dania Bier Masterclass | Photo by Erika Stevenson

GSFF22: Festival Drinks| Photo by Ingrid Mur