Glasgow Short Film Festival, the largest competitive short film festival in Scotland, hosts an inclusive community of filmmakers and film lovers, showcasing ground-breaking works of visual storytelling.

We nurture and inspire diverse forms of cinematic expression, in Scotland and around the world. In everything we do, we aim to be critical and curious, welcoming and accessible.

Scotland’s coolest film festival.

The Skinny
GSFF23: Lebanese Focus – KHANSA Live performance by Beirut-based artist Khansa.
Afterparty with DJ sets by Hiba and How Bizarre at Nice & Sleazy. Photo by Ingrid Mur

GSFF is a friendly and inclusive festival in which the work of emerging Scottish filmmakers is presented in the context of an international programme. We believe that international collaboration is vital for Scottish filmmakers. GSFF not only advocates the importance of short film in progressing future generations of filmmakers, but provides the meeting-place where collaboration can begin.

Since its inception, GSFF has developed a strong reputation for its imaginative curation, inclusive atmosphere, and the opportunities it creates for new and emerging filmmakers.

Jennifer Armitage, Lead Screen Officer, Screen Scotland

The support GSFF has given me personally, a working class filmmaker with no formal education or training, is absolutely unbelievable. I don’t know if I would have kept making films if it wasn’t for GSFF. It truly is one of my favourite times of year.

James Price, Concrete & Flowers, Chibbed, Dropping Off Michael, Boys Night

GSFF’s core programme comprises international and Scottish competitions. New talent is supported through a programme of learning and networking events, including panel discussions, workshops and one-to-one sessions. GSFF curates unique special programmes on particular movements or filmmakers of international importance, and hosts parties and live performances throughout the festival week.

I’ve screened films since 2012 at GSFF and the support they’ve given to my work over the years can’t even be measured, but it’s been incredibly significant. From making contacts that have led to work, to winning awards, to simply just providing reassuring support by having faith in me – GSFF has been invaluable.

Duncan CowlesJust Agree Then, Taking Stock, Isabella, Directed by Tweedie, Alexithymia