Announcing the GSFF22 Competition Titles

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Love Dad, directed by Diana Cam Van Nguyen

We are thrilled to announce that the 15th edition of Glasgow Short Film Festival will be returning to venues, 23-27 March 2022. That means we’ll be running in person for the first time since 2019! Get ready for a jam-packed programme, taking place across Civic HouseGlasgow Film Theatre (GFT) and the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA). And for those of us who can’t join us in person, despair not… Thanks to our core funder, Screen Scotland, with support from The National Lottery and the Scottish Government, we’re glad to be making parts of the programme available online for the third year running. Look out for our full Programme Launch on 23 February, but for now, we’re delighted to announce our competition selection for 2022.

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Mir, directed by Gorana Jovanović

Glasgow Short Film Festival has two annual competitions: the Scottish Short Film Award which for this year has been renamed Scotland’s Year of Stories Short Film Award  and the Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film which showcases new cinema from around the world. Across the two competitions, we will present 7 World Premieres and 16 UK Premieres.

International juries of filmmakers and curators select the winners of the Bill Douglas Award (cash prize of £1,000) and Scotland’s Year of Stories Short Film Award (cash prize of £1,500), whilst the GSFF22 audience will have the opportunity to choose their favourites to win the Scottish and International Audience Awards. Thanks to Film City Glasgow, the Scottish Audience Award has a cash prize of £1,000.

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Bestia, directed by Hugo Covarrubias


After two years of small screens, the visual delights of this year’s International Competition are best experienced on the biggest screen possible. The selection reflects the qualities found in the work of Scotland’s own Bill Douglas: honesty, formal innovation, and cinematic storytelling that places sound and image centre stage.

Against our pandemic-informed expectations, we received over 4,000 submissions from across the globe for this year’s edition. With the help of our incredible team of submissions viewers we have landed on a beautiful selection including films that were awarded at some of the world’s most important film festivals as well as under-seen gems that took us by surprise, and a number of familiar faces returning with new work. It’s a line-up that directly and indirectly speaks to the times we live in and we’re thrilled to be able to share and discuss it with audiences in person.

The film selected for the BILL DOUGLAS AWARD FOR INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM are as follows:

A PRESENT LIGHT | Diogo Costa Amarante | Portugal | Scottish Premiere

ALL OF YOUR STARS ARE BUT DUST ON MY SHOES | Haig Aivazian | Lebanon | Scottish Premiere

BESTIA | Hugo Covarrubias | Chile | Scottish Premiere

DAD’S SNEAKERS | Olha Zhurba | Ukraine | Scottish Premiere 

DISPLACED | Samir Karahoda | Kosovo | Scottish Premiere

FIREFLIES | Léo Bittencourt | Brazil | Scottish Premiere

FURTHER AND FURTHER AWAY | Polen Ly | Cambodia | UK Premiere

HANDBOOK | Pavel Mozhar | Belarus, Germany | UK Premiere

HER VIOLET KISS | Bill Morrison | USA | UK Premiere

I GOTTA LOOK GOOD FOR THE APOCALYPSE | Ayce Kartal | France | Scottish Premiere

IMPOSSIBLE FIGURES AND OTHER STORIES I | Marta Pajek | Poland | Scottish Premiere

IN MY NETWORK | Randa Maroufi | France | UK Premiere

LOVE, DAD | Diana Cam Van Nguyen | Czech Republic | Scottish Premiere

MIR | Gorana Jovanović | Serbia | UK Premiere

NAUGHTY SPOT | Jean Costa | France | Scottish Premiere

NAYA | Sebastian Mulder | Netherlands | UK Premiere

NEON PHANTOM | Leonardo Martinelli | Brazil | Scottish Premiere

NOIR-SOLEIL | Marie Larrivé | France | UK Premiere

ONE HUNDRED STEPS | Bárbara Wagner, Benjamin de Burca | Germany, France | Scottish Premiere

PARTY POSTER | Rishi Chandna | India | UK Premiere

PODESTA ISLAND | Stephanie Roland | Fed. States of Micronesia, France | UK Premiere

PRIDE | Claudrena N. Harold, Kevin Jerome Everson | USA | UK Premiere

SIERRA | Sander Joon | Estonia | UK Premiere

SQUISH! | Tulapop Saenjaroen | Thailand | UK Premiere

THERE IS EXACTLY ENOUGH TIME | Virgil Widrich, Oskar Salomonowitz | Austria | UK Premiere

THERE’S A GHOST OF ME | Mateo Vega | Netherlands | Scottish Premiere

WILL MY PARENTS COME TO SEE ME | Mo Harawe | Somalia, Austria, Germany | UK Premiere

More information on all selected films can be found on our programme pages.

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The Stone Age, directed by Alison Piper


The Scottish competition at GSFF is the largest annual showcase of new Scottish film talent, championing diverse forms of cinematic storytelling, whether fiction, animation or documentary, in English, Gaelic, Scots or Urdu, Polish, Kurdish… The only eligibility criteria is that the filmmaker lives and works in Scotland.

This year the Scottish competition has been supported by the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund. This fund is being delivered in partnership between VisitScotland and Museums Galleries Scotland with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund thanks to National Lottery players.

The programme will be accompanied by a retrospective programme of early works by some of Scotland’s finest cinematic storytellers, to be announced later. We will also have the opportunity to bring new Scottish storytellers to a wide audience, at the festival, online and via a touring programme throughout 2022.

The film selected for the SCOTLAND’S YEAR OF STORIES SHORT FILM AWARD are as follows:


BAHAR | Maryam Hamidi 

THE BAYVIEW | Daniel Cook

THE BLACK WATCH | Cameron Cobb | World Premiere


THE DEAD ARE JEWELS TO ME | Rose Hendry, Isla Badenoch | Scottish Premiere

DIVE | Oscar Sansom


FIRST STEP SWIM | Caitlin McMullan | World Premiere

THE FOX | Eirini Vasiliki Kalogera, Julia Kim Johnstone | Scottish Premiere 

GO HOME | Razan Madhoon | Scottish Premiere 

GROOM | Leyla Coll-O’Reilly | World Premiere

IDRISH | Adam Lewis Jacob | Scottish Premiere



KIN | Ruby Cedar | World Premiere 

LIFE OF RILEY | Shaun Hughes | World Premiere 

PROSOPAGNOSIA | Steven Fraser 

RED ROOM | Bryan M. Ferguson 

THE STONE AGE | Alison Piper

TOO ROUGH | Sean Lìonadh | Scottish Premiere 

THE TYRANNY OF PETTY THINGS | Cameron Nicoll | World Premiere

WE KNOW A BETTER WORD THAN HAPPY | Helen McCrorie | Scottish Premiere 

More information on all selected films can be found on our programme pages.

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Dive, directed by Oscar Sansom

Further programme announcements for GSFF22 will be made on Wednesday 23 February. Audiences can expect dynamic programmes featuring world-class films as well as GSFF’s regular European Film Academy shorts programme and the ever-popular ComedyHorror and Family-Friendly programmes. 

We’re also pleased to announce that The Skinny will be returning as an official media partner for GSFF22. The Skinny will be supporting a programme at this year’s festival to be announced on 23 February.

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Neon Phantom, directed by Leonardo Martinelli

All GSFF22 programmes will be captioned for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing audiences and all Scottish Competition Q&As will be BSL interpreted. This year’s edition will continue to implement a Pay What You Can sliding scale for tickets with the aim of improving access and inclusion.

Tickets for GSFF22 go on sale on Wednesday 23 February at midday. Press and Industry accreditation is now open. Explore the GSFF22 Competition selection by clicking here. We look forward to welcoming you back to Glasgow Short Film Festival very, very soon!