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  • I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry: the impact of film programming on audiences 

    I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry: the impact of film programming on audiences 

    Nina Gantz’s short film Wander to Wonder won the International Audience Award at the Glasgow Short Film Festival 2024. This leaves no doubt that the 14 minute short deeply impacted its viewers. But in what way?  Wander to Wonder is a puppet stop-motion animation from the Netherlands, written by Daan Bakker, Stienette Bosklopper, Simon Cartwright,…

  • Stories of Resilience, Community and Creative Expression: Attending the 17th Glasgow Short Film Festival

    Stories of Resilience, Community and Creative Expression: Attending the 17th Glasgow Short Film Festival

    The Glasgow Short Film Festival once again highlighted the Scottish cinematic landscape with its diverse and thought-provoking programme, showcasing a wide range of short films from both local and international filmmakers. Throughout the weekend, I was impressed by the meticulous curation, engaging thematic explorations, and vibrant community atmosphere that defined the Festival. A film that…

  • What ties us to our humanity? A review of Guy Woods’ Mouth

    What ties us to our humanity? A review of Guy Woods’ Mouth

    Mouth, screening in (and eventually winning) the Young Scottish Filmmaker Prize competition was my personal highlight of Glasgow Short Film Festival. While I enjoyed all the entries in the competition, Guy Woods’ film really stood out to me. The plot follows a recently deceased man named Robert (Rob Turner) who is met by a casual…

  • The earth below and the stories it holds: landscape and history in Følkløric: Sticks & Stones

    The earth below and the stories it holds: landscape and history in Følkløric: Sticks & Stones

    Growing up in the Highlands I was never far from my heritage.  Burial mounds, standing stones and ancient battlefields litter the surrounding area. In the Highlands there is a constant sense of what came before. Go down any country road and you’ll find dilapidated croft houses, scars of the clearances. These reminders of our past…

  • The teetering fate of young Highlanders: a reflection on Hannah Hunter’s Their Accounts

    The teetering fate of young Highlanders: a reflection on Hannah Hunter’s Their Accounts

    Eerily sparse but far from still. Hauntingly silent, save the rustle of the sea. The far-flung Ardnamurchan landscape whistles through archived footage and nifty animations in Hannah Hunter’s Their Accounts. You might half anticipate the unease of the seemingly vacant scenes to be punctured by the frustrated Thatcher-era words of The Specials – “This town,…

  • Introducing the GSFF24 Young Writers

    Introducing the GSFF24 Young Writers

    Devised and coordinated by our Film Hub Scotland New Producer Frieda Ford, Glasgow Short Film Festival was thrilled to launch the inaugural Young Writers Project at this year’s edition of the festival. The project was designed to help industry newcomers develop writing skills and gain film festival knowledge. The young writers, Eleanor Beadle, Findlay Fraser,…

  • Announcing the GSFF24 Award Winners

    Announcing the GSFF24 Award Winners

    And How Miserable is the Home of Evil by Saleh Kashefi and Friends on the Outside by Annabel Moodie take jury prizes.   The 17th annual celebration of short film finished last night with the awards ceremony, following a packed five day programme of events across the city. Glasgow Film Festival 2024 finished its 17th edition…

  • Bill Douglas Award 6: Mediated Through the Body

    Bill Douglas Award 6: Mediated Through the Body

    Friday 22 March (13:15) passholders only CCA Cinema // 1h20m // 15+ Friday 22 March (20:45) GFT Cinema 3 // 1h45m // 15+ Sunday 24 March (16:30) Civic House // 1h45m // 15+ Our final GSFF24 Bill Douglas Award programme, and we’re not going out lightly. This selection of films consider various forms of physical…

  • Bill Douglas Award 5: Because It Became Impossible to Breathe – Programme Notes

    Bill Douglas Award 5: Because It Became Impossible to Breathe – Programme Notes

    Revolutionary acts drive the fifth Bill Douglas Award programme, so we pay homage to Frantz Fanon in its title. In Suddenly TV we are taken into an important moment in Sudan’s ongoing struggle for liberation through the eyes of young revolutionaries, while the eco-resistance leaders in Terra Mater, clad in electronic waste, highlight colonial and capitalist damage through…

  • Bill Douglas Award 4: In Your Image Its Future Is Made – Programme Notes

    Bill Douglas Award 4: In Your Image Its Future Is Made – Programme Notes

    Friday 22 March (15:30) GFT Cinema 3 // 1h45m // 15+ Saturday 23 March (10:30) passholders only CCA Cinema // 1h20m // 15+ Saturday 23 March (20:45) GFT Cinema 3 // 1h45m // 15+ Tying in with wider threads throughout this year’s festival (see Jyoti Mistry, Cine Mujer, and Until Liberation 4), the films in…