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Shorts In Support

Glasgow Short Film Festival invites you to enhance your programme by screening new Scottish and international shorts before features this autumn and winter.

The supporting short film has been all but lost from film exhibition, yet there is a wealth of emerging film talent that deserves to be seen on the big screen. For the third year running, Glasgow Short Film Festival’s Shorts In Support scheme revives this tradition by offering Scottish cinemas and film societies a catalogue of eight fantastic short films to screen before features. Participating venues will be able to introduce the work of upcoming Scottish and international filmmakers to a wider audience, broadening their programme and generating dialogue between short and feature.

The slate of eight films includes fiction, documentary and animation, with durations ranging from 2 to 11 minutes to allow for a range of programming contexts. None of the films have BBFC certification, but recommended certificates are provided, e.g. N/C 15+, and we have included one title suitable for those youngest of cinemagoers. And continuing on from last year, one of the films is presented by our friends at SQIFF.

You can find the list of this year's Shorts In Support films below. If you would like to participate, feel free to request screeners for each film so you can choose which shorts you wish to screen alongside which features, making this a collaborative curatorial process. We can offer suggestions for pairings with features, but these are by no means exhaustive or definitive.

Accessible Screenings
We are happy to say that all films are also available with captions for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing audiences. If you would like to request one of these films for an accessible screening, do let us know. Many thanks to Sean Welsh at Matchbox Cinesub for creating the captions.

Titles distributed in 2019-20:

Anna Mantzaris | UK | 2017 | 2 min | Animation/Comedy | N/C 12+
Moments of lost self-control.

Short Changed
Zoë Hutber | Scotland | 2018 | 5 min | Animation/Drama | N/C 12+
A stop-motion animated short film about a couple's struggle against the system, in a world where everyone is literally made of money.

The Proposal
Det Sporadiske Filmkollektivet | Norway | 2018 | 6 min | Fiction/Comedy | N/C 15+
Out on the ocean in a little rowboat, Joachim gets down on his knee and proposes to Toril, the woman of his dreams. Unfortunately Toril has a slightly different perception of their relationship. 

Francesco Rufini | Scotland | 2018 | 11 min | Light-hearted Documentary | N/C 10+
What makes a dog a 'good boy'? Discover the world of doggy people and dog shows through their best companion's eyes and follow the sounds of our cutest obsession. How far do we go in striving for success - and who do we become?

Cleaning in Progress
Grant Holden | Scotland | 2018 | 7 min | Animation/Comedy | N/C 15+
Working in a car park, tensions arise between a naïve, young cleaner and his old-timer talking brush in their differences of approach and attitude, where ultimately, one cannot do their job without the other.

Just Agree Then
Duncan Cowles & Ross Hogg | Scotland | 2018 | 9 min | Documentary/Animation | N/C 15+
Contrasting artistic visions, misplaced confidence and blatant ignorance collide on the backdrop of an increasingly fragile and divided world. In August 2018, seven months before the UK was due to leave the EU, two stubborn Scottish filmmakers struggle to make a short film together in the Austrian Alps. Can they find common ground, or will they have to go their separate ways? 

Small Forest Stories
Veronika Fedorova | Russia | 2017 | 3 min | Children's Animation | N/C U
Little stories about friendship and playing in the forest, and about how all of us on this planet are so alike, but any little fox is still the best tracker in the world!

Acceptable Face
Holly Summerson | Scotland | 2019 | 6 min | Animation | N/C 15+
An animated discussion about the 'ideal' respectable queer person. How would they look, act, and let people know that they're not 'that kind of gay'? Based on a series of interviews with LGBTQ+ people, this experimental charcoal animation explores the pressure to be a 'good example', and the joy of refusing to conform. Content note: Discussion of homophobia and transphobia.
This film is presented by Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF)

If your venue is considering the scheme, and you would like more information or screeners of any of the films, please contact         

Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, and funded by Screen Scotland and Lottery funding from the BFI.

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