Announcing the films competing for the 2020 Bill Douglas Award and Scottish Short Film Award


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UFO by Harvey Gardner

We are delighted to announce the thirty films competing for the 2020 Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film, and the twenty-four films competing for the 2020 Scottish Short Film Award. Nine films will have their World Premiere and fourteen their UK Premiere at GSFF 2020, which will also host ten Scottish Premieres, two International Premieres and one European Premiere.

Amongst the international selection are films by GSFF regulars Niki Lindroth von Bahr (The Burden, International Audience Award winner at GSFF18), German animator Patrick Buhr and Mahdi Fleifel, revisiting Reda, the Palestinian refugee who featured in previous works Xenos (2014) and A Man Returned (2016). The selection also includes the Oscar-nominated Czech animation Daughter and recent BAFTA winner Grandad was a Romantic.

In the Scottish competition we welcome back several previous award winners alongside brand new talents. This has been a great year for Scottish short filmmaking, and to reflect that, we've added a fourth programme to the competition.

Each competition is judged by an international jury of filmmakers and curators, whilst the audience has the opportunity to choose their favourites to win the Scottish and International Audience Awards. We are delighted that this year’s Scottish Audience Award is sponsored by Film City, the heart and soul of Scotland's film industry.

The full programme of GSFF 2020 will be announced on Thursday 13 February, and tickets will go on sale here from midday on Friday 14 February.

Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film

3 Logical Exits
Mahdi Fleifel | Denmark, UK, Lebanon | 2020 | 15m | UK Premiere
Algo Rhythm
Manu Luksch | Austria, Senegal, United Kingdom | 2019 | 14m | Scottish Premiere
All movements should kill the wind (所有动作都应杀死风)
Wang Yuyan | France | 2019 | 12m | UK Premiere
All the Fires the Fire
Efthimis Kosemund Sanidis | Greece | 2019 | 24m | UK Premiere
Bab Sebta
Randa Maroufi | France | 2019 | 20m | UK Premiere
The Bite (A Mordida)
Pedro Neves Marques | Portugal, Brazil | 2019 | 26m | Scottish Premiere
Black Bus Stop
Kevin Jerome Everson, Claudrena N. Harold | USA | 2019 | 9m
Cloud Forest
Eliane Bots | The Netherlands | 2019 | 18m
Daughter (Dcera)
Daria Kashcheeva | Czech Republic | 2019 | 15m | Scottish Premiere
Dear Babylon
Ayo Akingbade | UK | 2019 | 21m | Scottish Premiere
Destiny Deluxe
Diogo Baldaia | Portugal | 2019 | 30m | International Premiere
Dummy (Atkūrimas)
Laurynas Bareiša | Lithuania | 2020 | 14m | UK Premiere
Ekstase
Marion Kellmann | Germany | 2019 | 11m | International Premiere
Electric Swan
Konstantina Kotzamani | France, Greece, Argentina | 2019 | 40m | UK Premiere
Eyes on the Road
Stefanie Kolk | The Netherlands | 2019 | 17m | Scottish Premiere
Freeze Frame
Soetkin Verstegen | Belgium, Germany, Finland | 2019 | 5m | UK Premiere
Friends
Florian Grolig | Germany | 2019 | 8m | UK Premiere
From Over Here
Patrick Buhr | Germany | 2020 | 10m | World Premiere
Grandad was a Romantic
Maryam Mohajer | UK | 2019 | 5m
The Heavy Burden (Barê Giran)
Yilmaz Özdil | Turkey | 2019 | 17m
How to Disappear
Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner, Michael Stumpf | Austria | 2020 | 21m | UK Premiere
Little Lower Than the Angels
Neozoon | Germany | 2019 | 13m | Scottish Premiere
New Land Broken Road (ដីថ្មីផ្លូវខូច)
Kavich Neang | Cambodia | 2018 | 15m | Scottish Premiere
The Physics of Sorrow
Theodore Ushev | Canada | 2019 | 27m | Scottish Premiere
Salsa
Igor Dimitri | Portugal, Argentina | 2020 | 13m | UK Premiere
Sh_t Happens
David Štumpf, Michaela Mihalyi | Czech Republic, Slovakia, France | 2019 | 13m | UK Premiere
Something to Remember (Något att minnas)
Niki Lindroth von Bahr | Sweden | 2019 | 5m | UK Premiere
Sukar
Ilias El Faris | Morocco | 2019 | 9m | UK Premiere
Trapped Ghost (地縛靈)
Hui-Ying Hsieh | Taiwan | 2019 | 10m | UK Premiere
Untitled (burned rubber on asphalt, 2018)
Tinja Ruusuvuori | Finland | 2019 | 20m | Scottish Premiere

Scottish Short Film Award

Acceptable Face
Holly Summerson | 2019 | 6m
Be Still My Beating Heart
Ruth Paxton | 2019 | 25m | Scottish Premiere
Betty
Will Anderson | 2019 | 14m | World Premiere
Boys Night
James Price | 2019 | 16m
Duck Daze
Alison Piper | 2019 | 14m
Educated
Tom Nicoll | 2019 | 17m
The Fabric of You
Josephine Lohoar Self | 2019 | 13m
Frontiers
Eve McConnachie | 2019 | 4m
How The Earth Must See Itself (A Thirling)
Lucy Cash | 2019 | 13m
Hydebank
Ross McClean | 2019 | 16m
Jealous Alan
Martin Clark | 2019 | 16m
Kingdom Come
Sean Robert Dunn | 2019 | 16m | Scottish Premiere
The Last Train
Ross Hogg | 2019 | 3m | World Premiere
Monster
Reiff Gaskell | 2019 | 14m | World Premiere
The Motorist
Ciaran Lyons | 2019 | 10m | European Premiere
My Name is Anik
Bircan Birol | 2019 | 16m
Neville is Dead
Louis Paxton | 2019 | 15m | World Premiere
Once Upon A Time In Easterhouse
Paul Cochrane | 2019 | 16m | World Premiere
Red Hawthorn
Florrie James | 2019 | 11m | World Premiere
Saturnrania
Holly Mclean | 2019 | 5m | World Premiere
Starting Over
Russell Davidson | 2019 | 15m
That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore 
Hannah Currie | 2019 | 12m 
UFO
Harvey Gardner | 2020 | 16m | World Premiere
You are at the Bottom of my Mind
Catriona Black | 2018 | 6m

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