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Scottish Competition 1: (Un)Tethered

23 March

The Scottish Short Film Award at GSFF, the largest annual showcase of its kind, honours inspiration and innovation in new Scottish cinema.

Bound by place, repetition and substance, some things can remain trapped within hopelessness; others find their place in the world once more. To become (Un)Tethered is to escape, but can it ever truly leave you? We explore in our first Scottish competition programme.

The Scottish Audience Award is sponsored by Film City Glasgow. Audiences will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite to win the Audience Award.

All films captioned for d/Deaf viewers. There will be a BSL-interpreted Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.


During the 1815 Highland Clearances, a stubborn tenant farmer and a Waterloo veteran strike up a reluctant and uneasy bond.

The Cities I Live In

Newly settled in Belfast, a filmmaker tells his infant twins about his life journey of travelling from one violent place to another.

Bellsmyre Caledonia

Dumbarton-based writer Tommy Lusk wanders around the hills above his scheme, ruminating on work, leisure, and housing during the pandemic.


A woman says her final goodbye to heroin as she attempts to come off the synthetic opiates that have kept her clean for the past six years.


In the medical tent at a techno rave, an unusual bond is struck between a raver and the steward that looks after him.

One Shot

Shot in one take, an actor must do multiple versions of the same action until he finds dark perfection.

  • Recommended age 18+
  • Duration 1h45m
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