Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) is one of the top film festivals in the UK with a focus on audiences and renowned for an international programme of the world’s best films alongside a dynamic fusion of cross-sector events and artistic commissions. The last editions of the festival have all welcomed audiences in excess of 42,000.
Perfectly placed in February for spring and summer releases, GFF has launched some of the best new films to the UK's film press and cinema market.
With the ethos ‘Cinema for All’, our duty and aim as a public serving venue is to provide an inclusive and welcoming experience for everyone. Glasgow Film Festival strives to employ a wide array of diversity and representation and we actively welcome submissions from varied ethnicities and marginalised voices as well as seeking to achieve parity in regards to the gender balance within our programme.
Year round Glasgow Film prioritises the inclusion of captioned and audio described screenings to enable people who are D/deaf and visually impaired to access and enjoy the cinematic experience. With this in mind, Glasgow Film Festival welcomes submissions that already include or can include audio described and/or captioned formats on DCP.
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At Glasgow Film Festival 2019, our inclusive engagement increased 16% on the previous year and captioned screenings attracted a 100% BSL speaking audience- a fantastic and welcome result for audiences, the festival and the filmmakers involved.
We recognize that there is a lot more work to be done in order to achieve a higher level of diversity in our activities and through the festival we aim to provide a high profile platform for film professionals from any background to showcase their work.
If you believe in what we do, please submit your projects as soon as you can and be a part of our exciting future!
In 2015, Glasgow Film Festival announced its inaugural Audience Award, asking the GFF ticket-buying audience to vote on a shortlist of ten films from first or second-time directors chosen by the festival programming team. This award runs in conjunction with GFF’s new Pioneer strand, which celebrates the festival’s reputation for picking great early films from future cinema masters, and is designed to bring greater profile to some of the most exciting new cinema talents in the world. The GFF19 Audience Award winner was won by Harry Birrell: Films of Love and War, directed by Matt Pinder. In 2018 the award went to Xavier Legrand's Custody, and in GFF2017 was won by submitted film Lipstick Under My Burkha by Alankrita Shrivastava.
1. Entries in a language other than English must be subtitled in English
2. All entries must have been made/completed in 2019
3. Works in progress are not accepted
4. All entries must have a minimum runtime of 50 minutes to be considered
5. All entries at a minimum must be a Scottish premiere i.e. cannot have been screened publicly in Scotland prior to the 2020 Festival, including broadcast versions of any length of other local film festivals
6. By submitting your film, you agree that Glasgow Film Festival can use parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster) for promotional purpose.
7. If your film is selected for the festival you must provide content in DCP format. If you do not have DCP, we can provide formatting services for a fee.
8. If your film is selected for the festival, we will require:
a. Production still photos, digital
b. Photo of the director, digital
c. Biography / Filmography
d. Social media handles / hastags (if ready)
e. Videoclip, trailer, any assets that can be used on social media
9. All applicable licenses and waivers of copyrights, moral rights, trademarks and other intellectual property rights must have been secured by the filmmaker(s)
10. Any film submitted to Glasgow Film Festival can be re-submitted at any time for a second chance.
11. At our discretion, we may choose to transfer a film to a different category.
12. A screening committee determines which films shall be screened. Submissions are not guaranteed to be shown, all decisions of the committee are final
13. The Audience Award winner will be presented with their award during the Closing Gala, which takes place Sunday 8 March 2020
14. Submissions are non-refundable, Glasgow Film Festival cannot be held liable for materials lost or damaged