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. There are no absolute certainties at present but we can promise that there will be a 2021 Glasgow Film Festival.
Glasgow is one of the friendliest film festivals on the planet with a wide-ranging programme that celebrates every corner of world cinema and provides a fantastic showcase for the best of Scottish film. We are currently planning for the best possible Festival experience and preparing for all contingencies.
Glasgow’s reputation rests firmly on the warmth of its welcome, the quality of its curated programming and a much admired programme of industry events acutely tailored to meet the needs of filmmakers far and wide. It is a fantastic place to launch your film. In 2020, the Festival welcomed a wonderful array of guests from Alice Winocour to Simon Pegg, Alankrita Shirvastava to George Mackay, Coky Giedroyc to Michael Caton-Jones.
The Festival has a long tradition of championing new talent and ensuring that the very best films from the annual submissions are given a platform in the public programme.
2020 submissions that screened at GFF include Allan Deberton’s poignant debut feature Pacarrete, Rob Christopher’s documentary Roy’s World: Barry Gifford’s Chicago and Josh David Gordon’s This World Won’t Break. Submissions to previous GFF’s also include:
* Nae Paseran, which had its world premiere as the Closing Gala of GFF 2018. It went on to win the BAFTA (Scotland) award for Best Picture, has been screened around the world and won many awards.
* Arracht. After winning GFF’s Audience Award 2020, it was subsequently nominated for 11 awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, by the Irish Film and Television Academy.
Eternal Beauty, subsequently acquired for UK distribution by Bulldog for release on 18 September.
* A Faithful Man, acquired by Cinefile for UK distribution.
* Master Cheng, subsequently acquired for UK distribution by Parkland.
Perfect 10, subsequently acquired for UK distribution by 606 DISTRiBUTION for release on 7 August.
* CoinCoin and the Extrahumans, subsequently acquired for UK distribution by New Wave and released on 24 July 2020.
We are thrilled to be opening the submissions for the 2021 Festival and can’t wait to discover the gems that are heading our way.
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.
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. The GFF20 Audience Award winner was won by Arracht directed by Tom O'Sullivan. In 2019 the award went to Harry Birrell: Films of Love and War, directed by Matt Pinder, inn 2018 Xavier Legrand's Custody, and in GFF2017 was won by submitted film Lipstick Under My Burkha by Alankrita Shrivastava.
Submission Terms and Conditions
About Glasgow Film Festival
1. Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) is one of the leading film festivals in the UK and run by Glasgow Film, a charity which also runs Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT), registered address Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow, G3 6RB and charity number SC005932.
2. The 17th edition of the Festival will take place 24 February – 7 March 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK and will be a new hybrid model offering audience screenings in the cinema as well as online.
3. The Festival welcomes unsolicited submissions in accordance with the regulations.
4. We accept only feature films or documentaries of 60 minutes or more. We do not accept short films.
5. All films submitted must be considered at minimum a Scottish premiere i.e. cannot have been screened publicly in Scotland prior to the 2021 festival.
6. When submitting your film please include details of any public screenings and festivals your film is being shown at before Glasgow Film Festival 2021, if known.
7. Films available publicly online are not acceptable.
8. Completion dates: projects completed after Sept 1 2019. Works in progress are not accepted.
9. Projects may originate from around the world. All non-English speaking films must be subtitled in English.
10. Submission waivers will not be granted. Glasgow Film Festival operates on a modest budget; the fee we charge pays a contribution towards the cost of submission administration including fees for our submission viewers. We aim to keep the fees as low as possible and this year have reduced our fees in light of the economic impact of the Coronavirus.
Terms and Conditions of Entry
1. Entries should be submitted online via FilmFreeway only. We do not accept entries by post.
2. Please ensure that you include a synopsis of no more than 200 words as you would like it to appear in the programme (NB: Please note that the Festival reserves the right to amend the copy submitted).
3. The Festival pays screening fees or alternatively a contribution towards your travel and accommodation to attend the festival should your film be selected.
4. By submitting your film, you agree that Glasgow Film Festival can use parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster) for promotional purpose.
5. Successful applicants will be required to supply a film print or video master for screening at GFF21.
6. Acceptable formats for cinema exhibition: DCP / Digital.
7. If you do not have DCP, we can provide formatting services for a fee.
8. The cost of shipping prints must be met by the sender. The festival will pay for one-way return shipping of prints (prints can be forwarded on to another festival after their screening at GFF by prior arrangement with the Print Traffic Coordinator).
9. 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
10. All applicable licenses and waivers of copyrights, moral rights, trademarks and other intellectual property rights must have been secured by the filmmaker(s)
11. Any film submitted to Glasgow Film Festival can be re-submitted at any time for a second chance.
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 final selection and scheduling of films is at the discretion of the Festival Directors.
14. Submissions are non-refundable, Glasgow Film Festival cannot be held liable for materials lost or damaged
15. Unfortunately GFF cannot enter in to any discussion regarding films that are not selected for the Festival.