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Submissions

GFF18 Submissions are now open!

Links to Film Freeway and Without a box can be found at the bottom of this page.

Glasgow Film Festival is firmly established as one of the key events in the UK film calendar. The 2017 edition once again attracted audiences in excess of 40,000 for an ambitious, wide-ranging programme that included 65 UK premieres and films from 38 countries. The festival opened with the European premiere of Irish coming-of-age charmer Handsome Devil, attended by director John Butler and star Fionn O’Shea, and closed with the world premiere of Mad to Be Normal, attended by David Tennant, director Robert Mullan and members of the cast and crew.

All first and second time feature filmmaker submissions are also eligible for nomination for our prestigious Audience Award, won by Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang at GFF16. More info about our audience award can be found here.

The festival’s Audience Award continues to grow in reputation and benefitted in 2017 from generous sponsorship from ScotRail, allowing us to bring a record number of filmmakers to Scotland to introduce their films. The 2017 winner was Alankrita Shrivastava for Lipstick Under My Burkha, which was a submission, with the runner-up position secured by Halfway, a first feature from Scottish producer Jonny Paterson and director Ben Caird.

Halfway star Quinton Aaron was one of more than 70 guests who attended the 2017 festival, including directors Ben Wheatley, Hope Dickson Leach, Terence Davies, Rachel Lambert, Douglas Gordon, Benthe Forrer and William Oldroyd, and actors Macha Grenon, Jack Reynor, John Brumpton and Simon Farnaby.

The continuing popularity of the festival’s free Behind The Scenes events and the huge success of our Industry Focus programmes means that Glasgow more than ever is a festival for people who love movies and for people who are serious about making them. Glasgow is a great place to be for filmmakers, and is the hub of the Scottish Film Industry. Should your film be programmed at GFF18, the likelihood is that we will invite you to attend. We launched our Industry Focus programme in 2015, and this has quickly become an integral part of the festival, allowing filmmaker guests the opportunity to network with their peers from other countries, meet commissioners and funders from across the UK and further afield, and to participate in pertinent industry panels and discussions.  

Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) is committed to supporting emerging talent and providing audiences with the opportunity to see the best of world cinema. GFF's strands include the best of new Scottish and British features, art/experimental film and video, gaming, music, documentaries and an annual country focus. 2018’s country of focus will be announced in the coming months.

GFF18 will take place between 21 February – 4 March 2018.

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What are we looking for? 

We are looking for the best in new cinema from all over the world. Our festival provides a fantastic launch platform for new work, and offers exposure to UK distributors and the most engaged audiences in the UK.  

Some of our specialist strands are renowned for programming the strongest new work in a particular area including:

Local Heroes

World-class film is at the heart of Britain, and here at Glasgow Film Festival we celebrate it in its many and varied forms. Homegrown talent - from big-budget masterpieces to unsung heroes making micro-miracles on micro-budgets - is the focus here, where old masters rub shoulders with new voices in a celebration of British and Irish film.

Window on the World

Here you’ll find the very best of international cinema: films that transport you to extraordinary landscapes, offer a glimpse into the soul of a land far, far away, or leave you with an authentic sense of the people, culture and values of other times and places.

Sound & Vision

Presenting the very best of sonic cinema; documentaries and features from around the world, along with live performances that showcase the most exciting blend of music and movie going.

Modern Families

Purpose built to provide a selection of child-friendly delights and firm family favorites. This is the place to find something for the youngest film lover in your household, and chances to see top family films before everyone else.

Stranger than Fiction  

Stranger Than Fiction is filled with world-class documentaries that transform real lives and true events into innovative cinematic experiences. These films will educate and entertain, provoke and inspire, and linger in the memory long after the lights have come up. Welcome to the real world.

Five submitted films were screened at GFF17: The Lure, Celtic Soul, In The Radiant City, Spectres are Haunting Europe and our Audience Award Winner – Lipstick Under My Burkha.


It was such an amazing feeling to see the Scottish audience supporting the film so wholeheartedly… My gratitude for that support is hard to express in words. Glasgow Film Festival will be etched in my memory forever.

Alankrita Shrivastava, Director, Lipstick Under My Burkha, GFF17 Audience Award winner

Not only did GFF include our film but they also genuinely cared about it and its presentation to UK audiences. For a festival of such quality to look at and consider films that arrive with little to no fanfare speaks to the quality of the people behind the festival.

Stephen Ringer, Writer / Director, Weepah Way For Now. GFF16

Weepah Way For Now received a 5 star review from The Skinny in advance of its Glasgow screening.

Many films from previous GFF editions have gone on to secure UK distribution after being screened at GFF including, Maya The Bee, The Grump, Radiator and Lil Quinquin.

Feature submissions for GFF18 are now open.

08 May – 27 August 2017 – Early Bird £35
28 August - 25 September 2017 – Regular £40 
26 September - 30 October 2017 – Late £50

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CROSSING THE LINE

Experimentation gives artists the freedom to push boundaries and explore the great unknown, finding beautiful possibilities in the lure of the unorthodox. Glasgow Film Festival’s Crossing The Line strand is where visual art and cinema meet to create films that challenge and inspire. GFF is committed to presenting the best in experimental and artist’s moving image work and welcomes submissions from artist moving image creators.

We acknowledge that these works may not be able to be presented as a ‘submission’ in the same way as other film projects, and may not be able to be assessed for the programme in the same way. As such, we waive submission fees for projects to be considered for inclusion in this strand. To have your project considered for this strand, please email programme@glasgowfilm.org to request a fee waiver with a brief description of your project. (Please include ‘Crossing The Line Submission’ in your subject line.)

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