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Submissions for Glasgow Film Festival 2019 are now open! 

We are committed to supporting emerging talent and providing audiences with the opportunity to see the best of world cinema, and we're currently on the lookout for fiction, documentary, animation and experimental features to be included in our 2019 programme.

GFF is a major date in the festival calendar, with many UK distributors and exhibitors attending who could bring your film to the UK market. Perfectly placed in February as a launch pad for spring and summer releases, GFF provides a high profile platform for film professionals, introducing some of the best new films to the UK's discerning audiences, film industry and press. Films selected through the submission process have played to enthusiastic crowds at Glasgow over the years and gone on to secure wider distribution.

Seven submitted films were screened at GFF18: Haiku on a Plum TreeMan Proposes, God Disposes, Which Way UpFind This Dumb Little #Bitch and Throw Her into a River, Blue My Mind, You, Me and Him and Closing Gala, Nae Pasaran.

We wondered if an audience would brave a snowstorm to see a film. The Glasgow Film Festival audience did that three times for Nae Pasaran. Such a warm welcome and constant support from the directors and staff throughout the festival made it a fantastic experience.

Felipe Bustos Sierra, Director, Nae Pasaran, GFF18 Closing Gala
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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

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.

We accept submissions through FilmFreeway, Withoutabox and also directly by post.


Early BirdCloses 27 August 2018£35
RegularCloses 24 September 2018£40
LateCloses 29 October 2018£50


Submissions are now open. 

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. 

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