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Submissions FAQ

Submission FAQS 

Where can I submit my film? 

All submissions are via FilmFreeway 

What kinds of films are you looking for? 

We accept features from all over the world. Successful submissions are sorted in to specific programme strands, including music features, documentary, Scottish features, films aimed at audiences under 25 years old, and experimental features. 

For more detail please visit our page on FilmFreeway. 

Is there a fee for entry? 

Yes, full details can be found on our website and FilmFreeway. 

Can I get a waiver for my submission? 

We do not offer waivers for submissions. 

Why do you charge entry fees? 

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. All fees are non-refundable.  

What premiere status must my film have? 

All films must be a minimum Scottish premiere status. 

My film is online can I still enter? 

Any film publicly available online is not eligible for entry. 

If the coronavirus returns and we go back in to lockdown, will this prevent the festival from going ahead? 

In 2021 we will be morphing in to a hybrid festival offering audiences the opportunity to watch films inside the cinema and online. With no vaccine on the horizon and limited capacity inside cinemas we hope that by adopting this strategy we remain accessible as possible to all of our audiences across the UK and beyond. 

Should there be another lockdown we will keep our original dates but take the festival online with criteria including protected access to our online platform, and geo-blocked to the UK for public access. If a selected filmmaker does not wish to take part in the online festival they will have the opportunity to withdraw their film but we will not reimburse their submission fee. 

Is there a minimum run time for documentary and feature films? 

The minimum run time for features is 60 mins.

We do not accept Short Films, we recommend you check out Glasgow Short Film Festival. 

How long after completion date is my film still eligible? 

We accept films that are within 1 to 1.5 years of their completion date provided the meet our eligibility criteria. 

Are there any awards and competitions? 

There is only one award at Glasgow Film Festival – the Audience Award. We ask the ticket-buying audience to vote on a shortlist of ten films from first or second time directors. 

May I submit a work in progress? 

Works in progress and not eligible. 

My project was submitted last year, can I submit again? 

You can, however we recommend you don’t unless it has significantly changed. 

Who do I contact if I am having difficulties submitting my film? 

Please contact us at programme@glasgowfilm.org 

This account is currently monitored on a weekly basis therefore please do be patient. 

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