Glasgow Film Festival announces fourth annual Industry Focus

Fourth annual Industry Focus to take place 27 Feb 1 March

Passes on sale now for bumper three day event which will host discussions and workshops with leading film and TV professionals

GFF Industry Focus is open to anyone working in the industry, from established talent to students looking to kickstart their careers

Passes are now on sale for the fourth annual Glasgow Film Festival Industry Focus event, which will run from 27 February to 1 March 2019. The festival will host leading film and TV industry professionals across a bumper three days of curated panel talks, workshops and screenings, with a focus on celebrating new voices and positive change.

Back by popular demand is the return of Market Place Live, a unique and interactive event that shows how to take a feature film project from idea to a successful release. A panel of industry professionals will take a film from concept to exhibition in under 90 minutes – with a few surprises along the way. Also making a welcome return is Alex Stolz’s popular podcast Film Disruptors. Alex will be recording a special GFF edition that will focus on finding the right audience for a film through innovative distribution strategies.

The full programme will have sessions for all levels of filmmaking professionals, from careers advice at entry level, to professional development opportunities. Attendees can expect some special guests, and plenty of drop-in sessions and 1-2-1 surgeries with leading industry professionals. Other confirmed events include an opportunity for filmmakers to pitch to Channel 4, and a panel event looking at the changing attitudes to horror cinema. Each day concludes with the GFF Industry Happy Hour hosted by various sponsors – join GFF press, filmmakers, industry guests, and the festival team, for a drink and a chance to mingle and network with new connections and friends alike. Industry Passes will also give holders entry to a selective programme of Press & Industry screenings at the brand new Everyman cinema in Princes Square. The full Industry Focus programme will be announced in January 2019.

Industry Focus passes are on sale now at the special Early Bird rate of £35 concession / £70 full, until 21 December at The price will then be £40 concession / £80 full. Concessions apply to full-time students, over-60s, Jobseekers Allowance or Income Support recipients, and registered disabled people. Please produce proof of eligibility when collecting your pass.

If you have any questions about the industry programme or buying passes please email the Industry Team at

The 15th annual Glasgow Film Festival will run from 20 February to 3 March. 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). GFF is made possible by support from Glasgow Life, Screen Scotland, the British Film Institute (using funds from The National Lottery) and Event Scotland.


Laura Lawson, Glasgow Film Festival Industry Co-ordinator, said: “We are delighted to have another three days of packed events for next year’s GFF Industry Programme. This time, the programme will focus on new voices in the film industry, as we celebrate and continue to build a community of filmmakers in Glasgow, Scotland and beyond. With over 25 events, including 1-2-1 meetings, professional development workshops, practical advice and networking drinks, there are opportunities for everyone regardless of what stage they are in their career. We are also pleased to announce that for the first time we will be offering regular Press & Industry screenings, and the whole team are very excited to present the full programme to our industry colleagues in January.”

Jennifer Armitage, Screen Officer at Screen Scotland, said: “Glasgow Film Festival Industry Focus goes from strength to strength. Some of the most popular events, such as Market Place Live and Film Disruptors Podcast, will return for 2019 alongside new events to guide and support people at all stages of their screen industry career. For the first time, the festival will include Press & Industry Screenings, which are sure to attract new delegates to the festival, and build on what has always proved a relevant and insightful industry programme.”

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