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Shorts In Support

Shorts in Support is a programme-enhancement scheme for Scottish venues, in which Glasgow Short Film Festival distributes eight new shorts for screening before features. 

The supporting short film has been all but lost from film exhibition, yet Scotland has a wealth of emerging film talent that deserves to be seen on the big screen. Glasgow Short Film Festival's Shorts In Support scheme aims to revive this tradition by offering Scottish cinemas and film societies a catalogue of eight fantastic recent short films to screen before features. Participating venues will be able to introduce the work of upcoming Scottish and international filmmakers to a wider audience, broadening their programme and generating dialogue between short and feature.

Titles distributed in 2018:

Alice Jane McKinney | UK | 2017 | 10 min | Documentary | N/C 12+ | Selected by SQIFF
Polish immigrant Marta returns to visit her family after leaving for Scotland in search of a better life. On her childhood farm, a past life of taboo is uncovered as well as the heart-breaking sacrifice Marta made to find safety and acceptance.

Mar a Thachair do Dh’fhear a Sgur a Dhol Dhan Eaglais
(The Man Who Stopped Going to Church)

John Murdo MacAulay | UK | 2017 | 5 min | Fiction | Gaelic with English subtitles | N/C U
The story of a godly young man, disillusioned in the wake of a betrayal of trust. In the midst of his conflict, a stranger invites him on a journey to discover the truth for himself. Placing a traditional story in a modern setting, this Gaelic language short won three prizes in the 2018 FilmG filmmaking competition.

Leonid Shmelkov | Russia, Estonia | 2017 | 3 min | Animation | N/C U

Beware of pearfall! It happens suddenly, so it is necessary to be prepared. This film provides detailed instructions on how to behave in such cases. A surreal and funny short, suited to both family audiences and cult/late night screenings.

Simon Bishopp | 2017 | 4 min | Fiction | N/C 12+

A homeless woman seeks retribution after being displaced by the arrival of a future civilisation seeking refuge from global warming and war. A brief but powerful sci-fi meditation on migration, resistance and culpability, and a tour-de-force of homemade special effects.

Salt & Sauce
Alia Ghafar | UK | 2017 | 11 min | Fiction | N/C 12+

Stuck in a post-high-school limbo, Tammy works long days in the family chip shop while deciding what next to do with her life. She soon realises that she can't keep avoiding her future. Winner of the Scottish Short Film Award, sponsored by Blazing Griffin, at GSFF 2018.

Falconer Houston | UK | 1977 | 7 min | Fiction | N/C U

A recently rediscovered expressive short about a teacher at the end of his tether. Faced with yet another day teaching music to uninterested boys he decides to take the rest of the day off.

Taking Stock
Duncan Cowles | UK | 2017 | 4 min | Documentary | N/C 12+

Using his failed attempts at creating profitable stock footage, a filmmaker reflects on the absurd, mundane and funny side of being trapped inside your own head as an out of work, self-employed freelancer.

These are My Hands
Evi Tsiligaridou | UK | 2018 | 8 min | Documentary | N/C 12+ | Selected by SQIFF

Written and performed by the radical British playwright Jo Clifford, this documentary film-poem is a deeply personal account of transgender embodiment in a lifetime, speaking of wounds, challenges, victories and the journey towards self-empowerment.

If your venue would like to participate in the scheme, please contact

Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI's Film Audience Network.

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