First screenings announced for hybrid edition of Glasgow Film Festival 2022

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The first events have been announced for Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) 2022. The 18th annual festival will take place from 2 - 13 March in a new hybrid format, with screenings presented both in cinemas and online.

The festival will return to the big screen in 2022 with in-cinema events at GFF’s home venue, Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) and Cineworld Renfrew Street. GFF will also take its premiere screenings nationwide for the first time in 2022, partnering with cinemas across the UK to make a selected programme available to film fans across the country. Building on the huge success of GFF’s digital edition, which took place during lockdown in 2021, the festival will once again be accessible online to audiences across the UK with a specially curated programme available to watch on GFF’s digital platform, Glasgow Film At Home.

Today, we unveil details of the return of two of the festival’s most popular strands.

Our Festival Retrospective offers free morning screenings of modern masterpieces and cult classics that will have hundreds of delighted festival-goers queuing round the block. The 2022 Retrospective, Winds of Change: Cinema in '62, takes us back to 1962 and a year in which the world felt on the brink of seismic changes. It was the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis, tensions in the Cold War, Kennedy in the White House and the dawn of political change in the UK. Cinema reflected this by taking baby steps towards maturity. English-language films began to tentatively confront race, sexuality, violence, private freedoms and public responsibilities. From Robert Mulligan’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s beloved novel To Kill a Mockingbird to Sean Connery’s first appearance as 007 in Dr. No, the line-up showcases some of the standout films of an eventful year. Step back into the paranoia of the Cold War in The Manchurian Candidate, rediscover the cold-blooded sadist who set the bar for mainstream screen villains in Cape Fear, and decide whether David Lean’s monumental Lawrence of Arabia really is the greatest epic ever made.

Each Retrospective film will have a special introduction from Allan Hunter, GFF Co-Director.

The full Retrospective programme can be found here.

Tickets for the Retrospective screenings are free and available on the day of the screenings from the GFT Box Office.

The seventh edition of our Industry Focus programme will take place from 6 - 10 March at the Doubletree by Hilton Glasgow Central Hotel. Featuring guest speakers, unique networking opportunities, topical panel discussions and diverse professional development, the Industry Focus programme is suitable for those at all stages of their career, from students eager to make their first steps into the industry, to seasoned professionals keen to stay fresh on the latest developments and best practice. Early Bird Passes will be available to purchase from 15 December here.

The full film programme for Glasgow Film Festival 2022 will be announced on Wednesday 26 January.

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 through support from Screen Scotland, the BFI (awarding funds from the National Lottery) and Glasgow Life.

Allison Gardner, GFF Co-Director and Glasgow Film CEO, said:

‘GFF has always been the film festival for audiences, and we are delighted that 2022 will be our most accessible festival yet. After bringing the festival to our audience’s living rooms during lockdown earlier this year, we can’t wait to be able to enjoy the GFF experience together in person this year. Our partnerships with cinemas across the UK and the continuation of our successful online programme on Glasgow Film At Home will allow film fans across the length and breadth of the country to share the festival experience we love so much. We have some incredible premieres lined up for 2022, and we can’t wait to unveil the programme in January.’

Allan Hunter, GFF Co-Director, said:

‘I can’t wait to welcome audiences back to our cherished Festival Retrospective. We’ve chosen 1962 as our focus because it is a year bursting with great films and landmark performances. It is also a year of transition in global politics and in a cinema industry beginning to take a bolder approach to social issues, taboos and screen violence. Winds Of Change: Cinema In ‘62 reflects that and will allow audiences to see a fantastic selection of free films including Oscar-winning performances from Anne Bancroft and Gregory Peck, the first appearance of Sean Connery’s James Bond, a key work from Agnès Varda and Lawrence Of Arabia which is probably the greatest screen epic ever made.’

Sambrooke Scott, Head of Audience Development at Screen Scotland said:

'Screen Scotland is a proud supporter of Glasgow Film Festival and we're thrilled that audiences will be able to enjoy its exciting return to the big screen in 2022. This edition looks both forward and back; looking forward with new UK screening partners and an enhanced digital programme, and back, with a brilliant retrospective marking one of the most exciting and watershed years in cinema history. With the industry programme nurturing and supporting filmmaking talent this year's edition promises to be one of discovery and charting new horizons.'

Ben Luxford, Head of UK Audiences at BFI, said:

'We’re extremely happy to be supporting this very important UK Film festival yet again. It has been wonderful to be a part of GFF’s journey as it has grown in stature and audience reach. After successfully delivering a digital edition last year, we look forward to them using that learning and expertise to deliver a hybrid Festival in 2022 that promises to connect with audiences across the whole of the UK.'

Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life and Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council, said:

‘The return of Glasgow Film Festival next March will already be marked in many people’s diaries as we look forward to another brilliant showcase of cinema. The mix of contemporary film, classic cinema and amazing talent, combined with the opportunity to attend in person or online gives every movie fan the chance to take part in this unique festival. Glasgow Film Festival is already shaping up to be a memorable celebration of cinema and film-makers in a city known for its love of the art.’

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