Glasgow Film Festival Responds to Lockdown Restrictions – Update to Festival Plans

Due to the lockdown restrictions affecting most of Scotland, and the rest of the UK, Glasgow Film Festival 2021 (GFF21) will now take place online only, on the festival dates: 24 February to 7 March. 

Plans to show in-cinema screenings of selected titles will be reviewed by GFF’s Directors once Covid-19 restrictions allow cinemas to re-open. 

GFF21’s programme of online premieres will be announced on 14 January.
Tickets for these titles will go on sale on 18 January.  

GFF21 had been planned as a hybrid festival, screening films in Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) and on its streaming site, Glasgow Film At Home (, as well as at 23 partner cinemas across the UK. Unfortunately, as cinemas can only open in areas under Covid Restriction Level/Tier 2, we do not anticipate this happening by 24 February when GFF21 begins. Volunteer recruitment for the festival has also been closed at this time. 

 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 Screen Scotland, the BFI (awarding funds from the National Lottery), Glasgow Life and EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.

Allison Gardner, CEO of Glasgow Film and Co-Director of Glasgow Film Festival, said: “While we are very disappointed not to be screening this year’s Glasgow Film Festival in cinemas, the hybrid nature of GFF21 means we are still able to offer the majority of the premieres originally included in the programme for people to watch at home. Audiences can look forward to the same high quality of choice as they’d normally expect from GFF, as well as the opportunity to see the best new, independent films from Scotland and around the world.” 

All Monday to Friday shows before 5pm have capacity capped at 50% (unless otherwise stated). All other screenings have full unlimited seating capacity (unless otherwise stated).

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