Glasgow Short Film Festival announces full programme for 2018


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"There's culture and subtitles and talking vaginas..."  - we announce the full programme for the eleventh annual Glasgow Short Film Festival.

Scotland’s biggest celebration of short film will be pulling an all-nighter as it hosts an otherworldly overnight screening of Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s dream-like movies. Best known for the Palme d’Or-winning Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Weerasethakul has specially curated four programmes of his short films, weaving together elements of horror, soap opera, science fiction and the avant garde. The films will run as one continuous all-night screening from 11pm until dawn at the CCA – pillows and mattresses provided. The vibrant Southeast Asian short film scene that emerged in the 1990s and in which Weerasethakul plays a major part will be explored throughout the festival, with striking experimental work from the Philippines and Vietnamese moving image artist Nguyễn Trinh Thi, whose diverse practice transcends the boundaries between cinema, documentary and performance.

GSFF is thrilled to welcome one of the most prolific filmmakers currently working in the United States, Kevin Jerome Everson. Based 
in Charlottesville, Virginia, Kevin’s overriding concern is with black working class communities, and the social, economic and historical forces underpinning their everyday reality. Kevin will visit Glasgow for the first time to introduce three programmes of his short films alongside his 8-hour epic Park Lanes, which invites an audience to commit to a full day’s work in a factory producing bowling alley mechanisms.

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Park Lanes (2015)

32 films from 19 countries will compete for the prestigious Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film, with stories ranging from a magical realist Argentinian western to a snapshot of life under siege in Aleppo, via rabbit hunting in Muck City, Florida and unrequited love playing out under the bright lights of Europe’s biggest shopping mall.

GSFF is instrumental in supporting and nurturing Scottish filmmaking talent and 18 films by innovative local filmmakers are in competition for the 2018 Scottish Short Film Award, sponsored for a second year by independent production company Blazing Griffin. 

The festival celebrates the short films of Scottish director and screenwriter Eva Riley – named one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow – as she makes the move into feature films; Ten Years of FilmG marks a decade of the grassroots Gaelic film competition and The Forgotten Films of Falconer Houston is the first chance to see new restorations of the Paisley artist’s shorts from the 1960s and 70s, introduced by the man himself. 

For 2018 GSFF settles in to its brand new festival hub at Civic House in Speirs Wharf, which will be open from 10am until late every day of the festival, dishing up a host of unmissable live events and parties. New Scottish Music Videos is a night of boundary-devouring, low-to-no budget music promos shot by emerging Scottish filmmakers with a live gig from Glasgow/London/Brussels/Bordeaux-based electro pop band Babe, who released their second album Kiss & Tell last year.

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Big Fun In The Big Town (1986)

Big Fun In The Big Town is an acclaimed 1986 cult documentary on New York’s budding hip hop scene featuring pioneers Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J and Run-DMC in their natural surrounds, screening with a selection of hip hop shorts, followed by a late-night afterparty featuring DJ sets and a live performance by female grime MC Madders Tiff, brought to you by the ladies from Tomboy, a Glasgow-based all female rap/grime/trap night that supports women in the music industry. 

The after-hour thrills continue with Ladies of The Night, in which strong not-to-be-messed-with women take the lead, including female vampires roaming  a remote Malaysian village and a London housing estate,
 a documentary on legendary transgender magician Fay Presto, and a sci-fi take on Hansel and Gretel from GSFF favourite Jennifer Reeder, plus Round Midnight offers up a selection of the downright freakiest films submitted to the festival – expect dark comedy, extreme thuggery and just a wee bit of kink. 

In a defiant celebration of the art of the argument, Glasgow Short Film Festival teams up with Vienna Shorts and Barcelona’s L’Alternativa to present a pan-European look at the will of the people, scapegoats and the political becoming personal in We Need To Disagree. Encounters Film Festival Bristol and Visible Cinema (GFT’s monthly Deaf and Hard of Hearing programme) co-curate a Deaf Shorts Showcase, with work from both Deaf and hearing filmmakers which present a unique representation of the Deaf community in the twenty-first century, and the vital Industry Sessions will feature workshops and panel discussions led by BBC The Social, LUX Scotland, NFTS Scotland and Blazing Griffin. The industry programme will be announced mid-February. 

Matt Lloyd, Director Glasgow Short Film Festival said:

“This year GSFF tackles work and rest, through Kevin Jerome Everson’s meditations on Afro-American working lives, and the lush dreamscapes of Thai artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul. There will also be time for play, with late night cult screenings, and live shows from Babe and all female hip hop night Tomboy. Thanks as ever to Creative Scotland and CCA, as well as new venue partner Civic House and beer sponsor Merchant City Brewing. We’re over the moon that local production company Blazing Griffin are returning to sponsor our Scottish Short Film Award for a second year, as well as collaborating on our industry programme. This March, Glasgow belongs to short film!”

Lauren Lamarr, Associate Producer of Blazing Griffin said:

 “As an indie producer we know how much passion it takes to create great movies, and want to congratulate all the festival filmmakers on being part of this event.  We are delighted to support GSFF who do such an excellent job in giving a platform to new talent.”

Tickets go on sale here at 12pm on Thursday 1 February. Download the festival brochure below:

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