The seventh Glasgow Film Festival ended last night having offered cinema-goers eleven days of vibrant and eclectic screenings and events.
Over 250 screenings and events took place over eleven days and across the city, in venues as diverse as The Arches and CCA to Platform in Easterhouse, resulting in ticket sales that have surpassed last year’s success. The final total will be collated from all venues in the coming days and is expected to meet the anticipated target of 33 000 tickets sold.
Notable guests included actors Colin ‘Merlin’ Morgan and Aiden Gillen (Queer As Folk, The Wire) and a very special appearance by Anthony LaPaglia, made possible with new support from EventScotland, in which he
discussed Balibo, a drama-documentary that he executive produced and starred in.
David Mackenzie's eagerly awaited new film You Instead, a free-wheeling rock ‘n’ roll love story, shot guerrilla-style, over five days during T in the Park in the summer of 2010 had its world premiere during the Festival, as did many FrightFest screenings, including Little Deaths and Rubber. A notable sell-out was the European premiere of Hobo With A Shotgun.
Beyond Bollywood, generously supported by Mr Monir Mohammed of Mother India restaurants, celebrated the remarkable flourishing of Indian independent cinema in recent years. Mother India’s sponsorship further secured a New Arts Sponsorship Grant supported by the Scottish Government in conjunction with Arts & Business Scotland.
The Glasgow Youth Film Festival (core funded by Glasgow City Council Education Services) came of age this year with its biggest and most diverse programme yet for young people and families, selected by a skilled team of 15 to 18-year-old programmers. Admissions increased significantly on last year, with almost 8,000 people attending GYFF events and screenings. The Festival benefited from the support and involvement of new sponsor Muvizu, as well as from public donations administered through the Big Arts Give Christmas Challenge and matched by Arts and Business Scotland.
The Short Film Festival returned for its fourth – and most successful year yet, with the inaugural GSFF Audience Award going to local filmmaker Stuart Elliott for his hilarious film The Pedestrian. The GSFF prize for best short film went to The Cage by Adrian Sitaru.