HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD! ‘BEST YEAR FOR CINEMA EVER’ IN FOCUS AS GLASGOW FILM FESTIVAL TURNS 10.

 

HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD! ‘BEST YEAR FOR CINEMA EVER’ IN FOCUS AS GLASGOW FILM FESTIVAL TURNS 10.
After enjoying its most successful year ever in 2013, Glasgow Film Festival is delighted to announce some very special developments for the tenth annual festival. 
Opening in 2005 with 68 films over ten days, GFF has grown into the third-biggest film festival in the UK, with over 39,000 admissions to 368 events at the 2013 Festival, fifty-seven UK premiere screenings and seven world premieres, and guests including major names like Joss Whedon, John C Reilly, Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan. 
2014 is also a significant triple anniversary for Glasgow Film Theatre, the art deco cinema in which the Festival originated and which remains its headquarters. The Cosmo, which was only the second purpose-built arthouse cinema in the UK, opened its doors seventy five years ago in 1939, undergoing a makeover and reopening as Glasgow Film Theatre forty years ago in 1974. 
NEW PROGRAMME STRANDS FOR 2014
1939: Hooray for Hollywood!
As well as birthing The Cosmo, 1939 was also a very significant year for Hollywood cinema, widely regarded as Hollywood’s greatest year ever. 365 films were released, 80 million tickets a week were sold, and the Best Picture award nominees at the 1939 Oscars were Gone With The Wind, Stagecoach, Wuthering Heights, Dark Victory, Love Affair, Goodbye Mr Chips, Ninotchka, Mr Smith Goes To Washington, Of Mice and Men, and The Wizard of Oz. Rather than celebrating the achievement of an individual actor in the popular retrospective programme strand, this year GFF will be screening all of those films, beginning with a palette-whettening advance screening of Gone With The Wind at GFT in December. 
CineChile
The country focus this year is on Chile, where filmmaking has recently been energised by two large international successes, No (starring Gael Garcia Bernal) and Gloria. GFF is delighted to be able to draw attention to the breadth of excellent, innovative work coming from the skinniest of countries. 
Pop-Up Cinema 
GFF’s audience-focused programmes are designed to bring cinema to the whole city, with boutique screenings and cinematic experiences in a huge variety of unusual locations. At GFF13, audiences went underground to watch The Warriors in the bowels of the Glasgow Subway system, witnessed Jaws and Dead Calm from the cargo hold of the Tall Ship Glenlee, encountered the silent classic The Passion of Joan of Arc, with live soprano soundtrack, in the vaulted surroundings of Glasgow Cathedral, and donned Stetsons for a barn dance and screening of Calamity Jane at the Grand Ole Opry, Glasgow’s long-running country and western saloon. This year, there will be a themed pop-up event on every night of the Festival apart from the opening and closing galas, taking in more venues across the city than ever before. Selected events will be announced in December 2013. 
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COMPLETE LIST OF PROGRAMME STRANDS AT GFF14
1939: Hooray For Hollywood! All the Best Picture Oscar nominees from Hollywood’s Greatest Year. 
Best of British Brand new films and much-loved classics from all over the UK.
CineChile  Recent releases from a country bursting with exciting new cinema talent. INCLUDES The Illiterate (Las Analfabetas), Crystal Fairy, The Quispe Sisters (Las Ninas Quispe), The Summer of Flying Fish (El Verano de los Peces Voladores), Things the Way They Are (La Cosas Como Son), Violet Went to Heaven (Violeta Se Fue a los Cielos)
Crossing the Line Open your mind to experimental and artist films from Glasgow and across the world. 2013’s programme will include the world premiere of Hope and Glory, a new film commission by upcoming video artist and recent Jarman Award nominee, Rachel Maclean, the winner of GFF13’s prestigious Margaret Tait Award. 
Eurovisions Romcoms from Romania, Swedish sci fi or noir from the Netherlands? Could be, as we take a gander at the best new cinema from the continent. 
FrightFest The horror institution takes over Screen 1 at GFT for the final weekend of the Festival for back-to-back screenings and an advance wallow in the gore of the finest, freakiest new horror movies. 
Gala The big ones. Gala screenings, red carpet events and premieres. Are you ready for your closeup?
Game Cats Go Miaow! As computer games now regularly beat the biggest Hollywood box office takings, is video set to kill the movie star too?  Ace gamer Robert Florence, best known from BBC comedy sketch show Burnistoun, is back with irreverent events, screenings and probably a house party to celebrate the rise of the pixel. 
Glasgow Music and Film Festival An inspired programme of live music events, features and rockumentaries celebrating the special relationships between film and music, curated by The Arches. 
Glasgow Short Film Festival (13-16 February 2014) Scotland’s leading short film showcase returns for four days of screenings, events and parties dedicated to emerging film talent here and around the globe.  Four awards are up for grabs, including the prestigious Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film, and this year's programme includes a focus on emerging Irish talent, avant-garde 16mm films from Japan, explorations of sound and cinema and much more. www.glasgowfilm.org/gsff 
Glasgow Youth Film Festival (2-12 February 2014) Showcasing the best contemporary international cinema for and by young people alongside workshops, masterclasses, competitions and special events. Our Youth Film Festival is the only festival of its kind in Europe to be curated and programmed entirely by 15-17 year olds, with films representing issues faced by young people alongside events and workshops for those thinking about getting into the movie business. www.glasgowfilm.org/gyff 
Great Scots A celebration of native talent and local heroes with screenings of the best new productions from Scottish filmmakers and Scottish production companies. 
It’s a Wonderful World Globetrotting without a passport – brilliant titles from all over the world. 
Kapow! Biff! Bang! Kapow! Comic book legend and Fox creative consultant Mark Millar, creator of Kick-Ass, is back to curate our strand dedicated to cult movies and the rise of the superhero. 
Out of the Past Classic movies in peak condition back on the big screen, where they come alive all over again.
Pop Up Cinema and Special Events Cinema experiences in strange and unusual locations, and distinguished guests in conversation. 
Stranger than Fiction An exceptional selection of the best new documentary releases. 
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The tenth annual Glasgow Film Festival runs from 20 February – 2 March 2014. The full programme will be launched on Tuesday 21 January on www.glasgowfilm.org, with tickets on sale from Friday 24 January. Information about selected special events will be released in December 2013. 
Tickets are priced at £8.50 (£6.50), but Early Bird Passes, priced at 5 films for £30, 10 for £50 or 20 films for £90, are onsale now until Sunday 5 January. Tickets are available from www.glasgowfilm.org or on 0141 332 6535.
Glasgow Youth Film Festival runs from 2 – 12 February 2014; Glasgow Short Film Festival from 13 – 16 February. Both programmes will be announced in late 2013. 
1939: Hooray for Hollywood! begins with an advance GFF screening of Gone With The Wind: Sunday 1 December (13.00) and Wednesday 4 December (18.20) at Glasgow Film Theatre. 
The Cosmo, Scotland’s first arts cinema and the second purpose-built arthouse cinema in the UK, opened on 18 May 1939. The cinema’s icon, Mr Cosmo, was a dapper-suited gentleman whose bowler hat still forms the lighting feature in the current Cinema 1.  The Cosmo reopened as Glasgow Film Theatre on 2 May 1974. Glasgow Film Theatre was classed as a B-Listed building by Historic Scotland in 1988.  The first Glasgow Film Festival opened on 10 February 2005 with Melinda & Melinda. 
Significant UK premieres at GFF13 included Stoker, The Place Beyond the Pines, Byzantium, Arbitrage, The Look of Love, The Paperboy,Welcome to the Punch and Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing. The world premieres at the Festival were We Are Northern Lights, Alasdair Gray: A Life In Progress, The Devil’s Plantation, The Happy Lands, A Tale of Two Syrias, Staande! Debout! and Outwork. 
Previous UK premieres have included Half Nelson, Lars and The Real Girl, Micmacs, The Lives Of Others and In The Loop. 
Guests attending GFF13 included Joss Whedon, Saoirse Ronan, Jane Birkin, Gemma Arterton, John C Reilly, Neil Jordan, Peter Mullan, James D’Arcy, James Cosmo, Regis Roinsard, Eli Roth, Rory McCann, First Minister Alex Salmond, David Hayman, Jeff Mills and Maria Sadowska.  
Guests at previous Festivals have included Peter Capaldi, James Earl Jones, Shirley Henderson, Richard Ayoade, Pam Hogg, Julian Fellowes, Dexter Fletcher, Armando Iannucci, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Martin Compston, Garry Lewis, Bill Paterson, Denis Lawson Emilia Fox, Anders Tomas Jensen, Martin Creed, Celine Sciamma, John Sayles, Bertrand Tavernier, Anthony La Paglia and Steven Graham.  
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After enjoying its most successful year ever in 2013, Glasgow Film Festival is delighted to announce some very special developments for the tenth annual festival.

Opening in 2005 with 68 films over ten days, GFF has grown into the third-biggest film festival in the UK, with over 39,000 admissions to 368 events at the 2013 Festival, fifty-seven UK premiere screenings and seven world premieres, and guests including major names like Joss Whedon, John C Reilly, Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan. 

 2014 is also a significant triple anniversary for Glasgow Film Theatre, the art deco cinema in which the Festival originated and which remains its headquarters. The Cosmo, which was only the second purpose-built arthouse cinema in the UK, opened its doors seventy five years ago in 1939, undergoing a makeover and reopening as Glasgow Film Theatre forty years ago in 1974. 

 NEW PROGRAMME STRANDS FOR 2014

1939: Hooray for Hollywood!

As well as birthing The Cosmo, 1939 was also a very significant year for Hollywood cinema, widely regarded as Hollywood’s greatest year ever. 365 films were released, 80 million tickets a week were sold, and the Best Picture award nominees at the 1939 Oscars were Gone With The Wind, Stagecoach, Wuthering Heights, Dark Victory, Love Affair, Goodbye Mr Chips, Ninotchka, Mr Smith Goes To Washington, Of Mice and Men, and The Wizard of Oz. Rather than celebrating the achievement of an individual actor in the popular retrospective programme strand, this year GFF will be screening all of those films, beginning with a palette-whettening advance screening of Gone With The Wind at GFT in December. 

 CineChile

The country focus this year is on Chile, where filmmaking has recently been energised by two large international successes, No (starring Gael Garcia Bernal) and Gloria. GFF is delighted to be able to draw attention to the breadth of excellent, innovative work coming from the skinniest of countries. 

 Pop-Up Cinema GFF’s audience-focused programmes are designed to bring cinema to the whole city, with boutique screenings and cinematic experiences in a huge variety of unusual locations. At GFF13, audiences went underground to watch The Warriors in the bowels of the Glasgow Subway system, witnessed Jaws and Dead Calm from the cargo hold of the Tall Ship Glenlee, encountered the silent classic The Passion of Joan of Arc, with live soprano soundtrack, in the vaulted surroundings of Glasgow Cathedral, and donned Stetsons for a barn dance and screening of Calamity Jane at the Grand Ole Opry, Glasgow’s long-running country and western saloon. This year, there will be a themed pop-up event on every night of the Festival apart from the opening and closing galas, taking in more venues across the city than ever before. Selected events will be announced in December 2013. 

 

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