Glasgow Film Festival has announced record-breaking attendance at the 13th annual festival, which ran from 15th - 26th February.
One of the largest film festivals in the UK, Glasgow Film Festival saw the busiest week in history a its main venue Glasgow Film Theatre, with 12,500 people through the door across 7 days. Attendance overall was up 1%, with audience numbers at the festival's free screenings - which included a retrospective of film noir's favourite Dangerous Dames and a series of behind-the-scenes talks from stunt directors, make-up artists and composers- increased by 27%.
Highlights of the 2017 festival included the world premiere of Mad To Be Normal, with star David Tennant in attendance, sell-out event cinema screenings of The Lost Boys in a theme park and The Thing on a real snow slope and the UK premiere of Alankrita Shrivastava's much-talked-about Lipstick Under My Burkha, which scooped the festival's prestigious Audience Award, sponsored by ScotRail.
There's more on the cards for Glasgow film fans, as the Glasgow Short Film Festival returns for its tenth anniversary from 15th - 19th March and the Glasgow Youth Film Festival moves to its new slot from 22nd - 24th September. Dates for the 14th annual Glasgow Film Festival have been announced as the 21st February - 4th March 2018, with the full programme being announced on in January.
VisitScotland Director of Events Paul Bush OBE said: “Once again the Glasgow Film Festival team have delivered another outstanding event. It is great to see that so many people have engaged with the festival over its 12 days, showing why it is one of the UK’s premier film festivals.
“From its use of unique venues that offer the perfect stage for hosting memorable pop-up cinema events to its free screening of films each day, the festival pushes the boundaries while ensuring it is fully inclusive and accessible to all. EventScotland is proud to support the Glasgow Film Festival and we look forward to what they have in store in 2018.”
Glasgow Film Festival Co-director Allan Hunter said: “It has been a real thrill to witness how enthusiastically audiences have embraced the entire programme. They have also warmly welcomed a bumper list of guests from Ben Wheatley and Jack Reynor to Macha Grenon, Quintin Aaron and our Audience Award winner Alankrita Shirvastava. Their support provides us with endless encouragement as we look to the Festival’s future.”
Glasgow Film Festival Co-director Allison Gardner said: “GFF17 has been a delight, from the great audiences who rode the fairground rides with me at our screening of The Lost Boys at our secret location to those who braved the extreme cold for our screening of The Thing at Snow Factor, the audiences have been with us 100%.”
Leader of Glasgow City Council, Councillor Frank McAveety said: “Congratulations to the entire team at Glasgow Film Festival for another hugely successful year.
“It’s apparent from the eclectic and inventive programming that Glasgow Film Festival loves its audience. And audiences love the Festival in return, as has been confirmed by this year’s record-breaking attendance figures.
“We’re delighted to support the festival; its success in attracting visitors from across the UK and overseas only helps to consolidate Glasgow’s reputation as a global major events city. We recognise the importance of such festivals to Glasgow, which is why events is a key pillar of our new Tourism and Visitor Plan to 2023.”
Screen Officer at Creative Scotland Jennifer Armitage said: "We would like to congratulate all the staff and volunteers of the Glasgow Film Festival on their hugely successful 2017 edition. The film programme was incredibly strong and attracted audiences to Glasgow’s cinemas in their thousands, as well as creating extraordinary film experiences in venues that became cinemas for one night only. The festival continues to be one of the most inclusive and accessible events in the city’s calendar, and we are especially pleased that this year’s Audience Award to Lipstick Under My Burkha is further strong evidence that audiences are hungry for stories from a diverse range of voices telling universal stories. In its second year the Industry Focus expanded and developed to attract an impressive roster of guests, providing inspiring and insightful events covering many aspects of the business of film. Glasgow Film Festival continues to go from strength to strength and we are very proud to partner with all other funders, sponsors and supports to realise this very special event.”