The Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) returns this February, a leading UK event celebrating everything cinematic, from new local talent to international pieces from all genres. The fair has the audience at the heart of what it does, determining the programming and the overarching ethos. Encompassing everything from mainstream crowd-pleasers, evocative concepts and ground-breaking experimentation, it is a striking cross-section of the contemporary work being produced today. Along with interactive workshops and panel discussions, GFF provides a rich platform through which everyone can enjoy the art of the film.
Following its successful debut in 2016, the return of the specialist Industry Focus strand has recently been announced. Running in parallel to the festival, this four-day event is accessible to anyone working in cinema, from screenwriters to producers, established and emerging figures alike, this element is one example of the ways in which GFF supports and nurtures creative talent. With seminars, lectures, pitching opportunities and workshops, Industry Focus was designed with creators in mind, echoing the approach GFF takes to its public schedule. The programme provides for filmmakers at any stage of their career an opportunity to advance their craft and progress their projects, meet future collaborators and enhance their knowledge about the intricacies of the business.
Highlights includes an expert studded panel hosted by Independent Producers Scotland, musing on the current cinema landscape in Scotland. Furthermore, the launch of the Young Films Foundation will be reviewed by the country’s native TV producer Chris Young, a UK-wide screenwriting scheme bringing aspiring writers to the Isle of Skye for a week of intensive tutoring and development. GFF also tailored a series of events specifically for emerging artists, with the aim of assisting prospective directors join the industry. Sessions such as Filmmaker Speed Dating, which matches writers with producers, alongside Q&As, provide invaluable insights into how the complex trade functions. Conferences exploring financing and distribution, alongside enlightening classes from Women in Film and Television, come together to create a platform for learning, development and networking.
Ben Taylor, Festival and Industry Coordinator states of the programme of events “We’re excited to be working with such a wide range of amazing partners to host a programme that is international in its outlook and proactive in helping filmmakers”.
Glasgow Film Festival, 15-26 February. For more information, visit: www.glasgowfilm.org/glasgow-film-festival
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Credits 1. John Butler, Handsome Devil (2016) (film still).