Glasgow Short Film Festival, 13 – 16 February

A major new classical composition, a sonic art installation in an underground carpark, an audio/visual spectacular complete with DJs and a discussion on the Scottish film industry post-independence. Glasgow Short Film Festival (GSFF14) returns with major new developments for its 2014 programme, which runs from 13-16 February and is themed around the sonic relationship between music and film.

GSFF14 kicks off with the world premiere of a Royal Philharmonic Society commission, PULSE, a major new collaboration between chart-topping classical composer Dobrinka Tabakova and highly acclaimed young Scottish filmmaker Ruth Paxton. As Paxton’s camera snakes around Glasgow, her images feed off Tabakova’s rich, tailor-made soundscape, which will be performed live on piano, percussion and gamelan at a gala screening at The Arches.

PULSE is just the beginning of the weekend-long programme exploring sound and image. Alex Neilson, best known as songwriter and drummer for Trembling Bells, showcases some of the short films he’s scored, culminating in a one-night-only supergroup collaboration performance between Death Shanties and Trembling Bells, alongside the affectionate documentary portrait of legendary Leith pub The Port O’Leith.

NiteFlight sees vocal and cosmic noise created by local and international artists, hosted by Michelle Hannah. Music and film intertwine in a completely unique event where dissonant industrial musicians Zoviet France, audio-visual artist Kon-Om-Pax and DJs Twitch and Rubadub’s Mark Maxwell team up for a radical venture into the realms of old-fashioned tape recorders, primitive looping and sampling devices and basic dub trickery.

Stepping away from the sonic, comedian Josie Long, who also has two films in the Scottish Competition, comperes Short Com, which pits the finest comic shorts in the UK against each other. The centrepiece of GSFF’s programme this year is an extended panel discussion on independence and the Scottish film industry, featuring a huge panel of key individuals working in film and television in Scotland commenting on what independence might mean for them.

There are also screenings focusing on short film in Ireland and on the LGBT presence in Russian cinema. GSFF also welcomes Miami-based filmmakers Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva, who head up indie film movement The Borscht Corporation. Borscht describe themselves as ‘an open-space collaborative dedicated to telling Miami stories’, and their contributions to GSFF are anarchic no-budget shorts in a genre all their own.

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1. Film still from Summer Fall. Courtesy of GSFF / International Short Film Competition.