By Jen Martin
With the recent expansion of its third screen, the Glasgow Film Theatre prepares for its annual film festival, beginning with the Youth Film Festival on the 2nd-12th February, Glasgow Short Film Festival on the 13th–16th February and the main Festival on the 20th February–2nd March. There’s been a lot of excitement in the run up to the festival and it looks as though this year is going to cover a plethora of interesting films and diverse events.
The addition of the third screen is great news for the GFT, but this year a number of programmed screenings are expanding even further than the theatre itself and are being represented away from the traditional cinema context. Far from the comfy red seats, you may find yourself seated in a relatively unknown building on a rickety old school chair after navigating yourself to another corner of Glasgow to watch a film during the festival. This is the making of the Pop-Up crew who have their own programme this year.
Glasgow had at one time the most picture houses than any city outside of America. Only a hand full still exist and many lie abandoned or have been demolished. One of the aims of the Pop Up cinema screenings this festival, is to bring cinema back to the local, into the far reaches. These cinemas had a thriving community of support and so the hopes of the Pop – Up team are to revive this locality and community while creating wonderful, weird, and truly new experiences of film viewing.
Within the festival lies another fest – Frightfest! Shlock, Gore and Grindhouse – sounding like some kind of dysfunctional family- these are some of the sub genres of the scariest new films being shown this year in the festival.
Support local! as part of the festival again this year, is the Short Film Fest. This is often a great place to source local produce! Films from new and established Scottish filmmakers, show their creations at the GSFF this year.
The festival programme is available online, glasgowfilm.org/festival or pick up a lovely printed edition and circle some films to see. The GFT is a great place to see brilliant world cinema, experimental film, classics and much more. They also often host great Q&As and introductions from guest speakers. The GFT has a great atmosphere and the diverse programming each month means that there is always something for everyone. Check it out!