There’s no need to go cold turkey when the Glasgow Film Festival rolls out of town, the Glasgow Short Film Festival (GSFF) arrives just over a week later to pep you up with more audio-visual treats.
From the 11th to the 15th of March, film fans across the city must do the impossible and expect the unexpected, because the GSFF has a host of events to make you question everything you know about the big screen.
A prime example is Vertical Cinema – a series of ten unique films that mix abstract cinema, structural experiments, found footage remixes, chemical film explorations and live laser action in its enormous, vertically projected (sideways) 35mm films. The imagery is matched by a totally unique soundscape, and set in the covered outdoor space of The Briggait on the evening of Wednesday 11th March.
The GSFF is also primed and ready to get under the skin of the city of Glasgow itself, with new archive strand ‘Let Glasgow Flourish’. As well as films examining the highs and lows of regeneration schemes, the festival is seeking to engage directly with the city; particularly through their ‘A Wall is a Screen’ event. Taking place on Saturday 14th of March, this guerrilla mobile screening will rove around Glasgow, turning old monuments, forgotten spaces and familiar haunts into film screens for ten minutes at a time.
It’s not all about Glasgow though. In the international spirit so important to film festivals, the GSFF has invited programmers from the Lviv International Short Film Festival to present new work addressing the current events in the Ukraine. Spanning visceral web docs and new works of fiction, the programme promises a moving odyssey into a country in turmoil.
Last up in our preview is GSFF’s contribution to the impressive collection of masterclasses, symposia and panels which have been so central to Glasgow’s film line-up in February and March. Kevin B. Lee’s Desktop Documentary workshop will bring a fresh angle on documentary filmmaking on the afternoon of Friday 13th March, followed in the evening by Daniel Wolfe’s Music Video Masterclass. With the director himself on hand to introduce and analyse his work, it’s bound to be a compelling session.
With loads more family films, competition screenings and special events, there’s bound to be something for you at the GSFF. Visit glasgowfilm.org/gsff for the full programme and ticket details