Glasgow Film Festival

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Glasgow Film Festival
LocationGlasgow, Scotland
Most recent2023
Festival date1 March 2023 (2023-03-01) − 12 March 2023 (2023-03-12)

The Glasgow Film Festival is an annual film festival based in Glasgow, Scotland. The festival began in 2005. By 2015, the festival had seen audience figures top 40,000 for two consecutive years. It is now considered one of the top three film festivals in the UK.[1]


2008's festival took place between 14–24 February and the programme included exclusive premieres as well as a Bette Davis retrospective.[2]


The 2009 event featured an Audrey Hepburn retrospective and a birthday tribute to Errol Flynn.


2010's festival took place between 18–28 February. The opening gala featured Jean-Pierre Jeunet's latest film, Micmacs with the director there to present the film. Other guests included Peter Mullan, James Earl Jones and the cast of Scottish classic, Gregory's Girl. Oscar nominated Crazy Heart was also shown, prior to the general release date. Also included a Cary Grant retrospective, as well as strands focusing on Japanese Cinema, Fashion and Music and film.


The 2013 festival was scheduled to feature 57 UK film premieres.[3]


With the festival lasting 11 days from February 18 to March 1, admission figures topped 40,000.[4]


2015's festival featured 174 events, including 11 world premieres, 33 UK premieres and 65 Scottish premieres. The festival introduced its first award - The Audience Award, won by Tom Browne's Radiator.[1]


2016's festival featured 174 feature films including 60 UK premieres. Admissions reached 42,000. The Audience Award was won by Deniz Gamze Ergüven's Mustang.[5]


2017 saw the festival attain over 40,000 admissions for the fourth consecutive year. Featuring 65 UK premieres, programme highlights included Elle, I Am Not Your Negro, Free Fire and a screening of John Carpenter's The Thing on an indoor ski slope.[6] Empire Magazine presented a special screening of The Lost Boys as a secret location.[7] The Audience Award was won by Alankrita Shrivastava's Lipstick Under My Burkha.[8]


The 2020 programme includes nine world premieres and 102 UK premieres.[9][10] Adura Onashile's Expensive Shit won the audience and the critics award.[11]


The 2023 edition will be held from March 1 to 12. The 19th edition of the festival will screen 123 features, including six world premieres, 16 European and international premieres and 70 UK premieres. The festival will open with Adura Onashile’s Glasgow-shot feature debut Girl, and close with Nida Manzoor’s Polite Society.[12]

Audience Award[edit]

In 2015 GFF introduced its only award, the Audience Award. Films eligible for the award are usually from first or second time directors and can be either fiction or documentary. The award is voted for by attendees with the winner announced at the Closing Gala of the Festival.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Glasgow Film Festival 2015 hailed as best ever, with 40k tickets sold". Sunday Herald. 1 March 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
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  3. ^ McLean, Pauline (17 January 2013). "2013 Glasgow Film Festival to show 57 UK premieres". BBC News.
  4. ^ Miller, Phil (8 March 2014). "Glasgow Film Festival plans to expand after record year". The Herald. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  5. ^ Kermode, Jennie (28 February 2016). "Mustang Wins Glasgow Film Festival Audience Award". Eye for Film. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  6. ^ Little White Lies (19 January 2017). "Ever wanted to see John Carpenter's The Thing on a ski slope?". Little White Lies. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  7. ^ Nugent, John (15 December 2016). "The Lost Boys: Empire presents a special screening at Glasgow Film Festival". Empire. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  8. ^ Grater, Tom (27 February 2017). "Lipstick Under My Burkha Wins Glasgow Audience Award". Screen Daily. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Star names and premieres for Glasgow Film Festival". BBC News. 29 January 2020. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  10. ^ "Full programme announced for Glasgow Film Festival 2020". Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Adura Onashile". National Theatre of Scotland. Retrieved 22 November 2022.
  12. ^ Tabbara, Mona (24 January 2023). "Glasgow Film Festival sets full 2023 line-up, Nida Manzoor's 'Polite Society' to close the festival". ScreenDaily. Retrieved 7 February 2023.

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