Glasgow Short Film Festival 2020 announces opening gala and special event
- Maddy Williamson
- 28 January 2020
The largest competitive short film festival in Scotland is back, with two exciting events on the programme so far
The Glasgow Short Film Festival returns for its 13th year in 2020 to celebrate new film talent, having announced its opening gala screening of My First Film by Zia Anger, and its special event Felix in Wonderland, which will be followed by a rare live performance by cult electronic musician Felix Kubin, with support from Glasgow electronic outfit Babe. The festival will run from Wed 18 to Sat 22 March 2020, offering audiences the chance to experience this hugely acclaimed weekend of film, music and fun.
In My First Film, Anger – similar to her previous works with the likes of Jenny Hval and Angel Olsen – blurs the lines of performance, video art and filmmaking by creating a live screening for the audience. The film features the director narrating and annotating the performance via live typing, as well as using familiar imagery such as pop-up YouTube windows to provide atmospheric music. Its method of including the audience within the performance is truly unique, with Anger sending parts of the story directly to the audience's own devices. In this multi-faceted experience, Anger opens the piece seated amongst the audience herself, surprisingly, via on-screen text, requesting that phones must be kept on.
Concerned with Anger's 'abandoned' feature film, she creates a dialogue about the often difficult, multi-app experience of being connected to the world in the modern age. Through opening with Anger's My First Film, a challenge to conventional film narratives, GSFF places itself at the forefront of important debates regarding our usage of technology within contemporary culture.
The GSFF's exciting Special Event, Felix in Wonderland, takes on a rather different tone through an exploration of the crossover between music and film. Typical of the Short Film Festival programme, it will be the UK premiere of the piece by director Marie Losier, which gives audiences a unique insight into the artistry behind musician Felix Kubin.
Through the combination of a narrative that looks at the overlap between Kubin's public and private worlds, and Losier's own stylistic nature, the resulting piece is an extraordinary audiovisual collaboration celebrating sound, film and musical genius. Specific elements – such as the feeding of a microphone to a Slovakian dog, a trumpet-playing ventriloquist's dummy and bathtub audio experiments – will undoubtedly leave audiences feeling as though they too have entered Wonderland.
The Glasgow Short Film Festival, which was voted last year as one of MovieMaker's 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, will announce its full programme on Thu 13 Feb. Find out more at glasgowshort.org