Glasgow Short Film Festival returns with online programme for 2020
- Arusa Qureshi
- 13 August 2020
Featuring a diverse selection of films, exclusive filmmaker interviews, discussion events and more
This year's edition of the Glasgow Short Film Festival is due to take place entirely online for the first time in its history, with the team placing their competition selections under the spotlight. As the largest competitive short film festival in Scotland, GSFF is known for championing new talent by providing an annual showcase, and although this online edition does not include the full programme that was intended to be presented in March, this version is packed with brilliant selections, including one of their strongest-ever Scottish Short Film Competition line-ups.
Highlights from the programme include a focus on Thai filmmaker Sorayos Prapapan, with nine of his short films to be screened, alongside an exclusive interview conducted by Gail Tolley. Elsewhere, Black Spatial Imaginaries, programmed by artist and curator Natasha Ruwona, explores the fluidity of Black communities through the concept of Black Geographies, with two new films from Alberta Whittle; a live streamed performance by DJ, rapper and producer Nova Scotia The Truth; and a live discussion with arts educator and cultural producer Tanatsei Gambura. Meanwhile, the strand Urban Palimpsests features two screenings which take the viewer on tours through gentrified, reclaimed and virtual cityscapes, with films by Austrian collective Total Refusal, artist Ana Vaz and Brazil-based duo Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca.
Matchbox Cineclub presents Girl In The Picture: The Youth Films of Nobuhiko Ôbayashi, a mini-focus on the Japanese director, with his films screening with English subtitles for the first time anywhere; and Short Waves Festival, Poznan have curated a spotlight screening of films by Polish animator Tomasz Popakul. This year's competition selection includes the Scottish Short Film Award, which honours inspiration and innovation in new Scottish cinema, and the Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film, a showcase of new cinema from around the world, both awards carrying a cash prize of £1000.
Matt Lloyd, GSFF Director, said: 'This year has been tough on everyone, but it has also been a time of great collaboration and support between colleagues and organisations, both at home and around the world. It has given us an opportunity to reflect on what we do, how to make it more sustainable, more accessible – how best to serve the filmmakers who comprise our programme and how to maintain, support and build an audience for short film.
This online edition is not what we envisaged for our first event as an independent organisation, but it has compelled us to rethink what we do from the ground up, to focus on what's important. Therefore the 12th and a half edition of GSFF offers more opportunities than ever before to hear directly from the selected filmmakers about their work. All our programmes are captioned for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing viewers, and with passes available on a pay-what-you-can scale, we have aimed to make the programme more accessible than ever before.'