Glasgow Short Film Festival competition line-up announced for 2021 virtual event

Glasgow Short Film Festival competition line-up announced for 2021 virtual event

12th Man

The festival will also celebrate the Bill Douglas Award's tenth anniversary with a retrospective programme and new interviews

Glasgow Short Film Festival's selection of competition films has been announced, with the line-up including seven world premieres, 14 UK premieres and two European premieres.

Scotland's largest short film festival will be returning as an entirely virtual event for the second year running, with selected films being presented on the festival hub from 22–28 March 2021.

The selections have been made for GSFF's two annual competitions: the Scottish Short Film Award, which honours inspiration and innovation in new Scottish cinema; and the Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film, now in its tenth year, which showcases new cinema from around the world.

Glasgow Short Film Festival competition line-up announced for 2021 virtual event

Huntsville

Highlights from the international listings that are making their UK premiere include Huntsville Station by Chris Filippone and Jamie Meltzer, Letter to My Mother by Amina Maher, and Ismael Joffroy Chandoutis' Maalbeek. Notable Scottish films include Caitlin Black's 12th Man, Adura Onashile's Expensive Shit and Laura Wadha's Isle of Us.

The GSFF21 audience will also have the opportunity to choose their favourites to win the Scottish and International Audience Awards, the winners of which will be commissioned to create the 2022 festival trailer. The 2021 festival trailer, created by last year's winning director James Price, stars Glasgow comedy legend Jonathan Watson.

To celebrate ten years of the Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film, the previous nine winning films will be revisited in this year's programme, alongside new interviews between each filmmaker and a member of the jury that selected their film. These interviews will be available to listen to on Glasgow Short Film Festival's brand new podcast available from March.

Glasgow Short Film Festival competition line-up announced for 2021 virtual event

Isle of Us

Sanne Jehoul, GSFF Co-director, said, 'A benefit of running GSFF online for a second year is that this time around, we have been able to let our programme respond to both the virtual context as well as the wider conversations and collective needs that have come into focus over this pandemic.'

'That has led to a programme which offers audiences more flexibility and complementary elements, such as our podcast episodes which provide additional context for and engagement with our programme and the filmmakers we've championed in the past, as well as live group Q&As with our Scottish competition filmmakers. We are excited to soon share our full programme and its reflections on the year gone by.'

Further programme announcements for GSFF21 will be made on Wednesday 10 March.

Glasgow Short Film Festival runs from Mon 22– Sun 28 March. Visit glasgowshort.org for further information.

GSFF 2021 Trailer

Glasgow Short Film Festival

The largest competitive short film festival in Scotland celebrates diverse forms of cinematic expression that transgress the boundaries of conventional narrative film. The online 2021 festival will feature competitions and many special programmes, alongside some new specially curated programmes, filmmaker interviews and…

Huntsville Station

  • 2020
  • USA
  • 14min
  • Directed by: Chris Filippone, Jamie Meltzer
  • UK release: 10 March 2021

Each weekday, dozens of inmates are released on parole from the Huntsville State Penitentiary. With a $100 release check and a bus ticket voucher in hand, complex emotions arise in these moments between incarceration and freedom.

12th Man

  • 2020
  • UK
  • 12min
  • Directed by: Caitlin Black
  • Written by: Jack Gemmell
  • Cast: Ryan Ali, Guy Hodgkinson, Lorn Macdonald, Mark McKirdy
  • UK release: 10 March 2021

Star footballers Angus (Ryan Ali) and Charlie (Guy Hodgkinson) struggle with their relationship, sexuality and place within the team. When it comes to the most important game of the season, can the team accept them for all they are?

Letter to My Mother

  • 2019
  • Germany, Iran, Malaysia
  • 19min
  • Directed by: Amina Maher
  • Written by: Amina Maher
  • Cast: Dariush Baradari, Amina Maher
  • UK release: 10 March 2021

A heartfelt letter to tell her mother the most painful of secrets. Amina Maher, was the protagonist of Ten (2002) by Abbas Kiarostami and now addresses what couldn't be said to her mother then. She is a trans director who tries to make her voice heard, understood, and her identity understood by others in this short…

Maalbeek

  • 2020
  • France
  • 16min
  • Directed by: Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis, Perrine Prost
  • Written by: Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis
  • Cast: Marcel Gonzalez
  • UK release: 10 March 2021

Sabine is a survivor of the 2016 Maalbeek metro station attack. After waking from a coma, she finds she has no memory of the incident. Maalbeek documents her attempts to piece together what happened from media coverage and images created of the event.

Expensive Shit

  • 2020
  • UK
  • 16min
  • Directed by: Adura Onashile
  • Written by: Adura Onashile
  • Cast: Modupe Adeyeye, Kim Allan, Nebli Basani, John Mclarnon, Ainsley Jordan, Shona McHugh
  • UK release: 10 March 2021

Tolu (Modupe Adeyeye) is a toilet attendant in a Glasgow nightclub and is desperate to survive. To do so, she manipulates unsuspecting women's behaviour for men watching behind two-way mirrors. When she's forced to hand out a drugged bottle of water and things escalate, Tolu finds the courage to stand up against those in…

Isle of Us

  • 2020
  • UK
  • 17min
  • Directed by: Laura Wadha
  • UK release: 8 June 2020

Haunted by the spectre of the Syrian war, a stoic barber begins to build a new home and life for his family on a Scottish island.