Sounds Film Festival comes to Glasgow

Glasgow's West End is to host a brand new cultural festival to celebrate the city's love of film and buzzing music scene. The inaugural Sounds Film Festival, in association with music venue ABC, will feature various screenings and live performances showcasing the marriage of music and film.

The three-day event kicks off with the Scottish documentary, Ballads of the Book, charting the poet Edwin Morgan's project with various Scottish artists, released by Glasgow label Chemikal Underground. This will be shown alongside Glasgow - Indierockens Mekka, a Danish film exploring why the city's music scene has become so successful. After the screenings there will also be an exclusive concert by special guests still to be announced.

There will also be a variety of music shorts and pop promos, as well as the Oscar-nominated film Snow from Geoffrey Jones. To conclude the weekend there will be a surprise rare screening of a cult classic to be presented by Chemikal Underground.

Francis Lopez, Sounds Film Festival Director, says: "This festival came out of a need to give Glasgow a dedicated annual film festival of music covering all genres. Recently awarded UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow has a tradition of being a great cinema-going city and also has a rich and diverse music scene, which is recognised and celebrated worldwide."

The event takes place at University of Glasgow's Gilmorehill G12 venue on the weekend of 17-19 October 2008. Lee Davidson, General Manager at Gilmorehill G12, says: "We are delighted to be hosting this festival as it is the first of its kind in Glasgow and there are real film gems in the programme which should bring movie and music lovers flocking."

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