First details announced for the 2015 Glasgow Film Festival
Festival from 18 Feb–1 Mar will celebrate Ingrid Bergman, Australian cinema and nerd culture
The festival will run for a day longer than previously – for 12 days, from 18 February to 1 March 2015 – and for the first time, the Glasgow Short Film Festival will take place as its own separate event (from 11 to 15 March), with the Glasgow Youth Film Festival focused over a single long weekend of movies for teenagers and young adults (6–8 February).
A Nerdvana strand in the main festival will focus on alt-culture interests, from gaming to comics to cult film, while the Strewth! strand celebrates Australian cinema both classic and contemporary. There's also a special focus on Glasgow's own place in the movies in an events series called Cinema City, which combines screenings of Glasgow-set films with an exhibition of movie memorabilia and accounts of cinema-going in the city.
Swedish-born actress Ingrid Bergman's pioneering film work is put in the spotlight in a special strand called Here's Looking at You, Kid, from early movies in her homeland to the last films she made before her death in 1982. A Pioneer strand celebrates the work of emerging film directors, while CineMasters features previews and premieres of new work from some of today's most renowned film makers.
With the closure of regular GFF venue Cineworld on Renfrew Street for refurbishment, the festival will expand to new venues across the city centre and beyond (details to be announced nearer the festival's launch date), although there will also be a small reduction in the number of films shown.
Festival co-director Allison Gardner said: 'We have always been an audience-focused festival, and our new strands like Pioneer and Nerdvana are the result of listening to feedback and picking up on elements of the festival our audience responds to. We're also using this opportunity to take the festival out beyond the city centre and bring it to new audiences.'
The full Glasgow Film Festival programme will be announced on Wed 21 Jan 2015.