Glasgow Film Festival announces first details for 2016
GFF returns in February with new strands, new films, retrospectives and more
2016's Glasgow Film Festival will take over the city from Wed 17–Sun 28 Feb, and it's just announced its major strands and retrospectives.
The Dream Teams on the Silver Screen retrospective will showcase Hollywood double acts – think Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Doris Day and Rock Hudson, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers, or Robert Redford and Paul Newman. As an added bonus, all screenings will be free. Another new strand, Roads To The South, will focus on the New Argentine Cinema movement. GFF 2016 will also introduce a new industry programme, GFF Industry Focus, connecting filmmakers, funding and insiders over two days (Wed 24 and Thu 25 Feb).
Other strands include the return of two-day horror binge FrightFest; a showcase of Scottish talent in Local Heroes; a celebration of geek culture with Nerdvana; Sound and Vision's mix of live music and cinema; Crossing the Line which blurs the boundaries between film and art; and 2016's CineMasters series features a retrospective on the work of legendary French director Julien Duvivier. Plus all the usual galas, premieres, family films, documentaries and classic screenings.
‘Chemistry is everything when it comes to creating the perfect screen couple: when audiences sense that electricity they want to see it again and again,' explains co-director Allan Hunter. 'Dream Teams on the Silver Screen celebrates the very finest Hollywood duos, individuals who made cinema history together in unforgettable classics. Meanwhile, the international reaction to films like 2009’s The Secret In Their Eyes (El secreto de sus ojos) and this year’s Wild Tales (Relatos salvages), which premiered at GFF15, has been part of the surge of interest in Argentine cinema and Roads To The South is designed to celebrate the range of bright new talents in Argentinian filmmaking making their mark around the world.’
‘While GFF’s programme will always put audiences front and centre, we are delighted to be able to host something like GFF Industry Focus this year,' adds co-director Allison Gardner. 'Bringing this sort of industry presence to Scotland will hopefully feed into and strengthen the Scottish film industry, creating connections and opportunities, and offering international insight. I’m also really happy that we’re able to offer our Dream Teams programme for free this year: why not make a date with an old friend you haven’t seen for a while, or share an old favourite with a younger family member?’
Tickets for the Opening and Closing Galas will go on sale on Mon 18 Jan following an early January announcement. The full programme will be announced on Wed 20 Jan 2016, with tickets on sale from Mon 25 Jan.
Glasgow Film Festival, Wed 17–Sun 28 Feb 2016, Various Venues, Glasgow