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Glasgow Film Festival 2021

Updated: Mar 3, 2021

What is it all about?

Glasgow is said to be one of the most friendly film festivals on the planet! It has a varied programme which showcases world cinema and celebrates Scottish film.

Debuting in 2005 with 6,000 attendees and leaping to over 43,000 attendees in 2020 they will NOT be cancelling this year (LOVE), but adapting in order to go ahead online via a streaming platform ‘Glasgow Film at Home’ where you can enjoy it from the comfort of your own home.

Just like actual cinemas the virtual tickets are limited so make sure to reserve your spot by pre-ordering! With around 50 films to experience from around the world, this year having 25% being captioned and 54% having English subtitles too. The festival has agreed to split profits 50/50 with the filmmakers, sales agents or distributors so when you purchase a ticket not only are you supporting the non-profit Glasgow Film Theatre but the creators too.


Welcome To Programme

We love this years new feature Welcome To, which is a focus on Black Scottish Films, filmmakers and history. This will be taking place from Thursday 4th to Saturday 6th March and has been programmed by Tomiwa Folorunso and Natasha Ruwona.

"Our strand ‘Welcome To’ aims to challenge the belief that black people are not/cannot be present in Scotland - temporally, metaphorically or ancestrally. This film programme’s focus is one part of an attempt to collate some of the many contributions made by Black people in Scotland, as well as bringing to the forefront the presences of those who have and do walk the land.

Whilst Natasha has led on the film curation, Tomiwa has led the programme of events. We realised very quickly that although we would love to programme a full strand featuring the work of Black Scottish filmmakers or films made in Scotland by Black filmmakers, that wasn’t necessarily possible. So, we decided to celebrate the work that does exist, commission and collaborate with Black artists and creatives working in Scotland, and work with the GFF Industry team to open these conversations to both the industry and the public.


Enjoy a Horror? Here are all the Horror Titles

Arrow Video's FrightFest returns to GFF, delivering your yearly dose of horror-fantasy cinema. Films will screen across the weekend, beginning on Friday 5 March.


Country Focus: South Korea. Here are the Titles

Bong Joon-ho’s Oscar-winning triumph Parasite is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the glories of South Korean cinema. GFF 2020 hosted the UK premiere of the black and white version of Parasite. T

his year we delve deeper into the cinema of a country that has given us world class filmmakers like Lee Chang-dong (Burning), Park Chan-wook (The Handmaiden) and rising star Kim Bo-ra (House Of Hummingbird). This GFF mini-focus comprises South Korea’s latest Oscar candidate, the tense political thriller The Man Standing Next, the soulful Our Midnight, the crowd-pleasing musical heartwarmer Da Capo and Voice Of Silence, a bittersweet kidnap caper that matures into a touching search for redemption and features a terrific performance from Burning star Yoo Ah-In. The selection captures the diversity and range of work from a country whose films deserve to be much better known and appreciated. Jeulgyeo 즐겨!


Dive deeper into the festival experience by checking out bonus content on Glasgow Film At Home and on our social media channels.

Introductions and Q&As

After your screening has finished, why not stick around for the Q&A? Going digital has allowed us to host guests from all across the world, from Glasgow to Seoul and everywhere in between. Scroll down to find Film Introductions and Q&As in the Bonus Content section of your online screening.

Digital Events

GFF may be presented in a different format this year but there are plenty of new, exciting ways to participate, collaborate and enjoy the festival.

Industry Focus

GFF Industry has a new digital home this year at the Digital Industry Hub, where delegates can attend exclusive virtual screenings, workshops and discussions.

Find out about Industry Accreditation here.

Follow the Festival

The best place to keep up to date with the festival and join the conversation is on our social media channels. We’ll be posting advice on how to enjoy the festival from home as well as Q&As, all the latest events, competitions, screening news and a whole load more. Come along and share in the festival experience!

  • Twitter: @glasgowfilmfest

  • Facebook: Glasgowfilmfestival

  • Instagram: glasgowfilmfest

  • Youtube: GlasgowFilmFestival

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