GFF17 Submissions

The 2016 Glasgow Film Festival was the most successful event in the festival’s twelve-year history. Buoyant audience figures, sold-out premieres and star guests all combined to create a buzz of excitement across the city. The festival opened on February 17th with the UK premiere of Joel and Ethan Coen's all-star Hollywood satire Hail, Caesar! and concluded on February 28th with the UK premiere of the Oscar-nominated Anomalisa. The festival hosted more then 60 UK premieres, achieved a record-breaking 42,000 admissions and welcomed an array of local and international guests including Richard Gere, directors Lucile Hadzihaliliovic, Ben Wheatley and Joachim Trier, actors Shirley Henderson, Hannah Murray and Roland Møller, legendary stuntman Vic Armstrong and screenwriter Alexandre Baciu.

The continuing popularity of the festival’s free Behind The Scenes events and the huge success of the inaugural Industry Focus means that Glasgow more than ever is a festival for people who love movies and for people who are serious about making them.

Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) is committed to supporting emerging talent and providing audiences with the opportunity to see the best of world cinema. GFF's strands include the best of new Scottish and British features, art/experimental film and video, gaming, music, documentaries and an annual country focus. 2017’s country of focus will be announced in the coming months.

GFF17 will take place between 15 – 26 February 2017.

To submit a film to GFF17 please click on the link below:


What are we looking for? 

We are looking for the best in new cinema from all over the world. Our festival provides a fantastic launch platform for new work, and offers exposure to UK distributors and the most engaged audiences in the UK.  

Some of our specialist strands are renowned for programming the strongest new work in a particular area including:

Local Heroes

World-class film is at the heart of Britain, and here at Glasgow Film Festival we celebrate it in its many and varied forms. Homegrown talent - from big-budget masterpieces to unsung heroes making micro-miracles on micro-budgets - is the focus here, where old masters rub shoulders with new voices in a celebration of British and Irish film.

Window on the World

Here you’ll find the very best of international cinema: films that transport you to extraordinary landscapes, offer a glimpse into the soul of a land far, far away, or leave you with an authentic sense of the people, culture and values of other times and places.

Sound & Vision

Presenting the very best of sonic cinema; documentaries and features from around the world, along with live performances that showcase the most exciting blend of music and movie going.

Modern Families

Purpose built to provide a selection of child-friendly delights and firm family favorites. This is the place to find something for the youngest film lover in your household, and chances to see top family films before everyone else.

Six submitted films were screened at GFF16, including The Elite, Cain’s Children, Man Vs Snake, The Host, Weepah Way for Now and Voice of the Eagle.

Everyone at GFF was incredibly gracious and supportive of our film and I would highly recommend filmmakers to submit their films”.

Andy Seklir, Director, Man Vs Snake.

Not only did GFF include our film but they also genuinely cared about it and its presentation to UK audiences. For a festival of such quality to look at and consider films that arrive with little to no fanfare speaks to the quality of the people behind the festival”. 

Stephen Ringer, Writer / Director, Weepah Way For Now.

Weepah Way For Now received a 5 star review from The Skinny in advance of its Glasgow screening –

Many films have gone on to secure UK distribution after being screened at GFF including, Maya The Bee, The Grump, Radiator and Lil Quinquin.

All first and second time feature filmmaker submissions are also eligible for nomination for our prestigious Audience Award, won by Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang at GFF16.   More info about our audience award can be found here –

Feature submissions for GFF17 are now open.

16 May – 26 August 2016 – Early Bird £35

27 August - 30 September 2016 – Regular £40

1 October - 31 October 2016 – Late £50



Experimentation gives artists the freedom to push boundaries and explore the great unknown, finding beautiful possibilities in the lure of the unorthodox. Glasgow Film Festival’s Crossing The Line strand is where visual art and cinema meet to create films that challenge and inspire. GFF is committed to presenting the best in experimental and artist’s moving image work and welcomes submissions from artist moving image creators.

We acknowledge that these works may not be able to be presented as a ‘submission’ in the same way as other film projects, and may not be able to be assessed for the programme in the same way. As such, we waive submission fees for projects to be considered for inclusion in this strand. To have your project considered for this strand, please email to request a fee waiver with a brief description of your project. (Please include ‘Crossing The Line Submission’ in your subject line.)