Glasgow Short Film Festival
Wed 16 - Sun 20 March 2016
Glasgow Short Film Festival, the largest competitive short film festival in Scotland, returned for a ninth year to champion new international film talent and celebrate diverse forms of cinematic expression.
Taking inspiration from the post-punk cinematic new wave of early eighties New York, GSFF declared war on all boring films. From the conflict zones of Syria to sexual role-playing in suburban Germany; whether reworking Hollywood classics or venturing into the virtual world – 2016’s programme was crammed with films which sought to transgress limits of morality, convention or expectation.
Highlights included classics of Hollywood horror, reduced to their essence as single reel 16mm projections in The Sum of All Fears, and a retrospective of Berlin filmmaker Jan Soldat’s unflinching portraits from the world of sado-masochism. Queen of No Wave Lydia Lunch introduced us to the Cinema of Transgression in a unique screening and performance at The Glue Factory, and in two special thematic programmes we looked at the Bleeding Edge of digital filmmaking and rage as creative inspiration in Anger Like Fire.
The festival teamed up with Edinburgh’s Neu! Reekie! to unveil their Anywhere But The Cities tour film, capturing thirty Scottish poets, musicians and others tackling sixteen shows in twenty-two days across the country. We marked the fifth anniversary of the start of the Syrian conflict with a focus on the work emerging from the beleaguered nation. Glasgow Institute of Architects commissioned a new film (Re)imagining Glasgow and our collaboration with Scottish Ballet considered what makes a good dance film.
With core Scottish and international competitions, LUX Scotland pitching workshops, and myriad masterclasses, screenings and discussions, we embarked on five heady days which foregrounded short film’s potential to push at the boundaries of cultural expression, to establish new forms of storytelling, to shock but also to thrill, question and offer glimpses of new ways of thinking.
Download the GSFF16 brochure.