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Glasgow Short Film Festival … in Transit

By on March 12, 2016

Free event Transit – screening films from the back of a van at alleyways including Eton Lane on March 17 (7-9pm) – is just one exciting feature of this year’s Glasgow Short Film Festival.

The Glasgow Short Film Festival takes place from March 16-20 at the CCA on Sauchiehall Street, together with events at the GFT, Glasgow School of Art and The Glue Factory.

Transit – which is free and non-ticketed – is a nomadic programme of artists’ films. The roving screen presents a selection of moving image work by Dorine Aguerre, Miles Joseph, Lucie Rachel, Jane Topping, and Josie Rae Turnbull. The screening event will be accompanied by a limited edition free publication.

Narrative film is the dominant aesthetic and the artists choose a transgressive approach of bending, rearranging and rewriting with stories overlaid and erased. “Found footage is repurposed, the mise-en-scene dismantled, new realities are constructed, and old ones buried”.

Glasgow Short Film Festival has announced its biggest and boldest programme to date as it celebrates its ninth year showcasing the very best in Scottish and international filmmaking talent. Local and international talent will be on display as 26 Scottish films and 34 international films compete for the prestigious awards.

Festival programme highlights include the world premiere of lost 1956 film Lost Treasure, post-punk icon Lydia Lunch and The Cinema of Transgression running riot in The Glue Factory, classic Universal horror movies given the 16mm shorts treatment and a focus on the short film of Syria.

Lost Treasure (March 16) is Dawn Cine Group’s lost 1956 project intended to tell the story of the Scottish Highlands and its people. GSFF commissioned musicians Drew Wright (Wounded Knee) and Hamish Brown (Swimmer One) and filmmaker Minttu Mäntynen to work with this never-before-seen footage to create a live performance weaving the unfinished film with live songs, field recordings and archival recordings of oral history.

Post-punk icon Lydia Lunch is hitting The Glue Factory (19 March) for a night of rare 16mm films from the Cinema of Transgression underground 1980s movement plus a live set from Lunch alongside Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist Walter Weasel and a DJ set from Glasgow’s own JG Wilkes.

From across the world self-medicating grandmothers in the 1980s Québécois suburbs, Super 8 footage of Tehran, tap-dancing through protesting crowds in Istanbul and skateboarding Muslim girls compete to take home the prestigious Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film, together with the International Audience Award.

There will also be a special focus on contemporary short work emerging from Syria (March 20). Produced both by those within the war-torn country and those in exile, this is a startling range of voices that offer a deeper collective understanding of life in the shadow of war.

GSFF is teaming up with some of Scotland’s other top cultural movers and shakers, including a night celebrating the unveiling of Neu! Reekie!’s Anywhere But The Cities tour film (March 18) – which captured 30 Scottish poets, musicians and others tackling 16 shows in 22 days across the country – and Scottish Ballet presenting an electrifying selection of dance on film (March 19).

The Sum Of All Fears (March 18) is a spine-tingling night of 16mm condensed versions of classic Universal horror features, including The Mummy and Hitchcock’s Frenzy. Pre-dating home video, these 1960s single reel abridgements arguably offer an event grade improvement to the originals.

There is a major retrospective of the works of German documentary maker Jan Soldat (March 17 & 18), who captures human sexuality, casual intimacy and domestic banality in his unique short works. Jan will also lead a documentary workshop exploring his fascinating practice (March 18).

A selection of the best family-friendly shorts also offers a free drop-in animation workshop for young filmmakers (March 18) and Short Stuff (March 17) is a hand-picked selection of GSFF highlights for short film lovers with babies to watch in a bright, baby-friendly environment.

GSFF director Matt Lloyd said: “Taking our inspiration from the post-punk cinematic new wave of early eighties New York, Glasgow Short Film Festival declares war on all boring films this year.

“From the conflict zones of Syria to sexual role-playing in suburban Germany; whether reworking Hollywood classics or venturing into the virtual world – we’ve picked films this year which seek to transgress limits of morality, convention or expectation.

“As ever, we couldn’t do it without regular supporters Creative Scotland, CCA, Film Hub Scotland, Goethe-Institut and Glasgow Film Office, exciting programme partners such as PRS for Music Foundation, Neu! Reekie!, Glasgow Institute of Architects and Scottish Ballet, not to mention our brand new beer sponsor Blue Moon.

“Expect five heady days in which we foreground 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.”

* Lost Treasure tickets on sale from, 0141 332 6535 or the GFT Box Office. The full GSFF programme can be downloaded from


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