Submissions open for Glasgow Film Festival 2020

Feature submissions are now open for Glasgow Film Festival 2020. GFF will celebrate its 16th edition next year, running from 26 February to 8 March, and filmmakers are encouraged to take this opportunity to enter their work for consideration in the prestigious programme.

GFF is a major date in the festival calendar, with many UK distributors and exhibitors attending. Perfectly placed in February as a launch pad for spring and summer releases, GFF provides a high-profile platform for film professionals, introducing some of the best new films to discerning audiences, the film industry, and specialist and national press.

Audience admissions for GFF19 were a record-breaking 42,224, ensuring that films included in the programme for the 12-day festival were screened to engaged and enthusiastic crowds of film-lovers.

The festival’s directors are committed to supporting emerging talent and providing audiences with the opportunity to see the best of world cinema.

Fiction, documentary, animation and experimental features are all sought for inclusion in the 2020 programme. Films selected previously through this process have played to enthusiastic audiences at GFF over the years, and gone on to secure wider distribution.

The cast and crew of Beats gather on the red carpet at GFF

Ten submitted films that screened at GFF19 included Dead Good, Pause, Julia Blue, Kia and Cosmos, The Feeling of Being Watched, Connect, Love Movie, The Science of Ghosts, Float Like a Butterfly, and Final Ascent.

Connect, the directorial debut of Marilyn Edmond following the story of Brian (Kevin Guthrie), a young man battling with his mental health, was picked up for release by Studio Soho Distribution after they were introduced at a GFF Industry Focus one-to-one meeting.

Rehana Rose, director of Dead Good, the life-affirming documentary about ‘giving death back to the people,’ said,

“Before submitting my first feature doc, I read with interest that Glasgow Film Festival team pride themselves on watching every submission, especially those coming through independently. That was such good news for a first-time filmmaker to hear. So I submitted and when I heard back from the programming team that Dead Good was officially selected for GFF I was delighted. And rather over-excited.

“From that point on I felt very loved and cared for as many different members of the festival got in touch with me to organise various logistics. Every one of them were so enthusiastic and their attention to detail was second to none. I also really appreciated their patience with me.

“I attended the festival for our two screenings and managed to fit in a few industry events too. Networking was really inclusive and fun. It was also lovely to put faces to names of many of the team. And our screenings were fantastic; a wonderful Q&A with festival programmer Chris with the audience very keen to ask many questions. I truly love film festivals that have a good mix of industry and public attendance. And I fell in love with Glasgow.”

"If you can make it along you will receive the warmest of welcomes in our city"

"If you are considering submitting to Glasgow Film Festival I can only say that your film will be assessed by a team of committed and tasteful cinephiles led by Allison Gardner and Allan Hunter; that if you are selected your work will be viewed by discerning, film-literate and enthusiastic audiences; and that if you can make it along you will receive the warmest of welcomes in our city. You won't regret it.”

Robbie Fraser
Producer and Director of Final Ascent

Allan Hunter, Co-Director of Glasgow Film Festival, said,

“Glasgow is one of the top festivals in the UK. Our audiences have a passion for film that is unrivalled and we attract world-class filmmakers and committed distributors. It is the perfect showcase to introduce a film to the UK market and a proven launchpad for titles. We eagerly await the submissions each year, keen to discover those little gems that make Glasgow so distinctive. Make sure that your film is on the Glasgow radar.”

Submission Deadlines

  • Early bird deadline: Friday 23 August 2019
  • Regular deadline: Friday 13 September 2019
  • Late deadline: Friday 4 October 2019
  • Extended: Friday 25 October 2019

Glasgow Film Festival accepts submissions exclusively through FilmFreeway:

For more information on submissions for Glasgow Film Festival, please visit:

Notes to editors

For further information, interview requests and images, please contact:

Margaret Smith, Glasgow Film Marketing and Press Co-ordinator


T: 0141 352 8612

Glasgow Film Festival

The 16th annual Glasgow Film Festival will run from 26 February to 8 March. Glasgow Film Festival is made possible by support from Glasgow Life, Screen Scotland, the British Film Institute (using funds from The National Lottery) and Event Scotland.

Notable guests visiting the festival in recent years have included Richard Gere, Alan Rickman, Joss Whedon, Terry Gilliam, John C Reilly, Saoirse Ronan, Richard Dreyfuss, Karen Gillan, Jonathan Glazer, Richard Johnson, Gemma Arterton, Ben Wheatley, David Tennant, Cliff Curtis, David Robert Mitchell, Carol Morley, Gemma Jones, Jason Priestley, Neil Jordan, agnés b., Armando Iannucci, Jack O’Connell, Dexter Fletcher, Peter Mullan, George Sluizier, Peter Capaldi, Ty West, Richard Ayoade, Eli Roth and Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

The 2019 festival opened with the red carpet UK premiere of Mid90s and closed with the UK premiere of Beats. To find out more, please visit