Glasgow Short Film Festival goes independent

Glasgow Short Film Festival, Scotland’s flagship short film event, today announces an exciting new chapter. After twelve happy years within the Glasgow Film family, GSFF is stepping out as an independent charitable organisation.

The first edition of Glasgow Short Film Festival took place over a weekend during the 2008 Glasgow Film Festival. Since then GSFF has successfully run as a project of Glasgow Film, the parent organisation of Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow Film Festival and Glasgow Youth Film Festival.

In twelve editions the festival has grown from a two-day strand during Glasgow Film Festival into a distinct, internationally respected five-day event, attracting up to 300 filmmakers and industry delegates each year. Between April 2018 and March 2019 a total of 17,645 people attended a GSFF event, either at the festival or at year-round screenings, in Scotland, Austria, Brazil, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Following the 12th edition in March 2019, the festival took the decision to capitalise on its most successful year to date by reconstituting as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) and securing two years of funding from Screen Scotland’s Film Festivals Fund.

The new organisation will be run by a dynamic board of trustees, including GSFF co-founder and film producer, Rosie Crerar of Barry Crerar Ltd. (Run, Irene’s Ghost, Spite Your Face); Charlotte Gross, Director of Audience and Media at National Theatre of Scotland; strategic project development consultant Elspeth McLachlan (recently the National Strategic Director for the Oor Wullie Big Bucket Trail); GSFF Festival Director, Matt Lloyd; and lawyer, Murray Buchanan, who will serve as the festival’s Chair.

A screen inside the theatre at CCA reads 'Scared Shortless' and people stand on the stage in front of it

Murray Buchanan said, “the trustees look forward to working with Matt and Sanne as they lead the festival through this exciting new phase.”

Long-time GSFF programmer and producer, Sanne Jehoul takes on a new permanent role as Festival Co-Director, reflecting her considerable experience across film curation, development and event management. Sanne will also lead on a range of year-round talent development and community activities, including Shorts in Support, a scheme that places short films in front of new release features in cinemas across Scotland.

Festival Director Matt Lloyd said, “I’m very pleased to announce that after twelve years GSFF has come of age. Glasgow Film has been a wonderful home for the festival, and continues to be a source of great support and guidance, however it feels right to finally step out confidently on our own.

"Our fantastic trustees bring a wealth of experience to the organisation, and independent charitable status opens up new opportunities for partnership. We’re looking forward to building on our international profile for curating disruptive, ground-breaking films, to deliver a unique annual festival and a slate of activities year-round to nurture and promote Scottish film talent.”

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Glasgow Short Film Festival, the leading short film event in Scotland, champions new film talent by providing an annual showcase and meeting point for Scottish and international filmmakers, industry delegates and the local audience. GSFF was founded by Penelope Bartlett and Rosie Crerar in 2008, and has been directed by Matt Lloyd since the 2010 edition. In July 2019 US magazine MovieMaker voted GSFF one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World. The 13th edition of the festival will run 18-22 March 2020, and the full programme will be announced on 12 February 2020.

Screen Scotland is the dedicated partnership for screen in Scotland. With funding from Scottish Government and the National Lottery, Screen Scotland is driving the cultural, social and economic development of all aspects of the sector in Scotland, through enhanced funding, services and support. Screen Scotland sits within Creative Scotland and is a partnership with Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Funding Council, working in close collaboration with the sector to ensure its success.