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Article published 13/01/2021

Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) today (14 January) announced the full programme for its 2021 festival, with screenings hosted on Glasgow Film’s new online viewing platform Glasgow Film At Home. The programme contains six World premieres, two European premieres and 49 UK premieres with GFF committed to bringing incredible cinema from filmmakers all around the world to its audiences.

The programme is also filled with strong Scottish stories including the world premiere of Anthony Baxter’s Eye of the Storm and the UK premiere of Creation Stories written by Irvine Welsh and starring Ewen Bremner.

Originally planned as a hybrid in-cinema and online festival, GFF21 will now take place online only, due to the lockdown restrictions affecting most of Scotland and the rest of the UK. The festival will open on Wednesday 24 February with Lee Isaac Chung’s autobiographical drama following a Korean-American family Minari, starring The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun, and close on Sunday 7 March with Suzanne Lindon’s debut feature Spring Blossom, a coming-of-age tale set against a dreamy Parisian backdrop.

This year’s Industry programme will also run online between Monday 1 and Saturday 6 March. Thanks to sponsors MUBI, GFF has announced a new scheme to support filmmakers around the UK, aged under 30, to access the full Industry programme for just £10. Passes are limited and they are actively encouraging applications from individuals currently under-represented in the screen industries, which includes writers, directors, and producers from ethnic minority backgrounds,  disabled and D/deaf people, the LGBTIQI+ community, and women. Industry passes are available to purchase now at with the full programme of Industry events to be announced on Tuesday 9 February.

GFF is one of the leading film festivals in the UK and run by Glasgow Film, a charity which also runs Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT). GFF is made possible by support from Screen Scotland, the BFI (awarding funds from the National Lottery), Glasgow Life and EventScotland.

As long-term supporters of Glasgow Film Festival, we are once again delighted to see a vast array of thought-provoking, entertaining and memorable films on offer across the 17th edition of the festival which for the first time will move fully online.

During the current restrictions where we can’t enjoy events in person, the festival’s programme plays a hugely important role in enabling us to gain new perspectives, experience new soundtracks and scores, meet new characters and learn new global stories from the comfort of our own homes.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events

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Glasgow Film Festival 2021 may look different to previous years, but what has not changed is the quality of incredible films from across the world that we are bringing to our audiences.

Allison Gardner, CEO of Glasgow Film and Glasgow Film Festival Co-director

Everyone is staying indoors and keeping safe and we are really excited that the 2021 Glasgow Film Festival can play its part in the home viewing landscape. A terrific selection of new features honours the Glasgow tradition of discovering gems from around the world and showcasing the very finest home-grown productions.

Allan Hunter, Glasgow Film Festival Co-director

Tickets for the programme will go on sale at noon on Monday 18 January at Titles will be available to view between 24 February and 7 March on online platform Glasgow Film At Home, GFF's streaming site, launched last year to provide a curated offering of titles available to watch online. It is free to create an account and users can pre-order the GFF21 premieres they want to watch during the festival.

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