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Shorts in Support

Glasgow Short Film Festival (GSFF) invites you to enhance your programme by screening some of the best new Scottish shorts before your features in 2017.

The supporting short film has been all but lost from film exhibition, yet Scotland has a wealth of emerging film talent that deserves to be seen on the big screen. GSFF’s Shorts In Support scheme aims to revive this tradition by offering Scottish cinemas and film societies a catalogue of four fantastic recent Scottish short films to screen before features this autumn. Participating venues will be able to introduce the work of upcoming Scottish filmmakers to a wider audience, broadening their programme and generating dialogue between short and feature.

Links to screeners of each film are available so you can choose which shorts you wish to screen alongside which features, making this a collaborative curatorial process. And GSFF are happy to offer programming advice so please do ask.

The slate of four films includes fiction, documentary and animation, with durations ranging from 4 to 13 minutes to allow for a range of programming contexts.

The Films


Life Cycles
Ross Hogg | 2016 | 4 min | Animation | N/C 15+

*Winner Best Animation, BAFTA Scotland 2017*

An observational exploration of routine, monotony, attention and distraction. Will we continue to let events pass us by uncontested, or will we decide to break the cycle?

This detailed hand-drawn animation provides through its personal narrative a poignant and often humorous criticism on our individualistic daily lives, and in the process also reflects on wider social concerns.

Ross Hogg is an award-winning animation filmmaker based in Edinburgh. Having graduated from The Glasgow School of Art in 2013, Ross creates dexterous, handcrafted animation using a variety of materials, celebrating the vibrancy and physicality of the medium. His previous film Isabella (co-directed with Duncan Cowles) won a BAFTA Scotland award for best short film. http://rosshogg.com


Robert Duncan | 2016 | 5 min | Animation | N/C U 

A photographer focuses on the real and perceived in a film about the intersection of record, memory and reality.

An ingenious use of paper cut-outs to animate ideas about the gaps between reality, the image of it we hold in our mind, and the image of it we record. 

Robert Duncan is an animator and illustrator based in Glasgow. He has screened at film festivals across Scotland and the world, and was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland New Talent award. He draws inspiration from early experimental animations and contemporary illustration and works predominantly in 2D, using hand drawn animation and digital tools. www.robertduncan.me


Such Is Life
Stuart Elliott | 2017 | 13 min | Fiction | N/C 15+

Thomas and Sarah have arranged a hillwalking date after meeting on the Internet. But Thomas has a problem; he lied on his profile about climbing mountains for a hobby. And that’ll explain why he’s turned up dressed for a night out instead of a hike. 

A sweet and funny narrative about how we present ourselves and our expectations of others in this age of modern dating, all set in a rugged but visually striking Scottish landscape.

Stuart Elliott is a multi-award winning writer/director, working across short film and commercials. His work has been screened at many international film festivals and has drawn large numbers of viewers online. He was also part of the talent labs at Edinburgh and Toronto International Film Festivals. www.stuartelliott.co.uk


Where We Are Now
Lucie Rachel | 2016 | 9 min | Documentary | N/C 15+

A personal insight into the changing relationship between daughter and trans-parent as they embark on the road to transition.

A courageous piece of personal filmmaking, an area of documentary in which Scottish filmmaking has excelled in recent years. 

Lucie Rachel is an award-winning filmmaker and artist, graduating from Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2015. She works with still and moving image to narrate and navigate recurring themes of domestic relationships, gender and the unspoken. http://www.lucierachel.com

How to get involved

Booking contact
To access film screeners and to book please contact Sanne Jehoul, sanne.jehoul@glasgowfilm.org

Films are available to book now and screenings must take place between August and 20 December 2017.

Programme notes for each short will be provided, giving audiences more detail on the film and filmmaker and links so they can explore their work further.

Standard fees
Theatrical Venues (DCP)
- One week-long run of one film title (with a minimum of seven screenings): £20.00
- A 4-month contract for unlimited screenings of all four titles: £180.00 

Community Cinemas/Film Societies (Digital file, DVD or Bluray)
- A 4-month contract for unlimited screenings of all four titles: £25.00

GSFF can be flexible and are happy to discuss different screening periods and structures to suit your organisation. All they ask is that you commit to a minimum number of screenings, sample survey your audience and provide them with the audience survey data and admissions figures.

About Glasgow Short Film Festival

Glasgow Short Film Festival, the largest competitive short film festival in Scotland, champions new film talent by providing an annual showcase and meeting point for new and established Scottish and international filmmakers, industry delegates and the local audience. The 2018 edition will take place on 14-18 March.


7 August 2017

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