Glasgow Short Film Festival opens tonight and runs over the next five days, celebrating everything that’s great about the ingenious brevity of shorter-form cinema.
Ahead of the launch, here’s a selection of the most intriguing events and screenings to check out.
Wednesday 16 March, 9pm, Glasgow Film Theatre
Using unfinished footage by socialist film collective the Dawn Cine Group from the 1950s, GSFF has brought together musicians Drew Wright and Hamish Brown alongside filmmaker Minttu Mäntynen to perform a live response to the group’s abandoned project.
Lost Treasure will tour around Scotland after its premiere at GSFF16.
Thursday 17 March, 9.15pm, CCA
Jan Soldat makes documentary shorts exploring sexuality, relationships, bodies, passion and fulfillment, in an often frank and matter-of-fact way.
For example, in the first of two retrospective programmes of Jan’s work we meet Manfred and Jürgen, a gay couple in their 70s who undertake regular S&M sessions with one another in their average German home. In this particular film, they invite an old friend round to join them. The rest of the programme explores a whole spectrum of human relationships.
Neu! Reekie! presents Anywhere But The Cities
Friday 18 March, 7pm, The Art School
Neu! Reekie! are a bunch of rabble rousing poets and artists based across the M8 in Auld Reekie (see what they did there?). Neu! Reekie! nights are ‘a monthly headfuck of poetry, animation and music’ (their words not ours) and this event looks to be no exception.
Kicking off with the premiere of the short film documenting the recent ‘Anywhere But The Cities’ tour around Scotland, and including live performances from Eugene Kelly (The Vaselines), FOUND (Deconstructed) in the form of Eyes of Others, River of Slime and Lomond Campbell, plus some choice morsels from the GSFF16 programme, this is an event not to be missed.
Brutal Measures: Lydia Lunch and the Cinema of Transgression
Saturday 19 March, 8.30pm, The Glue Factory
The Cinema of Transgression was the second wave of post-punk underground filmmaking to emerge from NYC in the 80s. The films produced were intended to provoke and to shock their audiences, setting out to smash all barriers of taste and morality.
Lydia Lunch is a legend who has worked with Sonic Youth and Nick Cave, and was the muse of this movement. Lynch will be performing live at The Glue Factory after the screening with Weasel Walter as Brutal Measures, topped off with a DJ set by Glasgow’s very own JG Wilkes.
Sunday 20 March, 11.30am, CCA
After a hedonistic weekend of short film, you can kick off the last day of the festival with the ever-popular family programme.
Presenting a variety of short films from across the festival and beyond, the Family Shorts programme brings the most exciting new animation to the big screen. After the screening, you can also make your own animation at a free drop-in workshop led by filmmaker Kate Burton.
For full details of what’s on at the festival, head here