Good things in small packages

What's coming up at the Glasgow Short Film Festival 2018

by Andrew Robertson

Don Hertzfeld's World Of Tomorrow, Episode 2 - where will the journey take us next?
Don Hertzfeld's World Of Tomorrow, Episode 2 - where will the journey take us next?

As the Glasgow Film Festival opens with Gala Premiere Isle of Dogs, we wanted to highlight Glasgow's other, shorter, festival, due to start next month. Eye For Film will be covering the event from our usual seat somewhere near the front, but even from the programme there are some notable events we're looking forward to.

We're looking forward to the second part of Don Hertzfeld's World Of Tomorrow, and animation is also likely to be well represented at the family shorts event. Apichatpong Weerasethakul receives a retrospective showcase, curating four programmes of his own shorts that will also be screened as one massive all-nighter. There's also a wide array of films from across Asia as part of the international strands. Kevin Jerome Everson's work also features, and GSFF18 will be stretching the definition of 'short' with Everson's epic Park Lanes, an eight hour piece filmed in a factory that make mechanisms for bowling alleys. The screening is to include a vegan lunch, which puts it ethically and logistically in front of most if not all versions of Apocalypse Now (and Redux).

The International programmes include a new film from Réka Bucsi, BAFTA nominated A Drowning Man, The Scottish programmes include 1745, and the Short Matters! programmes give Glasgow audiences the chance to see a variety of works including Juanjo Gimenez' (Oscar-nominated) Timecode.

Other highlights include new work from Signature Move director Jennifer Reader, a late-night strand Round Midnight with two programmes, 'Sex' and 'Violence' at the CCA. The event's venues now include Civic House, replacing a "charmingly ramshackle" former pool hall, and it will play host not only to screenings of music videos but live performances.

If, somehow, there's nothing that catches your interest at GSFF there's a (now sold out) Scalarama meeting so you can make plans to join that distributed grassroots festival intended as a tribute to La Scala and its eclecticism.

We'll be providing coverage of the event and attempting to livetweet the awards ceremony assuming that generous drinks sponsors don't leave your intrepid reporter's hands too full. Keep your eyes open for further reviews as we continue our festival coverage, and remember - short film is the best film.

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