Glasgow Short Film Festival goes independent

Acclaimed event to incorporate as a charity

by Jennie Kermode

Applause from the audience at the Glasgow Short Film Festival
Applause from the audience at the Glasgow Short Film Festival Photo: Ingrid Mur

The Glasgow Short Film Festival is to incorporate as an independent charitable organisation, it was announced today. Having enjoyed unprecedented success this year and secured two years of funding from Screen Scotland’s Film Festivals Fund, it s now considered ready to stand on its own two feet.

"Glasgow Film has been a wonderful home for the festival, and continues to be a source of great support and guidance," said festival director Matt Lloyd. "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."

The festival began 12 years ago as part of the Glasgow Film Festival and moved to separate dates in 2015 but has continued to shelter under the larger festival's umbrella. Lloyd, who has been on board since 2010, will now be joined by Sanne Jehoul as co-director. A year-rund programme of community activities and development work is now planned with the aim of supporting and enhancing Scotland's short film output.

The next edition of the festival will run from 18 March to 22 March.

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