Glasgow announes hybrid edition for 2021

Festival also to showcase films on year-round platform

by Amber Wilkinson

GFF award winner Arracht
GFF award winner Arracht
Glasgow Film Festival has announced its 17th edition, which will run from February 24 to March 7 next year, will be a hybrid edition. Cinema screenings will run alongside an online streaming platform, Glasgow Film At Home.

The streaming platform will be launched on November 23 and will operate year-round, with the aim of bringing festival films to audience at home. The first programme will feature four films, including 2020 Audience Award winner Arracht, an Irish drama set against the backdrop of the potato famine, directed by Tom Sullivan. Rúnar Rúnarsson's portrait of modern Iceland, Echo, will also be featured, along with Mattie Do's The Long Walk and Matthew Rankin's faux biopic The Twentieth Century.

Allison Gardner, Glasgow Film CEO and co-director of Glasgow Film Festival, said: “We are delighted to be bringing Glasgow Film Festival back in 2021 in as safe as possible a way. GFF has always been a festival for audiences and, though our festival must take a different shape this year, our audiences are still at the heart of everything we do. Glasgow Film at Home and our new branding will invite GFF straight into your living room, and the Best of the Fest programme will give a taster of what’s to come and share incredible cinema with audiences all around Scotland and the UK this November.”

Festival co-director Allan Hunter added: “We are very excited to share the dates of the 2021 Glasgow Film Festival and give everyone a glimpse of what lies ahead. It cannot be business as usual but we promise a festival of exciting UK premieres from around the world. The power of film to entertain, illuminate and move us has never felt more necessary. The launch of Glasgow Film At Home and the Best Of The Fest programme will allow a much wider audience access to the cherished Glasgow experience.”

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