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Glasgow Short Film Festival revisits STV’s First Reels

The event, which comes to a close on Sunday, will showcase Scottish and international shorts.

Glasgow: The festival will close on Sunday. <strong>Pixabay</strong>
Glasgow: The festival will close on Sunday. Pixabay

Glasgow Short Film Festival has got underway.

The annual event, which comes to a close on Sunday, will see over 20 new Scottish-made shorts and 33 international shorts from 26 countries all compete for prestigious awards.

The festival opened on Wednesday with the Scottish premiere of art collective Soda_Jerk’s Terror Nullius, which tells the controversial revisionist history of Australia via a seamless mash-up of its big screen icons, from Mad Max to Black Sheep.

A series of screenings will also mark the 20th anniversary of the end of First Reels (1991-1999), the first of the short film production schemes introduced by the Scottish Film Council (later Scottish Screen) in partnership with Scottish Television (later STV).

The scheme was originally launched with the aim of giving aspiring filmmakers the means to embark on – or complete – their first project.

It gave big breaks to the likes of Peter Mullan and Outlaw King director David Mackenzie, alongside a remarkably diverse range of other talents who were given freedom to experiment in all genres and forms of filmmaking, with over a third of the films directed by women.

The festival is delighted to bring some of the 130-plus films produced through the scheme back to the big screen, most of them for the first time in over 20 years.

As well as the varied shorts, the official festival hub at Civic House within the city will also offer a series of workshops, panel discussions and screenings designed for emerging filmmakers, active professionals, students and anyone with a serious interest in filmmaking.

Matt Lloyd, director of Glasgow Short Film Festival, said: “In a time in which information comes to us in ever more distorted forms, and authenticity has become a currency to be traded in, GSFF19 explores notions of manipulation and truth, from the revisionist mash-ups of Soda_Jerk to the films emerging from the French suburbs, from voices of resistance in crisis-hit Brazil to the inclusivity of First Reels, a project that attempted to forge a new Scottish cinema.

“Thanks as ever to Creative Scotland and to our wonderfully supportive regular sponsors Blazing Griffin and Merchant City Brewing, as well as new partners ibis and Biggar Gin. Make Glasgow short again this March.”

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