Glasgow Film Festival

Glasgow Film Festival will return for its 17th edition from 24th February to 7th March 2021 and will be taking place entirely online!

Glasgow Film Festival

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24th Feb 2021 to 7th Mar 2021
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The festival will take place entirely online this year on Glasgow Film At Home, giving film lovers across the UK the chance to experience a bit of Glaswegian magic, with screenings hosted on Glasgow Film’s new online viewing platform Glasgow Film At Home.

GFF21 will open with the UK premiere of Lee Isaac Chung's highly anticipated autobiographical drama Minari and will close with the UK premiere of writer, director and actor Suzanne Lindon's remarkably assured debut feature, Spring Blossom.

The programme contains 6 World premieres, 2 European premieres and 49 UK premieres. GFF is committed to bringing incredible cinema from filmmakers all around the world to our audiences.

Tickets will go on sale from 12 noon on Monday 18 January online.

Opening & Closing Films

Wednesday 24th February: Minari
Glasgow Film Festival 2021 will open with Lee Isaac Chung's Minari, starring Steven Yeun.

Sunday 7th March: Spring Blossom
Suzanne Lindon’s remarkably assured directorial debut will close Glasgow Film Festival 2021

General Programme

Wednesday 24th February: Creation Stories
Creation Stories charts the rise of one young Glaswegian who went on to change the face of British culture whilst navigating a sea of obstacles.

Thursday 25th February: In The Shadows
​Erdem Tepegöz’s dystopian vision invites comparisons with the worlds of Andrei Tarkovsky and Terry Gilliam when a Miner contracts a mysterious diesease.

Thursday 25th February: Spring Tide
In an explosive atmosphere of conflicting memories and competing values what will it take for one of them to declare a truce?

Thursday 25th February: Mekong 2030
Five Southeast Asian filmmakers present their visions and fears for the future.

Thursday 25th February: My Favourite War
Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen grew up in Latvia during the Soviet rule of the 1970s and 1980s.

Thursday 25th February: The Mauritanian
Justice seems an impossible dream in The Mauritanian, a powerful adaptation of Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s bestselling memoir.

Thursday 25th February: The Toll
This Welsh thriller mixes the dark comedy of the Coen Brothers with the antihero of Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns.

Friday 26th February: My Wonderful Wanda
A privileged family find their comfortable lives forever changed by a stranger in their midst.

Friday 26th February: Steelers
Who says you can’t be an ace rugby player and a fabulous drag queen?

Friday 26th February: Murmur
Hailed as a ‘masterpiece of poignancy’ Heather Young’s quietly devastating debut offers an acutely observed portrait of a lonely life.

Friday 26th February: Bridging The Gap - Turbulence
Four shorts from Scottish Documentary Institute’s emerging talent initiative Bridging the Gap.

Friday 26th February: The Last Ones
Selected as Estonia’s entry for the International Feature Film category of the Oscars, watch rivalries boil over into betrayal, violence and a fight for survival.

Friday 26th February: Riders of Justice
An inspired cocktail of uproarious black comedy and shocking violence.

Friday 26th February: Undergods
An anthology film that will take you on an ill-fated journey through a dystopian Europe.

Saturday 27th February: Father
A father’s epic quest to regain custody of his children lies at the heart of this gripping, emotional drama.

Saturday 27th February: Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliche
Proclaimed by Billboard as ‘one of the least conventional front-persons in rock history’, Poly Styrene hit the headlines as founder of acclaimed punk band.

Saturday 27th February: Poppy Field
Inspired by true events, this is a taut, compelling tale of prejudice and the cost of living a lie.

Saturday 27th February: Underplayed
An intimate and revealing look at the personal journeys of many talented and vibrant women making their mark within the electronic music scene.

Saturday 27th February: Black Bear
Lawrence Michael Levine’s disturbing, darkly comic tale constantly surprises as it brutally blurs the boundaries between life and art.

Sunday 28th February: Victim(s)
A compelling account of teenage knife crime and a society keen to judge rather than understand.

Sunday 28th February: Handsome
A moving, sometimes uncomfortable documentary that takes an honest look at the brother’s relationship.

Sunday 28th February: Iorram (Boat Song)
A lyrical portrait of Gaelic life in the Outer Hebrides.

Sunday 28th February: Apples
Any fan of Charlie Kaufman or Yorgos Lanthimos will love this haunting first feature from director Christos Nikou.

Sunday 28th February: Eye of the Storm
Anthony Baxter filmed painter James Morrison over the last two years of his life as he struggled with failing eyesight and poor health.

Sunday 28th February: Enemies of the State
An American family becomes entangled in secrets when their son is targeted by the government.

Monday 1st March: Truman & Tennessee
This poignant documentary captures the relationship between two literary giants that journeyed from fond regard to bitchy disdain and back again.

Monday 1st March: Back to the Wharf
The extraordinary events of one day reverberate down the years in Li Xiaofeng’s haunting noir-tinged drama.

Tuesday 2nd March: BIG vs SMALL
An energetic and inspirational documentary that profiles Joana Andrade, Portugal’s first female big wave surfer.

Wednesday 3rd March: Limbo
Ben Sharrock’s critically adored Limbo is a wry, funny and poignant cross-cultural satire.

Thursday 4th March: Gagarine
A joyful celebration of community, love and shooting for the stars.

Thursday 4th March: Wildland
A dark, chilling crime drama that marks director Jeanette Nordahl as a talent to watch.

Friday 5th March: City Hall
Fred Wiseman’s portrait of Boston’s city government is a love letter to civic responsibility and democratic values.

Friday 5th March: Rosa's Wedding
The latest film from Icíar Bollaín is the feel-good comedy that we all need right now.

Friday 5th March: Surge
B​en Whishaw gives an award-winning performance as a man careering towards a breakdown in Surge.

Saturday 6th March: Dreams on Fire
Dreams on Fire is a vibrant and intoxicating look into Japanese dance and subculture communities.

Saturday 6th March: The Dissident
The latest documentary from Oscar-winning director Bryan Fogel (Icarus) explores the case of Jamal Khashoggi in forensic detail.

Saturday 6th March: Yer Old Faither
An affectionate documentary about an extraordinary Glaswegian.

Saturday 6th March: A Brixton Tale
A star-crossed romance confronting class, race and love in modern Britain.

Saturday 6th March: Cowboys
Anna Kerrigan’s award-winning debut shows a rare understanding of the complexities and challenges of modern family life.

Sunday 7th March: There is no Evil
Winner of the Berlin Golden Bear, Mohammad Rasoulof’s brilliant anthology powerfully confronts the realities of life under an autocratic regime.

Sunday 7th March: Gunda
If Babe stole your heart and changed your eating habits then wait until you meet Gunda.

Sunday 7th March: Killing Escobar
The untold story of the attempted assassination of Pablo Escobar.

Country Focus: South Korea

Saturday 27th February: Da Capo
For fans of Sing Street and School of Rock, Da Capo is a tale full of warmth and hope that music lovers of all kinds will connect with.

Sunday 28th February: The Swordsman
A wonderful blend of epic fight scenes and heartfelt drama that is sure to have you hooked right up until its exhilarating climax.

Thursday 4th March: Voice of Silence
A beautifully shot, bittersweet crime caper with an award-winning performance from Burning’s Yoo Ah-in.

Sunday 7th March: The Man Standing Next
South Korea’s Oscar candidate uses the final days of President Park Chung-hee’s rule in 1979 as the basis of a tense conspiracy thriller.

Audience Award

Friday 26th February: Castro's Spies
A documentary about an elite group of undercover agents that is as tense as any John le Carré novel.

Saturday 27th February: Jumbo
A quirky charmer of a debut from Zoé Wittock, 'inspired' by a true story about love and understanding.

Saturday 27th February: Redemption of a Rogue
The wonderful first feature from award-winning playwright Philip Doherty squeezes tar-black comedy and soulful reflections from an irresistible Groundhog Day-style premise.

Sunday 28th February: Shorta
An intelligent nailbiter of a film.

Tuesday 2nd March: Preparations to be together for an unknown period of time
A multi-layered rumination on love, fate and the blurry lines between desire, obsession and reality.

Wednesday 3rd March: Sweetheart
A sharply observed coming-of-age story that will make you wince and laugh in painful recognition of universal truths.

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