Supported by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Creative Scotland, BFI and EventScotland, Glasgow Film Festival kicked off on February 18 and will run until March 1, 2015. The 11th Glasgow Film Festival consists of 174 events, including 11 world premiere screenings. Just days after the festival, Glasgow Short Film Festival will be organized in the city between 11 and 15 March 2015.
Glasgow Film Festival visitors are being encouraged to make the most of their stay by taking in some of the city’s attractions and doing some ‘set-jetting’ at its many movie sites.
VisitScotland, which has helped to fund Glasgow Film Festival through its Events team since 2011, is urging movie buffs to step into a variety of real-life sets, including:
Blythswood Square – as seen in Madeleine (1950)
Kelvingrove Park – That Sinking Feeling (1980)
Glasgow Cathedral – Heavenly Pursuits (1986)
Mount Florida – Small Faces (1995)
Blythswood Hill – Cloud Atlas (2012)
George Square – World War Z (2013)
The Buchanan Galleries – Under the Skin (2013)
Cadogen Street – Fast and Furious 6 (2013)
The 11th Glasgow Film Festival ends on Sunday (1 March), with one of the events on the closing day being a special 20th anniversary screening of Small Faces, which will be attended by director Gillies MacKinnon and members of the cast.
The gritty coming-of-age movie is one of many to have been filmed in Glasgow and a number of big-budget Hollywood productions have been shot in Scotland’s biggest city in recent years. Small Faces screens as part of the Festival’s Cinema City programme strand, dedicated to celebrating Glasgow’s enduring relationship with cinema from the 1930s to the present day.
Two walking tours of Glasgow, on Thursday 26 February and Saturday 28 February, will help visitors uncover the city’s cinematic history.
VisitScotland research reveals that arts and cultural festivals generate £76 million for the Scottish economy, while research shows that 40 per cent of visitors to the UK are inspired to come here after seeing it on film or on television.
Jenni Steele, Film and Creative Industries Manager at VisitScotland, said: “Glasgow has played host to a number of big-budget Hollywood movies in recent years, as well as some all-time classics. If people are here for Glasgow Film Festival, we would encourage them to take in some of these real-life movie sets and see for themselves exactly why film-makers continue to be drawn to this amazing city.”
Allison Gardner, Co-Director, Glasgow Film Festival, said: “In the 1930s, Glasgow was known as ‘Cinema City’ because it had more cinemas per head of population than any other city in the world. This year we’re celebrating Glasgow as a Cinema City, with screenings of films set in the city, walking tours of historic sites as well as and an exhibition pulling together memories of over eighty years of cinema-going.
“We also make use of some of the city’s most unique and beautiful buildings for our pop-up screenings, and create special events within the city’s vibrant live music and visual arts scenes. A visit to Glasgow Film Festival is a great way to get to know the city.”
To find out more about Glasgow Film Festival, go to www.glasgowfilm.org/festival