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Glasgow Film Festival: new venues, guests, special events and sponsorship for 2016

16 December 2015

Have you ever wanted to recreate Indiana Jones’ boulder chase scene in the grand hall of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum? Or wondered what a film screening at Glasgow’s legendary gig venue Barrowland Ballroom would be like? Glasgow Film Festival is excited to confirm the first few special events of its 2016 programme, with tickets for these events on sale from noon on Thursday 17 December, turning a number of iconic venues across the city into perfectly-programmed pop-up cinema spaces. The festival is also delighted to announce that ScottishPower have come on board to sponsor the newly-established Audience Award this year.

GFF has built a reputation for its site-specific screenings and pop-up cinema events over the years (famously screening Jaws in the hull of Glasgow’s Tall Ship and The Passion of Joan of Arc in Glasgow Cathedral). In 2016 they’re working with a number of the city’s most famous venues for the first time, including The Barrowland Ballroom, Tramway, and Glasgow Planetarium, to screen new works and classic films celebrating significant anniversaries

The festival returns once again to favourite venue Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, with two spectacular anniversary screenings in one night. First off, a museum crammed full of ancient artefacts seems like the perfect place to join action-archaeologist Indiana Jones...or at least his stuntman: Vic Armstrong, Guinness Book of Records-certified most prolific stunt performer in the world, who has doubled for Harrison Ford in almost all of his stunts, introduces a thirty-fifth anniversary screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark. A live action/ adventure presentation will precede the screening, so do look out for the boulders…

Later that night, GFF will turn the Kelvingrove lights down very low indeed for a super-creepy late-night screening of twenty-five year old horror classic The Silence of the Lambs, complete with live organ music, and glasses of nice Chianti…

Kelvingrove isn’t the only iconic Glasgow venue GFF is making use of, with two new spaces turning into festival venues for the first time in 2016. Playing a gig at Barrowland Ballroom is a rite of passage for every band in the UK (and beyond): names from David Bowie to Cypress Hill to Radiohead to Bjork have graced the stage since it reopened as a rock venue in 1960. In February it turns into a cinema for the first time ever, to host the UK premiere screening of Where You’re Meant To Be, created by award-winning filmmaker Paul Fegan, following cult musician Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap) on a trip round Scotland and its folk song history. A concert bringing together a number of the traditional and contemporary musicians from the film will surround the screening.

David Bowie’s iconic turn in The Man Who Fell To Earth is forty years old in 2016; where better to view it than inside the Space Zone on the spectacular screen of the Glasgow Science Centre Planetarium, following a guided tour through the solar system and special visual treats on their incredible 360° full dome screen. 

GFF also returns to Tramway, fresh from hosting the Turner Prize, for the first time since 2012. The Southside arts space will house exhibition, performance and screening This is Now: Film and Video After Punk (1978-85), a series of digitally remastered archive films by artists including John Maybury, Grayson Perry, Cordelia Swann and Jill Westwood, many of which have been out of circulation for over thirty years. The exhibition will be accompanied by a night celebrating the spirit of punk and New Wave music, with musicians and DJs including Optimo’s JD Twitch. The programme is presented in partnership with LUX and the BFI National Archive. The UK tour of This Is Now has been developed with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery. 

Glasgow Film Festival is also very excited to announce a new partnership for the upcoming festival. 2015 saw the launch of GFF’s inaugural Audience Award, the festival’s first-ever competition, with ten films by first- or second-time directors competing for votes by the audience. The festival is delighted to announce that the competition will return this year, and that thanks to generous sponsorship by ScottishPower, all of the nominated directors will be invited to Scotland for the festival, to talk to audiences about their films.

Allison Gardner, Co-Director of Glasgow Film Festival, said: ‘At Glasgow Film Festival the audiences always come first, so we’re very proud to be able to announce that our first few events to go on sale this year are such show-stoppers, and that we can pay such great tributes to some of Glasgow’s favourite buildings. We’re also absolutely delighted and hugely grateful to Scottish Power for their sponsorship of the Audience Award, enabling us to bring the nominated directors to Scotland to meet our audiences and discuss their films. It seems very appropriate that we’re getting a boost to a part of the festival which has engaged our audiences so thoroughly.’

Neil Clitheroe, CEO of Retail & Generation, ScottishPower, said ‘Glasgow Film Festival is now one of the biggest and most respected film events in the UK. At the heart of this success is the festival’s audience engagement and reach across Glasgow. ScottishPower is proud of its Glasgow roots and is delighted to support this cultural showcase for the city.’

Cllr. Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: ‘As Glasgow Film Festival prepares to call ‘lights, camera…action’ on its twelfth annual event, it offers the perfect opportunity to celebrate the unwavering success of one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the city’s cultural calendar. This year is shaping up to be one of the best to date as the festival continues to hit the accelerator on its pop-up cinema strand, staging one-off, atmospheric screenings in iconic venues across Glasgow.’

Mark Thomas, Screen Officer, Creative Scotland said: ‘Creative Scotland is delighted to have supported Where You’re Meant To Be through Culture 2014 and Creative Scotland’s screen funds. Paul Fegan's debut feature documentary is a modern day road movie that follows musician Aidan Moffat on a traditional folk music journey into the heart of some of Scotland's local communities. The UK premiere at Glasgow Film Festival within the iconic Barrowland Ballroom is the perfect setting for the film and an exciting addition to what will be a fantastic programme of pop-up cinema events across the city.’




Aidan Moffat, Paul Fegan and Vic Armstrong are available for long-lead interviews ahead of the festival, as are senior members of the programming team.

Vic Armstrong has performed or coordinated stunts in over 120 major Hollywood films since 1966, famously doubling for his close friend Harrison Ford in all of the Indiana Jones films, Blade Runner and Return of the Jedi, as well as for Sean Connery, Christopher Reeve and Roger Moore, amongst others. His autobiography, The True Adventures of the World’s Greatest Stuntman, was published in 2011, with an introduction by Steven Spielberg. As well as introducing Raiders of the Lost Ark at GFF, Armstrong will also be In Conversation about his career on Friday 19 February at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

The twelfth annual Glasgow Film Festival will run from 17–28 February 2016. Tickets for the events at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Barrowland Ballroom and Tramway go on sale on Thursday 17 December; The Man Who Fell To Earth will be available with the main festival programme, which will be launched on the evening of Wednesday 20 January and will be online from Thursday 21 January, with tickets on sale from Monday 25 January at 10am.

Passes for FrightFest go on sale from Tuesday 12 January; tickets for the Opening and Closing Galas will be available from Monday 18 January. Booking at or from the Box Office at Glasgow Film Theatre, 0141 332 6535. 

GFF Membership is available to buy now for only £10, offering four days of advance booking, and discounts. See for full information. Existing GFT CineCard members will automatically have GFF membership.

Over 40,000 admissions were logged for GFF15, cementing its position as the third-largest film festival in the UK.

Where You’re Meant To Be UK Premiere + concert
The Barrowland Ballroom
Fri 19 Feb (Doors 19.30, presentation starts 20.00) All tickets £15
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Sat 20 Feb (Doors 18.30, Introduction 19:15, Film 19:30)

Silence of the Lambs
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Sat 20 Feb (Doors 22.30, Film 23.00)

The Man Who Fell To Earth
The Planetarium at Glasgow Science Centre
Tue 23 Feb (Doors 18.30, screenings begin 19:00)

This Is Now: Film and Video After Punk (1978-85) Exhibition, screening and performance

Exhibition 25-27 Feb, live presentation Sat 26 Feb.

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