Glasgow Film Festival at IFT


Due to the lockdown restrictions affecting most of Scotland, and the rest of the UK, Glasgow Film Festival 2021 (GFF21) will now take place online only, on the festival dates: 24 February to 7 March. 

Plans to show in-cinema screenings of selected titles will be reviewed by GFF’s Directors once Covid-19 restrictions allow cinemas to re-open.

GFF21 had been planned as a hybrid festival, screening films in Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) and on its streaming site, Glasgow Film At Home (, as well as at 23 partner cinemas across the UK. Unfortunately, as cinemas can only open in areas under Covid Restriction Level/Tier 2, we do not anticipate this happening by 24 February when GFF21 begins. Volunteer recruitment for the festival has also been closed at this time.

Allison Gardner, CEO of Glasgow Film and Co-Director of Glasgow Film Festival, said: “While we are very disappointed not to be screening this year’s Glasgow Film Festival in cinemas, the hybrid nature of GFF21 means we are still able to offer the majority of the premieres originally included in the programme for people to watch at home. Audiences can look forward to the same high quality of choice as they’d normally expect from GFF, as well as the opportunity to see the best new, independent films from Scotland and around the world.” 

Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) is taking its premieres nationwide for 2021, with a partnership of 22 cinemas around the UK. Running from 24 February to 7 March, GFF’s 17th edition will link up with cinemas across the four nations, in order to welcome audience members who are not able to travel to Glasgow but still wish to experience their favourite festival on the big screen. For the first time, audiences will be able to take part in Glasgow Film Festival at Ipswich Film Theatre. As a partner cinema we will be showing the Opening and Closing films of the festival, as well as a selection of cinema-only screenings from the festival programme, to be announced in January.

The UK premiere of Altitude’s MINARI, which will open GFF on Wednesday 24 February. MINARI is an award-winning autobiographical drama from director and screenwriter Lee Isaac Chung, which won the US Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and US Dramatic Audience Award at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Starring Steven Yeun, best known for playing Glen in The Walking Dead, and his chilling performance in Burning, MINARI follows a Korean-American family who move from the big city to a rural Arkansas farm in search of the American Dream. Jacob (Yeun) plans to grow Korean vegetables to sell to other immigrant families. His wife Monica (Yeri Han) is wary of his ambitions, and their two children, five-year-old son David (Alan Kim) and daughter Anne (Noel Kate Cho) are restless in the rural setting.

The whole dynamic changes with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed grandmother from South Korea, Yuh-Jung Youn. Underneath the instability and challenges, MINARInamed after a vegetable otherwise known as Korean Watercress or Chinese Celery, shows the undeniable resilience of a family and what really makes a home.

GFF will close on Sunday 7 March with Curzon’s SPRING BLOSSOM, the remarkably assured debut feature from writer, director and actress Suzanne Lindon. Spring Blossom is na elegant tale of a bored Parisian student (Lindon), tired of her routine, who meets an older actor, Raphael (Arnaud Valois), outside the theatre she passes each day. Curiosity gradually turns to infatuation in a tale of first love that unfolds in the streets and cafes of a sun-kissed Monmartre. Lindon expertly captures the feelings of a teenage girl on the cusp of adulthood, finding and losing herself, all set against a beautiful Parisian backdrop.

GFF is one of the leading film festivals in the UK and run by Glasgow Film, a charity which also runs Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT). GFF is made possible by support from Screen Scotland, the BFI (awarding funds from the National Lottery), Glasgow Life and EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.

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