Industries & Festivals — February 8, 2013 at 7:53 am

Female filmmakers in spotlight for Glasgow Short Film Festival

glasgow-short-film-festivalThe Glasgow Short Film Festival is back for a sixth year and this time around includes a focus on Danish writer and director Caroline Sacha Cogez and a commemoration of the life and early work of underground filmmaker George Kuchar, stv reported.

Over the course of the weekend, members of the audience will be able to have their say and vote on the 60 entries competing for the Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film and the Scottish Short Film Award.

Kicking off on February 7 and running until February 10, other picks from the four-day festival include an exploration of gender inequality and women’s rights at the Female Authorship Symposium debate and film critics will be revealing their thoughts at Why Can’t Women Make Feature Films.

The subject is a particularly hot topic after last year’s controversial decision by the Cannes Film Festival to include no films directed by women.

Coordinator Morvern Cunningham has been working alongside the festival director Matt Lloyd since November.

“Often for a filmmaker making a short film is the first step and this kind of festival is their first chance to show it. You see some really high quality stuff. What I’ve found from working at the festival, and even organising my own short film events is that there’s so much variation,” she said.

“Rather than wasting a couple of hours watching a Hollywood blockbuster you can watch six or seven different shorts in the same space of time. So if you don’t like what you see or it’s not your cup of tea then you don’t have to wait long for something you will like,” she added.

“It’s really important to promote Scottish talent and there will be four showcases for them this year.”

Around 1000 filmmakers have submitted films for consideration in the international and Scottish categories at the 2013 competitions.

Independent Spirit Award nominee Tom Kalin will visit Glasgow to predict the Oscar nominees of tomorrow and introduce a selection of films made by graduates of the MFA Film Programme at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. The Columbia professor will also deliver a directing workshop during the festival.

Some of the finest Croatian short films of recent years have been selected for a countrywide focus on Sunday, February 10, while three short films about a man named Bill will be presented for It’s Such A Beautiful Day: The Don Hertzfeldt Trilogy.

Outside of the film screenings, Glasgow based musicians The Dead Man’s Waltz will lead a group of writers, actors and artists in an investigation on how stories about death should be told. Miaoux Miaoux will also be on the decks for the festival afterparty at the Berkeley Suite on Sunday night.

Filmmaking collective Lock Up Your Daughters will host a special dandies’ dance party at The Flying Duck on Saturday evening and BAFTA award-winning designer Lisa Marie Hall will lead a workshop on set design during the day.

Morvern first got a buzz for the festival after working as a volunteer at the 2012 event.

She explained: “Last year was the first year the short film festival was taken outside the diary of the Glasgow Film Festival. They used to run at the same time but it’s really important to have this focus on short films and in particularly the Scottish strand.

“I’m excited about being involved with some of the question and answer sessions. With the Scottish competition as well it will be great to have so many of the directors on stage at the end discussing their work. I couldn’t possibly pick out my favourite though.

“I’m also looking forward to seeing George Kuchar’s work. He was an underground filmmaker who has influenced so many people and we’ll have some of his early films on 16mm celluloid.”



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