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Glasgow Film Festival

The Glasgow Film Festival is one of the biggest film festivals in Scotland, showcasing a wide selection of Scottish and international films every year. Here’s a bit of history: the first Glasgow Film Festival was held in 2005, at the Glasgow Film Theatre, which is still the location where screenings take place to this day. Audiences have always loved the festival for being friendly and having great movies in its programme, but it isn’t until the 2010s that visitors started growing significantly. 

To this day, the festival is one of the biggest cinema events in the UK, drawing audiences to its screenings in various venues from the UK and Europe every year. In 2025, the Glasgow Film Festival dates will be 26 February – 9 March 2025.

There are various strands at the festival, but the main ones are the Opening and Closing Gala Premieres, and some exciting World Premieres, and many European, UK and Scottish premieres of acclaimed films from the current year. The festival also holds talks and masterclasses. When the event is over, the Audience Award, Sponsored by MUBI, is given to the winner. 

Past Audience Award winners include Tom Fisher’s Radiator (2015), Xavier Legrand’s Custody (2018), Tom Sullivan’s Monster (2020), Marley Morrison’s Sweetheart (2021), and Anthony Shim’s Riceboy Sleeps (2023). In 2024, the Glasgow Film Festival’s Audience Award winner was Icelandic football film The Home Game. The 2024 edition also saw the creation of a new prize, the Cinema City Honorary Award, which was presented to Danish star and filmmaker Viggo Mortensen. Other acclaimed films that were screened at GFF in the past include Christos Nikou’s Apples, Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari, the Simon Pegg-starring Lost Transmissions, and other gems like Anaïs in Love, Black Bear, FatherLimboSkin Deep, Surge, and many more.

Loud and Clear Reviews covers the Glasgow Film Festival every year. On this page you’ll find all our reviews, articles, interviews, and lists of movies to watch at the festival.