A record-breaking sixty films are to premier at the 2014 Glasgow Film Festival when it returns this month for its tenth celebration. A packed programme including pop-up cinema and special events in unique venues will ensure that the festival presence is felt in every corner of the city.
This year's festival will take place from February 20th - March 2nd with the Glasgow Short Film Festival and Glasgow Youth Film Festival also taking place during this time. The festival and its fringes will make the most of the city’s live music and visual art scenes, collaborating with artists, DJs,musicians, fashion designers, bands, video gaming experts, comic book icons and Hollywood legends in a celebration of cinema in all of its forms. In what is already shaping up to be an amazing 2014, the Glasgow Film Festival is a definite highlight.
The much-awaited UK premiere of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel will kick off proceedings and wrapping up the ten day event will be the Scottish premiere of Under the Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson, which was partly filmed in Glasgow. Hotly-anticipated new films with, Toni Colette, Pierce Brosnan, Michael Caine, Emily Watson, Jack O'Connell and Tom Hardy have also been confirmed.
Big names appearing at the festival include Kick-Ass kingpin Mark Millar, comedy hero Robert Florence, Star Wars set designer Roger Christian, Scottish actor John Sessions and Lauren Mayberry of the band Chvrches who will introduce The Punk Singer. If you're into scary films the Frightfest Weekend is perfect for you. With 11 horror classic being shown from Friday February 28th - Sunday 30th, there's guaranteed to be sleepless nights all over the city. Or for those who hark back to old Hollywood classics, the 1939; Hooray for Hollywood series will be packed with vintage treasures.
More venues than ever before are being deployed across the city, including Kelvingrove Art Gallery, the city’s Central Station, a former glue factory set to be transformed into a giant amusement arcade, and the Glasgow Film Theatre, which will be staging a spectacular Frankenstein-themed fancy dress bash at Kelvingrove to mark its own 40th birthday.
As well as watching the films, there will also be the opportunity to sample the food of your favourite film characters as GFF teams up with Street Food Cartel for Street Food Cinema at The Briggait, Glasgow’s former fishmarket. You'll be able to eat along with the action in foodie-related cult classics, When Harry Met Sally, Goodfellas, Rataouille and Withnail & I.
Once you're fed, it'll no doubt be time for a drink. The festival has a new official hangout at the Saramago where you can relax, sip some bevvies between screenings and maybe even rub shoulders with some of the visiting filmmakers and special guests. Bars throughout Glasgow will be getting in on the festival action too. To live the life of a VIP for a night, Hugh's Champagne Bar in House of Fraser is the place to be on February 5th. With the bubbles flowing and a screening of Breakfast of Tiffany's, what could be more luxurious?
Combining it's 10th birthday celebrations, and Scotland's big year of Homecoming, Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup antics, this year's film festival is set to be the best and biggest yet. Whether you're a movie buff, a celeb spotter, or just have a thing for Meg Ryan in the late eighties, don't miss out on this unique and special event in Glasgow.