Glasgow Film Festival launches its special 20th anniversary programme

Glasgow Film Festival launches its special 20th anniversary programme

The programme for this year’s Glasgow Film Festival (GFF), has now been revealed.

The 20th edition of Scotland’s largest film festival will take place from 28 February to 10 March at Glasgow Film Theatre – which itself celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2024 – plus venues across the city.

As one of the most popular highlights of Glasgow’s annual cultural events programme, GFF is always greatly anticipated by audiences from near and far as well as industry professionals, and the festival is internationally renowned as a carefully curated showcase of the best of world cinema.

GFF is one of the leading film festivals in the UK and is run by charity Glasgow Film, which also runs Glasgow Film Theatre. Glasgow Film Festival is made possible by support from Screen Scotland, the BFI Audience Projects Fund, awarding National Lottery funding and Glasgow Life.

This year’s extensive programme features a diverse range of contemporary and retrospective film across all genres, with a host of exclusive screenings – including 11 world and international premieres, 69 UK premieres, and 15 Scottish premieres – as well as many other special events.

Allison Gardner, CEO of Glasgow Film and Director of GFF, said:

I am extremely proud to have been here for every one of Glasgow Film Festival’s 20 editions. My thanks go to everyone who has helped us to get this far. Many, many people have worked extremely hard to make this the friendliest film festival in the world.

Over the years, at Glasgow Film Festival, we have supported Scottish films and talent; something that we are very proud to have done, and this year is no exception. Our motto is ‘Cinema For All’ and we strive to bring the best films from around the world to Glasgow. My advice to everyone is to choose films you know nothing about and take a chance; you might discover a hidden gem (and the programme is positively bursting with them!) that will stay with you forever. Here’s to the next 20 years.

Isabel Davis, Executive Director of Screen Scotland said:

Screen Scotland is thrilled to support this very special anniversary edition of the Glasgow Film Festival. This year’s outstanding programme richly demonstrates GFF’s dedication to the best in cinema from Scotland and around the world. Congratulations to all at GFF on two decades of bringing great cinema to audiences across Glasgow. It’s a pleasure to support you in all that you do.

Ben Luxford, Director of UK Audiences at the BFI, said:

The Glasgow Film Festival is delivering another fantastic programme in venues across Glasgow, plus elements which reach far beyond the city’s borders. It promises to be another great festival and we hope as many audiences as possible will be able to enjoy it thanks to National Lottery funding.

Glasgow Life Chair, Bailie Annette Christie, said:

Glasgow Film Festival is one of the most popular annual highlights of our city’s cultural events programme and it is internationally renowned due to the quality and range of talent it showcases.

This 20th edition of the festival offers an extensive, exciting programme featuring an incredible and diverse range of contemporary and retrospective film across all genres, with special screenings and events. I’ve no doubt we can look forward to another hugely successful festival that will reinforce Glasgow’s standing as a great destination for cinema, and a city in which our passion for film is matched by our talent and expertise in the film, TV and creative industries.

The festival will open with the UK premiere of Love Lies Bleeding, a thriller starring Kristen Stewart, and close with the world premiere of Janey, which follows Scottish comedian Janey Godley as she embarks on her final live tour following her cancer diagnosis.

Full details of the GFF24 programme announcement can be found here.  

Tickets to the festival’s opening and closing events went on sale today, Thursday 25 January, and the full programme will be on sale from 11am on Monday 29 January at