12noon – Family Friendly Shorts
Our Oceans | Aindri Chakraborty | 2014 |2 mins – this beautiful animation focuses on the importance of protecting the ocean.
The Ballad of Island Holland House |Lynn Tomlinson | 2015 | 4 mins – a short animation telling the story of the last house on a sinking island in the Chesapeake Bay. Told from the house’s point of view, this is a soulful and haunting take on the impact of sea-level rise.
Tam O’Shanter | Raymond Rigby | 2015 | 3mins – Glasgow based fimmaker & designer Raymond Rigby’s imaginative interpretation of the classic burns poem
The World’s First Bicycle | Conrad Molleson | UK | 5mins – a short animation about the creation of the Worlds First bicycle and it’s eventful journey in 1842, via a Gorbals jail, whilst being ridden by it’s inventor, Kirkpatrick Macmillan.
My Strange Grandfather | Dina Velikovskaya | 2011 | 9mins – a creative person can seem strange, funny and a little bit crazy but sometimes they create miracles.
Domestic Appliances |Lewis Firth Bolton | UK | 3mins – A short film about people with unusual living arrangements.
Sausage | Robert Grieve | 2014 | 6 mins – two artisan stallholder’s idyllic world is invaded by a devious fast-food vendor bertanimation.com
Colonel Mustard – Freedom of the Children |Martin Windebank | 2017
3pm – Wee Linties Travelling Archive presents The Singing Street
The Singing Street is a wonderful slice of Scottish life. This 1951 film is a collection of children’s songs and street games, recorded on the streets of Edinburgh. After the screening, Wee Linties are inviting you out to play! We’ll be learning some of the songs and games featured in the film and having a wee go at making up our own. If you have songs and games from your own streets to share, we would love to hear them and add them to a special archive of our own!
Workshop suitable for all ages.
6pm – Sita Sings the Blues | Nina Paley | 2008 | USA
Sita Sings the Blues is a wonderful animated film written, directed, produced and animated by American artist Nina Paley. Episodes from the story of Ramayana and scenes from the artist’s own life are animated and set to songs performed by 1920s jazz singer Annette Hanshaw. Sita, and this re-interpreted myth of Ramayana are brought to life using the strikingly modern technique of vector graphic animation as the ancient mythological and modern biographical plots intertwine inviting new interpretations and understandings.
Film critic Roger Ebert was “enchanted” and “swept away” by this film and called it one of the year’s best films in 2009.
8pm – The 39 Steps | Ralph Thomas | 1959 | UK
Ralph Thomas’s 1959 version of the 39 Steps uses Central Scotland and the Trossachs as the backdrop for the adventures of Richard Hannay (Kenneth More) . With one famous scene filmed on the bridge over the River Balvag in nearby Balquhidder.
The film commences as Hannay arrives in London and saves a nanny from a hit-and-run driver before discovering that she’s actually a spy trying to stop the theft of military secrets. After the woman is killed, Hannay goes to Scotland in an attempt to stop the plot’s leader himself. Along the way he has several narrow escapes, dodging both the police and assassins, as well as getting handcuffed to a girls school instructor (Taina Elg) who doesn’t believe his wild tale.
11pm – University of the West of Scotland – Filmmaking Showcase
From rapping boxers to murderous spouses, come see a sizzling showcase of short documentaries and dramas created by talented 2nd and 3rd year BA Filmmaking & Screenwriting students at UWS Creative Media Academy.
Firaq|Kalliopi Zifou – A Syrian couple during their final moments together as they cannot both afford to seek for refuge. facebook.com/firaqshort
Directions | Sharon Rennie – A married couple go for a pleasant drive in the countryside in an attempt to rekindle their relationship but they get lost on the way and an argument ensues.
Break| Lewis Paterson – A young homeless man looking for some shelter in a pool hall is coerced into playing pool with a man he has just stolen from.
Poet with Punch| Zdenek Ruzicka – Poet With Punch is a short documentary starring Matt Windle, poet by day and boxer by night. Accompanied with a breathtaking poem by Matt himself, we are invited into a personal journey of an artist and a fighter told in an unyielding momentum.
Kendoka | Jack Jeffrey – A short documentary about the life-changing power of Kendo.
12pm – Glasgow Short Film Festival presents Imagined Worlds (15)
Drawn from GSFF’s 2017 international and Scottish competitions, we present a selection of films exploring dreamscapes, no man’s lands and alternate realities. Fake news! Sad.
489 Years | Hayoun Kwon | France | 2016 | 11 min – Thanks to the testimony of Kim, a former soldier in South Korea, we gain access to the DMZ. He speaks of a place where people are forbidden, a place entirely reclaimed by nature.
Record/Record | Robert Duncan | UK | 2016 | 5 min – A photographer focuses on the real and perceived in a film about the intersection of record, memory and reality.
Impossible Figures and Other Stories II | Marta Pajek | Poland | 2016 | 15 min – A woman trips and falls while rushing around the house. She gets up, only to discover that her home has unusual features – it is built from paradoxes, filled with illusions and covered with patterns.
Green Screen Gringo | Douwe Dijkstra | Netherlands, Brazil | 2016 | 16 min – Behind a green screen, a foreigner finds his way in an enchanting – and yet turbulent – Brazil. Where the streets are a stage for politics, art and affection, a gringo can only watch. The result is a mixtape-portrait on modern day Brazil seen through the eyes of the visitor. Winner of the Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film at GSFF17.
Kaiju Bunraku | Jillian Mayer, Lucas Leyva | USA | 2017 | 14 min – Here’s a day in the life of a husband and wife living in a world of giant monsters.