Glasgow Film Festival 2020 celebrates record audience figures with over 43,000 admissions
Largest ever audience for GFF announced as the festival closes on International Women’s Day with a celebration of female filmmaking talent.
Audience Award Winner announced as Irish Gaelic thriller Arracht
The winner of the GFF 2020 Audience Award, sponsored by Caledonian MacBrayne, was announced as Arracht - Tom Sullivan’s immensely impressive Irish Gaelic thriller evoking the desperate times of the 1840s Potato Famine. The Audience Award is the only prize handed out by GFF and is voted for by the film festival audiences.
Sullivan, writer and director of Glasgow Film Festival 2020 Award winner Arracht, said:
completely unexpected and I am honoured. I would like to, from the bottom of my
heart, thank everyone at Glasgow Film Festival for believing in our film and
all the people who came and voted. Arracht is a film set
during the Great Hunger in Ireland. To win the audience award here, in Glasgow,
a city that was so influenced by the fallout of that dark period in our history
is truly humbling.
Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) has celebrated its highest ever attendance, with more than 43,000 admissions. In addition to the 43,147 attending screenings and events across the city (up from 42,224 at GFF 2019), over 3000 people attended the first ever UK exhibition of work by legendary Hollywood photographer Susan Wood, which ran throughout the festival at The Lighthouse.
The 16th annual celebration of cinema finished in style on Sunday night with the UK premiere of How To Build A Girl, the big screen adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s blockbusting memoir directed by Coky Giedroyc. Caitlin and Coky attended the premiere, joining the likes of Simon Pegg, George Mackay, Earl Cave, Simon Bird, Monica Dolan, Emily Beecham, Imogen Poots, Celia Imrie, Bill Paterson, Alice Winocour and the cast of new Scottish smash-hit Our Ladies who all walked the Glasgow Film Festival red carpet over the past 12 days. International guests included Marjane Satrapi and Ingvar Sigurosson.
GFF closed on International Women’s Day (IWD) with a programme dedicated to female talent both behind and in front of the camera. A number of filmmakers came to celebrate IWD at the festival with their films including Sarah Gavron with Rocks; Saudi Arabia’s first female film director Haifaa Al-Mansour with her new film The Perfect Candidate; and the new feature from 2017 Glasgow Film Festival Audience Award winner Alankrita Shrivastava: Dolly Kitty and Those Twinkling Stars.
Allison Gardner, Glasgow Film Festival Co-Director, said:
Film Festival 2020 has been another brilliant year. Our free strand, ‘Are We
There Yet? A Retrospective of the Future’, has been well attended with
queues round the block. As always a highlight for me were the Special Events,
and doing the Zombie Run at our Train to Busan screening with
my colleagues was a particular highlight! One of my personal favourite films of
the festival Heroic Losers charmed our audiences and will be
part of ‘GFF On Tour’ – our touring festival – this April and May.”
Allan Hunter, Glasgow Film Festival Co-Director, said:
“We presented a programme with a diverse, wide-ranging spectrum of cinema experiences and audiences have responded magnificently. One of the joys of the Festival is to see the passion for films as diverse as Arracht, Les Miserables and Our Ladies and the warmth of the welcome for a guest list that included Alice Winocour, Celia Imrie, Simon Pegg and Ingvar Sigurdsson. Our audiences are a tonic and an inspiration.”