Film fans are being asked to leave their phone on during the opening night gala of the 2020 Glasgow Short Film Festival, the Scottish premiere of live expanded cinema performance My First Film by Zia Anger on Wednesday 18 March.
The event will open with Anger seated amongst the audience, requesting via onscreen text that phones should be kept on. My First Film, partly the story of Anger’s first, “abandoned” feature film, mirrors the fragmented, multi-app experience of being connected to the world in the modern age.
Anger creates the screening live for the audience, narrating and annotating via live typing, providing atmospheric music through pop-up YouTube windows and, crucially, sending fragments of the story straight to the audience’s own devices.
Elsewhere, this year’s special Saturday night live event, Felix In Wonderland, is an innovative look at the tingling creativity of cult electronic musician Felix Kubin, and its UK premiere at GSFF will be followed by a very rare live gig by Kubin.
Glasgow Short Film Festival, the largest competitive short film festival in Scotland, champions new film talent by providing an annual showcase and meeting point for new and established Scottish and international filmmakers, industry delegates and the local audience.
The 13th edition of the festival will run 18-22 March 2020, and the full programme will be announced on 13 February 2020 – visit the website for more information.