Panel: Festival Cooperation in a Time of Crisis - Glasgow Short Film Festival & Short Waves Poznan

20 Aug 2020, 12:30PM - 1:30PM

Scotland and Poland join forces as leading festivals Glasgow Short Film Festival (GSFF) and Short Waves Film Festival in Poznan deliver their 2020 editions in an innovative collaborative online model.

The two festivals were forced to postpone their dates at very short notice in March. Despite of the difficulty of dealing with Covid-19 both festivals found a collaborative model to go ahead online (18-23 August), sharing their online platform, co-organising industry events and exchanging programming. GSFF welcomes a special spotlight on polish animator Tomasz Popakul, whose unique visions of alienation seem particularly well suited to our times. Whlle Poznan-based celebrated Short Waves will in exchange dedicate a focus this year on Scottish shorts films.

Organisers of both festivals, well-known for their quality programming and international scope said that:

“In this challenging time, international collaboration between festivals is needed more than ever (…) it is important for us in these difficult times in particular, that we can support each other and cooperate, but also approach challenges in a creative way”

Creative Europe Desks in the UK and Poland celebrate the collaborative action taken by the festivals by supporting two online industry panels focused on festival collaboration and film criticism

Events will be open and available via the festivals' online hub and in Youtube. Public registration for the GSFF online hub will open at midday on Tuesday 12 August and industry accreditation is available now here.


Panel 1: Festival Cooperation in a Time of Crisis

Thurs 20 Aug, 12.30pm. Register here

For the past half year festivals have been forced to adapt and reconsider the models and approaches they have held onto for a long time. Coupled with an ever-shifting global backdrop of health and climate crises and political upheaval, how do festivals move forward in a more sustainable and cooperative way? How can festivals of differing scales, resources and socio-political contexts address challenges together, with consideration for each other’s own contexts and identities? What are the existing models for festival or other networks that we can learn from or build on?


  • Rimantė Daugėlaitė | Managing Director of Lithuanian Shorts, Lithuania
  • Fransiska Prihadi | Program Director MINIKINO, Indonesia
  • Felipe Montoya | Chief of Programming Bogotá Short Film Festival - BOGOSHORTS, Columbia
  • Chaired by Doris Bauer | Vienna Shorts, Austria 

This live discussion is part of the Scotland - Poland collaboration between GSFF and Short Waves, and is proudly supported by Creative Europe Desks in the UK and Poland.


Details of Panel 2: Let’s Get Critical can be found here.