Panel: Let’s Get Critical - Glasgow Short Film Festival & Short Waves Poznan

22 Aug 2020, 1:00PM - 2:00PM

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 2:  Let’s Get Critical

Saturday 22 Aug, 1:00pm. Register here

Though the short film scene is an active, flourishing field and the prime source of innovation for film and filmmaking, there is still a serious lack of education, canonisation and criticism. Academic discourse and journalistic resources for short films have always been, and still are, limited.

Talking Shorts’ prime purpose is to widen this current (lack of) discourse about the short film as an art form. In this panel we aim to explore the current state of short film criticism in terms of accessibility and opportunities. Who is doing it and who is it for? Has the rise of more streaming platforms over the past couple of years also increased the quantity of writings about short film? Does more short film distribution equals better criticism? Can the concretisation of a short film canon nurture more public education? Let’s get critical!


  • Laura Walde | curator, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Switzerland
  • Marina D. Richter | film critic, writer, Austria
  • Julian Ross | curator, Locarno Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Chaired by Enrico Vannucci | Venice Film Festival, Talking Shorts, Be Short Now!, Italy

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


Details of Panel 1: Festival Cooperation in a Time of Crisis can be found here.