Events | 19-08-2022

Applications open for next ‘Glass, Meet the Future’ film festival

North Lands Creative’s ‘Glass, Meet the Future’ (GMTF) film festival will return for a third time in January 2023. Applications are now open for films and ‘festival-responsive commission’ works.

The festival showcases international, diverse and engaging short films which feature glass.  This latest event takes place from 7 to 28 January 2023 and is presented with a new partner, the Shanghai Museum of Glass.


For the film entries, the organisers are looking for applications from female-identified and non-binary filmmakers using the mediums of glass and film. Films can be anything from a few seconds long to a maximum of 15 minutes, although a maximum of 10 minutes is preferred. The selected films will be shown on the festival’s online platform. Artists can also submit the work to be shown for the in-venue screenings at the Shanghai Museum of Glass and North Lands Creative (subject to curatorial approval).

Deadline for film applications: 3 October 2022.

Festival-responsive commissions

In addition, North Lands Creative and Shanghai Museum of Glass are offering commission opportunities for makers to create new, festival-responsive work or associated programming that clearly responds to the use of the medium of glass. Proposals can be for any amount from £200 up to £3000 (to include all artist fees, materials, and costs to deliver the commission proposal). The organisers expect to commission work across a range of contexts, concepts and costs.

Deadline for these applications: 12 September 2022.

As well as the partnership with the Shanghai Museum of Glass, the GMTF film festival is also supported by Creative Scotland.

North Lands Creative is based in Caithness, Scotland. It is focused on contemporary glass and committed to developing glass in the UK. Through the Alastair Pilkington Studio and Gallery, North Lands Creative facilitates and supports professional artists to make new artwork. It also offers talks, events and education activities around the studio and gallery to engage visitors with artists and making.

Full information and application guidelines for the GMTF film festival are available via this link on the North Lands Creative website.

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