Radiator wins Glasgow
by Naman Ramachandran
- Festival crosses 40,000 admissions second year running
Tom Browne’s independent British film Radiator [+see also:
film profile], his feature debut, has won the first ever audience award at the Glasgow Film Festival (18 February – 1 March). The award was voted on by the festival audience from a selection of ten films made by first or second-time directors. Over 1100 votes were cast. The audience award runner up was Lynette Wallworth’s documentary Tender. Both films are currently seeking distribution. Browne said, “Radiator has an unfashionable theme and was made on a tiny budget. Unsurprisingly it is taking a while for the film to find a place within the film industry so to receive this award is very significant for Radiator’s future.”
For the second year running, the festival has crossed 40,000 admissions. There was a 7% increase overall in admissions per event, 45% of the events in the programme sold out completely, and 61% of screenings sold 75% of their tickets.
Glasgow Film Festival Co-Director Allison Gardner said, “From ballroom dancing to roller-skating, from coming together in rapt appreciation at classic festival films like Wild Tales [+see also:
film profile] or Mommy, giving a standing ovation to legendary Scottish writer William McIlvanney, or queuing for tickets for the Internet Cat Video Festival, our audiences have been generous, committed, passionate and open-minded. And they’ve all got fabulous taste in fancy dress costumes, which we have asked them to wear in some form almost every night. We’re also absolutely delighted that we’ve broken 40,000 admissions for a second year running, despite working with a smaller programme. Thanks so much to our wonderful audience: you make all the hard work worth it.”