Highly motivated by the encouragement of the whole glass community, North Lands Creative team has decided to rebound in the face of the adversity caused by COVID-19 and the postponement of our event in Toyama, Japan and launch the inaugural edition of the Glass, Meet the Future festival online.
We have organised the GMTF festival in two parts.
Part I of the festival will showcase 34 films including documentaries, performance works. In addition to the films presented in the official selection, a series of showings from our open call entries introducing the new wave of creators, devoting a special programme of female glass artists and presenting a selection of the worlds contemporary artistic performances and narratives. This is an exciting space for myriad perspectives and opportunities, where you are invited to celebrate glass and its diversity from the incredible work of twenty-six artists.
GMTF II features our recent film residency with the premiere of The Soul of a Statue, a specially commissioned short film. The collaborative work of glass
artist Martin Janecky and filmmaker Tom Hogben filmed on location in North Lands Creative Alastair Pilkington studio and features the dramatic coastline of Caithness.
The GMTF Festival launches from Friday July 3rd and continues until July 17th. All the screenings are free and can be viewed here
Considering the world situation, the fact that we received so many open call submissions, we are very proud to be screening many powerful and never-before-seen films with glass artists and filmmakers from around the world.
The Festival is dedicated to presenting a selection of new films pivoting around the medium of glass and to highlight the global glass community during unprecedented times. The films include narratives, documentaries, experimental, and hybrid genres – telling stories about how art is made, how artists survive, how they think and work, and what makes creativity our most important skill.