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Glasgow Film Festival celebrates best year

Scarlett Johansson in sci-fi thriller Under The Skin, one of the programme highlights of this year's Glasgow Film Festival. Picture: Contributed

Scarlett Johansson in sci-fi thriller Under The Skin, one of the programme highlights of this year's Glasgow Film Festival. Picture: Contributed

THE 10th annual Glasgow Film Festival has had its most successful year to date with record-breaking ticket sales.

In total, the festival saw 41,541 admissions over the 11-day programme, the highest in its history and up 6% on last year.

The event, which includes smaller short film and youth film festivals, is to be extended by a day next year due to demand, organisers said.

A screening of Under the Skin, a sci-fi thriller shot in Scotland starring Scarlett Johansson, brought the curtain down on the festival last weekend.

It opened on February 20 with a screening of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and is now said to be the third biggest film festival in the UK after London and Edinburgh.

Hundreds of screenings and events were held across the city as part of this year’s festival with stars such as Richard Dreyfuss, Jason Priestley and Richard Ayoade attending.

The Olympic medal-winning men’s curling team were also guests of the festival, fresh from taking silver at the Sochi games.

Festival co-director Allison Gardner said: “We’re really pleased with these final figures; it’s great to end our tenth year on such a high note.

“Because of overwhelming public response and demand this year, we’ve decided to expand out for an extra day to fit in even more great films and exciting events all over the city.

“Glasgow Film Festival has always been focused on its audience and they’ve made it clear they want more.”

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