In a statement posted to their social media channels, the team behind the film festival wrote: “In light of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, and in response to a plea from the Ukrainian Film Academy today, on behalf of the society of Ukrainian film professionals and cultural figures, the Glasgow Film Festival has decided to withdraw the two Russian titles (No Looking Back and The Execution) from our programme.
“This decision is not a reflection of the views and opinions of the makers of these titles. We just believe it’d be inappropriate to proceed as normal with these screenings in the current circumstances.”
Anyone with a ticket to either film will be refunded in the next 24 hours and those that bought in person from the box office will receive a refund when they next visit.
Replacement films in the now vacant time slots will be announced soon.
The 18th edition of the festival in March will bring back audiences to its home at the Glasgow Film Theatre and the nearby Cineworld after the 2021 event had to be staged entirely online due to Covid restrictions.
The Glasgow Film Festival has scored a major coup with a premiere of the feature-length curtain-raiser to the eagerly-awaited sixth season of Outlander, the hit time-travel fantasy series that has been filmed in Scotland since 2013.
Highlights of the festival include the premiere of Skint, a new BBC series exploring personal stories of poverty and homelessness, which Scottish actors, directors and writers Peter Mullan, Cora Bissett, Jenni Fagan and Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee have all worked on.
The festival has secured the European premiere of My Old School, Jono McLeod’s drama documentary on Brian MacKinnon, the former Bearsden Academy pupil who duped staff and pupils for two years after re-enrolling when he was 30.
The Glasgow Film Festival runs from 2 March until 13 March.
A version of this article first appeared on our sister site, GlasgowWorld