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SQIFF 2023 Opening Night Scottish Shorts – SOLD OUT

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Free – £10
Mandy and Charlie glance at each other shyly, both grin. Mandy wears a metallic vest and white dress with puffy sleeves. Charlie wears a red-pink top. A tapestry with a vintage tarot card design hangs behind them, bordered by twinkling fairy lights.


**Please note this event is now sold out – we may be able to release more tickets nearer the screening. CCA Box Office are operating a waiting list for sold out events – please contact them directly to be added to this!**

Starting the festival, as always, we have ’Scottish Shorts’. The screening exclusively contains short films by artists based in Scotland and highlights exquisite talent on our home turf. The very first film stars SQIFF’s own Jamie Rea. Jamie co-curated our 2021 festival and now treats us to a touching lead performance in The Singer. Later, we have Selkie, which brings Scottish mythology and folk song to queer cinema. And, we have Pixie that follows the local party girl as she shares her experience of coming out, transitioning and go-go dancing.

Curated by Nat Lall.

We hope to welcome several of the filmmakers for a Q&A after the films. All ticket holders are invited to join us for a drink at CCA after the screening.

Tickets are on a pay what you can sliding scale of FREE, £2, £4, £6, £8, or £10. To book, click here or call the CCA Box Office on 0141 352 4900.



The Singer (2023, Dir. Cora Bissett): In the loud streets of Glasgow, deaf song-writer Joe meets busker Andy. The two learn to communicate over their love of music and realise together they can create something unique.

Groom (2022, Dir. Leyla Coll-O’Reilly): is about a young, school leaver called Hannah who is on a trial shift at a beauty salon. It’s a story about coercive relationships, consent, puberty and sexual desire.

Selkie (2022, Dir. Sophie Suliman): This is an experimental performative and social documentary exploring humankind’s relationship to nature and other lifeforms through the ancient Nordic and Celtic myth of the selkie and the impact of wild swimming on our psyche and wellbeing. Based in different locations and through collaboration with various communities around Scotland.

DIG (2022, Dir. G J Hewitt): A mother searches a secluded beach, determined to find a certain item, that will bring her some closure.

Kitchen Sink Fantasy (2023, Dir. Heath Virgoe): A fantasy rom-com that follows a gender-swapping Gen-Z narcissist on a quest to pay rent on time.

Pixie (2022, Dir. Beth Johnston): This documentary provides a portrait of Pixie, a young transgender woman from Glasgow.

Once upon a time in Easter house (2019, Dir. Paul Cochrane): In the East End of Glasgow, a teen boy confronts his secret after falling in love for the first time.



This screening has slight use of slow strobing light.

Content Warnings:

  • Discussion of sex, mental health, suicide, death, porn, bullying, alcohol abuse;
  • Depiction of power abuse, nudity, alcohol use, drug use, physical violence, transphobia, homophobia, misogyny, and vomit.

This screening is for all ages.

89 minutes long with a Q&A after the screening.

English and Spanish audio with English language captions. BSL-English interpretation and live captioning provided for the intro and panel discussion.

Audio description available for the film. Headsets available at the cinema entrance.

We have an Audience Access Fund for travel. If you would like to take this up, please visit the access desk at the entrance of the CCA, or contact info@sqiff.org.

You can find out more information about accessibility at SQIFF 2023 here. If you have any questions about accessibility at SQIFF 2023, please get in touch with us at info@sqiff.org or by phone on 07873 331 036.

We ask that you wear a mask if possible and please don’t attend the screening if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with a confirmed case. FFP2 masks will be available for free around the building.

Image: from Kitchen Sink Fantasy (2023, Heath Virgoe)


September 26
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free – £10
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350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
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