Glasgow Film Festival will kick off once more from 17th-28th February, and we’re predicting some criminally good banter at the Con Air Secret Location screening, not to mention a landslide victory for Indiana Jones, with the Raiders of the Lost Ark showing at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum – sorry not sorry. If you weren’t quite speedy enough to get tickets for these events, or if perhaps you aren’t sure that you’re a ‘film person’ – not sure those exist, but I digress – then have a wee swatch at our carefully compiled list of GFF alternative events. From stage makeup to gaming, there’s bound to be something you’d love to get involved in.

1. Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation

Anything Goes

If you ever saw a film when you were younger and proudly proclaimed to your family that you were going to grow up to be just like the main character, then this film deserves a watch. Whilst I would have still been waiting under the stairs for my Hogwarts letter, three kids took their determination to the next level, and filmed their own version of Raiders of the Lost Ark, on an old camcorder, which took almost 30 years, and a whole lot of inspired ideas to create.

Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation – Tickets

2. BAFTA Scotland and M.A.C present Make-up Design with Christine Cant

Trù Artist

The minute I found out that BAFTA winner Christine Cant had created some of the looks from Absolutely Fabulous and The Mighty Boosh (amongst many other acclaimed programmes), I was sold. If you have ever wondered about the extent to which your hair and makeup might be making you into a character in your own life, then you’ve probably also wondered about making sure you look like the super cool character you are. This is a free event, so I will be first in line to find out how to make myself Absolutely Fabulous and get some tips for my upcoming Old Gregg Hallowe’en costume plans.

Make-Up Design with Christine Cant – Tickets

3. Beauty and the Beast at Trades Hall

Okay so this is undoubtedly a film event, but there will also be dance workshops for kids, themed snacks on sale and dressing up for the occasion is firmly encouraged. The gorgeous Trades Hall is referred to as the Hidden Gem of Glasgow, so get on your glass slippers and get down there, and I’m sure the beast will forgive you for muddling up your Disney princess costumes amid all the excitement.

Beauty and the Beast at Trades Hall – Tickets

4. Director’s Lab with Margaret Salmon presented by LUX Scotland

If you’re dreaming of a film career and not sure where to get started, this free event is an amazing opportunity to meet and greet with director (and director of photography) Margaret Salmon, who will be presenting her first feature . Sure to be invaluable for anyone with an interest in the practicalities of film – and in particular of filming in Scotland, which I have always assumed must be a certain challenge when surrounded by Storm Whatever-Letter-We’re-On-Now, this is not to be missed.

Directors Lab with Margaret Salmon – Tickets

5. Finders Keepers

When it comes to documentaries, the stranger the better is always a good rule of thumb, and this one sounds truly baffling. After buying a mystery storage container, a man is somewhat perturbed to find a single, human leg in it. The press catch wind, the leg is turned into a bizarre attraction for the paying public, and, as often happens in these sorts of situations, an individual claiming to have been the previous owner of the leg appears and demands to have it back. They might be pulling our leg (hahahahaha) but the only way to know for sure is to get yourself along for the screening.

Finders Keepers – Tickets

6. The Forest

Again, this is definitely a film, but it isn’t just any screening. The one and only Natalie Dorner will be introducing this supernatural horror, set in Japan’s Aokigahara Forest which has been known for centuries as a place of suicide and fear. If you have yet to pay your respects to Lady Margaery Tyrell of Game of Thrones fame, then get yourself along, but no scaredy cats please… this is a FrightFest film for a reason, and I hope you aren’t all too scared of the dark.

The Forest – Tickets

7. Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Coming at a poignant time, this addition to the Festival for a Fiver series is sure to be popular, as it presents Bowie’s final appearance as Ziggy Stardust alongside the Spiders from Mars in all their outrageous, exuberant glory. The audience will also be treated to a short documentary about the making of Let’s Dance, so put on your red shoes and get down to GFT.

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars – Tickets

8. Highlife: Latin America Espaciel

Another marvellous musical number comes courtesy of Highlife, the Glasgow label and club night made up of Auntie Flo, Esa and Andrew. With inspiration drawn from Goa, South Africa, Glasgow, and pretty much the world over, the trio present footage from their recent trip to South America and get a Latin American themed party started in the Art School. Certain to blow out any January cobwebs and warm up a cold February evening!

Highlife at the Art School – Tickets

9. Rab Florence’s Videogame Empty

The concept is beautifully simple – one man, one Art School, and a whole lot of gaming. This unique, live event has sold out every year so get yourself some tickets and see what all the hype is about.

Rab Florence’s Videogame Empty – Tickets

10. The Surprise Film

To be honest, that’s about all the info I can give you. I’m sharing it in the confident opinion that it will be unmissable. Who doesn’t love surprises? Have a great Festival, Glasgow!

Surprise Film – Tickets