Havana Glasgow Film Festival is the brainchild of Eirene Houston, a screenwriter and director, who has been travelling and working in Havana for almost 20 years. She will tell you there are a lot more similarities between the city and her home in Glasgow than you may first think.
Eirene and Glasgow Ciy Council believe that the Havana Glasgow Film Festival is a great way to promote the twin city relationship and to give people from Glasgow and beyond the opportunity to celebrate and learn more about Cuban Cinema and see films which are not easily available.
The Havana Glasgow Film Festival exists to showcase Cuban cinema and culture within Havana’s twin city of Glasgow, Scotland. The festival celebrates local identities and cultures, highlighting the similarities between Havana and Glasgow and the thriving artistic talent that exists within both cities.
It provides a platform for Cuban and Scottish film-makers to share their work with international audiences through a week-long programme of screenings, workshops and panel discussions. A vibrant evening event schedule runs in tandem with the festival, complementing its film content with celebrations of Cuban music, dancing, food and rum. The Havana Glasgow Film Festival brings the rich, distant culture of Cuba onto Scotland’s doorstep and highlights the social, political and human similarities within these twinned cities.