Named after the practice of clandestine dissemination of censored and forbidden texts in communist states, Samizdat Eastern European Film Festival is an audience-focused film festival taking place at CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, 27 September – 1 October 2022 and online, on the streaming platform Klassiki, 27 September – 13 October 2022.
With a diverse programme of meticulously curated retrospectives and new films produced within the Eastern Europe and the CIS, as well as special events (online panel discussions, a screening of Salt for Svanetia with a score performed live, and a showcase of Ukrainian short films), Samizdat will be the first Scotland-based festival dedicated exclusively to Eastern European cinema. View the full programme here.
The in-person part of the festival will take place at CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow. Right in the centre of the city, CCA is a local arts hub and exhibition space, hosting a year-long programme of events, festivals, performances, workshops, and lectures.
Some of the screenings will be available both online and in-person, and still others will be exhibited online. Any virtual screenings and recorded events will be accessible on the website of our partner Klassiki, the world’s only curated streaming platform for films from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. All virtual screenings and events will be made accessible to attendees who join Klassiki’s membership.
Samizdat strives to ensure that our line-up can be seen by as many people as possible, so film screenings will be priced on a sliding scale, where the attendees will be invited to pay £0/£2/£4/£6/£8 per film based on their preference and ability. Special events, including the Salt for Svanetia screening, will be priced differently. Every film with sound will be shown with subtitles, and some will be screened with descriptive subtitles thanks to our partner Matchbox Cineclub. Tickets for in-person events can be purchased online, at CCA’s website, or at the venue’s box office (but please remember to purchase them in advance, since seating is limited).