CineAstra – Collaborative Film Festival

Date & Time
4 – 5 November 2023, 15:00 – 22:00

CineAstra is a collaborative festival that brings together curators, festivals, artists and local businesses across Glasgow (and online across the UK) between 27 Oct – 5 Nov.

The programme has been carefully and collaboratively created by 5 early-career and 4 mid career curators, and a number of wonderful partner organisations.

So come and journey with us over 10 days to find comfort in a cosmic space blanket, visit queer representations through time, experience sonic sound experiences, Iraqi cuisine and heritage, sensory experimentation through film, considerations of our environment and much more.

The festival will take place at Civic House between the 4th and 5th of November. 

Programme at Civic House:

Saturday November 4th



15:00 – 17:00

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A participatory writing workshop that uses archive film as a source of inspiration and reflection.

The change of seasons marks the beginning of a period of contemplation and survival. In winter, some species migrate while others hibernate. Many plants die back or become dormant to save energy for new growth in the spring. Taking cues from archive film and poetry, this workshop will help you gather your creative supplies for the cold months ahead. What can we learn from venerating the dead in nature? Are we making room in our lives to recognise other things that have expired, or which await their time to grow? The workshop will focus on the themes of endings and rest.

Workshop led by Emily Munro (National Library of Scotland).

Please note: Tickets for this event are limited to 25 attendees.



19:00 – 21:00

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Filmmaker Lea Luiz de Oliveira documents Callie Rose Petal who is a multidisciplinary artist-activist who uses her position in STEM to fight for trans* rights and representation. As the world’s doors close due to the pandemic and her health declines, her heart opens to the truth of her womanhood. She embarks on a journey of self-acceptance and turns to art-as-activism to inspire others. As she is about to start her medical transition, a diagnosis puts her health and her career into question, she embarks on a journey of self- acceptance and decides to use her music to inspire others.

Winner of the Best Short Doc Award at Kashish International Queer Film Festival

Screening will be followed by a music performance by Callie Rose Petal.

This event is curated in collaboration with Spit It Out.


Sunday November 5th



15:00 – 17:00

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This screening event explores the meanings of democracy centring films from Cuba and Chile.

In a post-screening discussion, Directors of the Havana Glasgow Film Festival, Eirene Houston and Hugo Rivalta, and freelance audio and video producer Gill Davies discuss the themes explored in the films in relation to democracy. According to the UN, democracy provides an environment that respects human rights and fundamental freedoms, and in which the freely expressed will of people is exercised. But what is the impact of media and technology on democracy?

Curated by Havana Glasgow Film Festival.

Note: Films will be shown online and in-person, the discussion will only take place in person.



19:00 – 22:00

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With personal connections to Austria, Canada, Iraq and Tunisia, Mary Sarsam’s films are reflective of her experiences as someone with a link to a variety of geographical places. This event highlights her work with an ‘artist focus’ screening, which will be followed by a panel discussion with local artists and arts practitioners to give space to delve into the themes explored. Stick around after the panel for some light bites and some music!


Check out more of CineAstra’s programme here!