The Home Game nets the Audience Award at the Glasgow Film Festival 2024

The Home Game GFF24 Audience AwardThe Audience Award for the 2024 Glasgow Film Festival has been awarded to the uplifting Icelandic documentary, The Home Game.

The only award given at the festival is sponsored by MUBI and chosen by the most important people – the audience. From an eight-strong shortlist of films by first or second-time directors, it was feel-good Icelandic football documentary The Home Game that took home the trophy, netting the highest-ever audience score in the Award’s 10-year history. The film is the story of plucky village football team and had its UK Premiere at GFF.

You can read the Moviescramble review here.

Smari Gunn and Logi Sigursveinsson’s crowd-pleasing documentary follows the journey of Reynir FC in a celebration of team and community spirit for underdogs everywhere. The directorial duo said: “We are incredibly proud to receive this honour at Glasgow Film Festival. Being a small film from Iceland, it means so much for us to get this recognition and the opportunity to share the story of these loveable Icelandic villagers, as far and wide as possible. Everyone at GFF has been so welcoming to us and the audience reactions really blew us away. Huge thanks to all the people that came out, watched the film, and showed such warmth and support. Thank you, Glasgow!”

Films also shortlisted for the Audience Award included Viggo Mortensen’s Western The Dead Don’t Hurt, Aylin Tezel’s Isle of Skye-shot romance Falling Into Place and The Teacher, a powerful drama from British-Palestinian filmmaker Farah Nabulsi. Allison Gardner, Director of Glasgow Film Festival and CEO of Glasgow Film, said: “We are delighted that The Home Game has won the audience award, our audiences are the best in the world and we can’t thank them enough. We have had a brilliant time welcoming guests to the festival and I want to warmly thank MUBI for their support of our Audience Award.”

Over twelve packed days, GFF24 celebrated its 20th edition by welcoming a host of famous faces to the city including Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Emily Hampshire, Graham Norton, Dale Dickey, Maxine Peake, Kevin Macdonald, Rose Glass, Solly Mcleod and more.

You can catch all of the Moviescramble coverage here.

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