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Glasgow Film Fest: viral cat videos and a Strictly special

Glasgow Film Fest: viral cat videos and a Strictly special

The latest Glasgow Film Festival announcement has revealed a two-day celebration of cat videos among its 2015 programme.

The nod to viral videos of the feline persuasion might raise a few eyebrows, but the festival's love of the unusual comes as no surprise.

The festival will team up with the Gallery of Modern Art to present the UK's first Internet Cat Video Festival, a free live event from February 21-22.

While the full programme won't be unveiled until the new year, the festival team teased several of its 2015 events in an announcement made today.

It was also revealed that Glasgow Film Festival would be putting on its dancing shoes, heading to Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery for a live show and Strictly Ballroom screening.

Following the success of last year's Monster Mash party, festival-goers are encouraged to look out their sequins for a Strictly special.

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The announcement comes after the festival revealed its 2015 strands, including Nerdvana (its "alt-interests" category) and Cinema City (a look at some of Glasgow's most famous picture houses).

The festival will also visit the atmospheric Pollokshaws Burgh Hall as composer Irene Buckley premieres a new soundtrack to 1928 classic The Fall of the House of Usher on the hall’s original Wurlitzer Cinema Organ.

British Sea Power will pay a visit to Glasgow as the festival hosts the Scottish premiere of the band's score project From The Sea To The Land Beyond.

The band will be joined by Lost Map and Joe McAlinden at the O2 ABC on February 19.

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Meanwhile Paul Merton and award-winning silent film pianist Neil Brand will team up and pay tribute to American comedy legend Buster Keaton.

Merton claims he may never have become a comedian if not for Keaton so teams up with fellow silent comedy buff to provide an evening of insight and classic laughs.

Tickets for some of the festival's ­special events are available now, however the full programme won't be unveiled until January 21.

Festival co-director Allan Hunter, said: “Our special events are a large part of what makes Glasgow Film Festival distinctive: people love to experience cinema in new ways, and we’re lucky to have such a wealth of exciting venues available in the city.

“This is only the tip of the iceberg, too - we’re going to announce a different pop-up event for every night of the festival at our programme launch in January.

"The programming team have really let their imaginations run riot this year, so we think audiences will be pretty excited by what’s in store."

Glasgow Film Festival 2015 will take place from February 18 until March 1.

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