A Trip to the Scottish Highlands for Glasgow Film Festival's Audience Award
2022’s Glasgow Film Festival saw sold-out audiences, and attendance from over 500 industry delegates, both online and in-person. Launched in 2005, Glasgow Film Festival developed an international reputation as one of the UK’s leading film festivals. At the end of a week-long celebration of all things film, festival-goers voted for their winner of the Audience Award.
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Winner of this years’ Audience Award was first-time director Lizzie MacKenzie. Her documentary ‘The Hermit of Treig’ follows Ken Smith who, for the last 40 years, has been living in a self-built cabin near Loch Treig.
The Hermit of Treig, described by audiences as “tender” and “wonderfully life affirming”, gives audiences an in-depth look at Smith’s way of life. With no electricity or running water, he fishes for food, collects his own firewood, and forages for vegetables.
Smith made his first trip to Glasgow for 40 years with MacKenzie for the premiere of the festival, and MacKenzie later presented the award to him at his home in the Scottish Highlands.
The Glasgow Film Festival is an annual event in the calendar of some of the world’s top filmmakers, providing a platform for films of all kinds. The festival “provides a fantastic showcase for the best of Scottish film,” with a “long tradition of championing new talent“.
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