The Glasgow Film Festival closed on Sunday Feb 25th with a coup - the sell-out UK premiere of Zhang Yimou's Curse of The Golden Flower.

The festival, now in its third year, has reportedly seen an increase of 60 per cent in audience admissions, translating to approximately 14,000 ticket sales.

The big audience pleasers included opening night romantic comedy Cashback, and the documentaries Primo Levi's Journey and Dixie Chicks: Shut Up And Sing which played to two sell-out houses and a particularly warm audience response.

Festival guests included actors Martin Compston, Emilia Fox, Michelle Ryan and Sean Biggerstaff, directors Sylvain Chomet, Col Spector, Matt Bissonnette, Paul Fox, Sean Ellis, and Oscar-winning producer Jeremy Thomas.

Also during the festival, a screening for schoolchildren of Shane Meadows' This Is England had to be cancelled after British censors slapped an 18 certificate on the film about teen skinhead violence.

While in the past the festival hasn't attracted many film-makers and industry insiders, this is set to change with organisers revealing its 2008 festival will be accepting submissions for the first time.

The 4th Glasgow Film Festival will be held Feb 14-24 2008.