Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

Hello one and all!

Hello one and all, my name’s Kenny and I’m the newest volunteer to the Southside Film Festival for 2013. I deliberated on whether to start off with a bad movie quote or pun, but I’ve opted for the more sensible option (even though I’ve told you what I was planning anyway, DARN!)…..

My route into working as a volunteer at the festival has been a unique one. I studied Sociology at university, which by the end felt like I was watching Beverly Hills Cop 3 on repeat, which isn’t a good thing. I then did a postgraduate course in Broadcast Journalism and started a career in television which was a lot of fun. I worked on various TV shows from ‘The Hour’ on STV to quiz shows like BBC’s Eggheads, researching and helping out before coming to the realisation that film was my passion and that’s where I wanted to focus myself. After pleading with the lovely organisers of the Southside Festival to let me be involved, they have opened their arms and accepted me as one of their own. There’s a real community feel to the group of people that are working so hard and passionately to make the festival enjoyable for you guys and gals coming along as well as the staff that will be working throughout the weekend of the festival.

I’ve lived in the southside a few times throughout the years and I feel like this festival is one of a few times during the year where the southside can embrace and celebrate its community spirit. For one weekend, you don’t need to get the First Bus to Cineworld or hop on the Subway to The Grosvenor, instead you can experience great film in your own back garden. Not literally of course, but you get what I mean.

We’ll be updating the blog regularly between now and the festival so you can get all the inside scoops on what’s happening with the festival and maybe a sneak peek into what the volunteers are getting up to in the lead up to the big weekend.

Also, we’re starting to get the programme out into the community so keep an eye out for a copy and see what’s on – or you can just check it out from the comfort of your own sofa, online here.
If you’re a social media lover then make sure and follow us on Twitter (and get involved in all the chat using the #southsidefilm hashtag) & ‘Like’ us on Facebook to keep up-to-date with all things Southside.

SFF – Venue Shorts

Hi everyone, I’m Selcuk and like Laura, this is my first year working at the festival. It’s less than a fortnight until it all kicks off and I hope you’ve had a chance to browse through our programme and pick what events you’re coming to.  
Myself and a few of the other volunteers have grouped together to make a couple of shorts for you that will showcase some of the venues being used at this years’ festival, namely Scotland St School Museum, Govanhill Baths and the grand Pollok House (as well as others). Below is a photo of us filming the charismatic (and slightly scary) heedie who, before this photo was taken, had us doing star jumps and marching on the spot – screeching out that we were the worst pupils he had seen in years! 
Going down to Scotland St brought back great childhood memories of visiting the museum with my classmates, I hope you’ll be able to get down there during the festival.
Today, we are filming at Govanhill Baths – I can’t quite contain or explain my excitement at the prospect of standing in an empty swimming pool! Is that a bit weird? Here is a photo taken by David Cherry (a fellow SFF volunteer) during the pool’s transformation from hollow bath to theatre stage – pretty cool eh? 

We are screening a selection of short films in the baths, starting at 9:30pm on Saturday 18th May – I’ll see you there.

We will post the links to all of the shorts, hopefully very soon – so keep your eyes peeled!

So far, working at the festival has made me realise that I’m guilty of taking for granted what brilliant spaces we have here in the Southside that can be utilised. I’m looking forward to revisiting these venues and in what better way to enjoy them than through film.

Tweet me: @selcuk_m – I’m always up for a chat! Let me know what you’re coming to see at the festival. 
#SFF13 #SouthsideFilm 

I ♥ SFF’13


Hello folks, Laura here! I’m one of the new volunteers with the Southside Film Festival & I’m here to tell you all how super-excited I am to get involved with all the goings on in 2013. 

Having studied Film many moons ago, worked in events & volunteered with various other film festivals, I’ve now made a complete U-turn and been working in a completely unrelated field . My love for film however, has never waned – I’ve been keen to get back involved with the industry in some respect and the Southside Film Festival has offered a wonderful opportunity to work alongside some of the most amazingly talented & passionate film fans this side of the Clyde. I have been absolutely bowled over by the enthusiasm of the team of volunteers I’ve met so far who are offering up their time & skills to get involved and help bring film back to the Sou’side . 

That very distinct Southside community feel seems to have filtered through into the organisation process so far with everybody mucking in & working hard to help make the 2013 festival  a huge success. 

We’ll be looking to update the blog as often as possible over the next few weeks with all the goings on from behind the scenes in the lead up to the festival, so keep checking back to see what kind of fun we’re all getting up to. 

In the meantime, keep yer peepers peeled for a copy of this years programme which we started distributing in & around the southside yesterday – you can also check it out online here.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (and get involved in all the chat using the #southsidefilm hashtag) & ‘Like’ us on Facebook to keep upto date with all things Southside.


Programmes

After the volunteering meeting on Thursday we all went away with batches of the freshly printed programmes and they have been distributed around the Southside and further afield this weekend.

You can’t fail to spot them with their bright yellow covers and you’ll find them across the Southside including the following places in particular:

  • Assorted cafes and shops in Mount Florida
  • Battlefield Rest
  • Beanscene, Battlefield
  • Beanscene, Shawlands
  • Bella Napoli, Shawlands
  • Bellinis Shawlands
  • Biscuit, Shawlands
  • Boswell Hotel, Langside
  • Brooklyn Cafe, Shawlands
  • Candylicious, Pollokshaws Road
  • Church on the Hill
  • Deli 1901, Skirving Street
  • Eat Deli, Clarkston
  • Film City, Govan
  • Glasgow University
  • Global Video, Shawlands
  • Govanhill Baths Community Trust office and charity shop
  • Govanhill Library
  • Granary Bar, Shawlands
  • Gusto & Relish, Pollokshaws Road
  • Ivory Hotel, Queen’s Park
  • Ketchup, Shawlands
  • Langside Library
  • Larkfield Centre
  • Mulberry Street, Pollokshaws Road
  • Pollok Ex Servicemens’ Club
  • Queens Park Farmers Market
  • Saffron Lounge Shawlands
  • Slow Cafe, Victoria Road
  • Southside Studios, Westmoreland Street
  • Stalks & Stems, Shawlands
  • Stube Bar, Shawlands
  • Tapas, Pollokshaws Road
  • The Chalet, Dixon Avenue
  • The Clockwork Brewery, Battlefield
  • Tinto, Battlefield
  • Youngs Bookshop, Skirving Street

Website

After lots of clicking and checking and going square-eyed over html code the website* is live!
The website has the finalised programme information on it and the printed programme to download. Now that we have the website, that is where all the official information about the festival – its films, events, venues and tickets can be found.
What does this mean for the blog? We’ll still be posting news and updates about the festival but will also post more about the behind the scenes work in the countdown to the festival (less than 10 days to go!) and hopefully blogging live over the weekend.
*NB – the website looks best in firefox or chrome where you can see the snazzy photo slider we have on the home page which unfortunately I can’t get to work in Internet Explorer which has a lot to do with the fact that I’m an archivist not a web designer…

Introducing Karen O’Hare

Karen O’Hare is the driving force behind the festival and here she explains why she started the festival and what makes it unique:

“I am keen to make the festival work as I love film and I love the Southside and I feel that there are so few opportunities for Southsiders to get together socially as a community to celebrate and share all that is great about film, filmmaking and the Southside!

Southside Glasgow is not only the most ethically diverse place in Scotland, it is also a vibrant place, rich in culture and creativity. But the Southside has no cinema and the Glasgow Film Festival doesn’t come south of the Clyde so Southsiders cannot easily and locally access quality, independent and international films outside of what is screened in the city centre cinema chains.

What makes the festival unique is the also the fact that there is no cinema in the Southside so the festival screening venues will be pubs, clubs, church halls, artist studios and other community venues which means Southsiders will see films not only on their door step but in places where they would least expect it. Attending a talk, workshop or film over Southside Film Festival will be a unique experience.”

About Karen: she currently works at Screen Academy Scotland, a Skillset Film & Media Academy, where she develops, delivers and manages both a training programme for post graduate film students and short training courses for film & TV professionals in Scotland. She is also a BAFTA / Media Trust Youth Mentor and has recently helped a group of teeangers at the Scottish Spina Bifida Association make a short film.

Karen has volunteered for numerous film festivals since 1999 in lots of different roles from technical manager to projectionist, from runner to sitting on award juries.

Volunteer with the Festival

The Southside Film Festival is looking for volunteers to help out in advance of the festival and/or during the festival. Before and during the festival we will need help promoting and documenting the festival to raise awareness and ensure good coverage.

On the weekend itself volunteers will be needed to liaise with the venues, look after guests, handle the box office and do general front of house duties.

If you are interested in getting film making experience, you could volunteer on the 48hour film challenge that will be running over the festival.

If you are interested please contact Karen on southsidefilmfest@gmail.com to find out more.