Category Archives: Filmmakers

marxism today (prologue)

In other Southside film related news, the Southside Film Festival is pleased to share a screening that The Common Guild is organising next month at Langside Hall on the 15th November.

In the lead up to Phil Collins’ major new project for Queen’s Park and Glasgow 2014, The Common Guild and Film and Video Umbrella present a special screening of ‘marxism today (prologue)’ (2010) followed by a talk with the artist.

Phil Collins – marxism today (prologue)
 Friday 15 November, 7pm
Langside Hall, 5 Langside Avenue Glasgow G41 2QR
Tickets: £2.50 

The film is a poignant reminder of the extent to which the fault-lines and power struggles of history impact on individual lives. It was premiered at the Berlin Biennale in 2010, and later broadcast on national television in Germany, where its portrayal of teachers of Marxism-Leninism in the former GDR had particular resonance.

Presented in collaboration with Film and Video Umbrella, as part of ’25 Frames’, a programme of screenings and events marking the organisation’s 25th anniversary, in which stand-out pieces from the organisation’s past are re-staged and re-evaluated for the present.

This special event finds a richly appropriate setting in Langside Hall, on the edge of Queen’s Park, an emblem of the city’s distinctive social, cultural and architectural heritage. Phil Collins will be in conversation with Film and Video Umbrella Director, Steven Bode, after the screening. ‘marxism today (prologue)’ was co-commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, Cornerhouse, Abandon Normal Devices, Berliner Künstlerprogramm/DAAD, and Berlin Biennale, and produced by Shady Lane Productions. Places are limited.

Please book via Eventbrite: marxismtoday.eventbrite.co.uk

Southside Film Festival Award 2013

Submissions are now open for the 2013 Southside Film Festival’s Annual Filmmaker Award!

  • Are you a filmmaker based in the Southside?
  • Have you made a film about the Southside?
  • Have you shot a film in the Southside?

If so, Southside Film Festival wants to see your films! Past winners have been Antonia Bain and Gordon Ballanytine with their short documentary Echoes of Cinema City in 2011 and Mark Mcluskey with his film Fur and Loathing in 2012.

Previous prizes have been kindly donated by BAFTA Scotland, Screen Academy ScotlandGlasgow Film Theatre, GMAC and local businesses.

To submit your film please download the form, fill it out and email it to southsidefilmfest@gmail.com with the subject heading 2013 submissions.

The Deadline for submissions is Friday 1st March 2013.

Those films which are selected will be screened during the 2013 Festival which takes place from 17th to 19th May 2013.

Winner of the 2012 Best Southside Film Award

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2012 Best Southside Film Award is Mark Mcluskey with his film ‘Fur and Loathing‘.

Fur and Loathing (13′) takes us inside the lives and minds of the people who for a few hours a week lives their lives as the mascots of the teams they support. We literally get under the skin of mascot life and are taken on a journey inside the hot, sweaty suit ourselves to see life through the eyes of someone looking through the eye holes of a furry bear head.

The film is available to view on vimeo here.

The prizes for the 2012 Award are:

  • 2 tickets for the comedy show at The Shed on Sat 26 May at 8pm 
  • Entrance to a gig at Glasshouse of their choice during Southside Festival 
  • 2 tickets for the Glasgow Film Theatre 
  • 1 year’s membership to GMAC, worth £45 
  • A £40 voucher for the Tearooms or Butterfly and The Pig, plus entry to the buff club. 
  • 20% off a short course of their choice at Screen Academy Scotland (valid for a year) 
A big thank you to all the filmmakers who submitted their work, it was a close competition and the six films screened were all great.  Thanks also to the organisations who have donated prizes.
Congrats to Mark!

Northern Lights Workshop 19-20 May


As well as the programmed talk and workshop about the We are Northern Lights project held at Tusk on Sunday as part of the 2012 Southside Film Festival there are other workshops happening that weekend.

There will be a We Are Northern Lights workshop held at Govanhill Baths on Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th May 10am – 4pm.

Northern Lights is a nationwide documentary project which wants you to contribute. It’s based around three questions:

  • What can you see? 
  •  What do you wish you had seen? 
  •  What would you like to see? 

Whatever you choose to film might answer just one of our suggested questions or all three. Equally, you might decide to film something completely different.

In the workshops Diversity Films will help you answer some or all of these questions, in your way. There is a £1,000 workshop award to be won from Northern Lights as well as weekly awards of £100 and a public award of £2,500 for best submissions. Most answers to the questions will be filmed on flip cams or mobile phones in or close to the venue, but if you want to use the V1 or EX1 and go away to film something special or different during that weekend, please be in touch. You can work together or alone, but need to appreciate that our time and resources are limited.

Please mail@diversityfilms.org.uk – ideally with registration form attached – to let us know if you will want to come and/ or want to borrow a camera to film.  Other workshops are being held by Diversity Films  throughout May:

  • Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May 10am – 4pm Platform, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Glasgow G34 9JW
  • Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th May 10am – 4pm Govanhill Baths, 126 Calder Street, Glasgow G42 7QR
  • Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th May 10am – 4pm Dunoon Burgh Hall, 195 Argyll Street, Dunoon, PA23 7DE

4 hours to go!

Southsiders! You have until midnight to submit your films to the Southside Film Festival. The film can be made by Southsiders, be about the Southside or just shot here but it must have some kind of Southside connection as the films may be selected for the Southside Audience Award.
We are also looking for short films for another short film screening just added though so do still get in touch if you have anything you would like us to watch for possible selection.
You can send us secure links to your films to southsidefilmfest@gmail.com by midnight tonight!

Southside Filmmakers-last chance to submit-Tues 10 April DEADLINE!

SOUTHSIDE FILM FESTIVAL: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR SOUTHSIDE FILMS

Are you a filmmaker based in the Southside?
Have you made a film about the Southside?
Have you shot a film in the Southside?

If so, Southside Film Festival wants to see your films!

The inaugural Southside Film Festival Southside Filmmaker Award was won by filmmakers Antonia Bain and Gordon Ballanytine May 2011 for their short documentary about the cinema organ in Pollokshaws Burgh Hall. The award was voted for by the audience and prizes were kindly donated by BAFTA Scotland, Screen Academy Scotland, GFT, GMAC and local businesses.

You can submit your film this year for a chance of winning the Southside Film Festival Southside Filmmaker Award 2012. Festival Dates 18-20 May 2012

Submit screeners on DVD only to: Southside Film Festival, 0/1, 18 Clincart Rd, Glasgow, G42 9DJ OR send links to secure password protected video hosting sites to southsidefilmfest@gmail.com

When submitting your film please tell us the title, length, genre and don’t forget to include your full contact details.

DEADLINE FOR SOUTHSIDE FILM SUBMISSIONS: TUES 10 APRIL, 2012

Please note you can also get in touch with us if you are not a Southside filmmaker, we are still happy to hear from you!

We are Northern Lights-Southsiders, get involved!

We Are Northern Lights: Scotland’s First Ever Mass Participation Documentary Film

The public are being invited to collaborate on a unique feature-length documentary film about Scotland. Northern Lights is a first in a lifetime mass participation film project funded by the Year Of Creative Scotland 2012, which aims to create a view of Scotland that goes beyond media stereotypes to reflect the lives, hopes and dreams of the people who live – or once lived – on these isles.

The project opened for submissions on 20th March and people of all backgrounds and ages, across all areas of Scotland and the diaspora are invited to respond, with filmed contributions, to three questions:
  • What can you see?
  • What do you wish you had seen?
  • What would you like to see?
The producers intend for many first-timers, as well as more experienced film-makers, to engage with the project, and the website offers resources to help new participants plan and shoot their footage. There will also be numerous workshops taking place across Scotland to specifically support groups considered to be less likely or unable to engage in media or arts projects of this nature.

Videos can be submitted from 20th March until 21st June on the Northern Lights website (www.wearenorthernlights.com). Videos will be featured on the Northern Lights website and YouTube channel, and will automatically be eligible to win one of the Northern Lights Awards. Awards totalling £10,000 are on offer to the most compelling contributions in a range of categories, including the People’s Choice Award for the most popular contribution to the project.

The film will be directed by award-winning documentary film-maker Nick Higgins, who hopes to be surprised by the range of responses to the three questions. He says:

The idea of inviting people from across Scotland to pick up a camera, film their Scotland and share their lives is hugely exciting to me and we’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for everyone to get involved. Our aim is to create a truly original representation of Scotland, 
taking in everything from the extraordinary to the everyday.”


“For Northern Lights to be achieve this, we need people from all walks of life to get involved. Each submission, no matter how modest, will help to build this epic self-portrait of Scotland in 2012 and we want everyone to be part of it. This is a film about Scotland, so who better to create its content than the people of Scotland themselves?”

Visit the website www.wearenorthernlights.com to submit your video and watch the contributions, and help support the project by following on Twitter and Facebook.

Southside Film Festival Award 2012

SOUTHSIDE FILM FESTIVAL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR SOUTHSIDE FILMS

Are you a filmmaker based in the Southside?
Have you made a film about the Southside?
Have you shot a film in the Southside?

If so, Southside Film Festival wants to see your films!

The inaugural Southside Film Festival Award May 2011 was won by filmmakers Antonia Bain and Gordon Ballanytine with their short documentary about the cinema organ in Pollokshaws Burgh Hall. Prizes were kindly donated by BAFTA Scotland, Screen Academy Scotland, GFT, GMAC and local businesses.

2012 Festival Dates 18-20 May 2012

Submit screeners on DVD only to: Southside Film Festival, 0/1, 18 Clincart Rd, Glasgow, G42 9DJ or send links to secure password protected video hosting sites to southsidefilmfest@gmail.com

When submitting your film please tell us the title, length, genre and don’t forget to include your full contact details.

DEADLINE FOR SOUTHSIDE FILM SUBMISSIONS: TUES 10 APRIL, 2012

Please note you can also get in touch with us if you are not a Southside filmmaker, we are still happy to hear from you!

2012 Southside Film Festival Award – Call for Submissions

  • Are you a filmmaker based in the Southside? 
  • Have you made a film about the Southside? 
  • Have you shot a film in the Southside? 

If so, Southside Film Festival wants to see your films! The 2012 Festival Dates are 18-20 May 2012

The inaugural Southside Film Festival Award May 2011 was won by filmmakers Antonia Bain and Gordon Ballantyne with their short documentary ‘Echoes of Cinema City‘ about the cinema organ in Pollokshaws Burgh Hall. Prizes were kindly donated by BAFTA Scotland, Screen Academy Scotland, GFT, GMAC and local businesses.

At the 2012 festival on 18-20 May 2012, there will be two awards-one for Best Southside Short Film and one for Best Southside Feature film so don’t miss out!

  • Early deadline Mon 19 December 2011- FREE 
  • Final deadline Mon 16 January 2012 – £5 per film 

Please submit screeners on DVD to: Southside Film Festival, 0/2, 18 Clincart Rd, Glasgow, G42 9DJ Submissions excepted on DVD only.  Please tell us the title, length, genre, of the film when submitting and don’t forget to include your full contact details.

Any questions please email: southsidefilmfest@gmail.com

Winner of the Southside Film Award

The Southside Filmmakers Screening was held yesterday afternoon and we are pleased to announce that the winner of the inaugural Best Southside Film Award is Echoes of Cinema City. Congratulations to Antonia Bain & Gordon Ballantyne who made the film.

Thanks again to Bafta Scotland, Screen Academy Scotland, GMAC, GFT, The Shed, Sergio Casci and Francis Lopez for donating the prizes.

You can find out more about the other films screened here.

{still from echoes of cinema city}

Echoes of Cinema City | Documentary | 8′ | Directed by Gordon Ballantyne & Antonia Bain | Made with the help and support of Joss Walsh, Angela Davison and 55 Degrees

At its peak, Glasgow had over 23 fully working cinema organs. Now there is only one. For an entire generation the sound of the cinema was that of the cinema organ and if it wasn’t for the team of volunteers at Pollokshaws Burgh Hall that sound would be lost forever. To understand their passion and their work is to see Glasgow’s cinema heritage. Ian McNaught gives us a tour of the organ’s home and how it has been incorporated into the entire building filling it with pipes, machinery and wonderful sounds.

View a trailer for the film here.

Gordon Ballantyne is an Artist and Director living in the south side of Glasgow in Govanhill. Since graduating from art school he has produced short films, documentaries and paintings. Recently he has been collaborating with the creative urban think-tank – Pidgin Perfect on a film which will formulate part of an exhibition entitled Territory and Place. This is proposed to be showcased in the Briggait Art centre in Summer 2011.

Antonia Bain is a Director and Writer based in the south side of Glasgow in Govanhill. Originally from Edinburgh she moved to Glasgow to work for the Media company 55 Degrees, where she currently works as a Content Director. She has worked on many cultural and educational projects, most notably directing several videos for the new transport museum in Glasgow. She is currently working on a new short film entitled Light Up which will be completed in early 2012.

Write Camera Action Workshop

Write Camera Action Workshop
Saturday 14 May, 18:00 – 21:00 (donations only)
The Shed (The Loft)

Write! Camera! Action! run motivational workshops in support of independent filmmaking and anyone with a passion for film. Through the workshop writers can see how their script plays out in the hands of Directors and Actors and receive constructive feedback.

If you are interested in attending this workshop, please email us (southsidefilmfest@gmail.com) to register your interest and also whether you are interested in the acting, writing and/or filmmaking aspects of the workshop.

Southside Artists Outdoor Screening

Southside Artists Outdoor Screening
Saturday 14 May, 22:00 (donations only)
Southside Studios

A special outdoor screening of Artists Films, curated by the Southside Studios
JR Ewen and Olivia Gurtler founded new arts company Hang It Up Ltd which runs Digital Media workshops for school children.

The company also produces films, DVD authoring, contemporary painting, exhibition installation, and print design. The Southside Studios is managed by Hang It Up and provides studios as well as support for Glasgow based Artists.

Film making @ Southside Film Fest

The festival has run an open submission call for Southside filmmakers or films about the Southside which will be screened at a special Southside Film programme.

There will also be screening of the local film group work Film Headz and Starting Block, new film-making training and mentoring initiative for first-time filmmakers run by Diversity Films.

There will also be workshops over the weekend in screenwriting, directing and acting and we will be encouraging people to make a film in the Southside on their phone or digital camera over the weekend and we will screen the best one(s) at our Southside Film screening on the Sunday.