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Glasgow I Love You, But You’re Freakin’ Me Out!

With only a couple of days to go til the festival kicks off, I hope you’ve all had the chance to check out this year’s programme and are excited as we are about everything that we’ve got going on over the coming weekend.
One I am personally extremely psyched about is our screening of ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’ – a documentary film charting the last 48 hours of generation defining band LCD Soundsystem. 
Frontman James Murphy made the unusual decision to bring an end to the party right at the peak of the band’s popularity –  they played their last ever gig to a sold out Madison Square Garden in NYC in April 2011, ensuring they would go out with a bang!
Party kids across the world wept as the cowbells stopped and LCD were no more, Daft Punk were no longer playing at your house, All Your Friends were away up the road…….’Shut Up and Play the Hits’ tells the story of the end of an era for music fans & for Murphy himself:

“Likeable, deadpan and refreshingly self-aware, the inner turmoil and obvious regret of the ageing hipster makes this not only a sad farewell to a great band, but to life as Murphy knows it.” – Total Film, 2012.

So, this coming Saturday – all you Southside music & film buffs (and we know there are LOADS of you) can all get a wee bit nostalgic for our fading youth with our screening of the film at The Glad Cafe (8pm – doors 7.30pm – tickets £6/5). The film seemed to have a pretty limited release when it was out last year so if – like me-  you missed it – take this second chance to see it on the big screen!

If you want to make a night of it (Go on…!) – don’t forget that iBop – the Southside’s longest running indie night –  will be hosting a wee after party for you all to get your dance on  – keep a hold of your ticket stub for discounted entry. Hope to see you all throwing some shapes on the dancefloor – don’t forget your cowbells!

– ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’ – Sat 18 May – The Glad Cafe – 8pm (doors 7.30pm) – £6/5 – tickets on sale now at The Glad Cafe or online at

Followed by:

– iBop – Sat 18 May – Pollock Ex Servicemans Club – £5 on the door or £4 with your ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’ ticket stub.

Don’t forget to follow us & tag us in photos of your night on Instagram – @SouthsideFilmFestival and let us know what you think of the film on Twitter – #southsidefilm

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.

New volunteers

We had a great meeting this afternoon with new volunteers for the May festival. They were full of good ideas about the festival and plans for using the blog more.

So in the next couple of weeks you’ll be hearing from more voices on the blog. They’ll be posting about why they’ve decided to volunteer with the Southside Film Festival, news from behind the scenes information about the planning and preparations for a festival and then over the festival weekend itself.

Volunteer with the 2013 Festival

The Southside Film Festival is a volunteer run festival and simply wouldn’t happen without the support and hard work of our team of volunteers. The Festival is a Community Interest Company which providing free screenings, talks and filmmaking workshops during the film festival.

If you would like to get involved we are looking for new volunteers for the 2013 Festival. We need enthusiastic and reliable individuals for the following roles:

The Southside Film Festival relies on the generosity of volunteers to help with the running of the festival and we strive to provide a good volunteering experience. Find out more about our opportunities to volunteer on the Creative Scotland website.

Volunteering with the festival is a great opportunity meet new people in the Southside or gain work experience within the film and events sector. You can expect to gain experience as part of a friendly team working on many different tasks from box office, web design, publicity to front of house. It is a great opportunity for those thinking about a career in events, arts or film industry to get practical hands-on experience.

If you are interested in volunteering send an email to with Volunteering in the subject line.  Please provide a CV and covering letter/statement detailing what role you would be interested in, your contact details (email and mobile) and what dates/times you are available for over the festival weekend (17-19 May 2013).

Volunteer with us in May

We are now looking for new volunteers for the 2012 Festival. We need enthusiastic and reliable individuals for the following roles:

  • General front of house and box office team. No experience necessary. 
  •  2 x Technical support for screening set ups. Experience in film or sound projection. 
  •  1 x Publicity and press assistant. Knowledge of social media desirable. 
  •  2 x Assistants for Animation workshops. Film making experience desirable. 

The Southside Film Festival relies on the generosity of volunteers to help with the running of the festival and we strive to provide a good volunteering experience. Volunteering with the festival is a great opportunity meet new people or gain work experience within the film and events sector. You can expect to gain experience as part of a friendly team working on many different tasks from box office, web design, publicity to front of house.

If you would like to volunteer please send an email to with Volunteering in the subject line.

Please provide information about what role you would be interested in, your contact details (email and mobile) and what dates/times you are available for over the festival weekend (17-20 May). If you are interested in a technical support or workshop role then please also provide a cv.


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

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 to find out more.