One of the aims of Southside Film is to provide education & training -on film history, analysis, filmmaking and Scottish film industry -for all. We also want to encourage filmmaking within the Southside of Glasgow by showcasing new, local filmmakers (through the annual Southside Filmmaker Award), to inspire the next generation of filmmakers in the Southside of Glasgow. Past workshops, talks, walks, events and Q&As are listed below.

2019 Festival 

2018 Festival

2017 Festival


2015 Festival


Q&A with filmmakers involved in the following films:

Her Past, Her Future– short film made by visual artist Arpita Shah (pictured below at Tramway screening) in collaboration with  students at St Roch’s Secondary School and Ankur Arts, exploring what it is like to live in Glasgow when your home country is far away.

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We Belong to Glasgow -short films made by young people (two are pictured below at Tramway screening) with no previous filmmaking experience from diverse background across the city.  Produced in partnership by Interfaith Glasgow and the West Of Scotland Regional Equality Council , the film was produced by Hans Lucas (also pictured below).

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Making it Home– screening of four films made by women  from 10 countries  and women living in Glasgow, none of them had made a film before. The project was facilitated by Media Co-op (Vilte Vaitkute from Media Co-op pictured below at Tramway screening).

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Taxi Through Pakistan -a documentary film directed by Basharat Khan (pictured below at Tramway screening) which takes us on a journey through a Pakistan that we so rarely see.

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Timelock -a feature film, written and directed by David Griffith (pictured below at Govanhill Baths screening), is a Tartan-noir thriller about a safe that doesn’t open, a robbery gone wrong, and all the choices you made or rather didn’t make -in life.

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Preceded by a performance by Howie Reeve (pictured below at Govanhill Baths screening), who composed the soundtrack for Timelock with R M Hubart and Rafe Fitzpatrick.


Short Film Screening with filmmaker Q&A at New Victoria Gardens allotments in Pollokshields with a plant sale, plastering plant making workshop for kids and pop up food stalls from Bakery 47 and Habibi Kitchen

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John McKay talk Glad Cafe May 2013








Glad Academy: Director John Mc Kay ‘On Film’

John has directed films and TV including  Not Another Happy EndingWe’ll take Manhattan  Life on MarsReichenbach FallsThe Canterbury Tales amongst others

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Superhero Animation Workshop with Red Kite Animation

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An animation workshop for 7-11 year olds with a professional animator Jim Sirk as tutor.  In just two hours  In just 2 hours, the children designed and built their own 2D super hero based on their favourite superhero. Watch the results /their animation here

Filmmaking Workshop for teenagers, Castlemilk Community Centre

A three hour taster filmmaking workshop-“An Introduction to Filmmaking” -for 12-17 year olds delivered by film tutors from GMAC Film.  The teenagers learnt camera and sound recording skills, about storyboarding  and  then filmed a short story devised, written and performed by the group.

Cinemas of the Southside Walking Tour 

southside cinemas walk govanhill May 2013Cinema historians Gordon Barr and Gary Painter of the Scottish Cinemas took people on a two-hour guided walk past a selection some of Glasgow’s historic Southside cinema buildings (some of which are still standing!).southside cinemas walk May 2013 2southside cinemas walk May 2013

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Hosted by Barry Young and Noelle Carroll. It’s not every night you can sit in the pub and get the answers to some of life’s great questions. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? What’s eating Gilbert Grape? Any developments, Pussycat? O Brother, Where Art Thou? Exactly how green was my valley?


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Film Journalist and Programmer and Film Editor of The List, Gail Tolley, chaired a discussion on crowdfunding in The Bungo with a panel of filmmakers who have used different web forums to help raise funds for their films.  The panel included Beth Allan, who helped run the campaign for feature God Help The Girl, Rebecca Thompson who ran a campaign for feature film Not Another Happy Ending and Producer Marie Olsen with Director Peter Mackie Burns on their crowdfunding campaign for short film Closer (which screened in the festival).
NEDS was our opening film in 2012 and Peter Mullan walks along to The Shed for an impromptu Q&A, an unexpected treat for both us and the audience!
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Ballads of the Book directed by Claire McCluskey, Margaret Shankland and Julie McCrone,  is a documentary following the creation of an innovative and critically-acclaimed album of the same name, curated by Roddy Woomble.
It features collaborations between Scottish musicians and Scottish writers, including Ian Rankin, A.L Kennedy, Sons & Daughters, King Creosote, James Yorkston, Vashti Bunyan, Malcolm Middleton, Rodge Glass, Aidan Moffat, Alan Bissett, Edwin Morgan and Alasdair Gray.  The film was nominated in the Best New Work and Best Director categories in the Scottish New Talent Bafta Awards. Hal Duncan, a writer and one of the contributors to the project read from the book and the filmmakers discussed how the project came about.
We are Northern Lights was the first in a lifetime mass participation film project funded by the Year Of Creative Scotland 2012. Creative Director Nick Higgins came along to host a filmmaking workshop to encourage and support Southsiders to brainstorm ideas to take part in the film. We screened the film in the 2013 film festival with Q&As from local directors (pictured below with Nick), some of whom attended this free workshop in 2012.
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Underwire is a London film festival for shorts by women, showcasing work across the crafts and providing a opportunity for filmmakers to network and share experiences. We partnered with them to show work by local female filmmakers followed by a Q&A.
Jerry Brannigan, co-founder of Scottish Screenwriters and writer Irene Harris  hosted a Screenplay Drop-In workshop for aspiring screenwriters.
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An animation workshop for kids with tutor from Red Kite animation in Edinburgh, Jim Sirk.  View the animation the kids in the workshop made here 


Film Headz Q&A

Film Headz @ The Shed started in 2010 and was a project designed to get teenagers into films. The group’s aims were to watch a film and learn to analyse it. They then produced films themselves, developing their own skills in screenwriting, acting, camera operating and directing. This screening showed the results of their work including the public premiere of ghost thriller Locked followed by a Q&Q with the young filmmakers.

Crying with Laughter Q&A with Stephen McCole

Crying with Laughter is a powerfully redemptive and darkly comedic revenge thriller, set against the vicious world of stand-up comedy. Star of the film and Southside Stephen McCole introduced the film and took part in a Q&A afterwards.
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American Cousins Q&A with Sergio Casci 

The opening film of the first ever Southside  festival was the BAFTA nominated American Cousins with an intro and Q&A from writer (and southsider) Sergio Casci.

The Close and Fridge short films Q&A with Gary Lewis

Award winning actor Gary Lewis introduced and talked about these two short films made in Govanhill in the 1990s, written and directed by Peter Mullan  and screened at Pollokshaws Burgh Hall.

The Forest of Black screening & Q&AForest of Black music video screening May 2012

The Forest Of Black have spent the last decade quietly becoming the most productive music video company working out of Scotland.  For this unique screening, specially curated for Southside Film Festival, rather than a straightforward retrospective, producer Beth Allan and director Blair Young  instead weaved the pick of their own work, and some of the worst, into an entertaining quasi-documentary, illustrating both the company’s story, and its voyages through the murky waters of the record industry.

Scottish Screenwriters Workshop

During the workshop tutors John McShane & Jerry Brannigan from  Scottish Screenwriters talked through the process of writing a professional script from idea to final draft.

Composing Music for Film Seminar 

ComposerMalcolm Lindsay,  musician Mick Cooke and director Eleanor Yule  discussed composing music for film, chaired by Duncan McCrone from PRS for Music, Scotland.

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Write Camera Action! Workshop 

Write! Camera! Action! ran motivational workshops in support of independent filmmaking and anyone with a passion for film. This workshop allowed writers to see how their script played out in the hands of a director and actors and to receive constructive feedback.

iBop (2011 & 2013)

iBop is a monthly club serving the needs of the music loving residents of Strathbungo, Shawlands, general Queens Park area of South Glasgow. iBop normally takes place every first Friday of the month but there have been tow special iBops for the film festival-in 2011 after The Forest of Black music video screening and in 2013 after the screening of Shut Up and Play the Hits!