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Updates and news

Pulling some of the news and updates on events and screenings that have been added to the website this week:

Events & Films
The programme for the Southside Filmmakers Screening & Award has been announced here and includes documentaries, music videos, dramas and black comedy.

Press & publicity

  • The festival got a mention in the Sunday Mail today on pg 29 under the headline “swim pool Cannes do as venue for film fest”!  Randomly you can view the article here via the California Chronicle.
  • Sergio Casci has expressed his pride in the festival “as a Southsider born and bred I’m immensely proud to be taking part in the first-ever Southside Film Festival. I fell in love with cinema at the Toledo in Muirend and always dreamed of seeing one of my own films there. Though the closure of that wonderful old theatre ten years ago scuppered my ambition, Karen O’Hare’s fabulous new venture means that I will at last be able to watch the first film I ever wrote – American Cousins – in the place where I grew up.”
  • Karen was interviewed by Mark Davidson about the festival for Reel Scotland read it here


Southside Film Fest – an experience for everyone

This festival is not just for film buffs – the programme aims to cater for young and old, rich and poor, across the Southside and hopefully there will be something for everyone.

For young kids there will be a selection of films from the Dundee Discovery Childrens’ Film Festival. For older people some archive footage of the local area from the 1960s and there will a number of family friendly screenings too. The programme will also include animation, music videos, artist’s films and a selection of short films programmed by the Glasgow Short Film Festival.

All this plus feature films that have been produced by Southside or Scottish talent. For those who want to learn more about filmmaking there will be also be workshops on screenwriting, acting and talks by filmmakers.

There will be a festival hub so people who come to the festival can meet and talk to the filmmakers and discuss the films, workshops and talks with other Southsiders. The aim is to make the festival a social as well as a cultural experience.

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.

Welcome to the Southside Film Festival Blog!

This blog will provide information about the behind the scenes work involved in putting together a festival, the programme we have planned and live posts over the weekend.

The Southside Film Festival will take place in Southside Glasgow over the weekend of 13-15 May, 2011.

This is the first ever film festival south of the Clyde and will cater to all Southsiders with screenings in various locations, from church halls to local clubs, from schools to the local park boat shed.

You can find out more on our website (coming soon), follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook or contact us at for more info.