We have given our website a bit of a facelift which is now live and we’ll be adding information about the plans for the 2012 festival to it in the future.
I’d like to point out that the website is best viewed in Google Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer 8. Some elements will not display correctly in IE 9 but this can be corrected by using the compatibility view.
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
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…
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.
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 email@example.com to find out more.