Category Archives: Workshop

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 – 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

We Are Northern Lights


FREE but donations welcome

We are Northern Lights is a first in a lifetime mass participation film project funded by the Year Of Creative Scotland 2012.

Southside Film Festival has invited Creative Director Nick Higgins along to host a filmmaking workshop to encourage and support Southsiders to brainstorm ideas. 
What can you see?
What do you wish you had seen? 
What do you wish you could see? 

Anyone that contributes to the project as a direct result of attending a workshop is automatically eligible for the Northern Lights £1000 workshop award.

The workshop is free and open to everyone but please book a place in advance by emailing

Scottish Screenwriters Workshop


FREE but donations welcome

Jerry Brannigan, co-founder of Scottish Screenwriters and award winning writer, director & producer, Eleanor Yule, will be hosting a Screenplay Drop-In workshop. You don’t need to be an experienced writer and there’s no need to book, just come along with up to 10 pages of your screenplay and they will read and discuss the work there and then. Please bring at least 2 copies.They will also be happy to help with synopsis, pitches, treatments, in fact anything to do with screenwriting.

Work will be read on a first come basis so please come along early.

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 ( to register your interest and also whether you are interested in the acting, writing and/or filmmaking aspects of the workshop.

Scottish Screenwriters Workshop

Scottish Screenwriters Workshop
Saturday 14 May, 13:00-15:00 (donations only)
Hutchesons’ Grammer School

A must for all aspiring screenwriters, the Southside Film Festival will be hosting one of Scottish Screenwriters regular workshops at Hutchesons’ Grammer School in the main building, entering by Beaton Road. The group hold regular meetings/workshops in Glasgow and Edinburgh where novice and professional screenwriters meet, discuss and develop ideas and scripts.

If you are interested in attending this workshop, please email us ( to register your interest.

When John McShane & Jerry Brannigan completed their first Writers Factory Screenwriting Course they enjoyed the workshopping element so much that they organised a writing group to meet monthly to continue their development as screenwriters. Now, 7 years on, the website, Scottish Screenwriters has well over 500 members as well as Edinburgh and Glasgow Groups who continue to meet monthly. Whether it’s at one of the meetings, or on the website, Scottish Screenwriters is a place where all screenwriters can go to meet fellow screenwriters, exchange information and have others read their work in a safe and constructive environment.

Jerry Brannigan is currently completing a feature film commission, and is working with John McShane on a number of projects on Robert Burns which includes a Book and a Drama for television. Both Jerry & John are also working with a New York based television production company and have set up a Glasgow based writing team to work with them.