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Film fest putting Glasgow's southside on the Cinemap

Film fest putting Glasgow's southside on the Cinemap

Calling all you future Christopher Nolans or Danny Boyles.

The Southside Film Festival returns in May and is looking for submissions for its new cinema strand Cinemap.

With no cinemas in the southside of Glasgow, the festival takes films out of the multiplexes and into the community by holding pop-up screenings in local spaces like bars, cafes and community halls.

As the quirky, hyperlocal film festival enters its fourth year, organiser Karen O'Hare was keen to try something a little different.

As part of it's 2014 programme Cinemap will be opening the film up to the local community and giving Glasweigans the chance to have their films included in the festival programme.

They're especially keen to feature for films with a special connection to the local area.

This includes Cinemap screening spaces such as Shawlands Arcade, The Glad Cafe, Govanhill Baths, New Victoria Gardens and East Pollokshields Quad.

Filmmakers of any calibre are encouraged to create something around the themes of local and community or something that expresses what the southside means to them.

"We're inviting filmmakers to respond to those spaces with films that are thematically linked or shot in similar spaces," said Karen.

The idea for Cinemap came from Tramway's 2013 project Albert Drive which saw artists collaborate with people in Pollokshields to pose the question who is my neighbour?

"The project was about getting to know your neighbours and we felt the films that came out of that tied in with what we're doing," Karen adds.

Southside Film Festival

"The festival is all about celebrating the southside community and bringing people together, while introducing them to new places through film."

Last year around 1000 people saw over 30 films screened across three days in various locations. The festival programme also includes a number of workshops and lectures.

Some of the more unusual venues included a screening of black comedy Sightseers in a scout hall and a documentary on poverty shown inside an emptied swimming pool at Govanhill Baths.

Southside Film Festival

Another popular location is Pollokshaws Burgh Hall which is home to the Wurlitzer Cinema Organ, the only one of its kind in Scotland.

"We also did a pop-up screening of Gosford Park at Pollok House last year which was really successful so we're bringing that back," said Karen.

"It's a chance for people to see something that they wouldn't see elsewhere. It's also a great opportunity to meet your neighbours, support your local community and to enjoy cinema in an unusual location.

Southside Film Festival

"Any place we find that we can pop up a screen and squeeze in an audience, we'll be there."

People still have until April 14 to submit a short film for Cinemap.

Don't think it can be done? Then just ask Robert Florence who recently filmed his first full-length feature The House of Him during a 16-day shoot in Glasgow.

All Cinemap screenings will be free to attend and will run as part of the Southside Film Festival from May 23 - 25.

If you fancy a taster before then, the festival will be showing David Lynch's Blue Velvet at its monthly film club held at The Glad Cafe in Shawlands.

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