Southside communities are on the (Cine)map

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The Southside Film Festival is back in action this month — with a twist on the traditional format.

After three years of the usual fest events, organisers present Cinemap — a weekend-long screening event running May 23-25, with pop-up cinemas appearing all over the southside.

The aim is to take the work of local filmmakers to new locations — and there are some unusual venues, from a swimming pool to an allotment and a tenement back court.

All of this year’s screenings are free — and with inspiration from last year’s Albert Drive project, courtesy of artists at Tramway, there’s a community feel to Cinemap.

Karen O’Hare, director of the Southside Film Festival, said: “Film festivals are a way of bringing people together in social, communal spaces which is particularly important in a digital age — so we hope to introduce film audiences to their neighbour (and to their neighbour) through Cinemap.”

Opening the fun on Friday, May 23 is Albert Drive — Who is my Neighbour — a documentary on the community project.

The pop-up Art Village (also in conjunction with the Southside Fringe) will host Cinemap on Saturday, with short films about Albert Drive shopkeepers and residents screened on a loop.

The Glad Cafe will be showing An Drochaid/The Bridge Rising, about a campaign to end toll charges on the Skye road bridge, and over at East Pollokshields Quad there’s a late-night, open air screening of work by southside filmmakers.

The New Victoria Gardens opens its doors on the Sunday with a plant sale, food stalls from Habibi Kitchen and Babu Bombay Street Kitchen, and films related to gardens.

And over at Tramway, there are short films on the theme of home, including Taxi Through Pakistan by Basharat Khan.

Cinemap closes on Sunday at Govanhill Baths, as musician Howie Reeve plays a gig before a screening of Timelock — David Griffith’s Tartan noir.

With so much going on in the southside at the moment, it may be hard to keep track — so for full Cinemap programme info, visit the Southside Film Festival website.