Southside film is firmly on the (Cine)map

The lights are dimming at Govanhill Baths - one of the Southside Film Festival's Cinemap venues
The lights are dimming at Govanhill Baths - one of the Southside Film Festival's Cinemap venues

FILM fans, brace yourself — the Southside Film Festival is taking a more local approach for 2014 with Cinemap.

The annual fest has been running since 2011, but the 2014 programme is a new venture, taking film out of the cinema and into the community — and screening for free.

Cinemap will run May 23-25, with pop-up cinemas in unusual places across the southside.

Festival director Karen O’Hare told The Extra: “We’re really pleased to be doing something different with Cinemap, working with new partners to bring film to new interesting spaces — Shawlands Arcade, back courts in Pollokshields and in Tramway for the first time.”

The idea of putting the area on the map is inspired by last year’s Albert Drive project (courtesy of Tramway), which involved several artists and lots of residents tackling the question: who is my neighbour?

As a result, Cinemap will also include a number of Albert Drive films — including work by Basharet Khan and Abigail Howkins — focusing on the importance of bringing the community together.

As well as an international element, filmmakers from the southside are invited to share their favourite spaces on film.

The festival crew has issued a call for films which explore the themes of community and local — particularly site-specific films on the Arcade, Glad Cafe, Govanhill Baths, New Victoria Gardens, East Pollokshields Quad or Tramway.

Karen added: “We are opening up the festival, asking filmmakers to respond to all the Cinemap screening spaces and to the themes — so look forward to an interesting and international programme that will also introduce people to new southside spaces through film.”

The deadline for submissions is 9am on April 14, and more info is available at