Southside Festival kicks off in Glasgow

Peter Mullan's NEDS to screen on home turf.

by Jennie Kermode

Glasgow's Southside Film Festival kicks off today and is set to pack a lot into its four day run. Artists' film work can be seen at Southside Studios today and there'll be a quiz tonight before the formal launch tomorrow with a screening of Peter Mullan's critically acclaimed NEDS.

The festival, which focuses on Scottish work, includes features, documentaries, short films and special screenings for kids. There's a special event hosted by Underwire, which aims to help women advance in the industry, and you can boost your own skills in workshops omn animation or funding. Tickets costs are low and many films and events are free, though attendees are requested to donate what they can.

One of the interesting things about this festival is that it makes use of a number of unusual venues specially kitted out for the screenings. From celebrated art galleries to pubs and even swimming baths, they all boast unique character. It's a great way for visitors to get to know the city and for locals to celebrate their heritage.

The festival runs between 17 and 20 May.

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