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Welcome to the Whitley Bay Film Festival!

The Whitley Bay Film Festival celebrates film and art in unique locations around North Tyneside

The festival takes place in August in Whitley Bay with additional one off screening events throughout the year across North Tyneside, screening classic features, independent films, local films and artist moving image installations.

The festival is reaching it’s fifth year and has been made possible by the kind support of local residents, business’s, North Tyneside Council, the Festival Steering Group and festival organisers Primate Productions Ltd a ‘not for profit’ film production company in the area.

‘The Fog’ at St Mary’s Lighthouse, WBFF. Photo by Vickey Riley.

Ian La Frenais
, has been Patron of the Whitley Bay Film Festival since the very beginning in 2010.

Ian La Frenais, OBE, born in Whitley Bay worked in partnership with Dick Clement on television series including, The Likely Lads, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, Porridge, Lovejoy and Auf Wiedersehen Pet.

They also worked together on a number of films, including The Commitments (with Roddy Doyle), Goal, Still Crazy, Flushed Away, Across the Universe and many more. This year we were delighted to welcome Ian La Frenais in person with a special screening of ‘Across the Universe’ and Q & A session hosted by media and music historian Chris Phipps.

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If you would like to get involved in Whitley Bay Film Festival 2014, please complete our Volunteer Form

We look forward to hearing from you!

Video links:

The Piano at The Rendezvous Cafe 2012

see also:  Highlights of Whitley Bay Film Festival 2011

and footage from the 2010 festival screening of Jaws on the Beach

In 2011 the action took  place in Whitley Bay’s most iconic venues; St Mary’s Lighthouse, the Spanish City Dome, The Trojan Rooms and a number of other locations across the town.

Our screenings are themed events creating a unique experience for visitors. 2012 events included; the Lighthouse screening of John Carpenter’s 1980’s classic horror ‘The Fog’ also the original King Kong, a celebration of Sci Fi films, a Classic Horror night and Dirty Dancing in the iconic Spanish City Dome.

The festival featured screenings of classic features, independent short films, local audiovisual archive footage of our area, children’s screenings and artist’s film and video.

Whitley Bay Film Festival is a community, ‘not for profit’  annual event organised by Primate Productions Ltd and made possible by the support of local business’s and volunteers. We all provide our time in kind. We do this because we love film and we love our town!  We welcome any support to help us make this an annual event.

A statement from our Patron Ian La Frenais:

“I am honoured and delighted to be a patron of the first Whitley Bay Film Festival which I’m sure will become a consistent event in the cultural landscape of the area. My only consolation at not being there personally is that work prevented it. As much as Dick and I are grateful for and proud of our legacy it is the next thing which is always the most important and, happily, there are several next things in the pipeline including a B.B.C. drama and features. Hopefully one of the latter could be shown at next year’s Festival.” Ian La Frenais 2010

JUNE 2013

The Whitley Bay Film Festival would like to thank the Vicker’s Family from Whitley Bay for their generous donation of £500 towards this year’s festival.


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