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Welcome to the Whitley Bay Film Festival!

The Whitley Bay Film Festival is now in it’s fifth year and celebrates film, media and art in unique locations around North Tyneside and beyond…

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

Our screenings are themed events creating a unique experience for visitors. Previous events have included – Jaws screened on the beach, The Fog at St Mary’s Lighthouse, Dawn of the Dead in the Park View Shopping centre and has featured some memorable experiences such as Amber Film’s Glassworks screened in the Spanish City Dome alongside a live soundtrack created by Brendan Murphy’s glass orchestra Muhaha, Laurel and Hardy at The Grand Hotel Tynemouth celebrating their 1932 visit there. We’ve also had some amazing guests! In 2012 our patron Ian La Frenais visited the festival for a special screening of ‘Across the Universe’ and Q & A session hosted by media and music historian Chris Phipps, in 2013 writer Ray Connelly (That’ll be the Day) attended. In 2014 we welcomed Quadrophenia director  Franc Roddam, director of The Beatles Anthology Geoff Wonfor and TV producer Chris Cowey.

Whitley Bay Film Festival is a community, ‘not for profit’  annual event organised by Primate Productions Ltd a cooperative film production company based in the area, and made possible by the support of local business’s and individuals ‘The Festival Team’.  We all provide our time in kind. We do this because we love film and we love our town!  We would like to make this a sustainable event and welcome any support to help us make this possible.

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.

“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.” Ian La Frenais 2010

If you would like to get involved in Whitley Bay Film Festival 2015, please drop us an email. Thanks.  info@whitleybayfilmfestival.org

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The Piano at The Rendezvous Cafe 2012

Please see our Previous Events page and Highlights from 2014 for more details

Details for Whitley Bay Film Festival 2015 are coming soon! Please check back for more information or join our mailing list (below the festival diary) to be kept up to date on upcoming events.

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