Festival brochure covers designed by Black Dog Design, 2010 -2019

We never imagined that this small community-led event could still be going 10 years on and it’s thanks to the many people that have been involved, giving their time freely and supporting the event year on year. Thank you!  


The Cabin seats 7. Its a venue for film, performances, screenings, workshops, meetings and events...

If you are a community organisation and are interested, please get in touch. 

We're also keen to hear from individuals, artists, performers, film makers and local businesses.

The Cabin is a long term project. We aim to provide a unique facility for the community. 

Originally a North Tyneside Council site porta-cabin, this portable space has now been lovingly converted into an 'opulent and comfortable' space for screenings. It's still in development and we're interested in all ideas for it's use.

The Cabin is entirely self powered through batteries and solar panel, and it's portable.

It offers 7 traditional cinema seats and there is a large screen with options for all sorts of media.

It also has adequate space, power and amplification for performances!


THANKS TO: North Tyneside Council, Mal Sinyard, Whitley Bay Big Local and Civic Creative Change, BBC Newcastle, Arts Council England Lottery Project Grants, Newcastle University, Catheriine Cookson Charitable Trust, Chromazone, Black Dog, The Maltings in Berwick, Jimmy Manningham, Elizabeth Maynard, Joe Shaw and all involved in helping make it happen.

more details coming soon...

The Cabin is Dedicated to our good friend, mentor and festival moderator, Chris Phipps 1949-2019

The Whitley Bay Film Festival was set up in 2010 by Primate Productions and a small group of people with a mission to stage something extraordinary in our seaside town. We put on screening events in a variety of locations, venues and spaces across Whitley Bay and beyond. Our Patron is Ian La Frenais... read more

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It all helps!  THANK YOU

If you are interested in getting involved in any of our events, please get in touch. We'd love to hear from you ...  read more

Thanks to all who attended our 10th anniversary Festival 2019.


The festival relies on support from local businesses, organisations, community groups and individuals giving their time in kind.


We also have a variety of advertising opportunities available.

If you think you may be interested in getting involved, wed' love to hear from you.

Please get in touch - info@whitleybayfilmfestival.org

Chris Phipps was a huge part of the festival. He contributed to the programming, presented many many events and was a great supporter and mentor to the festival team. He was hugely driven by his enthusiasm of music, film and media and delivered his unique knowledge of these with great dedication, professionalism and warmth. The news of his passing has come as a great shock to us all. Chris would have wanted the show to go on. We will be dedicating our screenings to Chris throughout the rest of this festival. 

'Chris was a great friend, mentor and a key part of this festival and all it is about. He will be a huge miss' Ema Lea 

Whitley Bay Film Festival 2019 10th anniversary is supported by: 

North Tyneside Council, Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants, Whitley Bay Big Local & Creative Civic Change, Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust, Newcastle University and our official media partners - BBC Newcastle.  Thank you!

Festival Patron: Ian La Frenais. Festival team 2019: Ema Lea (Festival Director), Cathy Sharp (Designer), Mick Sharp (Designer), James Manningham (Technical Manager),  Malcolm Sinyard (Cabin Project Manager and Technical Wizard), Chris Phipps (Festival Moderator), 
Tracey Tofield (Art House Archive & C Side Curator), Lois Hobby (Art Club Curator), Russell Pilling (Coordination Assistant)

© 2019 Primate Productions Ltd