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. From the humble origins of organising a screening of Jaws on the local beach, the Festival has gone from strength-to-strength and now delivers a celebrated annual programme of films and cultural events in unique settings with a strong imaginative and innovative ethos.

Our Festival Patron is film and screen writer 

Ian La Frenais.

In 2012 our voluntary-led Festival scooped the Best Event Tyneside Award at the prestigious Journal Culture Awards and in 2016 the Whitley Bay Town Cup!

It's been a long journey since 2010 and we've welcomed some amazing guests along the way:

Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement, Ray Connelly, Franc Roddam, Geoff Wonfor, Chris Cowey,  Peter Flannery, Graham Fellows, Tom Pickard, Roger Daltrey, Tony Iommi, Dick Carruthers, David Batty, Tarquin name a few!

We are now in our 12th year! made possible by the  great talent of local artists, community spirit and volunteer support that keeps us going. Thank you.

Special Guest Roger Daltrey 2015 

40th Anniversary screening of 'Tommy'

'Grease' on the Spanish City Plaza

'The Fog' at St Mary's Lighthouse


The Cabin was created in 2019 as a mini cinema/venue seating 7. A venue for film, performances, screenings, workshops, meetings and events...

The cabin can also support an outdoor screen, or projection booth for larger spaces. It is entirely self powered through batteries and a solar panel.

It's a long term project and we're interested in all ideas for it's use.

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.

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Whitley Bay Film Festival is supported by:

Thank you to the Vickers Family