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. The Patron of the festival 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 Gotch.....to name a few!
We are now in our 11th 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
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 (Coordinator)