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, Roger Daltrey, Tony Iommi, Bill Nighy, Ray Connelly, Franc Roddam, Geoff Wonfor, Chris Cowey, Peter Flannery, Graham Fellows, Tom Pickard, Dick Carruthers, David Batty, Tarquin Gotch.....to name a few!
The festival is delivered by artists, volunteers with support from local businesses and wonderful venues across our town. 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.
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