Sat 17 Aug,  Sun 18 Aug, Sat 24 Aug, Sun 25 Aug, Mon 26 Aug


What is C-Side? …Under the Pavement the Beach…

The C-Side program stands for everything beginning with C…Climate, Co-operation, Community, Collaboration, Comedy, Culture, Children, Conspiracy or Cock-up, Critique, Citizenship, Celebration, Creativity, Cake…. It seems more apparent that C words seem increasingly very important in these strange historical times. C-Side…you get the idea.

C-Side will be presented in the smallest venue at the film festival (and its free), with a film and events program as part of Whitley Bay Film Festival, literally popping up alongside different venues or places each weekend of the festival.

Curated by Tracey Tofield, C-Side will present a show-reel of artists’ moving image work from 11am- 4pm every weekend day of the festival alongside presenting events, workshops and a quiet place to explore a ‘C’ theme that day.


John Berger:“What is saved in the cinema when it achieves art is a spontaneous continuity with all mankind. It is not an art of the princes or the bourgeoisie. It is popular and vagrant. In the sky of the cinema people learn what they might have been and discover what belongs to them apart from their single lives.


In Whitley Bay we have an ‘East Coast State of Mind’. Under the pavement is the beach! C-Side is a space, place for wondering, pondering, meandering, resting. In a sometimes fast-paced hostile, crazed world resting, sleeping, napping and relaxing (especially the eyes) is vital. The human eye is both a receiver and a projector.The team from WBFF invite you to sample the inaugural C-Side programme in the festival's mobile cabin at this special 10th anniversary event.

Thanks to the following who are supporting this event: Arts Council England Lottery Funded Project Grant,  North Tyneside Council, Newcastle University and Whitley Bay Big Local - as part of the Creative Civic Change project which aims to widen community involvement in the arts and the use creativity as a tool to make Whitley Bay an even better place to live, work and visit.

C Side will be touring Whitley Bay. 


Sat 24th Aug; C-Side (3) CLIMATE/CHILDREN Day

Where - The Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay

When - 11am to 4pm

Sun 25th Aug; 

Where - TBA

When - TBA

Mon 26th Aug; C-Side (4) COMEDY/CULTURE. (S) Cruffts 

Where - The Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay

When - 11am to 4pm

Films in the cabin -  (11am - 4pm) include C Side films and BBC Archive

2.00pm – 3.30pm – S (CRUFFS) DOG SHOW    ‘STARS IN THEIR EYES'

Our very own version of a world famous canine beauty competition! Except at our show we're looking for the scuffiest but cutest dogs. Bring your pooch along after hours of scruffy preparation and pit your hound against the best unkempt local dogs.

Categories - 

01 – Scrufftiest Dog

02 – Smartest Dog

03 – Most Rock n Roll Dog

04 – Most Agile Dog  

05 – Dog Stars in Your Eyes -  ‘Dog who looks most like a film star’

06 – BEST IN SHOW – Overall winner

To enter, please arrive at 2.00pm


Mockumentary - A colourful array of characters compete at a national dog show.

The film focuses on the slightly surreal interactions among the various owners and handlers as they travel to the show and then compete.

The majority of the film was improvised by the actors (and dogs!), with little to no planning.

Where - The Comrades Club, The Links, Whitley Bay

When - 7.00pm

Ticket info - Book your place HERE (£5) Please note/ there is limited availability for this screening so book your place to avoid disapointment (online booking fee £1.50)


Sat 31st Aug; 

Where - The Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay

When - 11am to 4pm


Where - Algernon Place, Whitley Bay

When - 11am - 4pm

The Cabin accommodates 8 people at a time. Each show lasts 10 minutes. All events are free (donations welcome)

While touring the region, The Cabin will  be screening a range of short films from the C Side programme and some fantastic local archive from BBC Newcastle.

If you'd like your film to be considered for screening in The Cabin, please get in contact

(films must be no longer than 10 minutes in length) 

Please note/ Unfortunately The Cabin is not fully accessible. 

for enquiries regarding accessibility contact

Whitley Bay Film Festival is supported by: