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

We hope you are staying well and safe during this strange time!

Usually at this point we would be gearing up to a fortnight+ of events. Due to the current restrictions around Covid 19 our planned 2020 programme has been put on hold as we see how things pan out.

In the mean time, please check here for updates and watch out for our virtual, online activities in the coming months...

Film makers, artists, musicians, organisations and individuals - please keep in touch and keep sending us your links. Thank you :)   


We look forward to seeing you soon! Stay safe!

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 screenwriter Ian La Frenais... read more


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.

Chris Phipps 1949 - 2019

Chris Phipps will be a huge miss to 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. 

There are many more films Chris wanted to show at the festival and we will continue to programme them in. Thank you Chris!

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

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

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

Please get in touch - info@whitleybayfilmfestival.org

© 2020 Primate Productions Ltd

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