Chris Phipps was a huge part of 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. The news of his passing has come as a great shock to us all. Chris would have wanted the show to go on. We will be dedicating our screenings to Chris throughout the rest of this festival.
'Chris was a great friend, mentor and a key part of this festival and all it is about. He will be a huge miss to many. Our hearts go out to his family at this very sad time' Ema Lea (Festival director)
16 Aug - 1st Sep - We've come to the end of our festival fortnight. A massive Thank You to all who came!
and all the local businesses that supported us - Di Meos, Habit, ESR, Whitley Jewellery & Antiques, The Boatyard, AlphaBatteries, The Firestation, The Cluny, Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade, East Coast Taxis.
The venues who hosted our events - Rendezvous Cafe, Crescent Club, Northumbria School of English, Whitley Bay Snooker Centre, Seaton Delaval Hall, Comrades Club, Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Jam Jar Cinema, The Victoria, St Marys Lighthouse, Eccles Hall and The Station Masters Community Wildlife Garden. Whitley Bay Customer First Centre
and our sponsors and supporters - North Tyneside Council, Our official media partners BBC Newcastle, Whitley Bay Big Local Civic Creative Change, Arts Council England lottery funded Project Grants, Amnesty International, Chromazone, Newcastle University, The Vickers Family.
- The Mediators - Steve Brown, Andy Eardley and Oran Milstein.
Paul Harvey, Sarah Dryden, Russ Bestley and Carol Lynn.
C Side artists and performers, Art Club artists
And of course the Team including all the volunteers and festival friends and family. Primate Productions and Black Dog Design.
Extra special thank you to Jimmy Manningham and Mal Sinyard without whom none of this would happen.
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......read more