It’s got royal approval, the backing of Hollywood stars and a stellar team of the North East’s most prominent movers and shakers on board.
Newcastle International Film Festival is happening over the Easter weekend next year and will shine a very dazzling light on the region as a place to make movie-making business.
There will be red carpet, there will be premieres, there will be famous faces and much glamour. Think Cannes-on-Tyne!
The event will showcase talent in the North East and, more importantly the region’s potential to create a huge industry in film production in years to come, building on an already respected talent base.
This is the vision being brought to life by business powerhouse Jacqui Miller-Charlton MBE, co-founder and president of the festival.
At a showcase event in Newcastle this week, Jacqui invited the business community to see what the event is all about – and how it will signal a ‘we mean business’ approach to film-making.
With varied landscape, easily accessible cities and a wealth of production, acting and logistics talent, the region is perfectly placed to take advantage of the film-making sector.
Films such as Transformers, I, Daniel Blake and Harry Potter have all been filmed at location in the region.
The festival will build on this – and has royal support from HRH Prince Michael who, in a message for the event, said:
“It is a new and exciting initiative aimed at increasing job prospects and economic impact in an areaof the country that has provided the UK with and indeed the world, with an array of talent from the arts and creative industry over the years.”
The team behind the event is an impressive one, made up of industry leaders, investors and film-makers who were at the event to support the launch.
Kirsty Bell, of Goldfinch Studios, who said; “The film industry is worth about £80bn to the UK and we have got to protect that – and grow it,”
Movie star Caroline Goodall who has starred alongside Liam Neeson, Michael Douglas and is known for appearances in Hook, Schinfler’s List and many more blockbusters.
Film, TV and stage star Craig Conway appears in a promotional film for the event and said; “London is packed and we need alternatives and this alternative is better suited to the industry.”
Ahead of the launch, other familiar local faces, including Jill Halfpenny, Bill Fellows and film director Neil Marshall have also shown their support.
The event will be launched with a Ladies Who Mean Business launch and close with a Victorem Awards Dinner. Throughout the festival there will be screenings, film showcases, workshops and talks.