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1st Annual International Newcastle, UK Film Festival Unveiled in Cannes


May 16, 2017
Vibrant European city Newcastle upon Tyne, UK – famous for worldwide box office smashes such as Harry Potter, Transformers and last year’s Palme d’Or winner I, Daniel Blake – is launching its first international film festival at the 70th Cannes Film Festival, promising to be a carnival of cinema, film and world class documentaries when it opens at its celebrity launch in March 2018 (www.newcastlefilmfestival.uk). 
Newcastle Film Festival President and Entrepreneur of the Year* Jacqui Miller, MBE said: “The international Newcastle Film Festival will be a celebration of global film-making that will recognise established and emerging talent in a carnival-style launch, inspired by the glitz and glamour of the Cannes Film Festival. We expect hundreds of screenings, awards and events dedicated to the art of film in a broad mix of categories.  We are delighted to reveal that we have already secured the launch of a world premiere, which will be showcased around the world.  We have a growing and elite list of regional and national sponsors and we are open for film submissions from around the world and, of course, home-grown talent from the region and beyond”.
The festival has already secured sponsorship from within the UK film industry, GSP Studios and Goldfinch Entertainment, with Gateshead College and Newcastle City Council the first to support the annual international film event.
Organisers have announced awards and prizes across a wide range of categories, including: Features; Foreign Language; Animation; Shorts; Documentaries; LGBT; Student; Bollywood; Regional Schools (North East England exclusively); Writers; VFX; Music Videos; People’s Choice. For more information and access to the submission platform log on to: www.newcastlefilmfestival.uk

Industry event sponsor Alan Latham, Managing Director of GSP Studios, a film production and visual effects specialist based in Yorkshire, UK, commented: We are right behind the festival and see it as great for the region, UK and beyond as well as for film-makers who need more opportunities for their work to beshowcased properly in order to get noticed, raise finance and reach a wider audience with their work.”
Industry insiders, organisers and sponsors mingled with VIP guests at the glamorous launch took place on The Solal superyacht moored at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
International documentary The Last Hope (Dover Street Entertainment) will be launched at
the 2018 festival at the start of their worldwide tour.

By Emily