The first North East International Film Festival is borne out of passion and circumstance.

Keepin' it Reel Productions

Lisa-Marie Tonelli
Festival Director

My vision is to create a new, inclusive and innovative film festival in the North East of England but aimed internationally and beyond the film industry reach.

The Festival will attract global audiences and submissions while maximising the opportunity to showcase local talent, companies and stunning film locations.

This can be achieved by connecting networks of filmmakers, actors and industry specialist with local key players, and assure the outcome generates a lasting impact on both participants and partners.

The Festival organisation is designed around collaboration and participation and has already secured the partnership of organisations like Disability North, Northumbria University, No Worries Marketing, Titan Media & Close Protection and sponsors such as Clearly Drinks brand.

The Festival has a broad scope but an inclusive narrative. This will be underpinned by our choice to include the standard international submission categories as well as more diverse, collaborative and inclusive ones such as F – Rated Films, Best LGBTQ+, Best Student Film, Low/No Budget Films, Most Diverse Work and the first ever VisABLE category which is to represent disability in all its forms.

Thank you for your interest in the NEIFF
Lisa-Marie Tonelli, Festival Director.

Communications Manager - Ian Floodgate

Communications Manager – Ian Floodgate

Ian began his career working in film as one of the founding members of the Rochester Film Society in Kent, where he led the programming of films and curated screenings.

In 2017 Ian moved to the North East and began writing for the independent film website Cineccentric as a Senior Critic.

Sofia Azevedo - Research and Development Coordinator

Research and Development Coordinator – Sofia Azevedo

Sofia has previously worked on the production, programme and development of film festivals in Portugal and the UK, such as IndieLisboa and Leeds International Film Festival. She graduated with a degree in Performing Arts Studies focused on film from the University of Lisbon.

The North East International Film Festival

A celebration of filmmaking inviting the world to head North East

18th – 24th November 2024

VIP Networking Events

A VIP network gathering which will be attended by industry professionals, to include canapes and a welcome drink for which tickets will be made available through the website and Eventbrite.


Free, educational workshops will also take place throughout the city for people wanting to hone their craft, learn and develop new skills or just generalised info.

Special screenings

There will be special one off screenings of award winning films followed by question and answer sessions and interviews with leading Actors, Directors, Writers and Producers. Information on the special screenings shall be released in 2021.

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