The North East International Film Festival

The Festival is designed around collaboration and interaction. Filmmakers will submit their work through Film Freeway for a fee per submission. Our judging panel will review submissions through the remainder of 2020 and until August 2021. They will then select winners and runner ups for each category. The Festival schedule is arranged around the following activities:

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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.

Screening of finalist films

Two full days screening of finalist films, open to filmmakers and the general public.

Awards ceremony

The Closing Awards Ceremony will take place on Sunday 21st November 2021. It will commence with a welcome drink, networking/mingling and photographic and media opportunities. Guests will then be seated for a three course dinner and drinks. The ceremony will be opened and the awards will be presented by special guests. The evening will also include live music and entertainment. The event will showcase local brands and produce. All finalists and award winners will have the opportunity to participate. Hospitality packages and a small number of tickets will also be made available to the general public for a fee.

Open internationally.

The festival will take place in November 2021 and submissions will be made via the upcoming dedicated NEIFF website and Film Freeway. These are open internationally.

This is an IMDB qualifying festival  

See the full festival program


Tyneside Cinema

Address: 10 Pilgrim St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6QG

Phone: 0191 227 5500


Newcastle University Culture Lab

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Phone: 0191 208 6000



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Phone: 0191 261 2226


Everyman Cinema

Address: 75-85 Grey St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6EF

Phone: 01233 555642


Star & Shadow Cinema

Address: Warwick St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1BB

Phone: 0191 261 8315


Northumbria University

2 Sandyford Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8QH

The Biscuit Factory

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Phone: 0191 261 1103