Welcome to Northern Lights Film Festival 2006!

Four years of fantastic films and events from Northern Europe

Festival image 2006 - a deer in daylight

Northern Lights brings you fantastic cinematic stories from Northern Europe, the UK and the Baltic States, and in this 4th year of the festival we have a vast array of UK premieres, feature films, shorts and documentaries rubbing shoulders with animation, artist films, live music and film events with special guests.

It’s 30 years since Punk rocked the world. This anniversary has inspired us to revisit punk’s impact on screen and also to take a particular look at work and individuals who have stood out against the conventional or rejected the establishment way of doing things - from rebellious Scottish animator and artist filmmaker Norman McLaren to Paul Andrew Williams, who has just made one of 2006s most exciting feature films for just £80,000. Punk has also inspired us to introduce more live events into this year’s festival and we are thrilled to be able to present legends like Don Letts and Attila the Stockbroker as well as a live tribute to that essential ‘Geordie outsider’ Jack Carter.

Unlike conventional film festivals Northern Lights is also about getting new films made. In 2006 we launch the UK’s biggest short film prize. The Orange North Star Short Film Award is worth £40,000 to the winning filmmaker and its presence in our region is yet another indication of the growing national and international significance of North East filmmakers.

On top of all this, the Northern Lights Film Industry Summit brings many of the most influential movers and shakers in the European film industry to NewcastleGateshead for two days to enable the cream of local film talent to pitch their ideas to the people that really count.

There are more films than ever before in the 2006 Northern Lights and more venues being used to show them to you. This year you can catch the programme at Tyneside Cinema, Side Cinema, Morden Tower and World Headquarters in Newcastle, and we are delighted and honoured to be opening the beautiful Old Town Hall, Gateshead as a brand new venue for cinematic thrills.

Enjoy the show!

Stéphanie Little – Festival Director

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