Organisers say the international Newcastle Film Festival is inspired by its Cannes counterpart and will recognise global and local talent.
Plans have been unveiled for an international film festival to be held in Newcastle .
Organisers announced the ambitious project – set to take place over four days in March 2018 – from a superyacht docked at the illustrious Cannes Film Festival in France.
They are promising a “carnival of cinema, film and world class documentaries” and say entries for awards are already open.
Newcastle Film Festival president, Jacqui Miller, 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 showpiece would include awards in categories such as animation, foreign language and Bollywood.
There will also be a category open exclusively to North East schools.
Industry event sponsor Alan Latham, managing director of film production company GSP Studios, said: “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 be showcased properly in order to get noticed, raise finance and reach a wider audience with their work.”
Last year Hollywood stars descended on Newcastle city centre to film the next blockbuster Transformers movie.
Multi-award winning I, Daniel Blake was also shot in the city, while parts of the Harry Potter franchise were filmed at Alnwick Castle.
And earlier this month more stars of the screen were in the region for the filming of the new Avengers movie in Durham.
For more information, visit www.newcastlefilmfestival.uk