North East on Film

“EVERY FILM A REVELATION!” - Durham On Film at the Gala Theatre And Cinema

We were delighted to present our Durham On Film show at the Gala Theatre and Cinema on 9th March, and were so thrilled to see a sold-out house of over 400 people.  If you missed the show, which included footage of communities, industries and famous faces from across Durham County dating back to 1902, then fear not! We return to the Gala with the show on Saturday 6th July!

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60 Years on Air with Tyne Tees TV

Tyne Tees Television went on air at 5pm, January 15th 1959 from the City Road studios in Newcastle. A quarter of a million viewers watched on the first night. 60 years on, we’re inviting all the region’s goggleboxers to grab an armchair and binge watch some classic programmes and clips from the station’s first year through to the 80s, all from the huge collection of Tyne Tees telly on film preserved here at NEFA.

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NEFA launches ambitious new Search & Rescue campaign


NEFA is excited to announce the launch of its new Search & Rescue campaign.  We’re asking everyone who lives in, works in or loves the North East to help us re-discover those forgotten film and videotape collections that have recorded life in the region over the past one hundred and twenty years.

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In May 2018 we launched CINESECRETS, an initiative where we team up with the region’s media to present 60-second clips from the North East Film Archive showing the people, industries, special events and pastimes of times gone by. 

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Screenings and Special Events

As well as our extensive archive of films available online, we take North East on Film on the road too, connecting the people and communities of the North East with their magnificent film heritage through our programme of curated screenings and events.

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North East on Film

Join us as we reveal the region’s film heritage on screen and online thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

We’re searching for, preserving and digitising moving image from across the North East and bringing these films to cinemas, community centres and other venues near you.

Search and Rescue

We need your help to find the region’s hidden film heritage. Check your cupboards, sheds, attics and store rooms to uncover the history of the region captured on film.

Precious and often fragile, these films and videos need preserving to ensure that they can be enjoyed now and in the future.