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.

These events range from screenings about specific areas or communities, to meet & greets as part of our Film Search & Rescue project.  We even team up with partners in the region to host specially curated standalone screenings based around specific industries, themes, events or activities.

Delivered by our expert archive team who provide insight into the magical films included onscreen, our events are a great opportunity to meet up and enjoy captivating footage of days gone by on the big screen.

Come along to the following events:


Tyneside on Film

Special screenings of a new programme of Newcastle and Gateshead-set films from the North East Film Archive, presented by the archive team.

Tyneside Cinema
Newcastle upon Tyne

Wednesday 10th October, 3.00pm & 6.00pm
Thursday 25th October, 1.30pm (dementia friendly screening)

From global superstars, Laurel and Hardy visiting Tynemouth at the height of their fame to the resilience of people in Gateshead during the Second World War, Tyneside on Film is an opportunity to take a visual journey through the history of people on both sides of the river caught on celluloid over the last century.

Following the hugely successful Newcastle on Film, North East Film Archive have delved into the vaults once again to present a curated programme, especially for Tyneside audiences. Films capturing industries that once flanked the Tyne, the changing Newcastle and crazy fashions of the swinging 60s, and trips out to the coast all feature in this brand new programme presented by the archive team.

Get tickets and see more information here.


Home Movie Day at Beamish

1950s amateur home movie screenings to mark international Home Movie Day.

Beamish Museum
1950s front room in Beamish’s Ravensworth Terrace

Saturday 20th October, 10.00am to 5.00pm

As part of Home Movie Day, an international celebration of amateur films and filmmaking, a selection of fantastic 1950s home movies from the North East will be screened at Beamish Museum.

Films include Downstream Through Durham, which depicts picturesque locations along the River Wear and Whitley Bay, which follows a day in the life of the seaside town at the height of its popularity as a holiday destination.

Films screen in the lovingly restored 1950s front room in Beamish’s Ravensworth Terrace.

North East on Film Search & Rescue

Free archive screening and home movie event           

Sunderland Literature Festival
Sunderland City Library 

Saturday 27th October, from 11.00am to 3.00pm

Free event. Come down to watch our repeating 30 minute programme of archive amateur films and home movies and see the Sunderland and the north east of the past come alive on the big screen.

Also, as part of our new North East on Film Search & Rescue initiative, we are looking to uncover and collect more of the home movie and workplace films and videos that we know are out there languishing in people’s cupboards, sheds, attics and offices.

If you have any, bring them down on the day where archive staff will be in place with video players and hand-winders for cine films to help you to see them once again. Who knows, we may uncover new gems that with your permission, could become part of NEFA’s collections to be preserved and shared for future generations to enjoy!

Archive film screenings will be on the hour.

Information: Link coming soon.


Discover Middlesbrough Festival 2018

North East on Film - Archive Screening and Home Movie Event

Free archive screening and home movie event      

Middlesbrough Central Library
Victoria Square, Middlesbrough

Thursday 1st November, 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Come down to watch our 30 minute programme of home movie and professional films and see Middlesbrough and the north east of the past come alive on the big screen.

Bring along your own films and a member of our team will help you see it once again.  As part of our Film Search & Rescue initiative, we are searching the North East for the hidden home movies and amateur films of the region which we can preserve and protect for the future.  If you have any films in your possession and think that they may be right for the archive bring them along and see if it is a new gem that might become part of NEFA’s collections.

Archive film screenings will be on the hour.

Information: Link coming soon.


Check back again for more events yet to be announced!

If your organisation or group are interested in hosting an event or have a programming idea that you would like to explore, please contact Julie Ballands, North East on Film Delivery Manager.


Telephone: 01642 342 923