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Easter Weekend sees the inaugural Newcastle International Film Festival kick off, as from Thursday 29th March until Sunday 1st April a plethora of Newcastle venues will host screenings for more than 40 films, 140 short films and a number of events with directors and actors.

From debuts of brand new works to screenings of classics like Get Carter and Night Of The Living Dead and appearances from the likes of Mike Hodges (director of the former Tyneside favourite) and Neil Marshall (the acclaimed director of Dog Soldiers, The Descent and a lot more) there’s plenty of star power here. Filmmakers from around the world will have their movies on show across some of our best and most interesting venues.

Events will take place at the obvious venues like Tyneside Cinema; Cineworld at the Gate and The Side Cinema, with other interesting spaces being made use of too, acting as mini-cinemas to host events will be The Biscuit Factory; The Mining Institute, and Colonel Porters bar, the festival really makes the most of what our city can offer.

Opening night features a conversation with Mike Hodges and a screening of the crime classic Get Carter, with the red carpet opening taking place at Tyneside Cinema on Thursday 29th March. Other highlights include Industry Insight talks at The Mining Institute on Friday 30th March, featuring actors Craig Conway, Sean Pertwee and director Neil Marshall; the same night, Fright Night takes place at The Biscuit Factory with the debut of Marshall’s Doomsday and a screening for the 50th anniversary of Night Of The Living Dead. Saturday 31st March has the world premiere of masterful director Abel Ferrara’s The Addiction taking place at The Mining Institute, and the closing ceremony taking place at Newcastle Civic Centre on Sunday 1st April is sure to be something special as an evening of music, film and some tip-top entertainment hosted by comedian and actor Dave Johns and Jane Witherspoon bring the curtain down on the mammoth event.

More information and full listings for the event can be found here, so you can select what you’re going to see and when, as you’ll want to take in a few things for the very first (and hopefully first of many) Newcastle International Film Festival.

Newcastle International Film Festival takes place at various venues from Thursday 29th March until Sunday 1st April.

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