The TVIFF 2023 timetable has been published. Many of our events are free of charge, the rest are priced below market value, so you can enjoy the best in film and entertainment that the Tees Valley has to offer. Be part of history, be part of the Tees Valley International Film Festival. Click this link for info and tickets for all events: https://arconline.co.uk/whats-on/?_showcats=tees-valley-international-film-festival
A major new initiative aimed at amateur filmmakers in the area has just been announced by the Tees Valley International Film Festival. The TVIFF Scholarship will give £3000 to a person or group to make a short film that will then receive a glittering premiere at next years festival. To make the winning prize even more special, Middlesbrough born actor Mark Benton has also agreed to star in the film and The Northern Studios in Hartlepool, the biggest professional film and TV studio in the North East have donated two days of free studio time to the package. Director of the Tees Valley International Film Festival Michael Luke came up with the idea after speaking with filmmakers that entered their short films into last years inaugural event. “When I asked what the greatest challenge filmmakers faced the answer was the same every time…funding. Making a film of any length is an expensive gig and I thought if the festival is to achieve its long term goal of creating new filmmakers in the Tees Valley then we need to offer the beginnings of a solution to the main challenge they face”. Michael continued “We recently funded a short film for Darlington filmmaker Jim Campbell which will have it's premiere at TVIFF 2023 in October and, encouraged by the reaction from the filmmaking community in the region, we decided to build on the package we can provide and open it up to everyone in the North East". The Scholarship was made possible through a partnership between TVIFF and The Chukka Boot Company, a division of renowned bootmakers Altberg, that will open in Richmond in January. Darlington born founder of Altberg Mike Sheehan said, “I come from a very creative family but the lack of creative opportunities in Darlington in the 1960s made it difficult for me to achieve my dream of becoming the next Bob Dylan! So when Michael came to me with his proposal and being enthused by the festivals ultimate aim of inspiring and empowering new creatives, I was overjoyed to be able to provide an opportunity that will help others achieve their dream”. To apply for the TVIFF Scholarship, entrants must email a script, synopsis of the project and breakdown of how the £3000 will be spent to email@example.com. Four finalists will then be selected and invited to an interview that will take place during the first three days of the festival. The winner will then be announced on the final night of the festival and receive an award from Robson Green. Further details are available on the festival website www.tviff.co.uk and social media pages @TVIFF2023 and any help required with the application process can be provided through the same channels. To apply send a script, pitch deck and budget of how the £3k will be spent to firstname.lastname@example.org with “scholarship” in the subject bar- Finalists will be invited to an interview over the first three days of TVIFF 2023- The winner will be announced by Robson Green at the closing ceremony on the fourth day of TVIFF 2023- The scholarship must be the only source of funds for the film- Entrants must be currently based in the North East of England- An award winning filmmaker can be provided to mentor your project if you'd like- Any technical or human resource can also be provided- Closing date for entry is 20/10/2023
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We had a great meeting today with Nina Yoxall from The Northern Studios in Hartlepool. We've agreed a collaboration that will be an absolute game changer for filmmakers in the Tees Valley. More news coming soon!
Thanks to five time Mr Universe, Eddy Ellwood for welcoming Michael into his Hartlepool home to discuss the TVIFF 2023 Gala Screening of the documentary of his life “Eddy - My Universe” by Paul Suggitt. The showing will be a world premiere of the much anticipated film and tickets are available in the What's On section of this website.
Thanks to the University of Sunderland for welcoming Michael from TVIFF and Chris from Sunderland Shorts Film Festival to talk to their film and TV students about the opportunities we can provide to creatives in the North East. We're all about partnership, collaboration and alliance!
The one and only Bob Fischer will be at the helm of “An Evening with Mark Benton, Elizabeth Carling and Bill Fellows” on Oct 27th at TVIFF 2023. As a seasoned broadcaster, published author, proud Teessider and absolute champion of creativity and the arts, Bob is a welcome addition to TVIFF 2023. His many talents will bring an extra layer of magic to the must see Benton, Carling and Fellows show. Head over to the What's On page to book your tickets now!
It is our unending pleasure to tell you that this years headline event at the TVIFF 2023 Closing Ceremony will be "An Evening with Robson Green, interviewed by Mark Benton". Robson will take us on a journey through his illustrious career from his “Soldier Soldier” days that led to the Simon Cowell produced “Robson and Jerome” hit singles, all the way through to his current “Weekend Breaks” TV show which he’s recently filmed an episode of in Saltburn. Interviewed by Teesside acting legend Mark Benton, Robson will also share stories of his career highs and lows, the many inspirational people he’s worked with over the years and how it felt to leave and later return to his beloved North East. Hosted by Middlesbrough’s own Lucia Rovardi, the night also includes the presentation of awards to the winning filmmakers that’ve submitted their work to the festival and had their films screened over the course of the festival, it will feature the final of the Tees Valley’s Got Talent monologue contest and will end with a revelation of future TVIFF plans by Festival Director, Michael Luke. So if you’re an undiscovered or developing creative who’s seeking inspiration and advice or if you just want a good natured night out that will close the industry leading, ground breaking celebration of local talent and creativity that the Tees Valley International Film Festival has become. This event is one of a kind and is an absolute must see. Head over to the What's On page to get your tickets now!
The Tees Valley International Film Festival and ARC welcome Oscar and BAFTA winning film producer David Parfitt to take part in an in intimate evening of conversation in which he will discuss the many highlights of his illustrious career including taking the Academy Award home in 1998 for his work on Shakespeare in Love. Originally from Sunderland, David set up his first production company with Kenneth Branagh in 1987 and went on to produce such classics as Gangs of New York, The Madness of King George and The Father. David was Chairman of BAFTA from 2008 to 2010 and is currently chair of North East Screen so nobody is better placed to advise local filmmakers on all of the support and funding that’s available to them. Hosted by Teesside’s Jessica Robson, the show will be in a relaxed, interview style format and will finish with an open and honest audience Q&A. So whether you’d like to hear what life’s like among the A list movie stars in Hollywood or if you’d like to ask what support and funding is available to amateur filmmakers, Oscar winning film producer David Parfitt will be happy to tell all. Head to our What's On page to get your tickets now!
We had a great night recently at a networking event arranged by our good friends at Sunderland Shorts Film Festival. Collaboration, partnership and alliance with likeminded people, businesses and institutions is one of our key aims so we're immensely proud of our alliance with Chris and the team at Sunderland Shorts. Our Festical Director, Michael Luke, is pictured here with Sunderland Shorts Festival Director, Chris J. Allan.