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Programme director Lisa Laws says: "NLFF is all about mischief-making, crossing boundaries, making people think differently and entertainment."
This year's NLFF takes place on Tyneside and in Durham, embracing several venues.
NFILM INDUSTRY SUMMIT - NLFF will host its third industry summit when film industry experts from throughout the UK will converge on Tyneside to attend a series of screenings and networking events.
NFor more information on NLFF, log on to www.nlff.co.uk
Mark Dobson, creative director of the NLFF and boss of the Tyneside Cinema, said he was thrilled by Brian's appointment.
The NLFF began as a collaboration between the Tyneside Cinema and Yipp Films, run by director Patrick Collerton, who continues to oversee it with Mark Dobson.
Organisers of the festival, due to take place during the first week in December at the Tyneside Cinema, are calling for submissions for a prestigious programme of short films (20 minutes or less) to be included under the heading NLFF Selections.
NLFF, Newcastle Gateshead Initiative and Moxie Makers recently announced funding for the biggest ever UK production award for film - a maximum of pounds 2250,000 which Ipso Facto and Moxie Makers will part-fund.
It's a choice which will surprise some film buffs, but rather than opting for a typical panel of judges, the NLFF has decided that this year, it wants to make the audience the critic.
Once the UK's only film festival dedicated to screening work from Northern Europe, NLFF is now expanding its remit to take in the world.
As part of this, the festival is on the search for short film submissions to be a part of the NLFF Selection: a prestigious programme of short films - 20 minutes or under - which will screen publicly as part of the festival line-up.
Showcasing the very best of Baltic, Scandinavian and Northern European cinema, NLFF will feature additional screenings and events at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and St Paul's Church, Jarrow.
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