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Welcome to Newcastle University's Research Centre in Film and Digital Media.

Elephant in the Room:Film and Visual Culture in Contemporary Northern Ireland

Friday 23rd January at 1.30pm in Culture Lab, Newcastle University

PB book coverThe Research Centre for Film and Digital Media (RCFDM) at Newcastle University is hosting a half-day symposium on film and visual culture in Northern Ireland, to be followed by the launch of Paula Blair's Old Borders, New Technologies: Reframing Film and Visual Culture in Contemporary Northern Ireland (Peter Lang, 2014).

The event brings together practitioners whose diverse range of works are discussed in the book, and an opportunity to learn more about the vital role different forms of cultural production play in addressing the more marginalized and quietened social issues which have prevailed in the region since the signing of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Click here for details of the full programme

Attendance is free, but advance booking is required. You can register here.


CIFF poster

The China Independent Film Festival (CIFF) is the longest-running and most important independent film festival in China. The 10th Anniversary of the CIFF UK Celebration took place between 12 May 2014 and 15 May 2014 in Newcastle and went on tour to Nottingham (16th-18th) and London (16th-17th). It was organized by the CIFF and the University of Newcastle in partnership with the University of Nottingham and the China Visual Festival. Further information about the festival is available here.


The Research Centre for Film and Digital Media has collaborated with Veto Films with a film making workshop on the theme of HOME to help nurture local young talent. Three short films have been produced by the young people themselves on the theme of 'Home' (such as HOMELESS) and their work is being screened at various venues across the city, both indoor and outdoor.

'Mongrel' a short film about discovering who you really are, written shot and directed by young people from Newcastle in collaboration with the Research Centre in Film and Digital Media and Bridge + Tunnel Voices, funded by the ESRC festival of Social Science 2011.



Looking to the future, the Centre will be programming screenings, workshops, and talks, showcasing university staff and students' own work in film and digital media, but also collaborating with partners such as the Tyneside Cinema, Side, the Star and Shadow, local film production companies and the BBC, as well as with international partners from further afield. All to help develop Newcastle's status as a brilliant city for film, and to further research into the moving image.