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Film season is Raging Against the Machine

Date 26 Sep 2006
Author The Editor

This year’s celebration of Nordic and Baltic Cinema – the Northern Lights Film Festival (16-23rd November) examines how filmmakers have used the big screen to challenge the mainstream.

The spirit of opposition theme that runs throughout this year’s Festival includes: Derek Jarman’s classic Jubilee; the acid words of punk poet Attila the Stockbroker; A Decent Factory which examines NOKIA’s pursuit of profit at the expense of all else; and Rude Boy, the 1980 docu-drama starring The Clash.

Northern Lights Film Festival showcases over 80 screenings from 12 Northern European countries It also features the UK’s biggest prize for short filmmaking (£40,000), the Orange North Star Short Film Award.

Festival Director Stéphanie Little comments on the Orange North Star Short Film Award: “Northern Lights Film Festival is about making film as much as watching it and we’re delighted that Orange have chosen to sponsor our prestigious North Star Short Film Award. This is a tremendous opportunity for people with a track record in film production, but who are yet to make a feature, and is also a huge incentive for young directors making their first tentative steps in filmmaking. Plus this year we’ve also expanded our INDUSTRY SUMMIT which has become the film industry event for emerging and established filmmakers. The Summit will explore production, financing, distribution and marketing of low-budget film”.

The 4th annual Northern Lights Film Festival takes place in Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland & Middlesbrough from 16th – 23rd November 2006. For more information see

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