Submissions now open for The Great Northern Creative Expo Audio+Visual Competition 2019

The Great Northern Creative Expo Audio+Visual Competition opens for entries on Monday February 11th 2019.

The Great Northern Creative Expo in association with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has announced it is now open for submissions for its sixth edition, taking place in the City of Preston, from 18th to 23rd November 2019. 

The Great Northern Creative Expo has evolved from a commitment to promote and showcase the creative talent that has been developed at the University of Central Lancashire and to introduce to the world, the fantastic students and professionals working here. The Expo will now open its doors to the wider creative community with a range of competitions to showcase material from both the student and professional levels.

It is the continuing commitment of The Great Northern Creative Expo to connect young and emerging creative talents within the industry and support their development. Since its inception in 2015, The Great Northern Creative Expo has continued to exhibit over one hundred short films, photography exhibitions and music performances.

The Great Northern Creative Expo celebrates the diversity of the creative industries and its Audio+Visual Competition aims to showcase the talents of student and professional creatives with seven categories being held as part of this year’s event. 

The Great Northern Creative Expo Audio+Visual Competition invites creatives to submit to one of its seven categories; Animation, Documentary/Non-Fiction, Fiction – Comedy, Fiction – Drama/Other, Music Video, Photography and Songwriting. The Photography and Songwriting categories are presented as ‘Student Only’ competitions with only creative entrants under the age of eighteen from the United Kingdom being eligible. The Animation, Documentary/Non-Fiction, Fiction – Comedy, Fiction – Drama and Music Video categories accept submissions from professional creatives as well as presenting their own ‘Student Only’ competitions. There is an upper run-time limit of 30 minutes in all categories.

We are proud to partner exclusively with FilmFreeway for submissions to The Great Northern Creative Expo Audio+Visual Competition 2019. For full Submission Guidelines and to Enter, visit, https://filmfreeway.com/thegreatnortherncreativeexpo

For additional support and to review the Competition FAQ’s and Submission Guidelines, visit, https://thegreatnortherncreativeexpo.co.uk/2019-competition/

For more information on The Great Northern Creative Expo, visit, www.thegreatnortherncreativeexpo.co.uk or email: tgncexpo@gmail.com.


The Great Northern Creative Expo Announces 2019 Dates

The Sixth Edition of TGNCE 18th – 23rd November 2019!

The Great Northern Creative Expo in association with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) today confirms the dates for the Expo’s sixth edition which will take place at venues across the university’s Preston campus, including the state-of-the-art Media Factory facility, from 18th-23rd November 2019.

Alan Keegan, Director of Business Development – UK Partnerships for the Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries at UCLan, and the founder of The Great Northern Creative Expo will return as Festival Director for this sixth edition.

“I’m very excited that once again we are offering both the general public and the student base the opportunity to engage and be part of a unique event that has got bigger and better each year.” says Alan Keegan, “Over the years we have keynote guests such as author and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce, James Bond director John Glen, internationally acclaimed artist and photographer Ian Beesley, actor George Costigan, along with the General Manager of BBC North Adrian Mills and Stanley Kubrick’s producer Jan Harlan. The Expo will continue on in the spirit of its original founding principal of delivering the best events across the creative industries.”

Last November, The Great Northern Creative Expo presented over ten short and feature film premieres from both established and emerging talents. A new programme of almost 15 workshops and industry masterclasses proved popular across both UCLan’s student base and from attendees from farther afield. Highlights included a working masterclass from Stanley Kubrick’s producer, Jan Harlan; a feature screening of the independent motion picture Bliss! with director Rita Osei; and a guest lecture from the General Manager of BBC North, Adrian Mills.

Risa Jaroslow at The Great Northern Creative Expo 2018 (#TGNCE18)

In addition, the 2018 edition of the Expo also welcomed the local, national and international talents of Afrodeutsche, Jamie Badminton, Andrew David Barker, Steve Barker, Matthew Bennett, Paul Birchall, Abbie Bradshaw, David Bunting, Andy Chapman, Salma Chaudhry, Kezia Davis, Stuart Felton, Kieran Fletcher, FMA+12 Gage, Jing Fu, Flora Gillet, the Global Sound Movement, Candy Guard, Dominic Hodge, David Hothersall, Tristan Hunt, Risa Jaroslow, Johnny Jay, Chris Leslie, Gerry Linford, Karen Livesey, Lorna McCoid, Iakovos Pangopoulos, Patrick Pulsinger, Dr Theresa Saxon, Greg Saxton, Fiona Shields, Hannah Spikings and Mark Strange.

Fiona Shields, Head of Photography at The Guardian, at the Fieldwork Conference at #TGNCE18

Attendances at the Preston Campus for the Expo in 2018 reached above 1500 for the first time in the Expo’s six year history. 

For the first time in 2018, The Great Northern Creative Expo launched Expo Extra, creating satellite events running outside of the Expo’s traditional one-week format. The first Expo Extra events included a filmmaking masterclass from Lancaster-based production company, Intense Productions, who released horror-thriller RedCon-1 into British cinemas in September; and an Audience with broadcaster Chris Packham. Both events, held on the university’s Preston campus, were sold out and were warmly received by audiences.

(Left to right) Host Bill McCoid, with Iakovos Panagopoulos, Andy Chapman, Lorna McCoid and Matthew Bennett at the Three Northern Premieres event. 


TGNCE – 2018 Award Winners

The Great Northern Creative Expo attracts some of the countries leading talents and we invite you to enjoy the opportunity to share time and space with other Photographers, Filmmakers, Performers, Journalists, Writers and Creators. Various prizes are handed out on the evening including TGNCE Outstanding Award 2018 and TGNCE Lifetime Achievement Award 2018. All are welcome to attend the evening, which is a true celebration of the talents we have here in the Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries at UCLan.

The Great Northern Creative Expo 2018 Award Winners

The Elizabeth Burns Prize for Scriptwriting
Presented to Richard Albiston by Bill McCoid & Steve Lawson

Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Scriptwriting
WINNER:
Sue De Gruyther and Christine Tuson

Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in TV Production
WINNER:
Dean Flynn
Nominees: Ryan Mallows & Chloe Francom

Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Animation
WINNER:
Mario Kkounnous
Nominees: Jaz Sperring & Michael Tharme

Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Photography
WINNER:
Nicola Lewis-Dixon

Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Games Design
WINNER:
Jakob MacDonald
Nominees: Peter Dimitrov and James Moorby

Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Dance
WINNER:
Sophie Leigh Barrow
Nominees: Hazel Loftus and Carmen Robins

Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Acting
WINNER:
Joshua Besso
Nominees: Tattiana Haslam and Amy Hurst

Outstanding Contribution to BA Screenwriting – Short Film
WINNER:
Hannah Arthur

Outstanding Contribution to MA Screenwriting – Short Film
WINNER:
Kezia Davis

Best Script BA Screenwriting – Short Film
WINNER:
Kelsey Cromwell

Confucius Institute Special Recognition Award
WINNER: The Global Sound Movement

The Arriva Rail Northern Creative Expo Outstanding Achievement Award 2018
WINNER:
Matt Steele

The Arriva Rail Northern Creative Expo Lifetime Achievement Award 2018
WINNER:
Alexander Callaghan

The Awards for; Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Music, Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Film Production, Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Media Production and Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Continuing Drama, were not awarded in 2018.

Bill McCoid talks Kubrick, Spielberg and more with Jan Harlan

Stanley Kubrick’s executive producer Jan Harlan to shared stories from his 50-year career.

Veteran film producer Jan Harlan made his first ever visit to the North West to speak at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) as part of this year’s edition of The Great Northern Creative Expo.

The 81-year-old, who worked with Stanley Kubrick on most of his films, spoke in an ‘Audience with’ style event hosted by UCLan scriptwriting lecturer Bill McCoid. The event took place in UCLan’s Media Factory Creative Innovation Zone to a packed house.

Harlan discussed his career at length, which has spanned almost fifty years and shared many of his life experiences. He was Kubrick’s executive producer for Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut and was an assistant to the producer for A Clockwork Orange. In addition, Harlan has also worked as an executive producer for Steven Spielberg on the 2001 film AI: Artificial Intelligence.

Jan Harlan’s visit is part of UCLan’s The Great Northern Creative Expo, which aims to showcase creative talent in media, film, photography, journalism and performance at the University.  The event began as a platform to promote top quality student work and now attracts well-known national and international names, allowing the local community, students and staff to come together and enjoy a wide variety of events.

Three Northern Premieres launch at TGNCE18

Three brand new short films premiered at The Great Northern Creative Expo on the evening of the 12th November.

A Still Sunrise, The Breach and The Art Collector were warmly received by a full house on the opening night of UCLan’s leading creative event.

The Art Collector, written and directed by Lorna McCoid, on the big screen

The film screenings were followed by an interesting Q&A session, hosted by UCLan’s own Bill McCoid. Taking part were Iakovos Panagopoulos, director of A Still Sunrise who had flown in from his home in Greece to attend the event, along with the screenwriter Andy Chapman; Matthew Bennett, writer of The Breach, and Lorna McCoid writer & director of The Art Collector.

Matthew Bennett had performed earlier in the day as one half of the rap duo FMA + 12 Gage, and officially opened The Great Northern Creative Expo 2018.

A Still Sunrise Poster

A Still Sunrise (written by Andy Chapman)
Synopsis: Locked into an abusive marriage, Janice is still struggling to come to terms with the loss of her son. Unable to leave her home and suffering daily abuse from her husband, Ben. Janice dreams of escaping her homemade nightmare. But when the dead walk the earth, nowhere is truly safe. With sanity beginning to crack, it’s only a matter of time before someone opens the door to a past long buried. 

The Breach Title Card

The Breach (written by Matthew Bennett)
Synopsis: ‘The second film from the team behind the award winning short film – Patient 13’, An unsuspecting woman receives a silent and creeping visitor…

The Art Collector Poster

The Art Collector (written and directed by Lorna McCoid)

Synopsis: The Art Collector owns an artwork that is priceless. It can’t be touched. It is the pride of his collection. Oslo, an artificial intelligence, is fascinated by it, after all he wants to feel human.

Local act, FMA + 12 Gage, launches Creative Expo at UCLan

Local music duo FMA + 12 GAGE  were VIP guest stars when they opened The Great Northern Creative Expo at UCLan earlier today.

Father and son Matthew Bennett and son Callum were delighted to be invited to be the launching act for the event which showcases the work of UCLan graduates. Matthew said: “It went really well, We did the gig on the fourth floor of The Media Factory. It was an honour to be chosen to do that.”

For UCLan graduate Matthew the day was especially important because it also saw the screening of his second film entitled “The Breach”, which he is hoping will repeat the success of his first award winning film “Patient 13”.

The creative Preston duo have had a busy year. Matthew, who was diagnosed as autistic just a few years ago, is proud they will be performing at the “Autism’s Got Talent” roadshow in New Brighton on November 23.

This autumn the duo also launched its debut album entitled “Parental Advisory.” Matthew said: “People have been telling us that they are blown away by our album … it’s such a good feeling when people are passionate about something we’ve spent so long working on.”

Words by Fiona Finch

The 2018 Programme

The Great Northern Creative Expo returns for it’s 2018 edition with a progressive and inclusive celebration of Northern creativity. We are once again proud to present a wide variety of talents from The University of Central Lancashire and beyond from every corner of the Creative Industries including Film, Photography, Performance, Music, Media and Journalism. The Expo’s wide array of events, conferences and screenings will take place over the six days at venues across Preston, including UCLan’s state of the art Media Factory.

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The Great Northern Creative Expo continues to attract some of the country’s leading creative talents and continues in it’s founding commitment to offer student, staff and guests this unique opportunity to share in their common passion to present their work to an audience and gain invaluable insight into their chosen careers from industry professionals at the pinnacle of their careers. 

This fifth edition of the Expo promises to be it’s most diverse in its breadth of programmed events and is again able to offer this fantastic opportunity through the generosity of The University of Central Lancashire and our other Expo Partners.

New Year, New Name!

The great northern creative experience is back again for 2018 under a brand new name, The Great Northern Creative Expo!

The Great Northern Creative Expo will run from Monday 12th-Saturday 17th November. The Expo’s wide array of events, conferences and screenings will take place over the six days at venues across Preston, including UCLan’s state of the art Media Factory.

The Great Northern Creative Expo has evolved from a commitment to promote and showcase the creative talent that has been developed at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and to also introduce to the world, the fantastic students and professionals that we have working at the University, whilst opening our doors to the city, to the North and the world beyond.

Once again, the expo will introduce a variety of talent which will include film, photography, media and journalism with performances, workshops, masterclasses, music, monologues, networking, animation and inspiration to one and all.

The expo has attracted some of the leading creative talent (nationally and internationally) and we are pleased to offer students, academics and the general public the opportunity to share a stimulating experience of creative talent which can be viewed, evaluated and enjoyed by everyone!

The programme of events is yet to be announced but the Expo will conclude with the Arriva Rail Festival Awards.

The Visitor and the madness of cult films

What makes a great cult film? A fascinating host of characters who you can dress up as at a yearly convention? A complicated plot that takes a number of viewings to understand? Or is it seeing a faker than fake bird produce a hidden blade from its beak and stab Lance Henrikson in the neck?

Cult films are something of a phenomenon, as Ovidio G. Assonitis explained when he spoke at the Great Northern Creative Festival. 

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, cult films should have “enduring appeal to a relatively small audience”, and be “non-mainstream”, but it isn’t as simple as that really.

There are generally two sorts of cult film. The first sort is genuinely good films which, for whatever reason, were misunderstood upon release and didn’t do well at the box office. Films that fall into this category include The Rocky Horror Picture Show, A Clockwork Orange and Donnie Darko.

The second, and much more baffling types of cult film are those truly terrible films, which by some minor miracle get latched onto by a small group of rabid fans.  The kind of people who see through a films many flaws and find a real charm and ‘so-bad-its-good’ appeal.

The Visitor,  based on a story written by Assonitis, is a cult film that sits firmly in that second category.  The 1979 sci-fi horror flick is a true cinematic experience. Despite its plot leaning heavily on other, more successful 70’s horror films, it’s a truly unique spectacle.

The film is directed by Giulio Paradisi (credited as Michael J. Paradise so as to appeal to American audiences more). He is best known for his numerous B-movies which tended to blatantly rip off major films of the time.  An example of this would be his 1977 production, Tentacles.  Which essentially took everything from Steven Spielberg’s box-office smash Jaws, but replaced the titular shark with a giant octopus.  Already you can see why this film has garnered such cult status.

Unlike many of Assonitis’s projects at the time, The Visitor actually boasted a cast featuring some reasonably notable names, including the aforementioned Lance Henrikson, who would go on to feature in many of James Cameron’s biggest films. Legendary director John Huston, whose films include cinematic classics The Maltese Falcon and The Man Who Would Be King, also features prominently. Lord knows why.

This film is made (or ruined some would argue) by the utter madness that is the films plot… The Visitor is essentially a story of an ancient warrior from a distant world, who comes to earth to prevent the evil Sateen (who’s definitely not any relation to Satan), from spreading his evil across the world.  Sateen has taken the form of an eight-year old girl Katy, and his plot involves getting Katy’s mother pregnant so she can deliver a devilish baby boy in Sateen’s image.

As you can imagine this leads to some utterly cringe worthy dialogue, a staple of any good cult film, where Katy says to her mother’s potential suitor “You and momma could make love and give me a baby-brother.”, but that can be forgiven for sheer amount of wild wacky moments this films throws at you.

To be clear this is in no way a good film, it’s awful.  But whether it’s intentional or not, The Visitor is just so entertaining.  There’s such a charm to its madcap, randomly put together plot.  One minute you’re at a basketball game where the ball explodes in actual Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s hands, the next we’re at a child’s birthday where the mother is ‘accidentally’ shot in the back and lest we forget Lance Henrikson’s death scene.  He meets his maker by way of a switchblade wielding bird and not just any bird, but literally the fakest bird ever seen on screen. That is no exaggeration.

It really is a fascinating piece of film.  You can’t take your eyes off the screen because there’s literally no way of knowing what’s going to happen in the next scene.  Say want you want about the film, but you can’t deny that the team behind it are doing all they can to entertain you.

The Visitor could possibly be the cult film to end all cult films. It certainly ticks all the cult boxes.  You need to go out of your way to see this film.  You’re guaranteed to see something you’ve never seen in film before and you’ll probably never see again!

Words by Daniel James Morris