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.

Present and Future of Electronic Music event was a treat for the ears

Specialist music conference attracted international experts, performers and fans

Electronic music fans have been treated to a one-day spectacular, thanks to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

808 State’s Graham Massey, who is a UCLan Honorary Fellow, influential Vienna based producer and composer Patrick Pulsinger and the BBC’s Steve Barker were among the industry experts who took part in the ‘Present and Future of Electronic Music’ conference.

They were joined in Preston by an international cast of circa 30 experts, including people from the music industry and academics, who presented research and explored this genre of music.

The event, organised by UCLan’s Professor Ewa Mazierska, Dr Les Gillon and Tony Rigg, was part of the Great Northern Creative Expo.

Tony, who has previously occupied roles such as Operations Director for Ministry of Sound, said: “The feedback from the conference has been great. The audience members came away feeling like they’d got a deeper understanding of what electronic music is, what it does, how it is made, how it is consumed and what its future might be.”

Accomplished musician Paul Birchall performed his latest work entitled ‘Conversing with the Minimoog 3074,’ a series of compositions inspired by and drawing heavily on Moog’s iconic Model D synthesizer.

Paul, an artist in his own right, has worked with many other distinguished practitioners including Marshall Jefferson, Jim Diamond, Candi Statton, K Klass, Snake Davis, Graeme Park, DJ Sneak, Martin Fry, Felix Da Housecat, M People and Heather Small.

The album is due for official release early next year on the Gradgrind Music Label, a new enterprise set up by UCLan.

On hearing Paul play, Graham Massey said: “It was great to hear a skilled player on the Mini Moog, Paul obviously has a deep relationship with the instrument that started the synth revolution 50 years ago. Like watching James Bond throwing an Aston Martin around, it was classical. I also liked the films that threw light on Paul’s personal love affair with the Mini.”

Following Paul’s performance attendees brought instruments and original music to join DJ/ Producer Johnny Jay for the MixrUPt Open Mic Mixtape Jam.

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.

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.

2017 Programme Launch

The full programme of events for The Great Northern Creative Festival has been unveiled.

The programme for The Great Northern Creative Festival, in partnership with its principal sponsor Arriva Rail North, has launched presenting this year’s diverse selection of special guests, films and events.

The Festival will screen an array of fiction and documentary features, including the British premiere of Christopher Sykes’ award-winning documentary Golan: A Farewell to Mr Cinema and a special preview screening of SOLO!. There will also be screenings of short films, including documentary, live action and animated works.

The 2017 festival features a stellar line-up of directors, cast and crew to take part in career interviews, Screen Talks, Q&As and Industry Talks, including George Costigan (Shirley Valentine; Rita, Sue and Bob Too), Henry Normal (PhilomenaRed Dwarf) John Thomson (Cold FeetThe Curse of the Were-Rabbit) & Ovidio Assonitis (Piranha Part Two: The Spawning; Beyond the Door).

Taking place over 6 days, the Festival’s screenings are at venues across Preston, including UCLan’s state of the art Media Factory.

We round off The Great Northern Creative Festival with the Arriva Rail Festival Awards. Various prizes will be handed out on the evening including TGNCF Outstanding Award 2017 and TGNCF Lifetime Achievement Award.