The Great Northen Creative Festival

The Great Northern Creative Festival returns for the 4th time to showcase the creative talent in Media, Film, Photography, Journalism & Performance. The Festival 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 UCLan and to open our doors to the City, to the North and the world beyond.

The Festival 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 Festival has attracted some of the leading creative talent (Nationally and Internationally) and we are pleased to offer staff, students and guests the opportunity to share a stimulating experience of creative talent which can be viewed, evaluated and enjoyed by everyone.

Awards & Prizes
Animation Awards & Prizes:

• The opportunity for a professional work placement.
• An opportunity to create an animated title sequence with first year BA Animation students for their project.
• An award from the festival’s principal sponsor, Arriva Rail North.
• £1,000 discount on the winning students’ tuition fees, if they apply to and enrol to UCLan in 2018 and 2019.

Documentary & Fiction Film Awards & Prizes:

• The opportunity for a professional work placement.
• A role on UCLan’s unique Feature Film Project, produced every year in conjunction with
members of the second year BA Film Production Course.
• An award from the festival’s principal sponsor, Arriva Rail North.
• £1,000 discount on the winning students’ tuition fees, if they apply to and enrol to UCLan in 2018 or 2019.

Songwriting Awards & Prizes:

• 3 Days Studio Time in a professional recording studio owned by the University of Central
Lancashire, staffed by one of their professional producers who will guide you through the entire process, engineering your session from start to finish.
• A chance for your recordings to be released through the UCLan Record Label.
• Award from the festival’s principal sponsor, Arriva Rail North.
• £1,000 discount on the winning students’ tuition fees, if they apply to and enrol to UCLan in 2018 and 2019.

Rules & Terms


Deadline for submission to the 2017 Great Northern Creative Festival, 13-18 November 2017, for online submissions is midnight on 30 September 2017. All submissions received after this deadline are automatically disqualified.


1. The Great Northern Creative Festival is financed and supported by the University of Central Lancashire (“UCLan”).

2. The Great Northern Creative Festival delivers the festival annually and is currently in its fourth year of operation.

3. The 2017 festival takes place in Preston, UK, between 13-18 November.

4. The final selection of all films presented at the festival and their placement in the programme is the responsibility of the Festival Co-ordinator, Alan Keegan. The organisation of the event and programming of all other non-competitive elements are the responsibility of the core festival team.


5. The festival is open to short films of all production techniques, including animation, documentary, drama, experimental or artist film, from which the core filmmakers are aged 16-18 years old and in full-time education in the United Kingdom in either Year 11, Year 12, or Year 13 as at 30 September 2017 only.

6. The festival is open to pieces of songwriting of all musical genres from which the artists are aged 16-18 years old and in full-time education in the United Kingdomn either Year 11, Year 12, or Year 13 as at 30 September 2017 only.

7. Submissions must have been completed after 1st September 2016 and a maximum duration (including titles & credits) of twenty-seconds for Animation, four minutes for Documentary, sixty-seconds for Fiction Film or five minutes for Songwriting.

8. Submissions previously considered for competition to past editions of the festival are not eligible for re-submission, unless withdrawn prior to programme announcement or at the festival co-ordinators discretion.

9. The Great Northern Creative Festival requires that no submissions have been included in any other UK festival prior to the premiere of the piece in The Great Northern Creative Festival’s line-up.

10.In making submission you confirm you are eligible to do so and are eligible to claim any prize you may win, If you are under the age of 18, you also confirm that you have obtained your parent or guardian’s consent to enter a submission and participate in the festival.

11.UCLan reserves all rights to disqualify you if your conduct is contrary to the spirit or intention of the festival.


12.When submitting through FilmFreeway, the information provided will only be shared with The Great Northern Creative Festival & UCLan. This information will NEVER be used for anything other than as set out in these Terms and Conditions and this data will NEVER be shared with anyone else.

13.If your submission is selected to appear in the festival you agree that the primary contact’s (as specified by you when making your submission through FilmFreeway) email address may be published in the festival catalogue.

14.By making a submission you agree that any personal information provided by you may be held and used only by UCLan or its agents and suppliers to administer the festival and selection process.


15.There is no submission fee for entry into the Great Northern Creative Festival.

16.A separate application is required for each piece.

17.Only entries created or sanctioned by individuals attending an educational institution are accepted.


18.Applicants may enter as many submissions as they wish.


19.The festival will only accept completed works (not ‘work in progresses’).

20.All submissions to The Great Northern Creative Festival must be made through FilmFreeway. The submission must not be able to be viewed by the public through any platform prior to the premiere of the piece in The Great Northern Creative Festival’s line-up. Any submissions already in the public domain prior to the presentation of the submission at the festival will be disqualified.

21.Please ensure that your upload adheres to the specification stipulated via FilmFreeway.

22.The Great Northern Creative Festival guarantees that your work will never be used in any way other to than as set out in these Terms and Conditions unless you agree and will not be available online to the public outside of the festival line-up save in our publicity material for the festival as set out in these Terms and Conditions.

23.If submissions are received in any other fashion than via FilmFreeway, they will not be considered.

24.The festival is unable to return any materials submitted to us.

25.Please ensure all information entered with your submission at the point of submission is accurate. Your submission information including, but not limited to, director, length, genre, educational institution and cast and crew information will be printed in the festival catalogue. By submitting your film you are confirming all information is accurate and suitable for print.

26.No cuts or changes to any work will be made by the festival management for any reason.

27.All festival entries may be stored in the festival archive and used for research and educational purposes. The Great Northern Creative Festival and UCLan will never use a film that permission has not be granted for.

28.UCLan will not accept responsibility for submissions that are lost, mislaid, damaged or delayed in transit regardless of cause, inlcluding, for example, as a result of any postal failure, equipment failure, technical malfunction, systems, satellite, network, server, computer hardware or software failure of any kind.


29.If the original language of the dialogue or text featured in the film or song is not English, the preview and screening copies of the work must be subtitled in English.

30.When premiered as part of the festival line-up, your film or song may appear with subtitles created by the festival team.


31.A work’s success is dependent not on its budget or length, but on its core vision and the creativity/efficiency with which it communicates that vision. Further details as to our selection process and the brief for each category of entries can be found in the following competition briefs

(a) The Great Northern Animation Competition;

(b) The Great Northern Documentary Competition;

(c) The Great Northern Fiction Film Competition; and

(d) The Great Northern Song Competition, (each a “Competition Brief”).

32.Successful entrants will be notified of their inclusion in the festival by 20th October 2017. Those entrants who have not been successful will also receive notification at this time via their FilmFreeway submission. If your contact details change during this period, please let us know so we can update our records.

33.All programming selections are at the discretion of the festival co-ordinator and their decision is FINAL.

34.After selection, notification letters will be sent electronically to the submitter; please provide an email address that is checked regularly.

35.Due to the large number of submissions that the festival receives we are unable to give comments on individual films prior to submission or offer feedback for unsuccessful entries.

36.We will make reasonable efforts to contact any successful entrants. If a successful entrant cannot be contacted or is not available by 6 November 2017 we may not be able to present the submission at the festival and we reserve the right to substitute the next eligible entrant.

37.We do not accept any responsibility if we are unable to contact you or we are unable to present your submission at the festival or if you are unable to take up any other prize.


38.If your entry is chosen for the programme, you will be asked to submit an additional screener in the highest quality possible for projection purposes. If you are unable to provide this, we may not be able to present the submission at the festival and we reserve the right to substitute the next eligible entrant.

39.There are no fees for participating in the festival. Participants are not entitled to claim an entry fee, or any other fee, for screenings at the festival.


40.We do not claim any rights of ownership in any copyright or other intellectual property rights in your submission.

41.With your submission, you confirm that you possess all rights necessary for the exhibition of the piece (i.e. no copyrighted music, footage, etc.)

42.You agree to grant us a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to use, display, transmit, copy, or store your submission for the purpose of administering the selection process, presenting, performing, or playing the submission at the festival, and promoting the festival as set out in clause 43.

43. Stills and clips of selected films or songs (under 10% of the total length of the film*) may be used for festival publications, festival trailers, press and TV coverage, they may also be screened as part of preview screenings to promote the event.

44.Any additional materials such as publicity production information are not required and should not be included at this stage.


45.Any submission must be your own work or, in the case of joint submissions the work of those persons named when making the submission via FilmFreeway, and not the work of any other person.

46.You agree that you will not submit any material which:

(a) is defamatory of any person, or is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory;

(b) promtes sexually explicit material, violence, or discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or

(c) infringes any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person.

47.By submitting to the Great Northern Creative Festival you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions laid out in this document and in the relevant Competition Brief. By agreeing to proceed with your submission, you are agreeing to these Terms and Conditions and the terms contained in the relevant Competition Brief and your submission will be processed by the festival as such. Entry of a film is binding and implies acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and the terms contained in the relevant Competition Brief.

48.48. Please ensure all details, descriptions and information is as accurate as possible at the time of submission. The information submitted to the submission platforms will be used both in the online programme and in the printed catalogue, and by submitting this information you are confirming that the information is correct and authorised to be published if your film or song is selected. If requested later, amendments may be made if possible, but this is not guaranteed.

49.In the event of disagreement concerning the interpretation of the regulations, the interpretation of the festival will take precedence.

50.Failure to comply with these Terms and Conditions may result in the submission being disqualified.

51.We reserve the right to hold void, cancel or make changes to the selection process or the festival where it becomes necessary to do so.

52.These Terms and Condition are subject to change without prior notice.

53.These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by English law, and we and you submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.


54.Insofar as permitted by law, we will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate successful entrants or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up any prize except where it is caused by our negligence, nor will we be liable in any circumstances for the content of any submissions presented at the festival. Your statutory rights are not affected.


55.Screening copies of the selected films, you must ensure that all postage charges are paid and packages should be marked; ‘ON TEMPORARY LOAN - NO COMMERCIAL VALUE - FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY’.

56.Screening copies should be sent in packages marked ‘SUBMISSION’ and addressed to;

The Great Northern Creative Festival c/o Mr A Keegan Media Factory, ME309

Kirkham Street




57.The cost of dispatching the print and/or the screening copy to the Great Northern Creative Festival is to be paid by the sender.

58.It is the responsibility of the owner of the screening copy to ensure adequate insurance coverage for postage. During the festival, all screening copies are insured by the festival.

59.Screening copies of the film should arrive at the festival office no later than 30 October 2017, unless otherwise agreed with the festival.


60.The festival would like to arrange for as many filmmakers in competition as possible to visit the festival. Regrettably, no matter how much we would like to cover the hotel and transport costs, the festival is restricted by budget constraints and no traveling/hospitality expenses can be provided.

Dated - 08/06/2017


Films from the Washington Film Festival screening at the World Film Fair