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2008 sees the Northern Lights Film Festival broaden its scope. Previously focussing on films from northern Europe, the Newcastle and Gateshead based event has branched out to include films from across the globe this year. They aim to pick films from up and coming filmmakers and to encourage new talent - and there are plenty of inclusions from these shores this year, including Helen. In order to further boost young talent they are also running a national competition - Moxie Makes A Pitch - which will green light a feature film through pubic vote.

In addition to the features listed below, there is an additional shorts programme.

The festival has also welcomed a new director, Brian Gordon, this year, who aims to build "the Northern Lights Film Festival into one of the most highly anticipated film festivals in the UK and the rest of the world".

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The Wrecking Crew
The Wrecking Crew
Examination of the influential group of LA-based session musicians who worked alongside many of the greats, including Elvis Presley and The Byrds.
Blood Car
Blood Car
Troma-esque weirdness as a vegan invents a vehicle more reminiscent of Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors. Minus the crap Broadway songs, of course.
Better Things
Better Things
Award-winning short filmmaker makes his feature debut with a story of fractured relationships.
sleep furiously
sleep furiously
Rural Wales faces change from all sides as the population ages.
Mum And Dad
Mum And Dad
Brit horror, sees an airport worker face the perils of a close-knit family. In cinemas and on DVD this Boxing Day. Plus read our with Perry Benson.
Helen
Helen
A missing girl's police reconstruction prompts her proxy to fill in the psychological gaps in herself.
Patti Smith: Dream Of Life
Patti Smith: Dream Of Life
Intimate portrait of the icon.
Captain Abu Raed
Captain Abu Raed
Uplifting tale about an airport janitor who spins stories for street kids after being mistaken by them for a pilot.
Año Uña
Año Uña
Personal photograph album becomes the basis for an unconventionally told romance.
Deficit
Deficit
After a spoiled, rich kid hosts a party, unexpected guests bring tensions to boiling point.
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