Nebula Labs Collaborating with Newcastle International Film Festival to Develop Official Festival App

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With Newcastle’s first ever International Film Festival fast approaching, Nebula Labs are proud to announce we have been working as technical partner with Film North East Limited to develop the official festival app.


Newcastle International Film Festival is just days way and preparations are in full swing. The four-day long festival, which is scheduled to take place between March 29th and April 1st, promises to bring together “all that is wonderful about the art of movie making” from around the world.  Screenings will take place in venues across Newcastle and Gateshead – from cinemas to more unusual venues such as galleries, bars, pubs and restaurants.


Inspired by the glamorous Cannes Film Festival in France, Newcastle International Film Festival will celebrate established and emerging talent alike across all genres, through a diverse programme – with world premieres, industry networkers, masterclasses and even a star studded awards ceremony scheduled to take place. With star backing from Hollywood names such as Schindler’s List actress Caroline Goodall, the inaugural four-day long festival is estimated to attract 50,000 visitors and is predicted to have a global reach of over ten million.


The festival has even managed to attract royal support – HRH Prince Michael said: “It is a new and exciting initiative aimed at increasing job prospects and economic impact in an area of the country that has provided the UK with and indeed the world, with an array of talent from the arts and creative industry over the years.” In fact, Newcastle has even more to offer than its booming creative industry – it has one of the fastest growing economies in the UK, beautiful scenery and provides some of the highest opportunities in both academia and business. The region has also previously played host to cinematic masterpieces such as I, Daniel Blake, Harry Potter, Transformers and Get Carter, making it the perfect city to host a festival of this kind.


Besides its clear international focus, the festival also aims to showcase ‘home grown’ talent from around the North East, with Geordie icons such as Get Carter director Mike Hodges, award-winning screenwriter Peter Flannery and director Neil Marshall among the festival’s star attractions. Festival president and North East native Jacqui Miller-Charlton MBE advised the festival aims to capture the essence of Newcastle and the surrounding areas to ensure a lasting legacy. She went on to say Newcastle’s first ever Film Festival will signal to the rest of the film-making sector that Newcastle is open for business and therefore boost growth in the area.


The Nebula Labs team have been working with Newcastle Festival Group Limited to develop the official app for the festival. Our team of creators and innovators have tailor made an attractive and easy to use mobile app to facilitate festival goers throughout the four-day long festival. The app, which is available on iOS and Android devices, consists of an interactive and highly visual ‘heat map’ that uses a bespoke algorithm to highlight to users the busiest parts of the festival in real time to encourage meet ups and connections. Festival goers will also be able to use the app to view the festival line up, purchase tickets and even book an Uber through integrated sites. These are just a few examples of the bespoke solutions our team have come up with to solve business problems in an innovative and highly sophisticated manner.


With a festival programme as glamourous and diverse as Newcastle International Film Festival’s and an official custom-made app that uses the latest technology to facilitate festival goers throughout their stay, Newcastle’s first ever International Film Festival is set to be a huge success and the first of many more to come.


 If you’re attending Newcastle International Film Festival, you can download the official app at


If you’ve got an idea for a mobile app or web development project, Nebula Labs’ team of creators and innovators are here to help you transform your idea into reality. Contact us today here.

Dylan McKee
Dylan McKee
Dylan McKee is the co-founder & CEO of Nebula Labs. He's a passionate technologist, excited app developer, and enthusiastic tea drinker. Dylan has a vast experience of mobile app development, developing his first iOS app - myAltitude - at the age of 13, which went on to achieve over 1 million downloads worldwide. Since then, Dylan has worked on countless apps over multiple mobile and web platforms for a variety of clients ranging from solo entrepreneurs and venture-backed startups to established SMEs and local government organisations. Dylan studied Computer Science BSc at Newcastle University, and is also an alumni of the Ignite Accelerator Programme, completing their Summer 2014 programme and working with many of their portfolio companies on mobile apps.

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