Nebula Labs creates visitor events experience app for Newcastle International Film Festival
The Nebula Labs team have been working in collaboration with Newcastle Festival Group Limited to develop the official Newcastle International Film Festival mobile app. The cross-platform app we’ve developed includes a full event schedule, a visual interactive map and social media integration.
The app integrates with a bespoke custom back-end API, utilising the Django framework and consists of a fully responsive front-end interactive system, which was build using the hybrid Ionic framework, to enable ticket purchases and Uber bookings through integrated sites. Taking advantage of Google Maps API, we were also able to develop an interactive ‘heat map’ that uses a combination of background location visits and geofences around venues, to highlight the busiest parts of events throughout the festival and encourage meetups and connections in a highly visual and unique interactive map.
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 glamorous 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.
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.