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 talents (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!

Best Short Animation
Best Short Documentary/Non-Fiction
Best Short Fiction - Comedy
Best Short Fiction - Drama/Other Genres
Best Music Video

Your film will screen as part of The Great Northern Creative Expo’s Official Selection.
Winners of each Category will be presented with a trophy as part of TGNCE19 Awards.

WHEN DOES THE GREAT NORTHERN CREATIVE EXPO TAKE PLACE?
The Great Northern Creative Expo will take place November 18th-23rd, 2019. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your work to an international audience of filmmakers, industry delegates and film fans.

ENTRY COSTS
UCLan Students/Graduates - Free of Charge
British and International Creatives - $7
Student Catagories - $7

WHAT CATEGORIES DO YOU ACCEPT?
Animation (under 30 minutes)
Documentary/Non-Fiction (under 30 minutes)
Fiction - Comedy (under 30 minutes)
Fiction - Drama/Other Genres (under 30 minutes)
Music Video (under 30 minutes)
Photography
Song Writing

SUBMISSION TIMETABLE
Entries open FRIDAY 11TH FEBRUARY 2019
Deadline for submissions is FRIDAY 23RD AUGUST 2019
The TGNCE19 Official Selection will be announced TUESDAY 1ST OCTOBER
The Great Northern Creative Expo will take place from 18TH-23RD NOVEMBER 2019
Winners will be announced at the TGNCE19 Awards on 22ND NOVEMBER 2019

PRIZES
Your film will screen as part of The Great Northern Creative Expo’s Official Selection.
Winners of each Category will be presented with a trophy as part of TGNCE19 Awards.

MOVING IMAGE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
All category submissions carry a maximum running time of 30 minutes, there is no minimum runtime for any category.
There is no premiere requirement for The Great Northern Creative Expo; we consider all films, whether they have received a screening at other festivals, nationally or internationally, or not.
We request all entries have a completion date from 2016 or after. We will not accept entires completed before January 1st 2016.
The Great Northern Creative Expo only accepts completed works as we are only able to evaluate one version of each film.
We do not accept hard copy submissions. Submission is via our official FilmFreeway platform only.
You can submit as many entries to the multiple categories as you’d like. You only need to create one FilmFreeway account and upon doing so, you may submit individual applications for the multiple competitions.
Your entry must include contact details including; your name, address, telephone number and email address.
Your film must be entirely your own work and must not include any copyrighted material, including sounds or music.
The link submitted with your entry must not expire before the completion of The Great Northern Creative Expo 2019. Should your link expire, you will be required to submit a new entry with the new active link.
All films must be in the English language; if your entry is in any other language then English your entry must be dubbed or subtitled in English.
All submission fees are final. We are unable to grant any waivers.

PHOTOGRAPHY SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe on the rights of any other party. The entrants must be the sole owner of the copyright in all photographs entered and must have obtained the permission of any people featured in the entries or their parent/guardians if those featured are under 16 years of age.
Entrants must not have broken/breached any laws when taking their submitted photographs.
All images submitted must have sufficiently high resolution to allow them to be reproduced at A3 size.
You may enter as many works as you like. You must complete a separate entry for each work and you will be charged for each submission.
The winners will be selected by our judging panel over the week of the Expo.
We do not accept hard copy submissions. Submission is via our official FilmFreeway platform only.
You must provide a high-resolution JPEG file is the quality of the uploaded file is deemed insufficient by the judging panel.
You will retain all copyright for your submission. However, by submitting the photos to the competition, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to The Great Northern Creative Expo and its partners to feature any or all of the submitted images in any of their publications, their websites and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition.

All films screened at The Great Northern Creative Expo as part of the Visual Media Competition are edited onto genre reels where films play back to back without the need to break. We believe in creating a seamless and engaging audience experience.

TECHNICAL FORMATTING
We do NOT accept submissions in physical formats such as playable DVDs, tapes or film reels. TGNCE19 is a digital festival and will accept Quicktime files only.

QUICKTIME FORMATTING
Quicktime wrapper - Apple ProRes 422 codec
Audio Codec - Integer 16bit 48KHz Stereo
Resolution - 1920 x 1080 Progressive
Frame Rate - 24fps or 25fps

TECHNICAL NOTES
Codec - TGNCE19 uses Quicktime ProRes as it’s working codec for all screenings.
Aspect Ratio - In order to standardise all of our screenings, all films will be screened within a 1920 x 1080 boundary.
Technical Compliance - It is the filmmaker's responsibility to ensure that the delivered film is technically correct. The Great Northern Creative Expo endeavours to quality check all films, but ultimately it is the responsibility of the submitter to check the quality of their work. PLEASE CHECK YOUR WORK THOROUGHLY BEFORE DELIVERY.
Audio Mix - All TGNCE19 films will be exhibited in stereo. PLEASE DO NOT SUPPLY A 5.1 MIX.
Padding - Please include 3 seconds of black video padding at the beginning and end of the film.
Subtitles - If your submission includes subtitles, they must be clearly legible and burnt into the Quicktime file. PLEASE DO NOT SUPPLY A SUBTITLE FILE SEPARATELY.
File Name - Please ensure your Quicktime file is named as the title of your submission.

SUBTITLES/CAPTIONS GUIDE
Any subtitles and caption must be clearly legible. Please pay particular attention to font size, type and subtitle colour. White text on a light background will be hard to read. Where necessary ensure subtitles have a border/drop shadow or are presented in a different colour to white to ensure the text is clearly legible.

PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE
All images submitted must have sufficiently high resolution to allow them to be reproduced at A3 size.
You must provide a high-resolution JPEG file is the quality of the uploaded file is deemed insufficient by the judging panel.
Any image type can be submitted, provided it is supported by FilmFreeway, however JPEG format is preferable.

*PLEASE NOTE: These Terms and Conditions are subject to change without notification.