Sat 8 November 2003 – Sat 22 November 2003

The first pilot edition of AV Festival took place in 2003 across Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and Middlesbrough. It included 29 screenings, 6 performances, 21 talks and workshops, and two new commissions.

Highlights included: live performances by The Cinematic Orchestra, Tina Frank and General Magic, screenings of Matthew Barney’s The Cremaster Cycle, and a Mike Figgis retrospective. Over fifteen-days it sold 6,395 tickets.

AV Festival 03 was created by the AV Partnership: Tyneside Cinema, Sunderland Council, Middlesbrough Council and Teesside University, in consultation with Jeff Cleverly.

Opening Night Gala: The Cinematic Orchestra

Sat 8 November 2003, 8pm

Former Odeon Cinema Site

AV Festival and The Sage Gateshead presented The Cinematic Orchestra’s Man with a Movie Camera live in the abandoned old Odeon...more

Matthew Barney: The Cremaster Cycle

Tue 18 – Thu 20 November 2003

Tyneside Cinema

Indescribable is an over-used word, but it is appropriate here as words are very inadequate to try to capture the overwhelming experience...more

Tina Frank and General Magic: Fuzzy Motion

Sun 16 November 2003, 6.30pm

Tyneside Cinema

Based in Austria, Tina Frank is one of the most exciting graphic artists working in Europe today. Taking early advantage of...more

Mike Figgis: Timecode Live

Sat 22 November 2003, 8pm

Former Odeon Cinema Site

This hugely inventive and enjoyable story of Hollywood folk making a movie is shot simultaneously on four digital cameras, and plays across four split...more

Various Artists: Celluloid Synaesthetics

Mon 10 - Tue 11 November 2003

Side Cinema / Kino Middlesbrough

Using abstract images to attempt to visualise or enhance sound...more

Various Artists: Film on the Edge of Technology

Sat 15 November 2003, 8pm

Side Cinema

Archive work by artists using film to explore the possibilities of emerging technologies. The focus is the work of Lillian Schwartz who...more

Richard Fenwick: RND#(NE)

Mon 17 November 2003, 8pm

Tyneside Cinema

Richard Fenwick is originally from Newcastle, a former graphic design student at Newcastle College and now one of the names to watch in music video and...more