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The 24th

Great Northern Festival
30th November to 2nd December 2018

with PAGB Patronage - 2018-30

Closing Date: 28th October

Dear AV-Friend

We hope that you will be able to join us this year as an Entrant and/or Attendee at the24th Great Northern Festival.

We work very hard to ensure that The Great Northern is enjoyable and affordable for everyone and try to take onboard your comments and suggestions whenever possible.

This year we have negotiated to:-

  • Keep Ticket,  All Meals & Britannia Hotel Prices the same as last year
  • Arranged with The Britannia Hotel that all our rooms will be together in a quiet part of the hotel and upgraded to Executive rooms at no extra cost
  • Booking is now to be done directly with the Hotel,
    see the Brochure for details of how to book

  • Arranged for the evening meal to be in the Private Britannia Suite with it's own bar and large round tables
  • Increased the time limit for New Horizon entries to 9 minutes

We are extremely grateful to our supporters 

altIgor Kokarev of WnSoft.com for kindly suppplying 3 copies of the latest version of PTE Deluxe for the New Horizons 1st, 2nd & 3rd places


altAKM Music for kindly supplying 3 Royalty Free Music CD's for the Great Northern 1st, 2nd & 3rd places and also arranging for a 20% to 30% discount on their products for attendee's and entrants
see the bottom of email for the Discount Code
altThe PAGB for their Patronage and Medals & Ribbons for the Great Northern winners


altCannon Projectors UK for the loan of a projector to run the competitions

Please show your support to them in return

Our Judges this year are :-

Malcolm Imhoff 
  Malcolm Imhoff

RPS FACI(M)   (Chair)


  Suzanne Gregory

  Jeff Mansell



Friday 30th November - Mood and Music




Judith has been a secondary school music teacher for thirty years. For the last sixteen of those, Head of Music at Strathearn School in Belfast, her home city.
Judith’s own main instrument is the piano, but her real love is teaching class music, from composing theme tunes for cartoon characters with eleven-year-olds to studying Baroque oratorio and forties jazz with A level students, and everything in between.

She has been taking photographs seriously for the last five years, and learnt a huge amount since joining Bangor and North Down Camera Club.
Her friends and mentors there also introduced her to the art of AV, and she found this medium attractive from the start because it offers such great opportunities for combining music and photography. She particularly enjoys composing music for her own AV's

Judith won the Great Northern Competition in 2017 with ‘Matthew Loney’s Miracle’. She has also won the NIPA & IPF Festivals and gained her DPAGB/AV in May 2018.

Judith will talk about ‘Mood and Music’ and will demonstrate how music creates the mood and atmosphere within an AV.

This is a talk not to be missed and will be of interest to
AV workers, Film makers and music lovers

Saturday & Sunday 1st & 2nd December

Our two Competitions the 'New Horizons' and 'Great Northern' will be held on the Saturday and Sunday.

Please note the time limit for the New Horizons entries has been increased to 9 minutes. We hope this will encourage more people to enter this section

See the Brochure for more details of the weekend.

Provisional timings are:-

Friday Evening 7:30 to 10:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday Evening meal at the Britannia Country House Hotel in a private room with own bar 7:30 pm


The Howard Gregory Trophy

The Howard Gregory Trophy

This trophy in memory of Howard is awarded for 
The Most Creative Soundtrack’

All entries in both the Great Northern and the New Horizons competitions will be eligible for this award.

The Judges will be looking for the best use of all the elements that have been blended together creatively by the Author to produce a soundtrack that compliments and enhances the Sequence.

Unfortunately we will not be able to post out this trophy, so, although you can still win it, you will have to attend to be able to receive it.
In addition it will only be held for 12 months and must be returned in time for the following year’s competitions.


Entries and Booking

Entries & Bookings are now being accepted for the 24th Great Northern Festival.

Don't worry if your sequence is not yet finished, you can still book to attend now.
Just put '
Details to follow' as the Sequence Title (and the Title if you know it).
If you have an idea of the finished Time then please put that, otherwise just put the Maximum - i.e. 9 or 12 minutes.

You can send us the final details along with your sequence in time for the Closing Date which is the 28th October.

Remember that all 'New Horizons' entries will receive constructive feedback from the Judges. This will be verbal on the day, so that all present will gain something from the feedback.

We hope that this will help entrants to improve their work for future events and competitions. It should also help those not entering this time to gain valuable pointers as to what makes the winning entries better than the others.

Entrants will also receive written feedback for their own entry after the event.

'Great Northern' entrants will receive a grade 'A, B, or C' from the Judges after the event.
This grade is based on the sequences viewed in this competition only, therefore it is important to attend to see the other entries for yourself.

  1. Download the xls Booking Form, complete and return by email, to  Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist gegen Spambots geschützt! JavaScript muss aktiviert werden, damit sie angezeigt werden kann.  even if you are posting your entry.

Please include a copy of the Booking Form with the Electronic Transfer or on the CD/DVD

There is also a PDF version available for you to print out and fill in by hand to return by post if you wish. Please send us an email to let us know that you are posting your Forms so we can look out for them.

We will be at the RPS Internationals in September
and you can give us your entries/bookings there

Please note the earlier closing date of 28th October this year

Download Brochure & Rules
Download Booking Form


     Hough End centre

The Great Northern Festival is again being held at The Hough End Conference Centre, Manchester, M21 7SX.  

Located off junction 5 of the M60 Motorway, near the end of the M56, it is easily accessible from all locations.

It is also close to rail and tram routes for those travelling by public transport and only 6 miles from Manchester  Airport.




We have managed to hold prices once again for this year
Saturday & Sunday Buffet Lunches are available at Hough End.
Tea and Coffee is included in the ticket price at the morning and afternoon breaks on Saturday and Sunday.

Hot and cold drinks can be purchased from the bar at all other times

Saturday Buffet Lunch £7.95
- Hot roast glazed ham or Cheshire turkey - carved at the table
   on Brown or White barm  (soft round flatish bun)
- Garden salad, relishes & fries
- Assorted desserts & creamHough End Centre

Please indicate on the Booking Form if you require a vegetarian option

Sunday Buffet Lunch £7.95
- Jacket Potatoes with assorted fillings
- Garden Salad.
- Assorted Sweets & Cream

A Saturday Evening meal has again been arranged at the Britannia Hotel.
This will be in the private Britannia suitewhich has it's own bar
You do not need to be staying at the hotel to join us for this meal.

Saturday Evening Meal - served buffet style £14alt
- Soup & Salad starter
- various main courses including vegetarian
- Assorted Desserts
- Tea and Coffee

All meals need to be booked and paid for by 28th October



We have once again negotiated special rates for bed and full breakfast at theBritannia Country House Hotel Britannia Country House Hotel

£60 for a double/twin room
£50 for a single room.

The rooms will be upgraded to Executive for no extra cost

These are only available for a limited number of rooms and they are booked up quickly. You only pay on arrival and you can cancel up to 48 hours in advance for no charge should the need arise.

Full details of how to book are in the Brochure

The Special rates are available for Friday 30th November and Saturday & Sunday nights, 1st - 2nd December

A Shuttle Bus from Manchester Airport can also be booked when booking the Hotel.

There should be plenty of people to give you a lift from the hotel to Hough End should you require it.

A list of other nearby Hotels are also included in the Brochure. Book early as hotels around Manchester tend to get booked up early for December.


Tell Others About Us

The Great Northern Festival is a weekend of Entertainment, Competition and Learning, for all Audio Visual enthusiasts.

      Including :-
  • Guest Speakers
  • The Great Northern Competition
    - Open Entry
  •  The New Horizons Competition
    - Restricted Entry 

    See the Brochure for full Details and Rules

If you know of someone else who may be interested in Attending/Entering then please use this link to Forwardthis email to them and ask them to sign up to receive future updates.
For supporting The 24th Great Northern Festival we are extremely grateful to :-

www.wnsoft.com            alt           www.thepagb.org.uk


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