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For the past year, the Tees Valley International Film Festival has been inviting independent filmmakers from all over the world to submit their short films for inclusion in the festival. From the hundreds of entries we received, the following films have been nominated for our Best North East Film award, also known as the Parmo D’Or.

While we champion undiscovered filmmakers from all over the world, our heart lies in our homeland so we celebrate the North East filmmakers with even greater gusto. Therefore, each of the nominated filmmakers will be interviewed after the screening of their short film and there’ll also be a chance to network with the nominees and some other recognisable faces in our VIP area.


Dirty W****r

Katy is sixteen and, like many teenagers, she is exploring her sexuality. Masturbating in the privacy of her bedroom should be the perfect opportunity for this but when her mother unexpectedly witnesses her solo session and shames her in front of the whole family, Katy quickly learns that mother doesn’t always know best.

Dir: Jen Gallagher

Running time: 14mins

Red Fox

In a baron wilderness, a homeless man is kept and tortured, before being let loose into the wild for his delusional religious captors to hunt him for sport.

Dir: Philip Martin

Running time: 18mins

Pay Back

A wealthy property developer goes to the top floor of an art gallery to pay the ransom for his kidnapped son. But when the lift mysteriously stops halfway up the building, he must quickly work out if the young man he is trapped with is just an innocent tourist…or the kidnapper.

Dir: Steve Ramsden

Running time: 18mins

Burnt Toast and Cigarettes

Kicked out of school, Abi has two paths ahead. One leads nowhere but trouble. The other, a glimmer of hope but can she accept her past?

Dir: Paul Stainthorpe

Running Time: 19mins

A Last Resort

A mother and daughter day-trip to the sea-side. As the enigmatic duo regress back to childhood ways, A Last Resort takes a humorous and painfully honest look at mother/daughter relationships and the dastardly life cards so many are dealt.

Dir: Leanne Davis

Running time: 17mins


You can see all these films back-to-back in this block showing of the Tees Valley



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    Seat size

    Seats in the Cinema are 45cm (172/3“) wide and 46cm (18“) deep, are 40cm (152/3“) from the floor, and have 12cm (42/3“) between seats.


    Seats in the Cinema have armrests that do not fold away, and cannot be completely removed.


    Seats in the cinema have 30cm (112/3”) of legroom in front of seats, with additional legroom on row A and seats B1-B4 and B11-B14.

    Further information

    If you have any questions about accessibility our Box Office team are always happy to help and can be contacted on 01642 525199 or by emailing [email protected] - you can also tell us about your access requirements when prompted to do so during the online booking process.

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    ARC’s theatre and dance performances are priced on a Pay What You Decide basis, which means you don’t have to pay until after you have seen a show!

    We want to encourage more people to come and see shows at ARC, more often. Pay What You Decide not only allows you to pay what you can afford, rather than a fixed ticket price, but also removes the financial risk of buying a ticket for a show in advance without knowing whether you are going to enjoy it or not.

    Tickets are available to book in advance as usual, but there is no obligation for you to pay until after you have seen the show. You can then decide on a price which you think is suitable based on your experience, which means if you haven’t enjoyed it at all, you don’t have to pay anything.

    All money collected will help ARC pay the artists who have performed, and we therefore hope you will give generously.

    Please ensure you have arrived and collected your tickets 15 minutes before the show starts in order to secure your seats. At the end of the show, you can decide what to pay, either by cash on the door or by card at the Box Office.