Cannon Films Ltd joins The Great Northern Creative Expo as Principal Partner

The company joins the Expo for its again after a successful 2018 partnership.

Cannon Films Ltd is proud to join the team behind The Great Northern Creative Expo 2019 as a principal partner for a celebration of ‘Creativity in the Making’. Managing Director of Cannon Films Ltd, Richard Albiston also serves as Creative Producer for this year’s Expo.

The Great Northern Creative Expo has evolved from a commitment to promote and showcase the emerging creative talent across the North of England. The expo continues to introduce a variety of fresh talent including film, photography, media and journalism with performances, workshops, masterclasses, music, monologues, networking, animation and inspiration to one and all, attracting some of the world’s leading creative talents.

Previous years have seen Mr Albiston and the company becoming an integral part of the Expo management team, securing such high-profile guests such as John Glen, director of five James Bond films including Octopussy and Licence to Kill; Ovidio Assonitis, producer of Beyond the Door and Piranha II: The Spawning (the directorial debut of Avatar creator James Cameron); and Andrew David Barker, a rising star of the independent British filmmaking and publishing worlds. Mr Albiston also hosted the British premiere of the feature documentary, Golan: A Farewell to Mr Cinema directed by Christopher Sykes in 2017.

Cannon Films Ltd has overseen the formation of The Great Northern Creative Expo’s Official Selection this year, showcasing short films from more than 30 countries around the globe. Workshops and masterclasses are presented across the week for all areas of the creative spectrum providing valuable insight into the industry, with special guests including Carole Solazzo, a scriptwriter from The Archers; Janine Bebbington and David Chandler, creators of LuneTube – the online channel for North Lancashire; dance artist Bridget Fiske; Carl Hunter, director of Sometimes Always Never starring Bill Nighy; and Ra Page – editor of Comma Press.


A Medicine for the Mind (2019) – USA – dir: David Xarach; starring Academy Award nominee Sally Kirkland, part of The Great Northern Creative Expo 2019’s Official Selection

Cannon Films Ltd will also host a filmmaking masterclass this year, Development to Distribution: Your Films Potential, in which executives Richard Albiston & Naomi Stromire will discuss Cannon Films Ltd’s upcoming development slate, including The Field and some films yet to be announced publically.

“The Official Selection is a particular highlight of this programme, it is a fabulous opportunity for the students to engage and demonstrate their talents to an international audience” says Richard Albiston, “It is an integral part of Cannon Films Ltd’s philosophy to support the next generation of creatives and both the University of Central Lancashire and The Great Northern Creative Expo share that philosophy.”

The Great Northern Creative Expo will run from Monday 18th November until Saturday 23rd November. You can get more information by visiting their website at


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