Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival is open for submissions!


The Festival is now open for entries in line with its chosen theme for this year – Pictures In Motion - and is welcoming moving image works of all types  - narrative and artist video, live action and animation, fiction and documentary, and from all over the world, within this theme.
Each year, the Festival is curated thematically, and this year we focus on the relationship between the still and the moving image. Entitled Pictures in Motion, the programme will feature work that has been created by artists who have moved from photography into filmmaking, or that has been inspired by photography, whether through use of still image sequences or freeze frames, portraits or landscapes. 

Using Berwick itself as a set, the Festival programme – including an exciting line-up of film screenings, live events, the youth programme, and the artist trail – will spill out of The Maltings Theatre & Cinema and into various heritage locations across the town.

The Festival has a seven-year history, screening over 400 individual works from 35 countries, including 40 UK and European premieres and 12 new commissions. Each event has attracted up to 10,000 visitors from across the UK to engage with screenings, events and installations in up to 20 different locations across Berwick-upon-Tweed – illuminating the whole town.

Artists, filmmakers and photographers from all over the World are welcome to submit moving image works of any type or length, providing they consider it to work within the theme of the Festival. Submissions must be completed using the online form here and entries can be submitted either via a web link or on DVD. An ‘Early Bird’ offer of £5 (€6) for short film submissions and £10 (€12) for features is also being introduced, and is open until Friday 2nd April. The Festival closes for entries on Friday 29th June 2012.

Festival Director Melanie Iredale said “Each year we find that the call for entries means that we come across some real gems that we would never otherwise be aware of, and the festival programme is all the stronger for it.”

A call for proposals for commissions will follow in March, and the 2012 programme will be announced and tickets go on sale mid August.

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