Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival announces ‘X’ and its call for artists and filmmakers to submit films to its 12th edition



Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (BFMAF) is an international celebration of the art of film. This September sees the 12th edition of the award-winning Festival, which will span over 12 locations in North East England’s walled border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Following a critically acclaimed debut as Festival Director in 2015, today Peter Taylor launches BFMAF’s festival theme and call for entries. Appealing directly to artists and filmmakers alike, Taylor invites submissions and proposals in response to X this year’s Festival theme:

X offers a myriad of possibilities for exploration. Crucially though, it promises tight focus around key issues of our time. X will embrace hidden histories and zones of exclusion whilst celebrating the power of film to spark imaginations and transform lives.”

Entries will be considered for all elements of the Festival, including its main cinema programme, exhibition and Berwick New Cinema sidebar. Describing BFMAF’s Berwick New Cinema programme, Peter Taylor writes that creating a forum where new cinema meets artists moving image is at the heart of the Festival:

“Key to BFMAF is presenting vigorous cinema that truly interrogates the medium to its core. This is where the dividing line between artist and filmmaker ceases being a question. The Festival as a whole but our Berwick New Cinema programme in particular, offers a forum to explore these potentials. X undoubtedly plays a role – it’s the unknown quantity in risk, experiment and innovation - asking difficult questions of ourselves and being open to where that process might take us.”

Films under twenty minutes in length are also eligible for Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival’s 4th International Short Film Awards and the chance to win a cash prize of £750 (€970).

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival’s 2015 Short Film Award Winner was ‘Consider the Belvedere’ from Canadian artists Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson.

Chosen by an international jury featuring filmmakers Beatrice Gibson and Salomé Lamas alongside curator Fatos Üstek, Tamara Henderson is included in the main programme of this year’s Glasgow International Festival. The other filmmakers included in the competition programme were Wojciech Bakowski (PL), Lucy Clout (UK), Jesse McLean (USA), Rita Macedo (DE/PT), Ben Rivers (UK) and Rehana Zaman (UK).

Before 15th April 2016, entrants can take advantage of an Early Bird reduced entry fee of £10 for short films and £15 for feature length films. The final deadline for submissions is Wednesday 1st June 2016.

The 12th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival runs from 21st - 25th September 2016.


> Read the submissions guidelines

> Submit your film here

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