Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival continues this weekend with a whole host of opportunities to get involved.
The Festival’s youth programme grows each year and as always they have got a number of treats in store this year for people of all ages, and especially for children, such as the epic animation, Tales of the Night, and for teenagers, such as the stop-motion claymation Mary & Max, sponsored by Berwick Holiday Park – both of which screen this Saturday.
For all the family – young and old – is the free drop-in session on Saturday afternoon, Films from the Attic. Drop into the archive to rummage through a collection of Super8 films, slide photographs and gramophone records in The Maltings Henry Travers Studio. Have fun uncovering old films and forgotten formats – and found-film specialists Screen Bandita will play them for you.
What’s more - if you have your own spools of home movies, Super8 films gathering dust, or old slides in the attic – bring them along. And if you have any old photographs you’d like to share, come and display them in the pop-up gallery!
Facilitators Screen Bandita will also run a version of this workshop designed especially for wee ones on the Sunday morning. Adventures in Celluloid is suitable for children ages 7+and is a rare chance for children to play with vintage film technology. Collectors Screen Bandita will share their archive, encouraging young participants to see how film passes through a projector, to select gramophone records, and to create their own stories and soundtracks for Super8 films from the past.
Meanwhile, the young ones have the opportunity to create their own films – and to see them on the big screen! Adventures in Stop-Motion Animation is a workshop, which has grown to become a festival favourite with the young ones, and returns this year – twice! Sponsored by Queens Hall Arts, the workshop runs twice on Saturday – once for young people ages 12+, and once for children ages 7 – 11.
The short animations created will be screened alongside Peter & the Wolf and other Stories - an award-winning stop-motion animation, and other short tales, which screens for families on Sunday.
The childrens workshops can be booked through The Maltings Theatre & Cinema Box Office on 01289 330999, and for more information go to http://www.berwickfilm-artsfest.com/workshops
Also seeing their work on the big screen and for the first time is the participants of the Berwick Film Academy, and the shortlisted entrants of the Chris Anderson Award, whose work will be presented as part of the Festival’s annual Young Filmmakers Showcase. The event will be kick-start with a video introduction from Chris Anderson Award patron Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich, the director and star of Resident Evil: Retribution which receives its UK premiere as part of the Festival tonight.
This year the Festival closes with a double bill – both set on the open road. Receiving its World Premiere is A Live Road Movie in Sound & Super8, which was commissioned by the Festival, in partnership with Screen Bandita, who have curated the visuals, and with Glasgow quartet The One Ensemble, who have composed a new score.
Festival Director Melanie Iredale said “Silent films with live accompaniment have always gone down really well, especially with our local audiences, and so we’re delighted to have commissioned a live event for closing evening which we think Berwick will love, and which will take audiences on a road trip over the Border, across Scotland and around the world.”
Following the live event is the UK Premiere of The Great Northwest, a film by Matt McCormick, which also documents the artist’s travels, this time across the North West of America. Inspired by a scrapbook charting four women’s epic road trip back in 1958, McCormick embarked on the very same route, searching out every stop along the way, documenting through film and photography how the landscape has changed over time.
Known as an artist, photographer, a Sundance regular, and the director behind Some Days are Better than Others, Matt McCormick will be travelling to Berwick all the way from Portland, Oregon to introduce his film and to do a Q&A afterwards, as part of the Closing Gala.
Festival Director Melanie Iredale said today “There is so much to get involved with this weekend – come to the Q&As and meet the filmmakers, come to the Artist Talks and meet the artists, and for children and young people – come and create your own animation – and see it on the big screen!”
The full Film & Events programme can be found, and tickets are on sale, online at: http://www.berwickfilm-artsfest.com/events-and-films, and from The Maltings Theatre & Cinema’s Box Office: +44 (0)1289 330999. A Festival Pass is available to purchase from only £30 / £25 concessions.