Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival: Call out to Filmmakers & Artists for Submissions to its 10th Anniversary Programme!


Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, an international celebration of the art of film set in the border town of Berwick upon Tweed, is delighted to be celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year – and as such, organisers are promising a programme full of surprises.

Today the annual call is out for submissions for this 10th edition of the film and moving image Festival described by Danny Leigh last year as ‘joyous, inventive and thought provoking’. 

Each year since 2005, the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival has transformed the town into one big screen through a series of film premieres, site-specific installations, and live events in a number of locations around Berwick and along the town walls; and today they call all filmmakers and moving image artists to consider submitting their work for a chance to be part of this very special anniversary programme! 

“Research suggests that less than 3% of film festivals reach a 10 year milestone" says Festival Director Melanie Iredale, “so we’re absolutely thrilled to be one of the few that has! It is a testament to the talented filmmakers and artists from around the world that we showcase each year, and to the audiences we attract from across the UK that we’ve not just survived but continue to grow and prosper. Huge credit also goes to our funders and supporters who continue to believe in us." 

Set in the far North of England, and straddling the border with Scotland, 2014 sees the Festival take on Border Crossing as its theme; taking audiences on a journey, setting out to cross and transcend borders in all directions, exploring border identities all over the world. Berwick-upon-Tweed makes an ideal starting point: a border town in a region once known as ‘the debatable lands,’ with an identity neither English nor Scottish, but all of its own.

As of today, filmmakers and artists alike can visit the Festival website and submit work that will be considered not only for the Festival programme as a whole, but those works under twenty minutes will also be in with a chance to win a cash prize of £750 (€900) with entry into the 2nd Inntravel Short Film Award. 

Festival Board Member and film producer Samm Haillay (Better Things, Self Made) said today: “We’re delighted to be working with Inntravel for the second consecutive year to recognise the fantastic short form works being produced across the UK and worldwide. This competition is a great opportunity for artists and filmmakers to have their work presented as part of the Festival’s official selection, and to compete for a cash award of £750.” 

Artist-filmmaker and invited jury member for the 2nd Inntravel Short Film Award, Marcus Coates said: “As one of the Festival’s founders, it’s a great privilege to return to Berwick for what will be a special 10th anniversary edition – and this open call for entries is a great opportunity for filmmakers and artists from across the UK and all over the world to get involved. I’m particularly looking forward to seeing a wide range of short films and artists’ video as part of the official selection.” 

Steve Jack, Communications Manager at Inntravel said: “As specialists in self-guided, independent travel, Inntravel were proud to be part of the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival for the first time in 2013, and are delighted to be continuing our involvement during this year, the festival’s 10th anniversary. We believe there is a strong affinity between independent filmmaking and independent travel, as they enable us – travellers and filmmakers alike – to explore uncharted territory, in our own way and at our own pace. By sponsoring the Short Film Competition, we hope to play our part in helping to bring fresh and creative talent to a receptive and independently minded audience. We wish all entrants the very best of luck.”

Artists and filmmakers are welcome to submit moving image works of all types and lengths, in response to the theme, Border Crossing, for consideration.

If submitted before 30 April 2014, entrants can take advantage of the Early-bird scheme and pay an administration fee of only £6 for short films and videos and £18 for features. The final deadline for submissions is Monday 16 June.
Meantime, the Festival team is currently busy scouring the globe for the best films and moving image works to bring to Berwick in September, and has an exciting line-up of events up its sleeve. The programme for the 10th Anniversary Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival will go live mid-August so watch press for details or sign up for bulletins via the website. 

The 10th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival comes to Berwick-upon-Tweed from 17th to 21st September 2014. Further guidelines and details of how to enter can be found at:

Image: Sidsel Christensen at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2013 (C) Mark Pinder


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