Global business commits to north east by partnering with international film festival


Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, an international celebration of the art of film set in the border town of Berwick upon Tweed, today announces its partnership with global strategic outsourcing business Mitie.

Each year since 2005, 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 in 2014, as the Festival celebrates its 10th edition, will benefit from the support of Mitie in what is the Festival’s largest corporate funder to date.

The firm who have been working in the region since August 2013 as part of a scheme to better insulate council-owned homes, see this partnership as the next step in cementing their commitment to the north east.

Ben Jenkinson, regional manager of Mitie, said: “We see Berwick as a cornerstone of our north east business, and Berwick Film & Media Arts festival is an integral part of the cultural and community landscape. We are delighted to be able to help sustain the Festival through its 10th year and beyond.”

“Since starting work in the north east, we’ve been committed to sustaining and energising the community and the economy; be that through our insulation work, our creation of jobs in the region and now through supporting the best-loved and largest event in Berwick.”

The Festival, which takes place from 17-21 September will this year use its theme, Border Crossing, to take audiences on a journey, setting out to cross and transcend borders in all directions, exploring border identities all over the world.

The announcement of Mitie as a major funding partner for the Festival, alongside Arts Council England and the British Film Institute, is somewhat of a holy trinity for the Festival as it looks to cement its roots as an art, film and community based event and comes after winning two awards over the past month - for ‘Best Community Event of the Year’ at the What’s On Where Awards and for ‘Best Event Northumberland’ at the Journal Culture Awards.

Of the partnership, Melanie Iredale said, “We are thrilled to be supported by Mitie for this, our 10th edition. As a Festival we strive to be more and more ambitious each year, and to secure the support of such a well-known international organisation has certainly energised and invigorated the team even further!”

The Festival launched its call for submissions in March and 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.

Those wishing to know more about the Festival or how to get involved should visit the Festival website.


Mitie stands for Management Incentive Through Investment Equity, the firm specialise in strategic outsourcing and energy services, bringing together expertise and capabilities to help clients achieve their organisational goals. Whether that is facilities management solutions, lower occupancy costs or energy performance guarantees.

From a standing start, the firm has revenues in excess of £2bn and are one of only two FTSE 250 companies to have grown earnings per share for over 25 consecutive years.

Mitie operate in the UK and in 23 additional countries around the world, working on large-scale contracts for customers such as Rolls-Royce and Marks & Spencer as well as high profile contracts such as The Tower of London and the Royal Opera House,

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