Our Youth Programme Announced!


Berwick-upon-Tweed Film & Media Arts Festival
Once Upon a Time: Friday 23 – Sunday 25 September

Last year Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival programme offered more than ever before for children, young people and their families. This year the festival has surpassed itself again with a yet more packed programme for those audiences!

Despite the official Opening Gala not being until 7pm on Friday 23rd September, the Festival actually opens with a private screening of a new Moomins film, for primary schools in the Berwick-upon-Tweed area.

The event, Moominworld, offers a regional premiere of Moomins and the Midsummer Madness, a new animated adventure from the Finnish fuzzy felt family, as well as storytelling from the original Tova Jansson books, from Seven Stories, the Children’s Books specialists in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The Festival has teamed up with Seven Stories, the Finnish Film Foundation, and are supported by General Mills, to bring Moominworld to Berwick upon Tweed.

The same film will then screen for the public on Saturday at midday at the Maltings Theatre & Cinema, suitable for children and big kids alike, and will be followed by a day-long workshop offering families the chance to get creative themselves; drawing, painting and scratching directly into 16mm film cells. The workshop, Unravel: The Longest Hand-painted Film in Britain, starts at 1pm in the Maltings Stage Door Bar, and the fun continues all day, with people being able to drop in and out, free of charge.

This time last year, over 100 people in Berwick participated in the same workshop, the first of many Unravel workshops all over the country to create a hand-painted film that correlates in length to the distance between Land’s End and John O’Groats. This year, the Festival is proud to be premiering a 14-minute version of the full 16-hour film at the Town Hall, complete with the audio from the very first workshop. This short film screens as part of the Artist Trail, Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th, 11am – 5.30pm.

The Festival encourages filmmaking as well as film watching, and over the Summer we gave young people aged under 19 from across the North East and Scottish Borders the opportunity to submit their work for the Chris Anderson Award, and for a cash prize of £200. The event takes place at the Maltings Theatre & Cinema at 2pm on Saturday 24th, and offers a chance to see the directors and actors of tomorrow, with a professional jury attending to decide the winning film.

Carrying on the theme of hand-painted film is Arrietty, which screens at the Maltings at 4pm. Based on the children's books, 'The Borrowers' by Mary Norton, and adapted by Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Ponyo), this beautifully hand-painted animation tells the adventures of the 14-year old Arrietty as she makes her first 'borrowing' from the "human beans," and develops a friendship with a human boy.

Sunday 25th kicks off with an animation workshop designed for children aged 8+ at 10.30am at Dewar’s Lane Granary. Inspired by shadow puppets, and led by commissioned video artist Gareth Hudson, the Festival offers a stop-motion animation workshop designed to let your imaginations run wild!

Another workshop later that afternoon, offers an insight into the workings of The Ice Book – a pop-up miniature theatre performance of light and shadow, mystery and intrigue, screening all afternoon the day beforehand on Saturday 24th. As well as giving a behind the scenes insight into the magic behind the show, the workshop offers the opportunity for children aged 10+ to create their own story using the latest in green screen technology.

Sunday also offers a film for all the family in the form of Azur & Asmar: The Princes’ Quest which screens at 1.30pm at the Maltings. The Princes’ Quest is a fairy tale fantasy following two princes who grow up as brothers but embark on a quest as rivals, to rescue a legendary fairy. Inspired by Arabian Nights, and created by writer and animator, Michel Ocelot (Kirikou and the Sorceress), the film premiered to great acclaim at Cannes and has captured the imaginations of the very young to the very young at heart ever since.

Adam Graham, Youth Projects Producer says “from watching films, to making them, there’s so much going on for everyone to get involved with this year!

For more information on various events & activities for young ones, go to www.berwickfilm-artsfest.com.

And to book a place on one of our workshops, go to www.berwickfilm-artsfest.com/workshops or call the Maltings Theatre & Cinema on 01289 330999 or email Adam@berwickfilm-artsfest.com.

Booking Info:

Tickets are available to purchase now from www.berwickfilm-artsfest.com and from the Maltings Theatre & Cinema’s Box Office: Eastern Lane, Berwick-upon-tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1AJ, UK.

Box Office: 01289 330999

Ticket prices vary, and are subject to a 50p online booking fee.
The Festival Pass, priced at £20 / £15 concessions, offers entry to all films (excluding The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, satellite events and workshops). Entry to the Artists’ Trail is free, with no need to book.

Travel Info:

To find out about getting to Berwick, including special coaches running directly to the Festival from Newcastle Central Station, and back again, for only £5, go to www.berwickfilm-artsfest.com/getting-to-berwick

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