Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival nominated for Journal Culture Awards


Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival nominated for Journal Culture Awards

We are thrilled to announce that the Festival has been shortlisted for the Best Event in Northumberland at the Journal Culture Awards. We’re especially pleased to be recognised for the cultural impact that last September’s festival has had on the region and to have been nominated by members of the public, prior to being shortlisted by an industry panel. At the 2013 Festival 77 new films and moving image installations were presented, attracting nearly 8,000 audiences, many of whom travelled to Berwick especially for the event, and welcomed 40 artists and filmmakers to the town from across Europe.

Festival Director Melanie Iredale said “This news comes as a fantastic recognition of what was a great year for the Festival, and a great dedication to the support of numerous partners, artists, and audiences, locally, nationally and internationally. We’re thrilled to receive this acknowledgement of the impact of the festival we prepare for what will be our tenth anniversary in September 2014.

Alongside this we are equally delighted to announce that last year’s artist-in-residence with us and Berwick Visual Arts, Cecilia Stenbom, has been shortlisted for Best Visual Artist at the awards. Whilst in Berwick she produced a short film called The Case, which went on to tour to festivals in London, Glasgow and Rotterdam.

Cecilia said on hearing about the nomination “I am delighted to be nominated for the Journal Culture Award as Visual Artist of The Year. 2013 was an amazing year for me professionally, including national and international projects and exposure, one of the absolute highlights was the residency with Berwick Visual Art and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival that resulted in the moving image work The Case. The subsequent success of that work has led to a string of exciting opportunities and projects that are in store for me for 2014.”

Cecilia Stenbom, Melanie Iredale, our director, and James Lowther, Head of Berwick Visual Arts will all be present at the Journal Culture Awards which takes place at the Sage Gateshead on 16th April.