6th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival hailed huge success!


6th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival hailed huge success!

The 6th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival has just come to an end and has been hailed a huge success. With the theme of Stagings it explored the role of the screen as a stage, turning Berwick itself into a platform for screening, projecting and staging the moving image. The programme featured five action packed days of film and moving image art from home and abroad and established the Festival as a truly international celebration of the moving image.
Over 5,000 people attended over 50 films and events across 15 unique locations with
63% of attendees rating the film or event they went to see as 5 stars, with a further 28% as 4 stars.

The opening gala featured a hugely popular live performance of The Keystone Cut Ups created specifically for the Festival by artists People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz.

Over the course of the next 5 days, there were a further 5 new commissions (twice as many commissions as in previous years altogether) including South – the astonishing true story of the ill-fated Endurance with a new score by artist BJNilsen performed live as a world premiere during the festival; Corin Sworn’s A Viewing Subject featuring a single speaker that wove together a series of narratives; the screening with live accompaniment Every Trick in the Book by regional filmmakers Deborah Bower, Mat Fleming and Harriet Plewis. There was also a specially curated mix of live performances by virtuoso performer Guy Sherwin whose instrument is film, including his much celebrated Man with Mirror.

The event was attended by 20 of the filmmakers and artists represented in the Festival, most of them visiting Berwick for the first time, including the commissioned artists, most of the artist trail artists and 3 of the International Short Film Selection filmmakers (see image above.)

Says Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival Director Melanie Iredale:

We’ve been receiving incredible feedback, both from the artists about their experience of the Festival and from our audiences, many of whom are saying it’s been the best edition to date.
The programme was a truly international one, representing twenty different countries and with fifteen UK, European or world premieres, including 6 commissions – we’re hugely proud of it, and we’re just glad that attendees of the Festival enjoyed the selection as much as we enjoyed putting it together.
Personally, I’m hugely grateful to the many funders, partners, venues, staff and volunteers involved, and between us I think we’re in good stead to produce an even more fantastic 2011 Festival