Berwick Film Fest set to return: 23 - 25 September!
Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival are delighted to confirm today that Arts Council England have committed their financial support for the artistic programme and new commissions as part of the forthcoming Festival; Friday 23 – Sunday 25 September.
Last year’s edition was the most successful to date, attracting over 6,000 people to the border town over a 5-day period. Berwick-upon-Tweed was once again illuminated, with 50 individual screenings and events, and 6 new commissions including a new video from Walker & Bromwich (Berwick), a live performance from People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz (London), and a new score from sound artist BJNilsen (Berlin). The works came from 18 different countries and were projected in and onto 14 locations across Berwick, including the Town Hall and various sites along the Town Walls.
This year’s Festival is set to capture the imaginations of attendees over an action-packed weekend, with a series of video projections and installations around the town, a programme of hands-on activities for young people, and a back-to-back film programme running in The Maltings. The Maltings will also serve as the Festival hub, events space and box office.
This news closely follows the Arts Council’s recent long-term funding announcement, with the inclusion of the Festival within its National Portfolio helping to sustain the event 2012 - 2015.
Director Melanie Iredale said today “We’re delighted to be announcing yet more good news, and we’re once again grateful to the Arts Council for their continued support.”
The 2011 Festival has also received welcome financial support from Northumberland County Council, Northern Rock Foundation and Berwick-upon-Tweed Town Council to date.
Melanie continued “It’s the festival season and my team and I are busy scouring for the best new films and videos to bring back to Berwick, and talking to filmmakers and artists about putting together our best programme yet!”
Alison Clark-Jenkins, Regional Director, Arts Council England, said, “Our support for new artist commissions as part of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival will enable more people to experience and be inspired by the arts. As a national portfolio organisation from 2012, Berwick Media and Arts Festival will be a key partner in delivering our mission, great art for everyone.”
Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival’s call for film and video submissions will open this month, and the programme will be announced end August. The Festival returns 23 – 25 September. Go to www.berwickfilm-artsfest.com or befriend them on Facebook or follow on Twitter for updates.