The 7th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival is set to return, celebrating the art of film over one action-packed weekend, Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th September.
Using Berwick-upon-Tweed as the perfect setting, and The Maltings Theatre & Cinema as a hub, the Festival invites you to join the adventure in various locations across the town, with new venues including Café Curio, a bistro-cum-antique sellers, and the recently restored Dewar’s Lane Granary.
Today the Festival announces its full programme, in line with its theme – Once Upon a Time – as it explores the enchantment of fairy tales on film, from one of the very first examples of the genre, Alice in Wonderland (1903) through to the modern day, through its opening film, the World Premiere of I Am Nasrine (2011).
The programme ventures into fantasy worlds with the likes of The Blue Bird (1918), which closes the Festival as part of a live event. Meanwhile Mastering Bambi (2010), which screens as an installation, represents a darker re-mastering of an original Disney tale.
The event also features work inspired by local folklore through the Festival’s specially commissioned 3D animated projection, Penumbra (2011) by County Durham-based Gareth Hudson & Jack Burton, and through Mare (2011), the World Premiere of a short performance film by Faroese artists, Marianna Mørkøre & Rannvá Káradóttir, commissioned by Northumberland County Council and filmed on the nearby coastline.
Another Festival commission supported by Arts Council England, entitled Maria by London & Berlin-based artist Darren Johnston, sees a hologram projection in Bankhill Ice House depicting a flamenco dancer as she slowly emerges from the darkness to reveal an unexpected other world.
The event invites you to watch the magic unfold through a series of feature film screenings, short film programmes, artists’ video installations, live events and specially commissioned pieces. It also encourage you to take part - to meet the storytellers and tell your own stories - with something for everyone, from the very young to the young at heart.
The full programme will go online and tickets on sale from Tuesday 30th August, here at www.berwickfilm-artsfest.com, and from The Maltings Theatre & Cinema Box Office, on 01289 330999.