Announcing our new theme, and introducing our new Board Members


Announcing our new theme, and introducing our new Board Members

Following the huge success of last September’s event, the Festival is all set to return, Wednesday 19th – Sunday 23rd September.

Now in its 8th year, the Festival returns for its annual celebration of the art of film – illuminating the whole town through premiere screenings, interactive installations and specially commissioned projections.

The Theme: Pictures in Motion
This year’s Festival – entitled Pictures in Motion - explores the relationship between the still image and the moving image: showcasing artists who have crossed over from photography to filmmaking, and looking, as always, at where the boundaries blur.

What’s On?
Using Berwick itself as a set, the Festival programme – including an exciting line-up of film screenings, live events, the youth programme, and the artist trail – will spill out of The Maltings and into various heritage locations across the town. Full details will be available in our Programme Guide and on our website from August.

Introducing the New Board Members

Inspired by the Arts Council’s new three-year commitment, and a need to build capacity in light of the event’s ever increasing profile, the company embarked on a widely publicised call for new directors towards the end of last year. This resulted in five new experienced and enthusiastic members – all of whom attended their first Board meeting just before Christmas, and who have been announced today.

Collectively, the new directors have experience across film, film education, moving image art, arts policy, fundraising, marketing and PR, and come from Newcastle, Edinburgh, Berwick and the Scottish Borders. Individually, the new members are as follows:

Samm Haillay
Samm Haillay founded independent production company Third with Duane Hopkins in 2001 and produced Hopkins’ multi-award winning short films and his feature debut Better Things, which premiered to critical acclaim at International Critics Week, Cannes in 2008, as well as Hopkins’ multi-channel film installations series Sunday, which premiered at Baltic. Samm also produced the BAFTA nominated, Silver Bear winning Jade by Daniel Elliott and co-produced Gillian Wearing’s feature debut Self Made. He is also an Associate Senior Lecturer in Film Production at Teesside University.

Joe Lang
Joe Lang has spent his career in corporate PR and marketing. He lives in Berwick and now chairs the London-based creative services business he founded in 1982. The company provides corporate publishing and copywriting expertise to clients in the private and public sectors – ranging from FTSE100 companies to the opera house at Glyndebourne. Its achievements include writing London’s bid documentation for the 2012 Olympics.

Wendy Law
Wendy founded Wendy Law Art in 2007 and brings experience in arts policy, planning, funding, and audience development. Formerly at the Scottish Arts Council she managed the artist funding schemes and residencies, and set up the Artist Film & Video Scheme with Scottish Screen. She is currently developing a Visual Arts Strategy with organisations in the West Midlands.

Lyndsay Mann
Lyndsay Mann is a visual artist based in Edinburgh, whose practice involves sculpture, script and documented performance works. She runs an online channel, The Agent Ria:registeredinart, for contemporary artists’ video, and is a member of the CCA/LUX critical forum group for artists working with moving image in Scotland.

Scott Sherrard
Scott Sherrard was MD of Grey and Chairman of CDP, two of the UK’s leading advertising agencies. His strategic marketing consultancy works with leading brands across the UK, including many cultural attractions and events; from the Open University to Durham CCC to creating the new identity for the Mary Rose.

The new Board members will join a dedicated team led by Co-Founder and Chair of the Board Professor Huw Davies, (also the Dean of the Faculty for Art, Design & Technology at the University of Derby), and which includes Business Advisor to the Creative Industries, Andrew Ormston, Tamara Van Strijthem from Screen Academy Scotland and 8 ½ Foundation, Tamiko Mackie, Marketing & Development Manager at The Maltings and Co-founder and internationally renown moving image artist Marcus Coates.

Huw said today “I am delighted to welcome the new board members who will add a wealth of knowledge and experience to the existing board and really strengthen the Festival as it moves into its next stage of development. We were overwhelmed by the interest and calibre of applications and I am really looking forward to working with the new board as we prepare for the 2012 Festival and beyond.

The Festival will open for entries, and launch its call for proposals for commissions next month. Meanwhile, to subscribe to updates, simply sign up on the left-hand side, or find at @Berwickfilmfest on Twitter.