BFMAF 2017

The 13th annual Festival will animate the border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed with five days of new cinema, artists’ moving image and live performance. For five days, the Festival’s exhibitions circumnavigate Berwick’s Elizabethan town-walls, creating temporary art spaces in venues that include an eighteenth century ice house, a fourteenth century tower, a 1901 army gymnasium and St. Aidan’s Peace Church, a former Anglican chapel.

BFMAF 2016

In 2016 BFMAF's hosted Thomas Beard's ambitious retrospective, An Early Clue to the New Direction: Queer Cinema Before Stonewall, all the films of which (including the festival's opening gala, Sylvia Scarlett) screened from 35mm or 16mm prints.

The Berwick New Cinema programme featured UK Premieres of El futuro perfecto by Nele Wohlatz, fresh from its award-winning debut at the Locarno Film Festival; Maud Alpi's Gorge Cœur Ventre; and 2013 Turner Prize winner Laure Prouvost's newest work, If It Was. World premieres of several films were also presented, including Molly Palmer's Some Shapes Without Edges, Jenny Perlin's Tender Not Approvedand the digital version of Sophie Michael's The Watershow Extravaganza, the 16mm version of which also featured as an exhibition.

The Berwick New Cinema Competition was won by filmmaker Camilo Restrepo for his film Cilaos. In their award citation, the jury stated that Cilaos was 'absolutely located in a contemporary moment', praising the film's exhilarating 'visceral quality of both sound and image'.

BFMAF’s 2016 exhibition programme included works by Artists in Profile Claire Hooper and Deborah Stratman, alongside Festival commission Persuasion by Lucy Parker. Also included were new works by Ghislaine Leung, Jenny Brady and CIRCA Projects, who presented their live event, World Is Sudden: Part I.

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