The very best in artists’ moving image and new filmmaking

The competition features resolutely contemporary films that transgress restraints of genre, capital and expectation. 

A drive towards liveness and agency provides a critical framework for selections. 

This year's jury are 2016 Berwick New Cinema Award winner Camilo Restrepo, artist and curator Amal Khalaf (Serpentine Gallery and GCC Collective) and film programmer Joanna Raczynska (National Gallery of Art, Washington).

The trophy has been designed by Glasgow-based ceramicist Mariella Verkerk.

The Berwick New Cinema programme is researched and selected by Festival Director Peter Taylor in collaboration with Associate Programmers Letitia Calin, Ben Pointeker, Herb Shellenberger, and Chloe Thorne.

The full Berwick New Cinema line-up can be viewed here.

2016 winner

Camilo Restrepo Cilaos

CountryYearDuration
France, Columbia201613 mins

To keep a promise she made to her dying mother, a young woman goes off in search of her father, a womaniser she has never met. Along the way, she soon learns that he is dead. But that doesn’t change her plans, she still intends to find them.

Carried by the spell-binding rhythm of the maloya, a ritual chant from Reunion Island, Cilaos explores the deep, murky ties that bind the dead and the living.

2016 Jury’s decision

In choosing the winner for the competition we found that we were drawn to films that expressed a complexity that kept us guessing. And then today we were confronted by a film that seemed to be actually quite simple in its structure and form yet remained elusive to us both. We were looking for something that might speak to the present moment and so were thrown by a film that seemed so much of another time. However we understood Cilaos to be absolutely located in a contemporary moment, the slippery nature of the narrative at once both specific and grand, mythic and familial. The visceral quality of both sound and image left us feeling exhilarated. We are very much looking forward to seeing Cilaos again, congratulations to the winner of the competition Camilo Restrepo. Rehana Zaman, Shama Khanna and Sebastian Buerkner
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