School Screenings

Each year the Festival works with local schools to deliver a school screening programme. In 2017 year more schools than ever before came to see films with the Ultramarine theme, introducing them to cinema from different countries and cultures from across the world.

In 2017, first and middle school students saw The Red Turtle, an animated fantasy film directed by Michaël Dudok de Wit, in which a man shipwrecked on a deserted tropical island encounters a giant turtle with a red shell.

The secondary school screening is aimed at sixth form students. Evaporating Borders is a film by Iva Radivojevic examining displacement and the search for identity through the political migrants on the island of Cyprus. The screening was  followed by a discussion with an artist filmmaker to explore the issues raised in the film.

The school screening programme is kindly supported by the Community Foundation 

Arts Award

Animation Workshops for Schools and Arts Award Achievement

In 2017 three first and middle school groups participated in a full day’s animation workshop delivered by Robin Webb after they have watched the screening of The Red Turtle. This extended their experience and understanding of animation filmmaking.

During 2017, the Festival has supported Year 3 and Year 4 Berwick pupils at St Cuthbert’s First School and Holy Trinity First School to undertake animation workshops. 55 pupils from these schools also successfully completed their Arts Award Discover award as part of this programme.

The Festival has also been an Arts Award Supporter for Year 8 pupils from Tweedmouth Middle School, 20 pupils successfully completely their Arts Award Explore after visiting the Festival in 2016 and using the experience as part of their Arts Award journey.

Young Film Programmers Group

In 2017 BFMAF worked in partnership with Berwick Youth Project to form a new Young Film Programmers’ Group, giving young people between the ages of 13-19 years old the opportunity to become Festival programmers.

Over a busy session at The Beehive at Berwick Youth Project in July, the young programmers were introduced to the role of the film programmer and then viewed the films submitted to the 2017 Young Filmmakers’ Competition. The eleven young people created the shortlist of nominees  screened at the Young Filmmakers’ Competition Screening event on Sunday 24 September where the winners was announced.

Young Film Programmers: Marshall, Ben, Micky, Lewis, Matty, Daniel, Kian, Kathryn, Zoe, Edith, Emily

Special thanks: Merrick Thomson, Youth Work Team Leader at Berwick Youth Project

2017 Young Programmers Group was kindly supported by The Community Foundation 

Young Filmmakers’ Award 

BFMAF has run a Young Filmmakers’ Competition since 2007 to support and encourage young filmmakers. Featuring a variety of genres, from animation to documentary to narrative film, the competition has showcased some of the best young talent from the region.

The competition has been supported by Chrissie Anderson and Paul W.S. Anderson (director of Resident Evil and Alien vs. Predator), in commemoration of the life of Chris Anderson, a resident of Berwick who was an active supporter young filmmakers and of the Festival.

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