Festival Director

Peter Taylor (Belfast, 1974) has been the Director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival since January 2015. He's the Festival's Chief Executive Officer and is also responsible for its programming and artistic direction.

Contact Peter at peter@bfmaf.org

Previously based in the Netherlands, Peter was a programmer at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) and WORM, Rotterdam’s self-styled Institute for Avant Garde-istic Recreation between 2006-2016.

At Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival Peter has co-commissioned films, artists' profiles, exhibitions and new writing working closely with artists including Peggy Ahwesh, Lucy Clout, Luke Fowler, Seamus Harahan, Sky Hopinka, Zinzi Minott, Hardeep Pandhal, Kerstin Schroedinger, Charlotte Prodger, Deborah Stratman, Shireen Seno and John Torres.

Peter has curated film screenings and spoken on panels at organisations including Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin; Artists Moving Image Northern Ireland, Belfast; Collective Gallery, Edinburgh; Institute of Contemporary Arts London; International Short Film Festival Oberhausen; Irish Film Institute, Dublin; London Film Festival, LUX, London; On & For Production and Distribution, Nordland Kunst -og Filmfagskole; Plastik, Ireland's Biennial for Artists Moving Image; Underdox, Munich and Pera Museum, Istanbul.

He holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Arts Administration from University College Dublin and has been a visiting lecturer at Artez University of the Arts, Arnhem; Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork; CREAM, University of Westminster; Goldsmiths, University of London; Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam; and Royal Academy of Art, The Hague.

Recent juries and funding award panels include Diagonale Festival des Österreichischen Films, Film London Jarman Awards, Jerwood/FVU Awards, New Flesh, London and the Portuguese Film Fund, Lisbon.

Peter is currently on the board of trustees for Rhubaba Gallery and Studios an artist run organisation in Edinburgh and the steering group of North East England's Contemporary Visual Arts Network (NECVAN).

At the 2021 Glasgow Short Film Festival he will co-present Barbed Wire Love: Artists and their North of Ireland Troubles with Myrid Carten.

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