22 August ‘18

2018 Berwick New Cinema Announcement

Shown in four screening programmes in The Maltings Cinema’s main house, the 2018 Berwick New Cinema competition provides a view of the most innovative, exciting and unexpected works of new cinema and artists’ moving image being made today.

Transgressing boundaries of genre, capital and expectation, the fifteen short films selected for this year’s competition are vital works, imbued with a sense of liveness and agency in their resolute vision.

Many congratulations to the selected artists and filmmakers:

  • Ada Kaleh ∙ Helena Wittmann ∙ 2018 ∙ Germany ∙ European premiere
  • Apocalypse After ∙ Bertrand Mandico ∙ 2018 ∙ France ∙ UK premiere
  • Come to Me, Paradise ∙ Stephanie Comilang ∙ 2017 ∙ Hong Kong/Canada ∙ UK premiere
  • Confusion is Next ∙ Mont Tesprateep ∙ 2018 ∙ Thailand ∙ UK premiere
  • Crowtrap ∙ Callum Hill ∙ 2018 ∙ UK ∙ world festival premiere
  • The Glorious Acceptance of Nicolas Chauvin ∙ Benjamin Crotty ∙ 2018 ∙ France ∙ UK premiere
  • I Hope I’m Loud When I’m Dead ∙ Beatrice Gibson ∙ 2018 ∙ UK/US/Italy ∙ European premiere
  • Luminous Shadow ∙ Mariana Caló & Francisco Queimadela ∙ 2018 ∙ Portugal ∙ UK premiere
  • The Man in the Well ∙ Hu Bo ∙ 2018 ∙ China ∙ UK premiere
  • Medina Wasl: Connecting Town ∙ Gelare Khoshgazaran ∙ 2018 ∙ Iran/US ∙ world festival premiere
  • Pool Party Pilot Episode ∙ Hardeep Pandhal ∙ 2018 ∙ UK ∙ world festival premiere
  • Punky Eye ∙ Luis Arnías ∙ 2018 ∙ Venezuela/US ∙ world premiere
  • Seasons End (Out of Body) ∙ Tamara Henderson ∙ 2018 ∙ UK/Canada ∙ world festival premiere
  • Who’s the Daddy ∙ Wong Ping ∙ 2017 ∙ Hong Kong ∙ European premiere
  • You Know it But it Don’t Know You ∙ Tako Taal ∙ 2017 ∙ UK ∙ world festival premiere

The competition includes six films receiving their first festival screening, such as Gelare Khoshgazaran’s Medina Wasl: Connecting Town, currently on view at the Hammer Museum’s biennial exhibition Made in L.A., and Tako Taal’s You Know it But it Don’t Know You, shown in a solo exhibition at Glasgow’s CCA in 2017. Pool Party Pilot Episode by BFMAF 2017 Artist in Profile Hardeep Pandhal was featured in the 2018 New Museum Triennial: Songs for Sabotage and a solo exhibition at Cubitt. The BNC screening of Venezuelan filmmaker Luis Arnías’ enigmatic 16mm work Punky Eye is a world premiere.

Other films arrive fresh from world premieres at other festivals: Benjamin Crotty’s The Glorious Acceptance of Nicolas Chauvin and Hu Bo’s posthumously-released The Man in the Well at Locarno; Bertrand Mandico’s Apocalypse After at Cannes’ Semaine de la Critique; and Beatrice Gibson’s I Hope I’m Loud When I’m Dead premiering early September in Wavelengths.

Competition filmmakers returning to the festival include Helena Wittmann, whose feature Drift was screened in BFMAF 2017, Mont Tesprateep, whose Song X was selected for the 2017 BNC competition, and Tamara Henderson, award winner at BFMAF 2015.

The festival is pleased to welcome Benjamin Crotty, Callum Hill, Hardeep Pandhal, Stephanie Comilang and Tako Taal to discuss their work with BFMAF programmers and audiences.

This year’s jury is comprised of 2017 Berwick New Cinema award winner Sky Hopinka; curator and distributor Sonali Joshi (Day for Night); and Gail Pickering artist and Programme Director of the MA in Artists' Moving Image at Goldsmiths University of London.

The Berwick New Cinema Award comes with a £1000 cash prize supported by Outset Scotland.

The 2018 Berwick New Cinema competition was researched and selected by Festival Director Peter Taylor, Associate Programmers Letitia Calin, Ben Pointeker and Herb Shellenberger, Programme Assistant Hamish Young and 2018 BFMAF Programming Fellow Becca Voelcker.

The complete Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival 2018 programme will be announced Thursday 23 August.

Festival Passes

Day Pass
£12: Includes all Festival screenings and events for one day of the Festival

Full Pass
£35: Includes all Festival screenings and events Thursday 20 - Sunday 23 September.

Press & Professionals' Accreditation
New for 2018, BFMAF is offering an Accreditation Pass for Press, Film & Art Professionals and Academics. Request accreditation here.

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