29 October ‘18

Announcing the full BFMAF 2018 Programme

We are delighted to announce the full programme for BFMAF 2018.

BFMAF 2018 proudly presents the International Premiere of Empty Metal. A taut, engaging and complex thriller, Empty Metal reveals a political fantasy, an alternative reality whose characters teeter on the dull knife edge that is contemporary American politics.

A Q&A with co-directors Adam Khalil & Bayley Sweitzer will follow the film

Curated by Dr. Graiwoot Chulphongsathorn, the series Screening the Forest takes nature as its point of departure. Through five programmes, and featuring films from Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Naomi Kawase, Nguyen Trinh Thi and many more, it interprets the forest as a network of living beings where agency distributes beyond human forms of life.

Essential Cinema is BFMAF’s new retrospective series providing a fresh look at classic works of cinema or a first view of overlooked masterpieces. Each film is rarely-seen and most are shown in new restorations for the first time in the UK.

The Essential Cinema lineup includes Hyenas, Djibril Diop Mambéty's world bank-lambasting Senegalese classic; Georgian filmmaker Lana Gogoberidze’s Some Interviews on Personal Matters, one of the first feminist films of Soviet cinemas; Jean Rollin's French horror-erotica Lips of Blood; Edgar Reitz and Ula Stöckl’s Tales of the Dumpster Kid, an overlooked gem of German and Soviet film; and TERROR NULLIUS, the new remix film from Soda_Jerk, part political satire, eco-horror and road movie offering a twist of Australian national cinema.

Artists present new and recent moving image work in exhibitions around Berwick-upon-Tweed, inhabiting historic buildings, empty shops and hidden corners of the town.

This year’s Festival includes works by Kevin Jerome Everson, Sky Hopinka, Carolyn Lazard, Heather Phillipson, Agnieszka Polska, Patrick Staff and Rehana Zaman with Liverpool Black Women Filmmakers.

Solvent Magazine is the title of an exhibition by Berwick Visual Arts and BFMAF Artist-in-Residence Lucy Clout, whose exhibition will include sculptural and video pieces made during her six-month residency. Lucy Clout will also lead a seminar with Louise Shelley and Taylor Le Melle.

Time travel, genre cinema and visions of the apocalypse are fertile devices that propel BFMAF 2018 Artist in Profile Sophia Al-Maria's distinctive practice on.

Alongside her Magical State exhibition, Al-Maria will present Temporal Vertigo a screening of short moving image work made over the last seven years, a seminar and introduce a screening of French erotic horror auteur Jean Rollin’s 1975 film Lips of Blood, one of the festival’s Essential Cinema series of revivals and restorations.

A new strand for BFMAF 2018, Propositions features events that are part-screening, part-lecture or performance, providing a discursive setting for artists and filmmakers to expand on their work.

The first iteration of this strand features four original presentations including world premieres from artist-filmmakers Morgan Quaintance, Jessica Sarah Rinland, 2017 Berwick New Cinema award winner Sky Hopinka and a film screening with live performance produced by Newcastle’s CIRCA Projects, a collaboration between Giles Bailey, Sophia Soobramanien, Jamie Hammill and Nellie Saunby.

The Berwick New Cinema Competition features 15 new short films that provide a view of the most innovative, exciting and unexpected works of new cinema and artists’ moving image being made today.

Featuring: Beatrice Gibson, Benjamin Crotty, Bertrand Mandico, Callum Hill, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Hardeep Pandhal, Hu Bo, Luis Arnias, Tako Taal, Pathompon Mont Tesprateep, Stephanie Comilang, Tamara Henderson, Tako Taal, Wong Ping

BFMAF is proud to present the world premiere of Enceindre, a new commission and first collaboration between artist-filmmaker Luke Fowler and sound recordist Chris Watson. Enceindre is a study in film and sound of two 16th century fortified cities: Berwick in the North East of England and Pamplona in the Navarre region of the North of Spain. Preceding Enceindre, there will be a ‘dark cinema’ version of the film featuring an alternative soundtrack created and diffused by Chris Watson.

Shireen Seno empathetically captures Philippine migrant odysseys and the innocence and uncertainty of childhood in Festival Closing Film Nervous Translation.

Nervous Translation takes a staring role in BFMAF's Filmmakers in Focus strand. The first major UK retrospective of filmmakers Shireen Seno and John Torres, whose Los Otros studio, film laboratory, library and platform is one of the most invigorating forces in Philippine cinema today.

In addition to Nervous Translation, BFMAF will screen Seno’s Big Boy and John Torres’ Lukas the Strange and Years When I Was a Child Outside, as well as a seminar led by Seno and Torres.

Festival Club

This year’s Festival Club will feature Soul on the Tweed

DJs spinning Northern soul, R&B and club classics on Friday 21 September, and live sets from Newcastle-based father-daughter duo Yeah You! and the melodic messthetics of Glasgow’s Vital Idles on Saturday 21 September. Both afterparty events will be held at Tweedmouth Bowling Club.

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2018

Thursday 20 – Sunday 23 September

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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