27 June ‘18

First Look: BFMAF 2018


Announcing the first film programmes, exhibitions and new commissions of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2018, including the first UK profile of Philippine collective Los Otros, the first major UK presentation of films by Sky Hopinka and new commissions by Lucy CloutLuke Fowler & Chris Watson

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Filmmakers in Focus: Los Otros  

Los Otros is the Manila-based home of filmmakers Shireen Seno and John Torres. A studio, film laboratory, library and platform for live events, Los Otros is one of the most invigorating forces in Philippines cinema today.

Shireen Seno and John Torres will be in Berwick to share a retrospective of their films and participate in the Berwick New Cinema Seminar. 

Shireen Seno

BFMAF and Tate Modern are collaborating to present the UK premiere of Shireen Seno’s second feature film Nervous Translation.

Described by the New Yorker as ‘among the best recent evocations of a child’s life and thought…it renders the political personal in a way that should leave many socially minded filmmakers agape with envy’.  

Receiving great critical acclaim since its world premiere, Nervous Translation has won awards at International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Filipino Academy of Movie Arts, and Shanghai International Film Festival.

John Torres

One of the most vital figures in New Philippine Cinema, John Torres has been lauded with retrospectives in Vienna, Bangkok and Singapore International Film Festivals. 

Writing for Cinema Scope, Max Nelson says, ‘John Torres has the sensibility of a romantic poet, the mode of address of a personal essayist, and an anthropologist’s curious, lingering, critical eye’.

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2018 will mark his first major presentation in the UK.

Propositions: Sky Hopinka

Launching Propositions, a new Festival strand for 2018, is the first major UK presentation of work by US artist Sky Hopinka.

Sky Hopinka, who is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin and Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, has been a featured artist in the 2017 Whitney Biennial, the 2018 Flaherty Seminar and in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in 2017. 

Alongside his presentation Hopinka will join the jury for the 2018 Berwick New Cinema Award. 

New Commission: Luke Fowler & Chris Watson

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival will present a new commission and first collaboration between Turner-Prize nominated artist Luke Fowler and acclaimed musician and sound recordist Chris Watson. Filmed over several seasons, it is a study in film and sound of two fortified towns; Berwick in the North-East of England and Pamplona in the Navarre region of the North of Spain.

The new film will premiere at BFMAF 2018 with a live soundtrack by Chris Watson. Watson is an acclaimed musician and sound recordist known for his wildlife field recordings for David Attenborough’s BBC series Blue PlanetFrozen Planet and Life of Birds and as a founder of pivotal experimental groups Cabaret Voltaire.

The commission is supported by LUMA Foundation and OUTSET Scotland

Artist in Residence: Lucy Clout

Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival Artist in Residence, Lucy Clout will present a new body of sculptural and video works developed over her six-month residency in Berwick-upon-Tweed.

The exhibition will explore themes of loneliness, intimacy and kinship, which are plotted and recreated through the lens of technology and pop culture
Clout's recent exhibitions and screenings include Raven Row, Tate Britain and Anthology Film Archives, New York (2017). Her videos are distributed by LUX

2018 Festival Design 

BFMAF is delighted to be working once more with Glasgow-based illustrator Emer Tumilty and designer Matthew Walkerdine. Look out for their work across posters, banners and the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2018 catalogue, available free to all BFMAF visitors.

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