29 October ‘19

Rolling Press Coverage of BFMAF 2019

Take a look at all the latest essays, reports, reviews and press coverage from this years festival

Colm Guo-Lin Peare: BFMAF 2019 Writer-in-residence

The Mutability of Freedom The Aural Horizon of a Liberal Framework and the Global Art Circuit

Vera May: Art Monthly (UK)

15th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

I returned at sunrise to try and catch the last act, strolling through through the town under an eerie silence. I arrived just as the credits rolled. However, standing there with a handful of others. Realising that only the insomniacs had made it through the film’s impressive 8 hours and 5 minutes - a full sleep cycle - I asked one of the audience members what I had missed. He casually answered: ‘Only a revolution.' Vera May

Fernando Chaves Espinach: La Nancion (Costa Rica)

Cines en las Fronteras | Cinemas at the Borders (Spanish Language)

Alison Scott and Rosie Roberts: Map Magazine (UK)

HAVING FAILED TO GET A ROOM IN A STATIC CARAVAN: A FRAGMENT OF A FRAGMENT: A dual account of a day at Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival 2019.

We got there in the end, or rather, we got there in the middle. Right in the middle of things, when everything was already moving. We (just) moved with it. Still feeling the gentle, lingering rattle of the bus, and hear its echo in my anxious cough' Alison Scott and Rosie Roberts

Matt Turner: Sight & Sound (UK)

Animistic Apparatus: cinema for the spirits

From Thailand to Berwick-upon-Tweed, a group of artists are curating outdoor film screenings for non-human audiences: projecting movies in the black of night to the natural, and supernatural, world. Matt Turner

Marius Hrdy: The Brooklyn Rail (USA/International)

Notes on Berwick: “Why this passion for pictures, why this passion for darkness?”

Christopher Small: Mubi (USA/International)

A Double Dose of British Micro-Festivals

BFMAF was like a potion that, once consumed, transformed the whole world into a cinema. Christopher Small

Ben R. Nicholson: Hyperallergic (USA/International)

Reimagining Cinema from Nature’s Perspective

In all corners of the judiciously curated program, questions were asked about who is allowed to make films and video art, and which audiences are permitted to consume them — human or otherwise. Ben R. Nicholson

Marcus Jack: Map Magazine (UK)


Through a sprawling programme of screenings and exhibitions The 15th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival asks how we communicate when language is forgotten, insufficient or gone: across time, across species, across psychic realms. Marcus Jack

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