29 October ‘19

Rolling Press Coverage of BFMAF 2019

Read the latest essays, reports, reviews and press coverage from the 15th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival.

15th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival
I returned at sunrise to try and catch the last act... 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, Art Monthly (UK)

Notes on Berwick

Why this passion for pictures, why this passion for darkness? Berwick-upon-Tweed is a visual heaven.

Marius Hrdy, The Brooklyn Rail

A Double Dose of British Micro-Festivals

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

Christopher Small, MUBI Notebook

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, Hyperallergic (USA/International)


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, Map Magazine (UK)

Cines en las Fronteras Cinema at the Borders (Spanish Language)

Fernando Chaves Espinach, La Nacion (Costa Rica)

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, Sight & Sound (UK)

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

If we focus our gaze not on the content of these films but how they have arrive to us, we can see once more an ethical tension that arises from their complicity in the distributive circuits of contemporary art. Again, difference has to be performed and the very content of the films speak against the structures which give it exposure...

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

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

Fell asleep. Dreamt that you and I were in a tractor driving to the film festival over fields: you were the driver. I trusted you, and we seemed to be having a nice time. Fresh and dusty, sort of sleeping. Yellow light glows through my eyelids.

Alison Scott and Rosie Roberts: Map Magazine (UK)

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