BFMAF 2018

The 14th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival took place between the 20-23 of September 2018. It featured the third edition of the Berwick New Cinema Competition which featured 14 films, all made after 1 January 2017. The first major Uk retrospective of filmmakers Shireen Seno and John Torres, whose studio, film laboratory, library and platform Los Otros is based in Manila, Philippines. A new programme strand Propositions that gave four artists, Jessica Sarah Rinland, Sky Hopinka, Morgan Quaintance and Giles Bailey an opportunity to develop an expanded presentation of their work.

Another programme strand at the 2018 festival was 'Screening the Forest' curated by Dr. Graiwoot Chulphongsathorn. A series that took nature as its point of departure and presented films from Japan, Myanmar, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.

BFMAF 2018 Artist in Profile was Sophia Al-Maria who presented a screening of her films in the cinema programme alongside an exhibition of her film The Magical State at the Magazine.

BFMAF 2018 also presented Essential Cinema. A retrospective series that took a fresh look at classic works of cinema and overlooked masterpieces. It featured the first screening in 40 years of Tales of the Dumpster Kid by Edgar Reitz & Ula Stöckl, Lips of Blood by Jean Rollin, Some Interviews on Personal Matters by Lana Gogoberidze, the African cinema classic Hyenas by Djibril Diop Mambéty and TERROR NULLIUS by artistic duo Soda_ Jerk.

Alongside the Cinema programmes BFMAF 2018 also featured 11 exhibitions situated within the town of Berwick in various historic and former commercial buildings. This included Solvent Magazine an exhibition by Berwick Artists' Moving Image Resident Lucy Clout at the Gymnasium Gallery.

The opening film of BFMAF 2018 was Empty Metal by Adam Khalil & Bayley Sweitzer. The festival closed to the joint UK premiere of Shireen Seno's Nervous Translation.


You can view the the full festival catalogue here

BFMAF 2017

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The 13th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival took place from 20 - 25 September 2017.

The Festival featured artists’ work commissioned for Berwick, exhibitions in non-gallery spaces, brand new cinema, special programmes and retrospectives, in-depth talks with Festival artists, and activities for families and young people.

Cinema screenings included the first ever UK retrospective of Uzbek master Ali Khamraev plus the Berwick New Cinema Competition, with every film a UK, European, International or World premiere. Many congratulations to Sky Hopinka for Dislocation Blues, the 2017 competition award winner.

Another focal point for BFMAF 2017 was Ultramarine: The Sea as Political Space, a dynamic selection of films that reimagined our complex relationship with the sea. Margaret Salmon’s new commission Mm celebrating the 50th season of the Berwick Bandits and with a soundtrack from Sacred Paws was another particularly rock and roll highlight.

View the full 2017 programme here

BFMAF 2016

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In 2016 BFMAF's hosted Thomas Beard's ambitious retrospective, An Early Clue to the New Direction: Queer Cinema Before Stonewall, all the films of which (including the festival's opening gala, Sylvia Scarlett) screened from 35mm or 16mm prints.

The Berwick New Cinema programme featured UK Premieres of El futuro perfecto by Nele Wohlatz, fresh from its award-winning debut at the Locarno Film Festival; Maud Alpi's Gorge Cœur Ventre; and 2013 Turner Prize winner Laure Prouvost's newest work, If It Was. World premieres of several films were also presented, including Molly Palmer's Some Shapes Without Edges, Jenny Perlin's Tender Not Approvedand the digital version of Sophie Michael's The Watershow Extravaganza, the 16mm version of which also featured as an exhibition.

The Berwick New Cinema Competition was won by filmmaker Camilo Restrepo for his film Cilaos. In their award citation, the jury stated that Cilaos was 'absolutely located in a contemporary moment', praising the film's exhilarating 'visceral quality of both sound and image'.

BFMAF’s 2016 exhibition programme included works by Artists in Profile Claire Hooper and Deborah Stratman, alongside Festival commission Persuasion by Lucy Parker. Also included were new works by Ghislaine Leung, Jenny Brady and CIRCA Projects, who presented their live event, World Is Sudden: Part I.

View the full 2016 programme here

BFMAF 2015

The 11th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival programme theme was ‘Fact or Fiction’ and turned a curious eye to the grey areas between fact and fantasy, documentary and narrative, journalism and propaganda.

The programme featured an expanded roster of moving image installations and screenings. From Moshen Makhmalbaf’s rarely seen Iranian masterpiece Salam Cinema on 35mm to Giff-Gaff, a commissioned series of live events curated by CIRCA Projects.

Artists in profile where Deimantas Narkevičius who was featured in Once in the XX Century, an exhibition of the artists oeuvre to date and Seamus Harahan, who presented his newly commissioned ‘Fucking Finland’. A series of films that explored cultural chinks, links and aberrations on the periphery of Europe.

View the full 2015 programme here

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