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Berwick New Cinema Award 2019

The winner of the BNC award was Onyeka Igwe for her film the names have changed, including my own and truths have been altered.

The Berwick New Cinema Award was presented to Igwe at the Closing Screening of the 15th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival on Sunday 22 September by the Berwick New Cinema Competition jurors: Callum Hill (winner of the 2018 Berwick New Cinema Award); Hyun Jin Cho (film curator, Korean Cultural Centre UK); and Julian Ross (programmer, Locarno Film Festival & International Film Festival Rotterdam).

The 2019 Berwick New Cinema Competition screened 23 works by a total of 27 artists across five screening programmes. This year’s competition was researched and selected by Festival Director Peter Taylor, Associate Programmers Letitia Calin and Herb Shellenberger, Programme Coordinator Hamish Young and 2019 Programming Fellow Tendai John Mutambu.

The Berwick New Cinema Competition is kindly supported by Berwick Town Council.

The full 2019 Berwick New Cinema line-up can be viewed here.

2019 Jury’s decision

"Onyeka Igwe’s film is committed to being part of a conversation that has no clear answers and where many questions remain. At once tender and outspoken, it dives deep into the entanglements of family and history and dares to share the knots and frustrations you face when untangling them. With intimacy and rigour, the archive is activated.”

BFMAF Programming Fellow Tendai John Mutambu writes that, in telling a story of her grandfather and of an encounter with Nigeria, Onyeka Igwe,

“throws the ordinary and the everyday within the archive into relief by daring to write and re-write the stories of diasporic African life against the grain of colonial history’s master narratives using a variety of forms.”

The names have changed, including my own and truths have been altered was shown as a World Festival Premiere after a World Premiere screening event at Jerwood Arts (London) in early September.

Previous winners:

2018: Callum Hill (UK)

2017: Sky Hopinka (USA)

2016: Camilo Restrepo (Paris)

2015: Tamara Henderson (Vancouver)

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