BFMAF primarily presents single screen film, video and moving image work. Artists and filmmakers entries will be considered for all areas of the Festival programme, including cinema screenings, exhibitions and performance events.

Enter your work using the the online form.

Entry criteria

Please ensure your work meets these criteria before entering:

  • Completed after 1st January 2018 (or not previously presented or screened at a film festival)
  • No previous or scheduled UK film festival screenings prior to October 2019
  • Feature films must not have been theatrically released in the UK before October 2019
  • All works in a language other than English must be subtitled in English

Entry Fee

  • The charge for all entries (irrespective of length) is £15
  • Please note: entries will not be processed or considered without receipt of payment
  • Payment is made to PayPal from PayPal account or credit/debit card
  • All payments will be made using pounds sterling


The final deadline for entries is midnight on Friday 5th April 2019. The online form must be completed, payment made, and a full-length copy of the work must be supplied via a web link (using the online form).

BFMAF will inform all entrants by 1st September 2019 whether their entry has been successful.

The Festival cannot offer feedback for the non-selection of a film

Berwick New Cinema Competition

All single screen works under 60 minutes in length are eligible for the Berwick New Cinema Competition which has a £1,000 prize.

In 2018 the Berwick New Cinema Award winner was Callum Hill for her film Crowtrap (United Kingdom, 2018). The Award jury included Gail Pickering (artist and filmmaker), Sonali Joshi, (film producer, curator and distributor) and Sky Hopinka (filmmaker and winner of Berwick New Cinema Award 2017).

Video Preview

We require a video preview of your work. This will be used during the selection process and depending on the format of your entry may be a link to a film, recording of a performance or documentation of an installation.

You must send us a direct URL link to a streaming platform - such as Vimeo or YouTube. We do not accept links to Dropbox or other sites where the video must be downloaded.

We will do our best to contact you if there is an error in playback or the submitted link fails to work. To avoid delay please test the link and password are correct before submitting.

Receipt of submission

Entrants will receive an initial email confirming that the Festival has received your entry and a 2nd PayPal email confirming the successful payment transaction.

Presenting Work

Selected works can be presented on most commonly used formats including digital file, DCP, Blu-Ray, 35mm, 16mm or Super 8.

The availability of some playback equipment is dependent on the screening venue and may need to be negotiated.

If your entry is selected for BFMAF 2019 the Festival will be in contact to request promotional and catalogue materials.

Entrants are responsible for their work’s transport to Berwick. To enable testing the deadline for receiving the presentation version is Monday 26 August 2019. BFMAF will arrange for your work’s safe return after the Festival.

Festival attendance

Selected artists and filmmakers are encouraged to attend BFMAF. The Festival can provide a contribution towards travel and accommodation expenses.

Cinema screenings are followed by a short Q&A session. Featured filmmakers who attend the Festival are requested to participate in the session following their screening. Other participating artists may be required to attend a public event to accompany their festival presentation.

Screening rooms

Successful entrants can choose whether their video preview is included on the Festival’s online screening room, a video library that is accessible to selected artists & guests for a short time after the Festival.

Data protection

Your contact details will only be used for direct contact between BFMAF and yourself and will not be shared with any third parties.

If your entry is selected for the Festival you can choose for your contact details to be added to the BFMAF 2019 delegates list.

If you have any other questions please check the Call for Entries FAQs or email

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