Festival gears up to be best yet
The 13th annual Berwick Media, Film and Arts Festival will animate the border town with five days of new cinema, artists' moving image and live performance.
As the UK’s foremost festival for artists’ moving image and new cinema, the festival, which started yesterday, is a chance for locals and visitors alike to explore Berwick, see the town from new perspectives and experience new artistic commissions and premieres in cinema and exhibition programmes.
Until Sunday art installations and live events will take place in cultural and historic venues throughout Berwick, bringing residents, film enthusiasts and international artistic communities together to celebrate the very best new cinema from around the world.
For 13 years now the annual festival’s exhibitions have circumnavigated Berwick’s Elizabethan town-walls, creating temporary art spaces in venues that include Bankhill’s 18th century ice house, Coxon’s 14th century tower, a 1901 army gymnasium and St Aidan’s Peace Church; a former Anglican chapel, which became a centre for environmental and social action campaigners in the 1980s.
This year there are a number of special events and programmes that will appeal to residents, including a celebration of speedway on Saturday at The Maltings, a series of films that look at the significance of the sea in global politics and our everyday lives, and a new work by Charlotte Prodger, who has been Artist in Residence in Berwick for the past six months and will be present for a premier screening at 2.30pm.
There are also family screenings, schools events, the annual Young Filmmakers’ Competition and The Explore Space for young cinephiles to join in with what will be the largest Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival to date.
This year’s festival is the result of some brilliant collaborations with artists, filmmakers, curators and project partners, and is shaping up to be one of the best yet.
Cinema screenings will include premieres, as well as must-see feature films from Jean-Luc Godard and the first ever UK retrospective of Uzbek master Ali Khamraev.
This year the programme offers a number of special events for children and young people, including a family screening of Eglantine by Margaret Salmon on Saturday at 3.30pm.
Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival is supported by Arts Council England through its National Portfolio programme.
For the full line-up of what is on which days throughout the festival, visit http://bfmaf.org
Passes for a single day, weekend, three days or the entire festival can now be purchased, some including accommodation as well.
For further information, visit www.maltingsberwick.co.uk