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Our Team

Our Team

Office (Year Round)

Dawn Bothwell


Since 2009, Dawn has worked as an artist, curator, and researcher producing projects that explore site, with a particular interest in alternative regional histories. Her work has looked at the Northeast as a site for (art) production including 70-80’s experimental video and new media in Washington New Town, concrete poetry, and publishing in Sunderland in the 60’s. She also makes music solo as Pentecostal Party and with friends in Hen Ogledd, a band exploring the sub-Roman Old North. Dawn completed a PhD at C.R.U.M.B, University of Sunderland and an MRes in Exhibition Studies with Afterall Journal at Central Saint Martins. She has enjoyed working with artists who take an expanded approach to moving image including Giles Bailey, Adam Chodzko, Benedict Drew, Michelle Williams Gamaker, Laura Harrington, Rory Pilgrim and Heather Phillipson.

Malcolm Howson


Born in The Lake District, moulded in Liverpool and now residing in Berwickshire – Mal has worked in the wine trade and the NHS before joining the team at BFMAF. Mal is the one member of the team without a creative bone in his body (but he can use a calculator).

Elisa Kay

Deputy Director (pt)

Elisa Kay joins BFMAF after spending the last few years as a freelancer working in curatorial and research roles with the UK’s Government Art Collection and Somerset House, London, and as a fundraiser for a number of UK arts organisations. Prior to this she was a Curator at Spike Island in Bristol, where she worked on exhibitions with artists including Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Roman Štětina and Sriwhana Spong, as well as Spike Island’s public and artists’ programmes. Between 2012-2014 was Project Manager for How to work together, a shared project by Chisenhale Gallery, The Showroom and Studio Voltaire, and from 2008-12 she was the first Curator/Director at Flat Time House, the former home and studio of the artist John Latham.

Peter Taylor

Festival Director (ft)

Peter Taylor (Belfast, 1974) is a film curator and lives in Berwick-upon-Tweed. He has been the Director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival since January 2015.

Previously based in Rotterdam, Peter was a programmer at International Film Festival Rotterdam and WORM between 2005 – 2016.

Peter has curated film screenings and spoken on panels at organisations including Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin; Artists Moving Image Northern Ireland, Belfast; Collective Gallery, Edinburgh; Institute of Contemporary Arts London; Glasgow Short Film Festival; International Short Film Festival Oberhausen; Irish Film Institute, Dublin; London Film Festival, LUX, London; Nordland Kunst -of Filmfagskole; Underdox, Munich and Pera Museum, Istanbul.

Most recently he’s been a jury panelist for Costa Rica Festival Internacional de Cine, Diagonale Festival des Österreichischen Films, Film London Jarman Awards, Jerwood/FVU Awards, and the Portuguese Film Fund, Lisbon.

Peter is on the advisory board for the University of St. Andrews Centre for Screen Cultures and currently a mentor for Cinema in Transition, 3-ACT Myanmar.

Miranda Mungai

Communications Manager (PT)

Miranda Mungai joined Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival part-time in 2023.

She is a freelance film curator, events producer, and facilitator based in Newcastle. In 2023 she was on the Independent Cinema Office Advisory Group, consulting on inclusion, diversity and accessibility, a Guest Curator at IMPAKT Festival, Black History Month workshop facilitator and curator at OUTPOST Gallery, and a Curatorial Fellow at the 68th Flaherty Film Seminar.

Since graduating from King’s College London in 2017 she has worked as Documentary Programmer and Industry Events Co-Producer at The London Short Film Festival alongside temporary roles at Open City Documentary Festival, Sheffield Documentary Festival, Tate Britain, and the Royal Academy of Arts Magazine.


Alice Miller


Alice Miller is a PhD researcher and film programmer based in Leeds. She is currently writing her thesis on the history of local independent film exhibition, in the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures at the University of Leeds. In 2018, she joined Leeds International Film Festival as a programmer and for the 2019 edition of the festival, she programmed Mother Cutter: Women Who Shaped Film, a retrospective season celebrating the work of women editors. She organises pop-up film screenings in various spaces across Leeds and is a local organiser for the DIY celebration of cinema that is Scalarama.

Myriam Mouflih


Myriam Mouflih is a curator and sometimes writer based in Glasgow, working across film and contemporary visual art. Myriam has been programming at BFMAF since 2020 and has programmed for festivals like London Film Festival and Africa in Motion Film Festival and organisations such as South London Gallery, Pavilion (Leeds) and The Mosaic Rooms.

Hamish Young

Festival Manager (ft)

Hamish joined the Festival back in 2018 and has worked on planning and delivery, working across programming, marketing, film transport, and guest services in his previous role as Programme Coordinator before his appointment as Festival Manager earlier this year.

Prior to Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, Hamish worked at the 2017 Venice Biennale in both the German and British Pavilions and before this at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh.

2024 Festival Staff

Sam Kenyon


Sam is a programmer and filmmaker currently based in London, researching at the intersections of human rights, heritage, and visual cultures. He has worked as Head of Programming for Document Human Rights Film festival and recently completed an MA in Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Sam also works as Communications Manager for inclusive music and dance organisation, Paragon Music.

Ane Lopez


Ane Lopez is a curator and artist based in Glasgow. She has previously worked as a film programmer for Femspectives and Glasgow Short Film Festival and she is a board member of Document Human Rights Film Festival. Ane works as the Programme Facilitator for the artist-run initiative Market Gallery and is the co-founder of A+E, a collective of artists working together towards a post-oil vision. She is also currently working on setting up an artist residency for contemporary art practitioners with a focus on ecology in the heart of the Bamff Wildland in East Perthshire.

Ilinca Vânău


Ilinca Vanau is a curator, researcher, and artist living in Edinburgh. She has worked with programming teams at Cork International Film Festival and Edinburgh International Film Festival. With BFMAF, she has taken part in the Early Career Critics Workshop and the Berwick Young Programmers scheme. She is currently working on a PhD project in Film Studies at the University of St Andrews, researching sound and posthumanism in recent moving image works made by women filmmakers and artists.

Millie McRobbie

Volunteer Coordinator (FL)

Millie joins the festival after several years running a not for profit food waste initiative, Northern Soul Kitchen, here in Berwick Upon Tweed. Her experience in the voluntary sector is extensive and community often at the heart of her work. She is an active board member of Berwick Slow Food and has been appointed as their Festival Director since 2022 for their annual Food & Beer Festival.

Jess Thornton


Jess is an arts administrator and events coordinator with experience working in commercial, operational and events teams in the culture and heritage sector, including The Hepworth Wakefield and Royal Armouries Museum. Now based in Glasgow after completing a Masters in Film Curation at the University of Glasgow in 2022, she rejoins the team having supported the Festival as Festival Coordinator last year.