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The 2022 Call for Entries has now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered their work. We look forward to viewing your films!

Staff

    Office (Year Round)

    Malcolm Howson

    Finance Officer (fl)

    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).

    Peter Taylor

    Festival Director (ft)

    Peter Taylor (Belfast, 1974) has been the Director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival since January 2015. He’s the organisation’s Chief Executive Officer and is also responsible for its programming and artistic direction.

    Previously based in the Netherlands, Peter was a programmer at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) and WORM, Rotterdam’s self-styled Institute for Avant Garde-istic Recreation between 2006-2016.

    Peter is currently on the advisory boards of North East England’s Contemporary Visual Arts Network (NECVAN) and the Centre for Screen Cultures at the University of St. Andrews.

    Hamish Young

    Programme Coordinator (pt)

    Before his role at 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.

    As an artist he has exhibited around the UK including Collective, Edinburgh, Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, Royal Scottish Academy and DRAF Studio, London.

    Elisa Kay

    Deputy Director (pt)

    Project Staff

    Chloë Smith

    Communities Programme Coordinator (fl)

    Chloë is an artist and facilitator based in Berwick-upon-Tweed. As well as making her own performance works, Chloë works on a variety of community projects across artistic disciplines. These projects have included: dancing in care homes, running Kaleidoscope; BFMAF’s pop-up space for children and their families, working on a music project with teenagers, teaching workshops in schools and even getting her hair cut by children.

    Rectangle

    Web Design (fl)

    Emer Tumility

    Design & Illustration (fl)

    Matthew Walkerdine

    Graphic Design (fl)

    2022 Festival Programmers

    Dan Guthrie

    Associate Programmer (fl)

    Dan Guthrie is an artist, researcher and writer whose practice often explores representations of Black Britishness, with an interest in examining how they manifest themselves in rural areas. In the last year, he has been a participant in East Bristol Contemporary’s Day School programme, a panel member for Stroud District Council’s review of streets, buildings, statues and monuments, and a part-time librarian. His work has been screened at Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Focal Point Gallery, Obsidian Coast and the ICA, and he has previously worked as a submission viewer for London Short Film Festival and Glasgow Short Film Festival.

    Alice Miller

    Associate Programmer (fl)

    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

    Associate Programmer (fl)

    Myriam Mouflih is a film programmer and sometimes writer from Glasgow, UK. Her research has focused predominantly on Artists Moving Image from the African continent and the diaspora. Since 2017, Myriam has programmed for Africa in Motion Film Festival and served on the committee of Transmission Gallery from 2018-2020. She is also a member of the LUX Scotland Advisory group and was on the jury for the Margaret Tait Award 2020/21.

    Herb Shellenberger

    Associate Programmer (fl)

    Herb Shellenberger is a film programmer, curator and writer originally from Pennsylvania and based in London. He has curated screenings, exhibitions and film series at film festivals, cinematheques and art institutions internationally, including retrospectives of filmmakers such as Sophia Al-Maria, Sid Iandovka & Anya Tsyrlina, Payal Kapadia, Ali Khamraev, George Kuchar, Jonas Mekas, Sergei Parajanov, Tiffany Sia, Johan van der Keuken and Al Wong. In 2020, he was a union rep and co-organiser of the 42-day strike of workers at Tate Modern and Tate Britain, and he is co-editor of the revised edition of Amos Vogel’s 1974 book Film as a Subversive Art (Film Desk Books, 2021).

    Ilinca Vanau

    Associate Programmer (fl)

    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 drawn to works that lie between cinema and contemporary art and in many ways, lie at the interstices of categories more broadly, seeking to connect or rewrite them. This year she is beginning a PhD in Film Studies at the University of St Andrews on sound in recent moving image works made by women filmmakers and artists, which engage ideas of posthumanism.

    Office (Year Round)

    Malcolm Howson

    Finance Officer (fl)

    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).

    Peter Taylor

    Festival Director (ft)

    Peter Taylor (Belfast, 1974) has been the Director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival since January 2015. He’s the organisation’s Chief Executive Officer and is also responsible for its programming and artistic direction.

    Previously based in the Netherlands, Peter was a programmer at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) and WORM, Rotterdam’s self-styled Institute for Avant Garde-istic Recreation between 2006-2016.

    Peter is currently on the advisory boards of North East England’s Contemporary Visual Arts Network (NECVAN) and the Centre for Screen Cultures at the University of St. Andrews.

    Hamish Young

    Programme Coordinator (pt)

    Before his role at 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.

    As an artist he has exhibited around the UK including Collective, Edinburgh, Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, Royal Scottish Academy and DRAF Studio, London.

    Elisa Kay

    Deputy Director (pt)

    Project Staff

    Chloë Smith

    Communities Programme Coordinator (fl)

    Chloë is an artist and facilitator based in Berwick-upon-Tweed. As well as making her own performance works, Chloë works on a variety of community projects across artistic disciplines. These projects have included: dancing in care homes, running Kaleidoscope; BFMAF’s pop-up space for children and their families, working on a music project with teenagers, teaching workshops in schools and even getting her hair cut by children.

    Rectangle

    Web Design (fl)

    Emer Tumility

    Design & Illustration (fl)

    Matthew Walkerdine

    Graphic Design (fl)

    2022 Festival Programmers

    Dan Guthrie

    Associate Programmer (fl)

    Dan Guthrie is an artist, researcher and writer whose practice often explores representations of Black Britishness, with an interest in examining how they manifest themselves in rural areas. In the last year, he has been a participant in East Bristol Contemporary’s Day School programme, a panel member for Stroud District Council’s review of streets, buildings, statues and monuments, and a part-time librarian. His work has been screened at Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Focal Point Gallery, Obsidian Coast and the ICA, and he has previously worked as a submission viewer for London Short Film Festival and Glasgow Short Film Festival.

    Alice Miller

    Associate Programmer (fl)

    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

    Associate Programmer (fl)

    Myriam Mouflih is a film programmer and sometimes writer from Glasgow, UK. Her research has focused predominantly on Artists Moving Image from the African continent and the diaspora. Since 2017, Myriam has programmed for Africa in Motion Film Festival and served on the committee of Transmission Gallery from 2018-2020. She is also a member of the LUX Scotland Advisory group and was on the jury for the Margaret Tait Award 2020/21.

    Herb Shellenberger

    Associate Programmer (fl)

    Herb Shellenberger is a film programmer, curator and writer originally from Pennsylvania and based in London. He has curated screenings, exhibitions and film series at film festivals, cinematheques and art institutions internationally, including retrospectives of filmmakers such as Sophia Al-Maria, Sid Iandovka & Anya Tsyrlina, Payal Kapadia, Ali Khamraev, George Kuchar, Jonas Mekas, Sergei Parajanov, Tiffany Sia, Johan van der Keuken and Al Wong. In 2020, he was a union rep and co-organiser of the 42-day strike of workers at Tate Modern and Tate Britain, and he is co-editor of the revised edition of Amos Vogel’s 1974 book Film as a Subversive Art (Film Desk Books, 2021).

    Ilinca Vanau

    Associate Programmer (fl)

    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 drawn to works that lie between cinema and contemporary art and in many ways, lie at the interstices of categories more broadly, seeking to connect or rewrite them. This year she is beginning a PhD in Film Studies at the University of St Andrews on sound in recent moving image works made by women filmmakers and artists, which engage ideas of posthumanism.