2023

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24 January 2023

Watch it here first! Festival Premieres🥇

31 filmmakers have premiere screenings at BFMAF, including world festival premieres of new films from Jenny Brady (Ireland), Éiméar McClay & Cat McClay (UK), Basim Magdy (Switzerland),  Sophio Medoidze (UK), Anya Tsyrlina & Sid Iandovka (USSR, Switzerland) and Christopher Ulutupu (New Zealand, UK). We can’t wait to share these films with you. WORLD FESTIVAL PREMIERES […]

24 January 2023

Encounter film across Berwick in our Exhibitions programme📍

Creating productive frictions inspired by buildings’ current and historic use, artists present new moving image works in Berwick’s Gymnasium Gallery, Town Hall, Visitor Centre, an 18th century ammunition store and a former Thorntons shop on Marygate. All exhibitions are free, open daily 10:00-17:00, 3-5 March.   Cultuur • Dir. Fairuz Ghammam • Belgium • 2022 […]

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24 January 2023

Presenting the Berwick New Cinema Awards 2023 🏆

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival’s New Cinema Awards celebrates some of the most distinctive works of new cinema and artists’ moving image being made around the world today. Uniquely, all selected filmmakers in this strand receive an award rather than a single winner chosen by a jury. The 25 New Cinema Award winners were […]

24 January 2023

2023 Festival Programme is now live!

18th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival announces its full programme in Berwick-upon-Tweed 3 – 5 March. The UK’s Festival for New Cinema and Artists’ Moving Image returns to their home town Berwick-upon-Tweed, championing films and filmmakers who push the boundaries of genre, form and convention to surprise expectations and enliven audience relationships with cinema.

Saturday 4 March, 19:30

Cláudia Varejão’s debut fiction film is a luminous ode to queer communities on the Azores island of Sao Miguel. Culturally specific and delicately nuanced, Wolf and Dog follows protagonist, Ana, as she navigates the stifling forces of religion and tradition in pursuit of the passions and butterflies of new desire. Mirroring Ana’s journey of self-discovery, Varejão’s initially observational style slowly gives way to something more lush and experimental, capturing the gentle unfolding of young love finding its first voice.

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111 mins
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Sunday 5 March, 14:15

Three concentrated doses of cinematic pleasure. Artists in this programme meditate on storytelling and agency, synthesising practices of filmmaking and living to suggest new forms of intergenerational care. The ways we interpret our collective selves are explored through tender engagements with technologies of record and remembrance.

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65 mins
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Saturday 4 March, 15:15

Science meets speculative fiction in artist Deborah Stratman’s poetic, associative reflection on evolution and extinction from the point of view of rocks and various future others. Loosely based on two short stories by J.-H. Rosny, considered one of the founding figures of modern science fiction, and thinking with figures from Roger Caillois to Donna Haraway, Stratman troubles the limits of human perception, mining the farthest reaches of the biosphere for (im)material traces that bind past, present, and future.

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50 mins
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Nedarma

(Matka)

Nedarma (Travelling) is a documentary focusing on the Nenets, a nomadic tribe in the northern tundra of Siberia which Anastasia Lapsui was born into. Sumptuous 35mm black and white cinematography captures the landscapes of the Yamal Peninsula and the daily activities of its inhabitants with patience, a visionary perspective and a captivating soundtrack. The film begins by illustrating the Nenets cosmology as a way of leading into a filmic structure that portrays the arc of life from birth to death.

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82 mins