17th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2021


The 17th edition of the Festival has now finished. Thank you to everyone who joined us both in Berwick and online. We are so pleased and humbled by the support and enthusiasm for the programme and it has been wonderful to be able to connect with audiences this year.

Although the Festival is over there is plenty left to do. You can watch back all past online events, listen to filmmakers discuss their work on our podcasts series and read insightful essays that explore the programme in more depth.



Entry guidelines

Please ensure your work meets the following criteria before entering:

  • Completed after 1st January 2020 (or not previously presented or screened at a film festival)
  • No previous or scheduled UK film festival screenings prior to October 2021
  • Feature films must not have been theatrically released in the UK before October 2021
  • All works in a language other than English must be subtitled in English

Eligible entries must have no previous or scheduled UK film festival screenings prior to October 2021.

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival’s primary presentation format is single screen moving image work. However, the Festival also welcomes artists’ proposals of artists’ moving image work for live performance and site-specific exhibition settings in Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Single Screen films can be entered here.

Although entries will be considered for all programme sections (also site-specific exhibition) we recognise that some proposals might need more description than others. If so, use the exhibitions, performance and events form.

Please pick the most relevant option, there is no need to enter your work twice.


The final deadline for entries is midnight on Friday 16th April 2021. 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).

The Festival will inform all artists and filmmakers on the selection status of their film by 9th August 2021.

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

Video Preview

We require a video preview of your work. This will be used during the selection process.

For performance or installation works, send a recording or video documentation.

The preview should be a direct URL link to a streaming platform – such as Vimeo or YouTube. We do not usually 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.

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 2021, 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 of your film is Thursday 12 August 2021. BFMAF will arrange for your work’s safe return after the Festival has taken place.

Access / Captioning

BFMAF is working to ensure our programme is as accessible as possible. This year, we would like to provide the option of SDH captions (Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard-of-hearing) for all of our New Cinema Competition screenings. Selected filmmakers will be asked to provide existing materials which will aid the creation of SDH captions.

Festival attendance

Selected artists and filmmakers are encouraged to attend the 17th edition of the Festival taking place from Thursday 9 – Sunday 12 September 2021. The Festival can provide a contribution towards travel and accommodation expenses.

Festival attendance will depend on travel restrictions as a result of Covid 19. Guest travel will be reviewed by the festival team on a regular basis and in consultation with participating filmmakers.

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 & professional 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 2021 delegates list.

If you have any other questions please read the FAQs or contact us at programme@bfmaf.org.