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.



Frequently asked questions

When will I know if my film has been selected for the Festival?

You will receive an email by Monday 9th of August regarding the selection status of your entry.

If you do not receive any correspondence by this date please check your spam folder before contacting the festival team at programme@bfmaf.org.

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

What kind of work does Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (BFMAF) present?

The best guide is our previous programmes! Consult the 2020 programme and catalogue to get a better sense of the Festival’s programming dynamics.

Will the Festival go ahead this year?

The 17th edition of the Festival is planned to go ahead in Berwick-upon-Tweed from Thursday 9 – Sunday 12 September 2021. If for any reason the Festival cannot take place in person, the Festival will still go ahead in an online format. Any changes to the festival format will be discussed with participating artists.

How does the selection process work?

Viewing and the selection process continues for some months after the final deadline for entries.

All submitted works are viewed by one member of the programming team. Highly rated entries are then viewed by further programmers. Final selection is decided by the Festival Director in discussion with the programming team. Though decisions are often intuitive, they consider subject matter, style and the length of work as well as questions raised on meaning, interpretation and urgency.

Why is there a fee for entries?

The Festival is a registered charity and money raised from the Call for Entries goes towards the administration, viewing and research time involved in programming the Festival. It also contributes towards travel and accommodation costs for participating artists and filmmakers.

If you cannot afford the entry fees, please get in touch at programme@bfmaf.org.

Can I enter an incomplete work?

Yes, for example moving image works without a final sound edit or colour correction can be submitted. The Festival will request a finished version as necessary.

Can I enter my work even if it’s not a film?

BFMAF exhibits a range of presentation formats including; feature, midlength and short films, exhibitions/installations, performance and live events. Entries with a moving image component are prioritised. A video preview is required for entry and should provide a clear sense of the planned presentation. It may be link to a film, recording of a performance or documentation of an installation. It is your responsibility to provide relevant additional information that will assist the programming team.

What does the premiere status of my work mean?

It is important to inform the Festival of the premiere status your work will have if presented at BFMAF 2021. In stage two of the entry form you should select the most accurate premiere status. For example, if you have not presented the work publicly before and no presentation is planned prior to September 2021 then the premiere status at BFMAF will be world premiere.

See below for premiere status definitions:

  • World premiere – the work has not had a public presentation anywhere
  • World festival premiere – not had a public festival presentation anywhere (but may have been screened outside of a film festival context)
  • International premiere – not had a public presentation outside the country of production
  • European premiere – not had a public presentation in Europe (including the United Kingdom)
  • UK premiere – not had a public presentation in the United Kingdom
  • No premiere – Has no premiere status, i.e. has already been presented within the UK

*To be eligible for BFMAF 2021 your work must have no previous or scheduled UK film festival screenings prior to October 2021.

How will I know that my entry has been received by the Festival?

You will receive two email notifications. An automatic email once you have submitted your film and a second email from PayPal once you have completed the entry fee. You can also check the status of your entry on your BFMAF portal page.

What happens if my work is selected?

You will receive an official invite from the Festival by Monday 9th August with information regarding the presentation format & print transport, as well as information about your attendance at the Festival.

Can I submit my film even though I entered it previously?

If your work still conforms to all the entry requirements outlined in the entry guidelines then you are very welcome to re-submit it for BFMAF 2021.

If you have any other questions please email: programme@bfmaf.org