17th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2021


9 – 12 September 2021

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BFMAF’s 2021 Call for Entries has now closed. Thanks to all who entered, we will let you know about the selection status of your film by the 9th of August.

Check 2020’s 16th BFMAF and all the accompanying recordings, essays, and podcasts below, still there for you to enjoy!

Live Event — 10 October 2020, 22:00

BFMAF 2020: MISS WORLD live set

Edinburgh’s all-female DJ collective, MISS WORLD bring their party to Berwick Film & Media Art’s Festival 2020 – a musical beauty pageant of all sounds and genres. Join us and MISS WORLD to dance the night away (responsibly!) and celebrate the closing of the Festival this year.

Live Event — 11 October 2020, 15:00

Essential Cinema: Márta Mészáros

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival presents the 2020 Festival’s final event where Janka Barkócz will be discussing the 1970 Hungarian Beat era ballad Don’t Cry, Pretty Girls! with its pioneering  director Márta Mészáros.

Live Event — 10 October 2020, 20:00

Listening session and in conversation with Zinzi Minott and DJ Flight

BFMAF invites audiences to join this performance that will premiere a newly mixed set by DJ Flight, one of Drum & Bass’s most influential figures (Metalheadz, Rinse FM, 1Xtra). DJ Flight will perform a DJ set in response to artist, dancer and choreographer Zinzi Minott’s new work Fi Dem III: Ancestral Interference presented in the festival’s Propositions series.

Live Event — 7 October 2020, 20:00

Essential Cinema: Badnam Basti

Jonathan Ali, Rini Bhattacharya Mehta, Rajinder Dudrah and Jason Jones on Badnam Basti. Briefly released in 1971 and subsequently lost for decades until its rediscovery in 2019 at Arsenal Berlin, Badnam Basti (Alley of Ill Repute) is the debut feature of Indian New Wave filmmaker Prem Kapoor.

Live Event — 24 September 2020, 20:00

Essential Cinema: The Lighthouse (Mayak)

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival presents a live conversation inspired by Maria Saakyan’s impassioned, acclaimed and groundbreaking debut feature film The Lighthouse (Mayak). Considering the legacy of Maria Saakyan and her life’s work, our guests will also discuss the practice and politics of film-making, -distribution -production and -restoration with special attention to the Southern Caucasus.

Live Event — 10 October 2020, 15:00

Previews: Tim Leyendekker and Fern Silva

New to the Festival this year, Previews highlights forthcoming feature-length films and offers audiences a chance to hear about the process of their production. For the inaugural event, filmmakers Tim Leyendekker and Fern Silva will each share a taster of their yet to be premiered feature length works and discuss their process with BFMAF programmers Ana David and Herb Shellenberger.

Live Event — 3 October 2020, 15:00

Propositions: Tiffany Sia in conversation

Join artist Tiffany Sia in conversation with critic and curator Ed Halter and BFMAF programmer Herb Shellenberger about her film Never Rest/Unrest that documents the recent protests in Hong Kong. This event can be watched here and on our twitch channel.

Live Event — 1 October 2020, 20:00

Propositions: Renèe Helèna Browne in conversation

Renèe Helèna Browne discusses their new film Daddy’s Boy with poet and trans / queer activist Nat Raha as part of this year’s propositions strand. They will be joined by programme fellow Christina Demetriou. Daddy’s Boy was commissioned for the 16th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2020.

Live Event — 8 October 2020, 20:00

Filmmakers in Focus: Angelo Madsen Minax in conversation

Filmmaker in focus, Angelo Madsen Minax will be in conversation with filmmaker and writer Steve Reinke, filmmaker Jennifer Reeder and BFMAF Associate Programmer Ana David discussing his practice and seven films as part of this year’s festival.

Live Event — 6 October 2020, 20:00

Filmmakers in Focus: Izza Génini in conversation

A pioneering filmmaker in Moroccan cinema, Izza Génini presents four films as part of our Filmmaker in Focus programme. For this special event she will be joined in conversation by writer and curator Omar Berrada and filmmaker and writer Yasmine Benabdallah with 2020 programming fellow Myriam Mouflih.