Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2020


Thank you for joining us for the 16th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival! We would love to hear about your festival experience – please fill in our audience survey here. Don’t forget that event recordings, essays and podcasts will remain accessible on our website. Thanks to all viewers, guests and artists who contributed in making this a truly lively, communal film experience. We look forward to welcoming you to the 17th edition in 2021!

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.

This event is free and will be streaming live from the BFMAF website at 3pm BST. Please refresh your browser at this time to ensure you connect with the event.

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Live Event Participants:

Tim Leyendekker (1973, Netherlands) is an artist based between Rotterdam and Strasbourg. He received an MFA from the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. His films contain a palpable trace of its creation process, engaging the viewer to critically relate to the construction of the work itself. His work has been shown in several major galleries and festivals around the world such as IFFR, the Power Plant (Toronto), VIDEOEX (Zürich), Centre Pompidou (Paris) and Loop Barcelona. His most recent film Blinder was nominated for a Tiger Shorts award in Rotterdam and was awarded the main prize at the inaugural edition of Moscow International Experimental Film Festival. Leyendekker also works as a producer for other artists’ work and as an independent film programmer, curating a monthly program at WORM (Rotterdam), and other venues.



Fern Silva (1982) is an artist and filmmaker who works primarily in 16mm. His films examine the influence of industry on culture and ecology while referencing their various depictions throughout cinematic history. They’ve been presented at festivals, museums, and cinematheques including the Toronto, Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, New York, London, and Hong Kong International Film Festivals, Anthology Film Archives, Harvard Film Archive, New Museum (NYC), and MOMA P.S.1 (New York). Silva has previously taught filmmaking at the University of Illinois (Chicago), Bard College (New York) and Bennington College (Vermont).