17th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2021


The Festival continues online until 30 September including performances, screenings, in-conversations, exhibitions, podcast and commissioned texts.

Buy your ticket or accreditation for £10 and gain access to the whole Festival!

Live Event — 30 September 2021, 19:00

Work in Progress: Rising Up at Night Q&A

Returning to the festival this year, Work in Progress (formerly Previews) highlights forthcoming films and offers audiences a chance to hear about the process of their production. Join filmmaker Nelson Makengo in conversation with BFMAF programmer Herb Shellenberger for a discussion of Makengo’s upcoming feature Rising up at Night and clips of the new work.

The event will be broadcast live on the home page of our website at the time and date advertised above.

Live Event Participants:

Nelson Makengo (1990, Kinshasa, DR Congo) is a photographer, filmmaker and producer. He is a graduate from The Academy of Fine Arts in Kinshasa and La Fémis in Paris. He has directed six short films which have been screened at the Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France) and de Saint-Louis Documentary Film Festival (Senegal), among others. He was one of the 10 Congolese artists selected to participate in the 2017 Atelier Picha (Lubumbashi). In 2018, Makengo presented his film E’ville at the Lubumbashi Biennal and was artist-in-residence at Wiels Contemporary art centre (Belgium).

Herb Shellenberger is a film programmer, curator and writer originally from Pennsylvania and based in London. He has curated screenings, exhibitions and film series at film festivals, cinematheques and art insti- tutions internationally, including retrospectives of filmmakers such as Ali Khamraev (BFMAF 2017), Sophia Al-Maria (BFMAF 2018), Tiffany Sia, Payal Kapadia (BFMAF 2020), Sid Iandovka & Anya Tsyrlina, George Kuchar, Jonas Mekas, Sergei Parajanov, Johan van der Keuken and Al Wong. In 2020, he was a union rep and co-organiser of the 42-day strike of workers at Tate Modern and Tate Britain, and he is co-editor of the revised edition of Amos Vogel’s 1974 book Film as a Subversive Art (Film Desk Books, 2021).