Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival


A new season and a new approach. After 18 years BFMAF is moving to a new date, 3 – 5th March 2023. Find out more here.

To better understand the reasons behind this date change please read our Festival Statement




Essential Cinema

BFMAF’s retrospective series provides a fresh look at classic works of cinema or a first view of overlooked masterpieces. Each film is rarely-seen and most are shown in new restorations for the first time in the UK.



Linguère Ramatou returns to Colobane, a once charming village now devastated by poverty, with fabulous wealth and a promise to save her people. But tied to this promise is a deadly bargain: the lover who had betrayed a 16-year-old, pregnant Linguère, must be executed. Hyenas is a cautionary tale packed with humorous, compassionate yet explosive scenes crafted by one of the masters of African cinema.


Lips of Blood

Lips of Blood was French horror-erotica auteur Jean Rollin’s favorite of his own films and it contains many of his signature elements: crumbling seaside ruins, bloodthirsty vampires, poetically haunting cinematography and suspenseful intrigue. Protagonist Frederic, continually hindered by a quartet of vampires, pursues a mystery woman after being transported through vaguely-recalled memories to a faraway castle.

Selected by Artist in Profile Sophia-Al Maria, who will introduce the film


Some Interviews on Personal Matters

Some Interviews on Personal Matters is one of the first feminist films of Soviet cinema and comes to Berwick freshly restored by Arsenal Berlin. Lana Gogoberidze’s narrative follows Sofiko, a journalist who interviews a wide range of women about their lives, desires and domestic labour. Laying bare the connections between the private and political in almost documentary style, the film focuses on the struggle between Sofiko’s independence and her obligations towards her own family.


Tales of the Dumpster Kid

BFMAF presents the first UK screening in 40 years of this innovative New German Cinema highlight. The film will be restaged in its classic ‘pub cinema’ setting, the sequence of its 22 episodes chosen by the audience. The Dumpster Kid, born from a trash can, finds her way through the world, discovering hilarity, ecstasy, cruelty, capitalism and patriarchy along the way.

Supported by Goethe-Institut London



A political revenge fable which offers an un-writing of Australia’s colonising myth of terra nullius, Soda_Jerk remix, re-edit and reinterpret the official archive to achieve a queering and othering of Australian cinema. Part political satire, eco-horror and road movie, TERROR NULLIUS envisions a country where idyllic beaches host race-riots, governments poll love-rights, and the perils of hypermasculinity are overshadowed only by the enduring horror of Australia’s colonial legacy.