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.

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Part screening, part talk or performance, Propositions provides a discursive setting to dive deep into new cinema. Whether filmmakers expand on their work, demonstrating research and contexts, or curators illuminate new perspectives and complications, Propositions shares discoveries encountered through research and practice.

Live Event — 13 September 2021, 10:38

Propositions: If from every tongue it drips: Video Performance – co-presented with Open City Docs

Join us for a special event screening of Sharlene Bamboat’s If From Every Tongue it Drips (Canada, UK, Sri Lanka, 2021) co-presented with Open City Documentary Film Festival. We bring you a new captioned version of the film in collaboration with Collective Text in Glasgow and a specially commissioned video performance by Toronto-based musician Nick Dourado and writer-programmer Aaditya Agarawal, which traces the cultural lineages of music in the film.

Live Event — 16 September 2021, 19:00

Propositions: Zia Anger & Monica Mirabile – Collaborative Performance

Filmmaker Zia Anger and movement artist Monica Mirabile invite you to a performative conversation, looking at their collaborative practice and towards a hypothetical future work. The conversation will both be about and be the work itself, where process and collaboration are as important as the finished outcome.


Aura Satz

Aura Satz’s Preemptive Listening project focuses on sonic obedience and disobedience through the trope of the siren. The Fork in the Road comprises trumpet improvisor Mazen Kerbaj’s composition of a new siren sound using circular breathing, and actor/activist Khalid Abdalla speaking on the siren as the emblematic sound of resistance, oppression and lost futures during the Arab Spring. Following the film, a sound installa- tion proposes a speculative re-imagining of emergency signals.


Interleaving the archive (Group Action with KK)

Interleaving the archive (Group Action with KK) is a performative lecture by Holly Argent that brings together a spoken semi-fictive narrative, photographic transparents on an overhead projector, a live video-feed projection and a screening of a number of films by Polish artist duo KwieKulik (Przemyslaw Kwiek and Zofia Kulik). Also known as KK, the duo were making work in Warsaw, Poland between 1971–87. Their political and often ephemeral work attempted to expose their situation as artists working under communist rule in the People’s Republic of Poland.

Short Films

Julia Feyrer: Broken Clocks

Steffanie Ling (Artistic Director, Images Festival) presents Broken Clocks, a selectrospective of Vancouver-based artist Julia Feyrer’s 16mm films originally shown as installations. By filming their sculptures as props, and the gallery installation as set, each exhibition seeps into the next, creating the causes and conditions for the next film to germinate. Feyrer’s use of ‘practical film effects’—such as physical objects and non-digital special effects made for the verisimilitude of the camera—fashion a world of techniques and materials designed to mirror our own without the pretext of permanence.

Q&A with filmmaker Julia Feyrer

Co-presented with Images Festival

Short Films

Windrush Legacies and Experimental Forms

This screening and conversation, programmed by Rabz Lansiquot, pairs dancer Zinzi Minott’s durational film works Fi Dem (2018) and Fi Dem II (2019) with Judah Attille’s Sankofa Film & Video Collective-produced Dreaming Rivers (1988) to consider lineages of Black British experimental film.

Q&A with Zinzi Minott

This programme is supported by the Independent Cinema Office as part of a forthcoming project with LUX celebrating films made in and around the Black British film workshops of the 1980s