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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

 

 

 

SCREENTIME

SCREENTIME is a series of 5 fresh new films showing at The Radio Rooms in Berwick, on Thursday evenings during February and March.

With music as the vital connection, the films celebrate the joy and challenges of community gathering and collective identities.

Tickets are £5 or pay what you can – complimentary popcorn included!

Screentime is supported by Film Hub North, proud to be part of the BFI Film Audience Network

Chloe Charlton

Programmer

Chloe Charlton is a moving image artist and aspiring film programmer based in Glasgow. From an ecological stance, she is directed by the sensual entanglements of the lived emerging experience.

As a programmer she aims to offer tender narratives streamed together using the film works of others, to stimulate critical conversations.

George Cochrane

Programmer

George Cochrane is a writer and filmmaker from Northumberland, now based in London. His main interests are Italian cinema and Old Hollywood.

Feature

Sing Street

It is 1985, and as part of his struggling family’s efforts to economise, fifteen-year-old Dubliner Conor Lawlor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) is taken out of private school and put in a rough, strict Christian Brothers school called Synge Street. Though relentlessly bullied, Conor quickly finds his crowd here, forming a band to impress the mysterious older girl (Lucy Boynton) across the road. It works, though as Conor gets closer to ‘Raphina’ and the band gets better and better, things at home continue to deteriorate, his parents threatening to split up. Music becomes Conor’s only means of escape.

Camille Relet

Programmer

Camille Relet is a young French visual artist based in Swansea, where she graduated with a Master’s in Photography – Contemporary Dialogues. Passionate about film and cinema, she took part in the Derby Film Festival Young Programmers Group in 2021 and is now proud to be part of the team behind the Screentime programme.

Feature

The Farewell

The Farewell is the story of a Chinese born US raised woman called Billi and her nana Nai Nai who lives in Changchun and has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Chinese tradition defines that no one should tell her that she is dying. A Family wedding is organised as an excuse to gather everyone one last time to see Nai Nai and bid their farewell to her. Billi, who has voiced her opposition to this tradition and struggles to contain her emotions is not invited to the wedding in fear that she might reveal the truth to Nai Nai. However, against her family’s wishes, she decides to travel to Changchun to attend the wedding.

Ilinca Vanau

Programmer

Ilinca Vanau is a writer and photographer living in Edinburgh. Born in Romania, she moved to Scotland a decade ago to study at the University of St Andrews, where she received her undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology and Film Studies. Her academic journey has happened in tandem with ventures into publishing, curating and film programming as well as work on several long-term photographic projects. In 2018, she returned to the University of St Andrews and completed an MLitt in Film Studies with a thesis exploring the formal correspondences between films by Chantal Akerman and Sergei Loznitsa. Ilinca is drawn to cinema that touches upon the fields of documentary film, visual anthropology, sensory ethnography and is interested in cinematic thinking and the ethics of film form. More broadly, she turns to moving image practices to question and taste the intimate relationship between time, memory and identity.

Feature

Ali & Ava

Both lonely for different reasons, Ali and Ava meet through their shared affection for Sofia (6), the child of Ali’s Slovakian tenants, whom Ava teaches. Ali finds comfort in Ava’s warmth and kindness and Ava finds Ali’s complexity and humour irresistible. Over a lunar month, sparks fly and a deep connection begins to grow. However, the legacy of Ava’s past relationship and Ali’s emotional turmoil at the breakdown of his marriage begins to overshadow their newfound passion.