17th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2021


The 17th edition of the Festival has now finished. Thank you to everyone who joined us both in Berwick and online. We are so pleased and humbled by the support and enthusiasm for the programme and it has been wonderful to be able to connect with audiences this year.

Although the Festival is over there is plenty left to do. You can watch back all past online events, listen to filmmakers discuss their work on our podcasts series and read insightful essays that explore the programme in more depth.



Work in Progress

Returning for a second edition, Work in Progress is a Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival programme strand highlighting forthcoming feature-length films.

For 2021’s Work in Progress, we will focus on Congolese director and visual artist Nelson Makengo’s Rising Up at Night (2022) his feature film debut currently in production. Rising Up at Night is a co-production between Democratic Republic of the Congo, Belgium, Germany and Burkina Faso. We will discuss the work in progress while also sharing a previous short directed by Makengo as part of the Festival’s online programme.

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, producer Rosa Spaliviero and editor Inneke Van Waeyenberghe 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.


Rising Up at Night: Work in Progress

After an election that has shaken its already precarious political and economic stability, DR Congo is trying to revive its project to build Africa’s largest power plant on the Congo River. Kinshasa, the capital, remains in darkness while its population struggles for access to light. Rising Up at Night subtly portrays a population that is reinventing itself in spite of everything, in an environment plagued by the violence and beauty of Kinshasa’s nights and the uncertainty of the next day.