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Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival Ltd

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival is an international celebration of the art of film, set in the historic border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. The inaugural festival took place in September 2005, with a vision to transform Berwick into one big moving image installation - a visual and cultural spectacle - and the celebration has taken place every year since.

With eight editions under its belt, the festival has established a reputation for being imaginatively and ambitiously curated - producing a screening programme, a promenade of installation works, a number of new commissions, and a lively selection of special events, artist talks and hands-on workshops across a number of venues. To date, it has showcased over 450 individual works from 35 different countries, including 60 UK and European premieres and 17 new commissions in up to 20 unique locations across Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £50,000
  • 2013-2014: £50,000
  • 2014-2015: £50,000

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The Lawes of The Marches by Katie Davies

An extract from ‘The Lawes of The Marches’, this Casting of The Colours takes place at the end of Selkirk’s Common Riding, re-enacting the story of Fletcher as the only man from the town to return from the Battle of Flodden. Fletcher cast a captured English flag above his head to indicate that all of the other men of Selkirk had been cut down at Flodden before he too, fell to the ground and died. Since Selkirk’s ridings began in 1509, 2014 sees the first woman to cast the Ex-Servicemen’s standard in the towns square.

This piece by Katie Davies (artist in residence at Berwick Visual Arts) is an extract, the finished piece will be premiered at Berwick FIlm & Media Arts Festival in September 2014.

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The Yoiking Hand - trailer

A short documentary featuring the unrehearsed movements of three traditional Sámi yoikers (singers), and their thoughts about why the hand moves in a certain way while yoiking.

Screened at The Main Guard Thursday 26th - Sunday 29th 11:00-18:00

Bravehearts Trailer with Subtitles

Sana, Henrik, Haakon and Johanne represent four different political youth parties, each preparing for the Norwegian election campaign in 2011. On 21 July, Johanna boards the ferry to the AUF summer camp on the island of Utoya. This documentary portrays the generation marked for life by the massacre of 22 July 2011. Followed by a Q&A with the Director, Kari Anne Moe.
Come watch the full film on Sunday 29th September at The Maltings Cinema at 17:00
Tickets £6/£5
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69.4 Degrees North - trailer

Screened in Northern Lights - An exhibition of short videos set in the far north: a view of Sámi culture through reindeer herding; views of the Arctic Svalbard glacier through movement; using the Faroe Islands as a backdrop for dance; time-lapse sequences of Reykjavik in the midnight sun; and exploring the relationship between man and landscape as skiers make their way down an Icelandic mountain.

Installation an Town Hall Prison Cells - Thursday 26th - Sunday 29th 11:00 - 18:00

FOR THOSE IN PERIL | Official UK Trailer

Set in a remote Scottish fishing community, Aaron is the lone survivor of a boat accident that claimed five lives, including his older brother. Spurred on local folklore and superstition, the village blames Aaron for this tragedy, while he sets out to recover his brother.

Followed by a Q&A with lead Actor George Mackay - soon to be seen in North East feature Bypass. by Duane Hopkins.

Come see our closing festival film on Sunday 29th of September at the Maltings Cinema at 20:00
Tickets £7/£6

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Contact details

Cooke Suite, The Maltings Theatre & Arts Centre
Eastern Lane
TD15 1AJ

55.769199, -2.00268

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