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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

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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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Tomasz Popakul | Poland | 2013 19min

A magical, surreal animation about teenage angst, in which the lead character, half fish - half boy, goes fishing with his father.

The Hill - Teaser Trailer

The hill that covers the Spots Hall, in Nørrebro in Copenhagen sets the stage for an imaginary portrait of an ares, as told through the stories of nearby inhabitants.

This will be showed on loop from Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th September between 11:00 and 18:00 at The Maltings Studio. Free to come along and watch any of the the Installations.

Fishcakes & Cocaine

World Premiere
Alex Nevill | UK | 2013 | 25min

Four unorthodox inhabitants of an isolated Hebridean peninsula offer an insight into the peculiarities of living in a harsh natural environment.

Festen (The Celebration) Trailer

The ultimate, awkward, family dinner party drama, set in rural Denmark. Otherwise known as "Dogme #1", Festen launched Vinterberg's and Lars Von Trier's manifesto, inspiring a whole generation of Scandinavian - and British - cinema.

The Case Trailer

A short film shot on location in Berwick, inspired by Scandinavian crime thrillers. The Case draws on actual recorded conversations with residents of their town, bringing together scenarios from a fictitious police investigation. Commissioned in partnership with Berwick Visual Arts residency programme.

Come watch the full film on Wednesday 25th September along side International premeire of 'The Hidden Child' at The Maltings Cinema at 19:00
Tickets £8/£7
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The Hidden Child Trailer

Set in a seaside village in Western Sweden, the successful author Erica Falck's parents are killed in a car crash. A year later a man steps into Erica's house claiming to be her half-brother and she discovers dark secrets from her mother's past,secrets that someone is trying very hard to keep hidden/// The latest in a wave of incredible thrillers to come out of Scandinavia - this one based on a novel by best-selling crime writer Camilla Läckberg.

Come watch the full film on Wednesday 25th September at The Maltings Cinema at 19:00
Tickets £8/£7

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Wickie and the Treasure of the Gods Trailer

When the mighty Viking Halvar suddenly disappears, his clever but timid son Wickie must lead the Vikings on a dangerous journey to rescue his father from the evil Sven, and seek out the legendary treasure of the gods. A comedy action adventure - by longboat!

Sponsored by Simpsons Malt

Come watch the full film on 28th September at tThe Maltings Cinema at 13:00.

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Fifth Season Trailer

In a village deep in the Ardennes Forest, the seasonal cycle seems to stop: spring doesn't come. When the annual bonfire celebrating the end of winter fails to burn and the seeds don't grow, panic mounts and the bonds between neighbours start to break. A cinematically arresting fable.

Director: Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth

Come watch the full film on Thursday 26th September at The Maltings Cinema at 17:30.

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Avalon Trailer

After serving time with an ankle tag, 60-year-old party promoter Janne travels the small coastal town Båstad with his equally irresponsible sister Jackie to open a exclusive nightclub. When an accident thwarts his plans, he seeks a desperate way out. A great debut drama from artist turned filmmaker Axel Petersen.

Come watch the full film on Saturday 28th September at The Maltings Cinema at 17:30
Tickets £6/£5

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Moomins and the Comet Chase - Trailer (HD)

Moomin Valley is threatened by a comet from outer space. With the help of his father, Moominpappa, Moomintroll and his worried friends build a raft and embark on a challenging journey to the observatory! Listen out for the opening song by Björk.

Film by Maria Lindberg

Come watch the full film on Saturday 28th September at The Maltings Cinema at 11:00.

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Dummy Jim (official trailer)

In 1951, a profoundly deaf Scotsman called James Duthie cycled solo to the Arctic Circle. Fifty years later, filmmaker Matt Hulse recieved a copy of Duthie's journal, chronicling his bizarre journey, and was inspired to tell his story. Thirteen years later the project was complete.

Come watch the full film on Saturday 28th September at The Maltings Cinema at 15:00 followed by Q&A with Director Matt Hulse and actor Samuel Dore, BSL-Interpreted for the deaf.
Tickets £6/£5

Directed by Matt Hulse

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The Deflowering Of Eva Van End Trailer

A stylish comesdy about the Van End family, viewed through the thick-rim bespectacled eyes of 15 year old Eva. After the arrival of an impossibly perfect German exchange student, the Van Ends can no longer imagine how they ever managed to live with their imperfect selves. But, we learn, perfecting is not what brings happiness...

Directed by:
Michiel ten Horn

Come watch the English Premiere of the full film on Friday 27th September at The Maltings Cinema at 17:30
Tickets £6/£5

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The entralling story of a young boy named Jojo and the relationship he builds with a baby Jackdaw bird he finds fallen from its nest. Winner of the Best First Feature Award at Berlinale, and selected by Berwick's Open Door Film Club.

Director: Boudewijn Koole
Writers: Boudewijn Koole, Jolein Laarman
Country: The Netherlands

Come watch the full film on Sunday 29th of September at The Maltings Cinema.
Tickets £5/£4

Production Company Credits: Waterland Film

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Cooke Suite, The Maltings Theatre & Arts Centre
Eastern Lane
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