Now in its 17th edition Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival presents an artistically ambitious programme of new cinema and artists’ moving image. A platform for emerging and established artists and filmmakers, BFMAF is inspired by its surroundings to push boundaries and explore the unexplored.

Named by FilmFreeway and Moviemaker magazine as one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, BFMAF’s premiere online edition took place over the course of three weeks last autumn. Alongside on-demand access to 53 titles (including world premieres, retrospective titles and works-in-progress), the Festival hosted in depth conversations with artists and filmmakers as well as music events and other special presentations. Pre-recorded podcasts and commissioned essays completed the extended online edition.

‘Berwick Film Festival was the best online festival, in terms of programme, but also cost, playback, site navigability, presentation of films and info, supporting materials’.
— Matt Turner, 2020

Last year, Filipino master of contemporary slow cinema Lav Diaz flew 17 hours to attend a screening of his 2016 film A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery. If that level of commitment by one of our greatest living moviemakers isn’t a ringing endorsement, we’re not sure what is.
— MovieMaker Magazine, 2020

'BFMAF was like a potion that, once consumed, transformed the whole world into a cinema.'
— Christopher Small, MUBI, 2019

'Berwick’s bristling artistic spirit—contesting, contorting and re-shaping the traditions of the medium to tell bold new stories and challenge the status quo.'
— Ben R Nicholson - Mubi, 2018

Selected submissions for this year’s edition will compete in the New Cinema Competition strand. Encompassing the festival’s view of the most distinctive works of new cinema being made around the world today.

All single screen films of any length are eligible for the 2021 New Cinema Competition. There will be two Berwick New Cinema awards of £1000. All selected filmmakers will receive a £400 fee.

Past winners:

2020, All selected filmmakers shared the award.
Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Maria Anastassiou, Yu Araki, Mariana Caló & Francisco Queimadela, Luis Lopez Carrasco, Rhea Dillon, Jessica Dunn Rovinelli, Mouaad el Salem, Maria Clara Escobar, Elise Florenty & Marcel Türkowsky, Luke Fowler, Sky Hopinka, Nelson Makengo, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, Phạm Ngọc Lân, Stefan Ramirez Perez, Lisa Spilliaert.

2019, Onyeka Igwe, the names have changed, including my own and truths have been altered, UK,
2018, Callum Hill, Crowtrap, UK, 2018
2017, Sky Hopinka, Dislocation Blues, US, 2017
2016, Camilo Restrepo, Cilaos, France, 2015
Past Jury members include:

Callum Hill (filmmaker); Hyun Jin Cho (programmer, London Film Festival)), Julian Ross (programmer, International Film Festival Rotterdam), Sky Hopinka (filmmaker), Sonali Joshi (film producer and distributor, Day for Night), Gail Pickering (artist), Camilo Restrepo (filmmaker). Amal Khalaf (DIrector of Programmes, Cubitt), Joanna Raczyńska (film programmer, National Gallery of Art, USA), Shama Khanna (curator, Flatness), Rehna Zaman (filmmaker), Sebastian Buerkner (filmmaker), Beatrice Gibson (filmmaker), Salomé Lamas (filmmaker) and Fatos Üstek (curator).

Please ensure your work meets these criteria before entering:
· Completed after 1st January 2020 (or not previously presented or screened at a film festival)
· No previous or scheduled UK film festival screenings prior to October 2021
· Feature films must not have been theatrically released in the UK before October 2021
· All works in a language other than English must be subtitled in English

Eligible entries must have no previous or scheduled UK film festival screenings prior to October 2021.

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival’s primary presentation format is single screen moving image work. However, the Festival also welcomes artists’ proposals of artists’ moving image work for live performance and site-specific exhibition settings in Berwick-upon-Tweed.

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