Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival - 2015 Festival Programme Announced

Posted: 24th August 2015

Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival 2015 programme announced and festival passes now on sale.

The festival has announced their programme, and with it the start of sales for their 11th annual international festival - celebrating the art of film and set in the historic border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. This year, the festival's theme is Fact or Fiction.

With an expanded focus on new cinema and artists’ moving image, this year's Festival presents new commissions by Paul Rooney, Seamus Harahan, Elise Florenty & Marcel Türkowsky and CIRCA Projects. Also featured is the European premiere of Peter Burr’s Cave Exits and UK premieres of new works by artists Ben Rivers, Renate Lorenz & Pauline Boudry and Pacho Velez. The Festival’s 2015 Artists in Focus are Seamus Harahan and Deimantas Narkevicius, whose works are featured in both retrospective screenings and exhibitions.

Festival Director Peter Taylor said:

2015's Fact or Fiction programme is about allowing audiences to experience processes that get to the real essence of cinema and give them something much more ambiguous, ambitious and complex.

Giff-Gaff, created by CIRCA Projects, is a commissioned weekend-long series of events exploring the Festival's theme, 'fact or fiction'. It will seek to unravel Berwick's history through disjointed narratives from local and invited storytellers. Events focus on a range of new works, including a new map of Berwick created by artist Ant Macari, a performance by 2015 Jarman Award nominated artist Bedwyr Williams, a musical piece by harpist Rhodri Davies contextualising time slippage and the Brythonic language of Wales and Northumberland, as well as the launch of Richard Rigg's publication of new work, n, which deals with the constructed image through a fabricated rock fall in the Welsh mountains.

This year the Full Festival Pass includes entry to all films, events, exhibitions and workshops as well as exclusive access to the Festival's new programme strand Berwick New Cinema. Instigated to create a new forum for debate around the art of contemporary cinema, these screenings and seminars feature directors including Deimantas Narkevicius, Salomé Lamas and Tim Leyendekker, and will be led by Ed Webb-Ingall. Places on the Berwick New Cinema events and accompanying artist one-to-one sessions with Rehana Zehman and Paul Rooney are co-hosted with Berwick Visual Arts and will be available to Full Festival Pass holders through a simple application process. Further details of the application process will be announced soon.

Festival Pass Prices

Full Festival Pass: £25/£20 (Concession)

Weekend Pass: £15/£10 (Concession)

Day Pass: £10/£8 (Concession)

For more information about the festival programme please see the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival website or follow them on Twitter.


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