The 10th anniversary Festival has now come to a close. Over five days, from 17 – 21 September 2014, the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed was transformed into one big cinema screen – through film premieres, site-specific installations and live events in locations across Berwick and along the town walls – all informed and inspired by the theme of Border Crossing.
With highlights including the 2nd Inntravel Short Film Award (worthy winner: Mondial 2010 by Roy Dib) and an amazing attendance of 9,000 across the five days, take a look back at photographs from across the event on the BFMAF Facebook page.
Here at NFM we were delighted to partner with the organisers on two superb new commissions: Ben Russell’s The Twliglight State (supported by Arts Council England) and Rammatik’s beautiful video for Philip Selway’s new release ‘It Will End in Tears’ (supported by Northumberland County Council). But, pride aside, these were only two highlights among an outstanding and packed programme. To help the organisers continue to produce further editions of this highlight of the cultural calendar they are seeking feedback from those who attended. Tell them about your experiences here.
Finally we couldn’t let the end of this year’s Festival pass without paying tribute to the outstanding contribution of Melanie Iredale, who has been Director at Berwick since 2009. During that time she has transformed a highly respected North East Festival into a one with a genuinely international profile, achieved highly impressive year-on-year increases in attendance and built a roster of new commissions that has put BFMAF on the map – and all this while remaining firmly and proudly rooted in our region. Having previously acted as development consultant at Sheffield Doc/Fest, Melanie will be taking up the position of Deputy Director there from November. We wish her every success!