Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival


Years running: 17 (since 2005)

Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival

The Uk's Festival for new cinema and artist' moving image


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


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 and 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


  • All submissions must have been completed after 1st January 2020.
  • No previous or scheduled UK film festival screenings prior to October 2021
  • Works must not have been theatrically released in the UK prior to October 2021.
  • There is no limit to the number of works that can be submitted by any one individual or organisation, but one form must be completed per film.
  • Entries will be viewed via web link on the online submissions form (with password, if applicable). Direct links to Vimeo, Youtube, etc, where video can be streamed immediately, are preferred.
  • The festival does not accept links to Dropbox or other sites where the video must be downloaded.
  • Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

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).



United Kingdom

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Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival
The Maltings, 
Eastern Lane
TD15 1AJ
United Kingdom


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    January 14, 2021
  • Early Bird Deadline
    February 12, 2021
  • Regular Deadline
    March 26, 2021
  • Late Deadline
    April 16, 2021
  • Notifications
    August 09, 2021
  • Event Dates
    9 — 12 September 2021
Categories & Fees

All single screen films of any length are eligible for the 2021 New Cinema Competition

  • Early Bird Deadline — £15
  • Regular Deadline — £20
  • Late Deadline — £25

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