Film Festival and Cecilia shortlisted for awards

Cecilia Stenbom, artist in residence in Berwick.
Cecilia Stenbom, artist in residence in Berwick.

It’s a good week for Berwick Film Festival, with the event and one of last year’s directors picking up nominations for the Journal Culture Awards.

The festival, which will return in September, has been shortlisted for Best Event in Northumberland.

The Festival was nominated by the public and shortlisted by an industry panel, in recognition of the cultural impact of last September’s event when 77 new films and moving image installations were presented, capturing the attention of 7,891 people.

Berwick also became home to 40 artists and filmmakers from all over the world.

On hearing of the nominations, festival director Melanie Iredale told ‘WOW’: Festival Director Melanie Iredale said “This news comes as a fantastic recognition of what was a great year for the Festival, and a great dedication to the support of numerous partners, artists, and audiences, locally, nationally and internationally.

“We’re thrilled to receive this acknowledgement of the impact of the festival we prepare for what will be our tenth anniversary in September 2014.”

And director of ‘The Case’, the film that opened last year’s festival and Berwick Artist in Residence for 2013, has got in on the action with a nomination for Best Visual Artist.

She commented: “I am delighted to be nominated for the Journal Culture Award as Visual Artist of The Year. 2013 was an amazing year for me professionally, including national and international projects and exposure, one of the absolute highlights was the residency with Berwick Visual Art and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival that resulted in the moving image work The Case.

“The subsequent success of that work has led to a string of exciting opportunities and projects that are in store for me for 2014.”

Cecilia and Melanie will journey down to Gateshead for the awards do at the Sage on April 16 , along with James Lowther, head of visual arts.