Film Festival to hand out its own accolade

Amit Madheshiya's touring installation projection project 'Talkies Wallah' was one of the hits of last years film festival
Amit Madheshiya's touring installation projection project 'Talkies Wallah' was one of the hits of last years film festival

THIS Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival has opened its annual call for entries, and for the first time the event will award its own accolade for Best Short Film.

Set in the far north of England, and straddling the border with Scotland, the theme for Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival this year is ‘North by Northeast’ - exploring the region’s historical, industrial and travel links with Northern Europe, and with the North Sea that connects us.

The Festival will once again transform the town of Berwick into one big cinema screen through a programme of film premieres, site-specific installations, and live events in locations across Berwick-upon-Tweed and along the town walls.

Artists and filmmakers are welcome to submit moving image works of all types or lengths, in response to the theme, North by Northeast, for consideration. The early bird deadline for feature films is April 26 with a cut off date of June 29 for all submissions in time for the announcement of this year’s festival programme.

Further guidelines and details of how to enter can be found at: http://www.berwickfilm-artsfest.com/submit-your-film.

And those who do enter a film put themselves in the frame for the festival’s Best Short Film Award and a cash prize of £500 sponsored by Inntravel, and awarded by a jury on the night.

All single screen films that respond to the theme, and are up to 16 minutes in length, will automatically be eligible for selection for the competition.

Steve Jack, Communications Manager at Inntravel said: “We believe there is a strong affinity between independent filmmaking and independent travel, as they enable us – travellers and filmmakers alike – to explore uncharted territory, in our own way and at our own pace.

“By sponsoring the festival’s inaugural Short Film Competition, we hope to play our part in helping to bring fresh and creative talent to a receptive and independently minded audience. We wish all entrants the very best of luck.”