Film festival tastes more success

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Berwick Film andMedia Arts Festival was the toast of Northumberland last week with the event and one of its stars taking home Journal Culture Awards.

Festival director Melanie Iredale had hoped that just as the Golden Globes are a precursor for the Oscars, the festival’s win at the WOW Awards earlier this year might have given them a shot at victory at the awards held at The Baltic, Gateshead last Wednesday.

And her optimism was repaid with the festival itself taking home the honours in the Best Event Northumberland category, presented by TV personality Fern Britton, and director of the festival’s opening film last year, Cecilia Stenbom receiving the prize for Visual Artist of the Year.

The shortlist for the awards is drawn up from nominations by the public and then narrowed down by an industry panel.

The Journal Culture Awards annually recognise, reward and celebrate the cream of the North East’s cultural talent with a sparkling award ceremony.

The film festival saw off some stiff competition from Emily Inspires and Flooden 500 Events to win its category and a thrilled festival director, Melanie Iredale, commented: “Being awarded a Journal Culture Award is such a fantastic tribute to the hard work of so many people who make the Festival what it is, and to the support of our audiences, we’re absolutely thrilled.

“It’s also such a huge encouragement as we prepare for what will be the Festival’s tenth anniversary edition this September, which is set to be even more ambitious than ever!”

On beating Paul Alexander Knox and William Tillyer to Visual Artist of the Year Cecilia Stenbom said: “I’m absolutely delighted to receive a Journal Culture Award for my work last year, and producing The Case was a huge part of that. I was proud to premiere it at Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival and to see it tour to the likes of Rotterdam Film Festival.”

Twitter users were quick to congratulate both Cecilia and the festival with Berwick Visual Arts, Arts Council England and Fern Britton herself among the well wishers.

Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival returns to once again transform Berwick in to one big screen from September 17-21, celebrating what will be its tenth anniversary edition.