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Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival director Melanie Iredale decides to move on

Melanie Iredale, director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, has announced her imminent departure

Melanie Iredale, director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

Days before the start of the 10th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, it has been announced that director Melanie Iredale is moving on.

Melanie, festival director for the past five years, is to become deputy director of Sheffield International Documentary Festival.

The Berwick festival has prospered under Melanie’s directorship. It now features artists and film-makers from around the world and attracts audiences from the UK and beyond.

Chair Huw Davies said: “We’re obviously sad to lose Melanie but delighted that her success with us has been recognised through her new appointment at Sheffield Doc/Fest.

“In five years she has transformed Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival into the highly successful and unique creative event that it is today.”

Recently the festival has begun receiving regular funding from Arts Council England and work it has commissioned has gone on tour across Europe.

Mr Davies added: “Without Melanie’s commitment, hard work and sheer determination to take the festival’s vision forward, none of this would have happened.

“Her departure creates a tremendous opportunity for someone with ambition to drive the next stage in the festival’s growth.”

Melanie said: “It was a big decision for me to leave Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, an event that has grown year-on-year since I took the role in 2009 and which is really very special to me.

“But I do feel it’s an appropriate time, following the festival’s 10th edition, to let someone new put their mark on it.”

She added “I’m thrilled at the prospect of becoming deputy director at Sheffield Doc/Fest – one of the world’s top three documentary festivals and marketplaces – and I’m hugely thankful to my board at Berwick for their support over the last five years.

“I look forward to seeing them and their new director take the festival from strength to strength.”

The 10th festival, with the theme Border Crossing, runs from September 17-21. Details on www.berwickfilm-artsfest.com .

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