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New director of Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival calls for submissions

International submissions are being invited under the theme of 'Fact of Fiction' for the 11th festival

Caplio GX8 User Peter Taylor, the new director of Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival
Peter Taylor, the new director of Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival

An open and international invitation for submissions to this year’s Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival has been put out by the event’s new director.

Peter Taylor, who was announced as Melanie Iredale’s replacement at the beginning of the year, has launched the annual call for film makers and artists to put forward work for inclusion in the 2015 programme, which has a theme of ‘Fact or Fiction’.

He says: “Fact or Fiction will be a means to begin to talk about a brave new world of films that have pushed affirmatively into the foreground recently following the success of filmmakers such as the BBC’s Adam Curtis and Joshua Oppenheimer whose powerfully surreal film, ‘The Act of Killing’ was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2014 Oscars.

“Artist-filmmakers such as Duncan Campbell and Laure Provost winning the Turner Prize is also indicative of the quality and seriousness with which artists in the UK are working with moving image and examining this terrain.”

As of now, the Festival organisers are asking artists and filmmakers to submit films that investigate the grey areas between fact and fantasy, documentary and narrative, journalism and propaganda.

“It’s about cinema’s unique ability to plunge us directly into the realm of the senses,” adds Peter. “Transcending the black and white type of a document to reach something much more complex. It’s about allowing audiences to ask questions and experience processes that get to the real essence of the art of cinema.”

As well as having the chance of seeing their work make up part of the 11th festival’s programme at the end of September, artists and film makers who submit films of under 20 minutes will also find themselves in the running for a cash prize of £750 with entry into the third Inntravel Short Film Awards.

Peter says: “We’re delighted to work with Inntravel for the third consecutive year to recognise the innovative and thought-provoking short form works being produced by artists and filmmakers both in the UK and internationally. This competition is a great opportunity to have work presented as part of our 11th edition. We’re excited to also confirm that our first Inntravel Jury member is the award-winning artist Beatrice Gibson.

“Beatrice has twice won the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s Tiger Award competition for short film and we’re delighted she’ll be joining us in Berwick this September.”

Artists and film makers are encouraged to submit moving image works of all types and lengths, in response to the theme, ‘Fact or Fiction’. Entries received before June 1 will benefit from an early bird discount fee of £10 for short films and £20 for feature length films. The final deadline for submissions is July 1.

The 11th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival runs from September 23-27. Further guidelines and details of how to enter can be found at: www.berwickfilm-artsfest.com/submit-your-film

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