Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival are excited to share that the 2024 Festival will take place over the long weekend of Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 March 2024.

Part funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority, the 19th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival draws upon ideas of liberation and freedom in our global context, featuring premieres from Basma al-Sharif, Emilia Beatriz, Ghassan Salhab, Heiny Srour, Leida Laius and Onyeka Igwe.

Festival Passes grant access to the entire festival programme of films, exhibitions, talks, and parties.

Early Bird Festival Passes are now on sale,at the reduced price of £45.

The full programme announcement will be made in January 2024.

This year’s programme centres narratives of struggle and desire for personal, collective and political liberation. It looks to films capable of grappling with complex entanglements, expressing disciplines of hope that may draw us closer together.

This year’s Filmmaker in focus is Basma al-Sharif, Born stateless and of Palestinian heritage, artist/filmmaker Basma al-Sharif explores cyclical political histories and conflicts.

In films and installations that move backward and forward in history, between place and non-place, she confronts the legacy of colonialism through satirical, immersive, and lyrical works. The series of films for BFMAF, including a UK premiere, will be announced in early 2024.

The Propositions strand is a discursive setting for filmmakers to expand on their work, demonstrating research, contexts and perspectives as a means to dig deeper into the questions, ideas and complications encountered through the filmmaking process.

BFMAF’s Essential Cinema programme is a pluralist retrospective series, proposing revisions and additions to what might be considered canonical cinema. Selected for 2024, are four films which follow contemporary and restored stories delving into cross-generational relationships drawn between land and identity.

Secure a Festival Pass, which grants access to the entire festival programme of films, exhibitions, talks, and parties. Early Bird Festival Passes are now on sale, at the reduced price of £45.

This pass includes a tote bag and festival catalogue, and allows you to book tickets to all screenings – at no extra cost – when tickets go on sale on 31 January 2024. Book your Pass now on the BFMAF website.

The Art/Film Worker Pass grants accreditation for filmmakers and artists, and film and art industry professionals. The pass includes an additional month’s online access to the Festival Programme (worldwide access) – as well as a tote bag, lanyard, and Festival catalogue.  The early bird price is £45, please complete the accreditation form to access this pass.

The £30 for Under 30 Festival Pass is open to anyone 30 or under who is interested in seeing new art, film, exhibitions, and coming to our parties. Book your Pass now from the BFMAF website.

Day Passes will go on sale in early 2024.

More information is available on the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival website.