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Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (BFMAF) is one of the UK’s leading festivals for new cinema and artists’ moving image.

Based in England’s most northerly town, BFMAF is a dynamic forum where fresh artistic voices develop and audiences hungry for complex and challenging art are nurtured.

BFMAF features new Cinema, special programmes & retrospectives, exhibition in non-gallery spaces, seminars with Festival guests, and activities for families & young people.


Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival - 2022 Call for Entries

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival - 2022 Call for Entries


Now in its 18th edition Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival presents an artistically ambitious programme of new cinema and artists’ moving image. A platform for emerging and established artists and filmmakers, BFMAF is inspired by its surroundings to push boundaries and explore the unexplored.

The 2022 Call for Entries is now open.

Named by FilmFreeway and Moviemaker magazine as one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, The 17th edition of the Festival was a hybrid one and took place in Berwick-upon-Tweed and online from Friday 10 to Thursday 30 September 2021. Its programme of film screenings, live events, podcasts, online exhibitions and workshops was committed to the mutual support of the audiences, artists, filmmakers and communities it works with.

Please ensure your work meets the following criteria before entering:

- Completed in 2021 or 2022 and entered before the relevant deadline below

- No previous or scheduled UK film festival screenings before 11 September 2022

- Feature films must not have been theatrically released in the UK before September 2022

- All works in a language other than English must be subtitled in English

Full guidance is available here:


Call for Entries Deadlines

Call for entry deadlines are based on your film’s completion date.

There is a fixed entry fee of £20.

Deadline 1

Tuesday 8 March: For films completed in 2021

Deadline 2

Monday 11 April: For films completed in 2022

Selected submissions for this year’s edition will be considered for the 2022 Berwick New Cinema Award as well as site-specific exhibitions in Berwick-upon-Tweed during the Festival.

The Berwick New Cinema Awards encompasses the festival’s view of the most distinctive works of new cinema being made around the world today.

All selected filmmakers receive an award rather than a single winner chosen by a jury.


Please read the Festival’s entry guidelines and criteria before applying. Full details can be found at:

Applications can be made in two ways:

1. Create an account with Filmchief.

Filmchief is BFMAF’s’s cloud-based festival management system and database. If you have an account from previous Festivals, this will save you some time. A new password can be requested if required.

2. If you prefer, you can enter your film via FilmFreeway here.