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Phillip Bergson

Writing about Films and Festivals.


Film Critic, UK,Invited Member  of  The UK Critics' Circle

FIPRESCI abd the European Film Academy.

Visiting Lecturer, Prague Film School.


Winner of the  "Student Journalist of the Year" competition in the UK weekly New Statesman, as a Classics Scholar Phillip Bergson then founded the Oxford Film Festival and, on graduating, was selected by "The Sunday Times" as a 'New Critic' and in the same week began broadcasting on film for many BBC Radio programmes. A contributor to the "Times Literary Supplement", "TES",The Spectator,film critic on "The Sunday Standard", "Screen International",Variety, "Film Bulletin", "Film a Doba" inter alia, and on the FilmFestJOURNAL in Berlin and Screen Dailies at Cannes,he also worked for the "European Script Fund", has scripted shorts and features (that have been produced and released) and, fluent in eight-and-a-half languages, currently programmes and advises several international film festivals and is.Casting Consultant on several international features. At the National  Museum of Photography, Film and Television, in his native Yorkshire, he created the "Eurovisions" project, to promote classic and contemporary European cinema,which was inaugurated at the Cine Lumiere in London by His Excellency the President of Iceland.

Presenter and Programmer,London Turkish Film Week, December 2018

Co=programmer, 2nd London Turkish Film Week, April 2019

Artistic Director, 3rd London Turkish Film Week, planned for 1-7 June 2020.

As a FIPRESCI Jury Member

and a member of  International Juries at

Thessaloniki, Europa Cinema (Rimini), Munich Documentary, Manaki Brothers,Cine Jove (Valencia),Chicago, TIFF-ODA


Berlinale Blues


Life is change, but as the Dalai Lama says, the Lightbub has to want to change. New dates, new directors, new directions, and what changing temperatures during this 70th edition of one of the most celebrated international film rendezvous in the calendar, created by a former (in dispute), charming (not in dispute as I remember him well on my first-footing, fresh from Oxford University, to what was to become the last summer edition of the Cold War celluloid showcase in the metropolitan oasis of West Berlin, firmly tucked in behind the Iron Curtain). With Gina Lollobrigida, one of Woody Allen's  funniest earlier features, and boat trips on the Spree, it was a memorable debut for my reportages on air (on the famed Radio 4 nightly arts programme Kaleidoscope and an 850-word article in the historic weeky The Spectator) and I was clearly willkommen to return to subsequent editions, having paid my own way in its last summer, as the first Festleiter enjoyed reading my review and ensured that not only were my hotel costs covered, for 12 days, but even daily gutscheine were provided for sustenance between press screenings, galas, and Forum premieres.Colleagues from the East quickly realised these meal vouchers were worth  their weight in Deutschemarks, and soon began ordering a mere coffee, and then the waiter would tip them, in any Festival bar, and in bar.No wonder the Bears really used to dance at night. The Festival has now come full circle, as it provides the press with free cappuccino, provided they bring their own cups.Or as Marlene might say, waist not, vont not.

The best is yet  to come...fasten your seat-belts!


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