16th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival
September 17–October 11, 2020
Online at bfmaf.org
For the 16th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival—my fifth edition on the team—we reimagined our annual 4-day festival as a three-week online festival with screenings on our new website, live discussions, podcast interviews with artist/filmmakers and commissioned essays. As usual, I contributed to research, curating and writing in all areas, with special programming attention to several areas: the retrospective of the short films of Indian filmmaker Payal Kapadia; a multi-media presentation of the work of Hong Kong filmmaker/writer Tiffany Sia; and the Previews presentation of Fern Silva's upcoming 2021 feature film Rock Bottom Riser.
New Cinema Competition Shorts 2020 — Note: non-competitive in 2020, each filmmaker splits award
At Those Terrifying Frontiers Where the Existence and Disappearance of People Fade Into Each Other, Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme, 2019, Palestine, 11'
The Cypress Dance, Mariana Caló & Francisco Queimadela, 2020, Portugal, 37'
Don't Rush, Elise Florenty & Marcel Türkowsky, 2020, Belgium/France/Germany, 54'
Fuel, Yu Araki, 2019, Japan, 17'
LIQUID STRANGER, Stefan Ramírez Pérez, 2020, Germany, 14'
Marriage Story, Jessica Dunn Rovinelli, 2020, US, 9'
The Name I Call Myself, Rhea Dillon, 2019, UK, 15'
Patrick, Luke Fowler, 2020, UK, 21'
This day won’t last, Mouaad el Salem, 2020, Belgium/Tunisia, 26'
The Unseen River, Phạm Ngọc Lân, 2020, Laos/Vietnam, 23'
Up at Night, Nelson Makengo, 2019, Belgium/Democratic Republic of Congo, 21'
Way My It Did I, 2020, UK, 36'
Mariana Caló & Francisco Queimadela in conversation with Herb Shellenberger (writing)
Phạm Ngọc Lân in conversation with Herb Shellenberger (podcast)
Yu Araki in conversation with Herb Shellenberger (podcast)
New Cinema Competition Features 2020 — Note: non-competitive in 2020, each filmmaker splits award
Desterro, Maria Clara Escobar, 2020, Argentina/Brazil/Portugal, 123'
maɬni – towards the ocean, towards the shore, Sky Hopinka, 2020, US, 80'
N.P, Lisa Spilliaert, 2020, Belgium, 60'
This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, 2019, Lesotho, 120'
The Year of the Discovery, Luis López Carrasco, 2020, Spain/Switzerland, 200'
Filmmakers in Focus 2020
Angelo Madsen Minax (programmed by Ana David)
Ayo Akingbade (programmed by Christina Demetriou & Peter Taylor)
Izza Génini (programmed by Myriam Mouflih)
Payal Kapadia (programmed by Herb Shellenberger)
Payal Kapadia in conversation with Kelley Dong & Herb Shellenberger (video)
Dreams of Direct Love: The Films of Payal Kapadia by Kelley Dong (writing, commissioned by H.S.)
Kat Anderson: Restrait, Restrained
Renèe Helèna Brown
Tiffany Sia: Never Rest/Unrest
Tiffany Sia in conversation with Ed Halter & Herb Shellenberger (video)
Too Salty Too Wet 更咸更濕: The Leak as Discharge by Tiffany Sia (writing)
Tiffany Sia: Embracing the Doomscroll by Herb Shellenberger (writing)
Essential Cinema 2020
Badnam Basti, Prem Kapoor, 1971, India, 83'
Don't Cry, Pretty Girls!, Márta Mészáros, 1970, Hungary, 86'
Mayak (The Lighthouse), Maria Saakyan, 2006, Armenia/Russia, 78'
Paris Calligrammes, Ulrike Ottinger, 2020, France/Germany, 130'
Feast, Tim Leyendekker, upcoming feature for 2021
Rock Bottom Riser, Fern Silva, upcoming feature for 2021