Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival has announced its partnership with global strategic outsourcing business Mitie.
Each year since 2005, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival has transformed the town into one big screen through a series of premieres, site-specific installations and live events.
The festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary and benefit from the support of Mitie in what is the festival’s largest corporate funder to date.
Ben Jenkinson, regional manager of Mitie, said: “Berwick Film & Media Arts festival is an integral part of the cultural and community landscape.
“Since starting work in the north east, we’ve been committed to sustaining and energising the community and the economy, be that through our insulation work, creation of jobs or now through supporting the best-loved and largest event in Berwick.” The Festival, which takes place from September 17-21 has the theme of Border Crossing.
The announcement of Mitie as a major funding partner for the Festival, alongside Arts Council England and the British Film Institute, is something of a holy trinity for the festival as it looks to cement its roots as an art, film and community-based event, and comes after winning two awards over the past month – for Best Community Event of the Year at the What’s On Where Awards and for Best Event Northumberland’ at the Journal Culture Awards.
Of the partnership, the festival’s Melanie Iredale said: “We are thrilled to be supported by Mitie for this, our 10th edition.
“As a festival we strive to be more and more ambitious each year, and to secure the support of such a well-known international organisation has certainly energised and invigorated the team even further.”