The Wilson’s Tales Project Film Award – call for submissions

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The Wilson’s Tales Project Film Award –

Calling all local, aspirational filmmakers from Northumberland and the Scottish Borders…
We’re thrilled to announce the inaugural Wilson’s Tales film award, encouraging filmmakers to re-interpret one of “Wilson’s Tales.” These were initially published by John Wilson, Editor of the Berwick Advertiser in the 1830’s who became a publishing sensation.
This year’s selection is “The Faithful Wife,” a story connected with the Battle of Flodden, which is also being commemorated this year. For further information on Wilson’s Tales and to read The Faithful Wife, go to
The Award scheme seeks to encourage local filmmakers and self-governing filmmaking groups to consider re-telling one of Wilson’s early tales in a modern filmed media format.

Films will be judged on their imaginative take on the ‘tale,’ on respect for the original story, and on merit as a moving image work.

An appointed Jury made up of representatives from the Festival, the Wilson’s Tales Project, and a local professional filmmaker, will decide on the winning film, which will be screened as part of the Festival, and will be awarded a cash prize of £300 (with a runner up prize of £200), donated by the Wilson’s Tales Project, to go towards their next filmmaking project.

Award Regulations:

- Entrants must be based in the North East, Scottish Borders and South East Scotland (Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Teesside, Co. Durham, Berwickshire, Roxburghshire, Selkirkshire, Peeblesshire, Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian, West Lothian, Lanarkshire)

- Entrants must be individual, aspiring filmmakers, or from non-professional filmmaking groups;

- Entrants can be any age;

- Films must be between 1 - 15 minutes in length;

- Films must not have premiered prior to 29th September 2013;

- We accept submissions on DVD or web URL (eg. Youtube, Vimeo etc).

How to Apply

All entrants must register interest by 1pm, Tuesday 30th July 2013.

To register interest, please contact Charlie Gregory, Festival Coordinator at or on 01289 303355 with your name, address, email address and telephone number, indicating of your intent to enter a finished film by Friday 30th August.

All entries – application forms and DVD/web links - must be submitted by 1pm, Friday 30th August 2013.

To enter, please download and complete the Wilson’s Tales Film Award Application Form from our website

Please either email your application form including the URL to the film in full (and any necessary passwords) to with the subject heading ‘Wilsons Tales entry_Your Name’.

Or, to submit by post please send your DVD and completed application form to:

Wilsons Tales Film Award

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

The Maltings Theatre & Cinema

Eastern Lane


TD15 1AJ

If you require your film to be returned please include a stamped addressed envelope.

If you have any questions about the award or the submissions process please email Charlie Gregory, Festival Coordinator on or 01289 30 33 55.
The films will be judged by a Jury and all applicants will be notified of the Jury’s decision by Monday 9th September. The winning entry and runner up will be shown as part of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, Wednesday 25th to Sunday 29th September 2013.
Good Luck!

About the Organisations Behind the Project
Wilson’s Tales of the Project is a not for profit organisation established to promote interest in Wilson’s Tales and their heritage and offer opportunities for new generations to enjoy and reinterpret them.
Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival is an international celebration of the art of film, set in the historic border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. The inaugural Festival took place in September 2005, with a vision to transform Berwick into one big moving image installation – a visual and cultural spectacle – and the celebration has taken place every year since.

Terms & Conditions

  1. The Jury’s decision is final;

  2. The Festival and Wilson’s Tales Project reserves the right not to bestow the award, or to award the full sum to one project;

  3. The Festival and Wilson’s Tales Project reserve the right to screen or re-present the winning film following its premiere for non-profit purposes.

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