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Swedish Midsomer on the Silver Screen

Self-guided walking holidays in the UKAre you a film buff? Do you like going to the cinema? Do you enjoy seeing how other people interpret and convey their fascination with the world around them in moving images? If so, you might like to attend the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (now in its 9th year) which is taking place this year from 25-29 September.

The festival is an international celebration of the art of film, which, over the course of five days, will transform the small border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed into one big cinema screen. There will be ‘film premières and screenings, site-specific installations and live events’ in a variety of locations across the town and along its historic ramparts. For the past eight years, film-makers and moving-image artists have been enticed to the town to showcase their art – each year under a carefully selected theme.

And this year it’s 'North by North-East' (sorry, Mr Hitchcock – that rules you out, I'm afraid!). Fortunately, there were plenty of other people who could, and did, enter their films and moving images, and Inntravel is delighted to be sponsoring the Short Film category – new for this year, which will be introduced by our very own short film, 60 Seconds of Slow, featuring our friends Jack and Andy Montgomery of Buzz Trips, who were filmed on location in Catalonia in northern Spain earlier this year.

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What’s more, we’ve got a FREE Pass For Two to give away – and all you have to do is answer the simple question below.

If you’ve never been before, Berwick-on-Tweed is a lovely small coastal town on the Anglo-Scottish border and well worth visiting in its own right or as a stopping off point on a journey further north (or south). Berwick’s dramatic ramparts are not just for show – the town was sacked thirteen times before finally falling into English hands in 1482 – they were built to keep the invading Scots from entering the town – and Northumberland. You can walk almost all the way round, taking in spectacular views across the River Tweed estuary and over to the famous Royal Border Bridge, built by Robert Stevenson and hailed as one of the finest bridges of its kind in the world.

The festival starts with The Hidden Child, a film version of the book by ‘the Swedish Agatha Christie’, Camilla Läckberg (funny – I never had Agatha down as a sexy, rock chick kinda gal!), one of the most successful and prodigious crime writers to come out of Sweden in recent years. Indeed, the Bohuslän Coast where she was brought up is getting a reputation something akin to the ‘middle England’ village of Midsomer fame – pretty much a murder every week these days! If you want to read more about Ms Läckberg, the Independent produced a pretty good article about her recently.

So, if this has got you intrigued and excited about film and about visiting Berwick, why not come and join us? Better still, have a go at winning those FREE passes:

What is the title of Camilla Läckberg’s fifth ‘Scandi noir’ crime novel (published in 2007) which has inspired the film which will open this year’s Berwick Film festival?

Simply email your answer to and one lucky winner will be drawn from a hat. All entries must be received by 15 September 2013, and the winner will be notified shortly thereafter by return email.

The prize is ONE FREE PASS for TWO PEOPLE. (No cash alternative.)

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