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Phillip Bergson


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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


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Fasten your seat-belts!

Into each life some volcano ash must fall....and that is why, dear disinterested readers, you did not bump into me on the Croisette last month but may have seen me on the Ginza as the rains fell on Cannes. We have a lot of catching up to do since L annee derniere a Carlsbad ....via many European Smiles at the last Mlada Boleslav Festival of Smiches, as the Czechs so charmingly call it when humour illuminates the human face,then across to merry Moravia for the Znojmo Festival of Media and Gastronomy, thence to Anatalya for my first-footing in so-called six and seven star hotels at the extraordinary Golden Orange Festival, a brief pit-stop for refuelling at the London Film Festival, the marvellous Mannheim-Heidelberg event in November, a sortie to Trieste for the S F Festival there with Sir Christopher Lee, and a swift return to that delightful city for the Alpe Adria Festival, the bitterly cold and snow-swept Berlinale, a British Film Conference at the University of Mainz (wie es singt and lacht), and then trapped in lovely Lecce for an otherwise successful and enjoyable Festival of European Cinema, until Iceland erupted, and all our travel plans changed.

So all of this I shall shortly summarise for you soon, and  add some notes on clean, green, Zlin ,and not so sunny Setubal where the 26th Festroia reaches its climax this very weekend.

 Are you sitting comfortably?...very soon we shall begin.....promise!

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