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Phillip Bergson

Writing about Films and Festivals.


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


Oxford Gin & Media Tonics

First held in London in 2016,The Media Production & Technology Show  has clearly become the UK's largest annual event for broadcast and film-making companies to showcase their wares and latest innovations to professionals,press,and public alike,with entrance free, gratis,and for nothing.After registration,a personalised badge promptly and efficiently becomes your 'Open Sesame' to the celebrated Grand Hall in Olympia, which since 1886 has hosted  a vast variety of cultural-and  agricultural!-extravaganzas, from Empire exhibitions to World Scout  jamborees,  Miss World competitions, book fairs. fashion shows, and rock concerts.  Currently undergoing extensive and expensive renovations, it still boasts its own Underground/Overground station , mere yards from the main entrance.

During the two-day event, several hundred companies have stands, from Screen International and  other media-related publications, to domestic and international camera,audio, digital, studio, and other trade entities, from Istanbul Filmmakers to Sony Europe and the UK Screen Alliance.Five comfortable themed theatre spaces dotted around the hall offer almost hourly seminars,panels, and talks on a range of topical subjects, from VFX to Screenwriters Masterclasses, composers, and pre- and post-production concerns, while an even safer space, appropriately on the upper Gallery, temporarily houses ALBERT ,  the Sustainability Conference.  Victoria probably would have been amused.

After the pandemic, the strength of this kind of event is the facility for in person networking, and the chance to discuss content  or cameras face to face. Some lively Happy Hours enliven the atmosphere and are sure to encourage future business.The most lavish hospitality so  far seems to have been welcomingly offered  by Iron Mountain Entertainment Services (, while the diploma for the most elegant de cinq a sept  has to go to Solid State Logic ( based in Oxford, which splendidly and aptly opted to serve only  Ashmolean Gin and tonic  on ice with a slice of lime. Very  green and sustainable.

Phillip Bergson                                   


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