Iraninan director Tina Gharavi’s coming-of-age film will open the festival, which takes place in the North East of the UK.

The Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival is to open with the world premiere of Iranian-American film-maker Tina Gharavi’s I Am Nasrine on September 23.

The coming of age film about a brother and sister who flee their home in Tehran for the UK, was produced by Gharavi’s Newcastle-based production company Bridge + Tunnel.

Festival director and programmer Melanie Iredale described I Am Nasrine as the perfect opening film for Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival in many ways – it’s a regional production and yet international, it’s a story about borders, and about crossing them, and is the work of a storyteller and an artist.”

The film opens the Once Upon a Time programme, which explores storytelling on screen and films and moving image art inspired by folklore, fables and fairy tales.

The Berwick Film Festival runs Sept 23-25.