Oct
23
Wed
MARGATE FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: Local Shorts: The Unimagined
Oct 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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From surrealist mobs and missionaries to heartfelt memories, this collection of short films celebrates the wild imaginations of Kent filmmakers. 

Highlighting local filmmaking at it’s best, these short films will take you on a journey into the depths of obscurity, love, loss, and pinch of conspiracy.

All shot in Margate and the surrounding areas.

 

FEATURING:

PORCUPINE
JESS DADDS | 11MIN | UK

MURMERS
NICHOLA WONG | 16MIN | UK

//_SLEEPER
JORDAN BUCKNER  | 7MIN | UK

X ANNIVERSARY
YVETTE FARMER | 14MIN | UK

YOU ARE WHOLE
LAURA SPINI | 16MIN | UK

FILM  DETAILS

COUNTRY: UK

RUNNING TIME: 64MINS

YEAR: 2019

CERT: 18

Opening Night Drinks MARGATE FILM FESTIVAL
Oct 23 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

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Join the festival team and the filmmakers in the upstairs bar for a celebratory drink before and after the opening night screenings.

EVENT  DETAILS

FREE ENTRY, NO BOOKING NECESSARY.

MARGATE FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: Above The Clouds
Oct 23 @ 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm

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A road-trip comedy from Margate to the Isle of Skye in the spirit of US indies like Little Miss Sunshine and Juno.

On her 18th birthday, headstrong and artistic Charlie makes a startling discovery. The man married to her mother, isn’t her dad. Recruiting Oz, a rough sleeper whose only possession is his driving licence, she embarks on an epic road trip from Margate to the Isle of Skye to track down her biological father. On the journey they both learn more than they bargained for – about themselves, each other, the importance of family, and why (sometimes) there really is no place like home.

Join us for the Kent premiere of this charming and heat-warming debut feature from local director Leon Chambers and screenwriter Simon Lord (‘Jellyfish‘, screening on Sunday 27th).

www.abovethecloudsfilm.co.uk

FILM  DETAILS

DIRECTOR: LEON CHAMBERS

COUNTRY: UK

RUNNING TIME: 1HR 27MIN

KENT PREMIERE

YEAR: 2018

LOCAL FILM

Oct
25
Fri
MARGATE FILM FESTIVAL AND PRIDE PRESENTS: Queer Shorts
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

A celebration of bold, unique identities and personalities from queer filmmakers across the world, exploring what it means to be truly oneself. 

More details coming soon.

Hosted by Margate Pride.

FILM  DETAILS

COUNTRY: VARIOUS

RUNNING TIME: 60MINS

YEAR: 2019

Cert: 18

MARGATE FILM FESTIVAL AND PRIDE PRESENTS: Are You Proud?
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm

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The LGBTQ+ movement in the UK has fought bruising battles for equality. Are Your Proud? combines rare archive footage with interviews from across a spectrum of activists celebrating the progress achieved through movements such as Pride, and asking questions about the future of the Pride celebrations which take place in locations right across the UK.

+ Panel Discussion with Sue Sanders (LBGT History Month)

Hosted by Margate Pride.

FILM  DETAILS

DIRECTOR: ASHLEY JOINER

COUNTRY: UK

RUNNING TIME: 1HR 35MIN

YEAR: 2019

Cert: 15

LGBTQ+

The Amy Grimehouse Party MARGATE FILM FESTIVAL
Oct 25 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Following on from the screening of Are You Proud?, join trash-camp-film-loving The Amy Grimehouse for the after-party at Tom Thumb Theatre with music from Grimehouse DJs including Alex Noble and more TBC…

EVENT  DETAILS

TIMINGS: 9PM TILL LATE

COST: FREE, NO BOOKING NEEDED.

18+

Oct
26
Sat
MARGATE FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: Against The Tides
Oct 26 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

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The story of an extraordinary woman attempting one of the most extreme swimming challenge. As she battles with the dangers of seven seas, her journey takes a dramatic turn.

Open-water swimmer Beth French wants to swim across seven of the world’s most dangerous sea-channels – an extreme challenge called Oceans Seven – and do it in record time: within one year.

Driven to set an example for her autistic son and by her battle with a life-long debilitating illness, Beth travels to far-flung corners of the world confronting jellyfish, sharks, wild weather, hypothermia and mind-numbing fatigue.

But, in an unpredictable and emotional climax, Beth’s burning desire to conquer the open sea comes into heart-rending conflict with a mother’s dreams for her son.

FILM  DETAILS

DIRECTOR: STEFAN STUCKERT

COUNTRY: UK

RUNNING TIME: 1HR 27MIN

YEAR: 2018

CERT: 12A

MARGATE FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: They Came In Crowded Boats
Oct 26 @ 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

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An uncomfortable journey from the riskiest corners of the Middle-East to our closest neighbourhoods, exploring how migration is shaping the modern world.

A collection of short films that explore the motivations, challenges and perceptions of global migration and refugee stories. Part of Platforma Festival.

Featuring:

They Came in Crowded Boats and Trains
Mark Roberts, Minna Rainio | 20min | Finland

Safe Space
Ben S. Hyland | 8min | UK

Oksijan
Edward Watts | 19min | UK

Waves
Jessie Ayles | 5min | UK

Are You Volleyball?!
Mohammad Bakhshi | 15min | Iran

 

Introduced by Razia Shariff from Kent Regugee Action Network.

SCREENING  DETAILS

COUNTRY: VARIED

RUNNING TIME: 67MIN

CERT: 18

MARGATE FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: Scarborough
Oct 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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A risqué tale of boundaries and consent as two dangerously charged teacher-pupil relationships unfold in the faded grandeur of Scarborough.

Set over three days in the British seaside town of Scarborough, two couples seek an escape from the constraints of real life. In a faded hotel, amongst the peeling wallpaper and away from the prying eyes of their hometown, they laugh, quarrel, make love and enjoy their anonymity.

The hotel rooms are their safe haven but also their self-imposed prison as they don’t dare go out. After all, at barely 16 years old, two of them are still at school…. and the other two, their teachers.

Part love story and probing social commentary, Scarborough has a gripping narrative that uses it’s structure to explore the boundaries of responsibility and consent.

FILM  DETAILS

DIRECTOR: BARNABY SOUTHCOMBE

COUNTRY: UK

RUNNING TIME: 1HR 24MIN

YEAR: 2018

CERT: 15

MARGATE FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: Brexit & Beyond
Oct 26 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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There’s a fine line between comedy and tragedy… and these films will make you laugh out loud yet leave you questioning and uncomfortable. 

With Brexit looming only a few days after Margate Film Festival (at the time of writing this…), this collection of short films provide some much needed comedy in dark, uncertain times.

Full line-up announced soon.

FILM  DETAILS

COUNTRY: VARIOUS

RUNNING TIME: 60MINS

YEAR: 2019

CERT: 18

MARGATE FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: Exodus
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm

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When a neofascist politician puts immigrants into a ghetto, his adopted son helps the brutally oppressed people fight back. 

The leader of the country, called Pharaoh (who is plagued by voices), declares war upon society’s ‘undesirables’. Drug abusers, refugees, criminals and the homeless are all considered equally worthless and entered into a restricted ghetto, called ‘Dreamland’ (set in a then dilapidated fun fair of that name, since restored), where they cannot leave. When Moses learns he was adopted by Pharaoh and is actually the son of an asylum seeker, he shuns his life of privilege to lead the ghetto’s inhabitants in a revolt against his father.

Filmed entirely in Thanet, featuring artwork by Anthony Gormley

This event will be followed by a Q&A with Director Penny Woolcock & star Stephen Spooka Ericson

FILM  DETAILS

DIRECTOR: PENNY WOOLCOCK

COUNTRY: UK

RUNNING TIME: 1HR 40MIN

YEAR: 2007

CERT: 15

LOCAL FILM

Oct
27
Sun
Networking Breakfast MARGATE FILM FESTIVAL
Oct 27 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

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A casual morning networking session welcome to all – whether you’re on the lookout for future collaborators, involved in the festival or just keen to chat with other creatives; come along for coffee and pastries before our screening of local feature Jellyfish at midday. 

EVENT  DETAILS

FREE ENTRY, NO BOOKING NECESSARY.