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F-Rated Strand

Margate Film Festival is committed to championing women in the film industry, giving a platform to diverse voices and equal representation. Against The Tide is filled to the brim with female filmmakers and talented casts. The ‘F-Rating‘ is awarded to films that are directed by a woman and/or written by a woman. If the film also features significant women on screen in their own right it is TRIPLE F-Rated.

We are especially proud to present our local shorts programme, ‘The Unimagined‘ which is 60% female directors, and ‘Change of Fate‘ with 80%.

  • Rose Plays Julie
    27-29th Nov
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    Online
    A young woman seeking her biological mother journeys into dangerous territory in this gripping psychological thriller.
    ★ British/Irish ★ F-Rated
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  • Blue My Mind
    27-29th Nov
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    Online
    "A body-horror romance in the manner of David Cronenberg", Blue My Mind is a raucous and heartbreaking look at one’s unavoidable destiny.
    ★ International ★ F-Rated
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  • Hurt By Paradise
    27-29th Nov
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    Online
    Motherhood, friendship and the struggles of pursuing a career collide in this charming, comedic debut feature from Greta Bellamacina, filmed in Margate.
    ★ Local Film ★ F-Rated
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  • Rafiki
    Thurs 24 Oct | 20:30
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    The Palace Cinema, Broastairs
    Banned in it’s own country, ‘Rafiki’ is an unforgettable highlight of African queer cinema, filled to the brim with rebellion, colour and love.
    ★ F-Rated ★ LGBTQ+
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  • Exodus
    Sat 26 Oct | 18:00
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    Tom Thumb Theatre
    When a neofascist politician puts immigrants into a ghetto, his adopted son helps the brutally oppressed people fight back. + Director Q&A
    ★ Local Film
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  • A Change Of Fate
    Sun 27 Oct | 18:30
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    Tom Thumb Theatre
    From the young minds who defy the church, to the runaways and the dis-believers, these films playfully rebel against expectation with a hint of magic, mischief and mystery.
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  • Local Shorts: The Unimagined
    Wed 23 Oct | 18:00
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    Tom Thumb Theatre
    From surrealist mobs and missionaries to heartfelt memories, this collection of short films celebrates the wild imaginations of Kent filmmakers. 
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  • Hail Satan?
    Sun 27 Oct | 20:30
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    Tom Thumb Theatre
    A devilishly funny documentary that blends improbable imagery, self-awareness and religious provocation with a genuine sense of political purpose.
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  • Seahorse
    Sun 27 Oct | 16:30
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    Tom Thumb Theatre
    One trans man’s pioneering quest to fulfil an age-old desire: to start his own family. The is the story of the dad who gave birth.
    ★ LGBTQ+
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  • Queer Shorts
    Fri 25 Oct | 18:00
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    Tom Thumb Theatre
    A celebration of bold, unique identities and personalities from queer filmmakers across the world, exploring what it means to be truly oneself. 
    ★ LGBTQ+
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