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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%.

  • Feature
    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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  • Feature
    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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  • Shorts
    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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  • Shorts
    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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  • Closing Night Feature
    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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  • Feature
    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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  • Shorts
    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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