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Margate Film Festival is inspired and led by the local community, putting Kent-made films at the heart of the programme. This year we are proud to present ‘Above The Clouds‘ as our opening night film, from the writer of Jellyfish, both shot on location in Margate along with Exodus and many of the local shorts scattered throughout the programme.

Local filmmakers can join us on Sunday morning for a networking breakfast followed on by a comedy writing workshop.

  • Exhibition
    Margate Time Warp
    All Week
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    Dreamland Margate
    Take a trip through time at our pop-up video archive, exploring Margate on film over the last 100 years. Suitable for all ages. Free Entry.
    ★ Local Film ★ Family
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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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  • Live Score
    Cinesthesia: Live Night
    Sat 26 Oct | 20:00
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    The Margate School (Woolworths)
    A night of immersive cinema with glitchy electronic music, digital art, live visuals and found footage.
    ★ Local Film
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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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  • Feature
    Jellyfish (+ short film: Signs)
    Sun 27 Oct | 12:00
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    Tom Thumb Theatre
    The Margate-based story of struggle and strife… and stand up comedy. (+ Short film: Signs by Yero Timi-Biu)
    ★ Local Film
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  • Opening Night Feature
    Above The Clouds
    Wed 23 Oct | 19.30 & 21.30
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    Tom Thumb Theatre
    A road-trip comedy from Margate to the Isle of Skye in the spirit of US indies like Little Miss Sunshine and Juno. + Cast & Crew Q&A
    ★ Local Film
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  • Exhibition
    As Above, So Below
    All Week
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    Resort Studios
    An immersive audio-visual installation by Melanie King, Amy Cutler and Sapphie Goss, which explores the micro and macro scales of Margate.
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  • Networking
    Networking Breakast
    Sun 27 Oct | 11:30
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    Tom Thumb Theatre
    A casual morning networking session welcome to all, before local feature 'Jellyfish'.
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