A cinematic exploration of a shifting place & time.

Margate Film Festival is a project born out of the turbulence of changing cultural landscapes and a love for the chaos of creativity. A journey through the wilderness of the cinema; of art, politics, identity, feminism, music, performance and more.

Margate Film Festival launched in October 2018 and sold out back-to-back events. Over five days, the festival screened over 60 short and feature films, with live performances, Q&As, workshops and specially curated events across the town.

In 2019, our vision is clear - to expand the festival and entertain more filmgoers, innovate and inspire our existing and new audiences. The festival will coincide with the Turner Prize, hosted at Turner Contemporary and will collaborate with many of Margate's most loved organisations, venues and ventures.

The festival celebrates Margate’s creative DIY culture, as well as it’s rich past and diverse cultural identity. For the first time, Margate Film Festival opens submissions to the public and invites artists and filmmakers to enter shorts, features and experimental works for consideration in the 2019 festival. A special interest will be paid to artists' films and locally-made works.

Margate Film Festival is a not-for-profit, volunteer-led, grassroots community

- Audience Award: Our audiences are invited to pick their favourite film at the festival. Qualifying films will be selected by our panel of judges.

More details coming soon.

- Film are accepted from all levels of filmmaking, regardless of budget or experience.

- Margate Film Festival is open to international films and filmmakers, but films MUST be submitted with English subtitles if they are in another language.

- Submitting a film does not guarantee its selection at the festival. Our panel of submission viewers retain the right to only watch films partially, should the film not meet the basic standards of the festival. Refunds cannot be made if your film is not selected.

- Margate Film Festival cannot offer feedback on individual film submissions.

- Short films should be under 25 minutes in length, but can be of any style, genre or theme.

- Should your film be selected, you give us permission to screen your film at the festival and any subsequent screening over the next 12 month. Should you wish to withdraw your film from consideration, you must do this before the deadline date.

- Filmmakers must obtain necessary licenses & clearances for their films, Margate Film Festival WILL NOT hold responsibility for any copyright infringement.

- Submitting a film gives us permission to use publicity stills provided and up to 30 seconds of footage for use in Margate Film Festival's marketing and publicity.