Set in England's Royal Harbour, and the stunning location to multiple award winning and acclaimed TV and Film productions, the third Ramsgate International Film and TV Festival will show new works and help promote film makers and cultural awareness. Our screenings will be complemented by an international programme of unique events and seminars, with high profile industry professionals. As an organisation committed to raising the bar on diversity, we particularly welcome submissions that embrace the BFI diversity standards.

We are honoured and proud that our Patron, BAFTA, Globe and Cannes Best Actress Winner and Oscar-nominated Brenda Blethyn, will select the winner of First Feature Film Category, and will be joined by Award winning guests.

Now in its third year, the Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival has quickly gained a reputation for screening high quality films and taking care of their film-makers. A beautiful bronze Anchor is awarded to the Best Film of the festival, as well as other prizes including the Brenda Blethyn special award for Best First Feature. Screenings will mainly take place at the Granville Cinema, Ramsgate, and a number of other coastal venues. With the backdrop of the stunning Royal Harbour, unique in the UK, Ramsgate also offers festival goers the opportunity to explore the area rich in culture, maritime heritage and historic architecture, as well as enjoying its waterside and cafés. The Vikings, Romans and early Christians, all first came to the UK via Ramsgate’s coast. Now, travelling by high speed train, London can be reached in 66 minutes and Paris and Brussels are only 2 hours 45 minutes away.

In the past two years, speakers have included the entertainment PR Gary Springer, Bond girl Valerie Leon, composer Simon Boswell, costume designer Tom Rand and The King's Speech producer Joan Lane.

Best Feature (Bronze Anchor Award)
Best Short
Best First Feature Film - Brenda Blethyn Award
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Screenplay
Best Soundtrack
Best Music Video
Best Web Series Pilot

Audience Award: Best Feature
Audience Award: Best Short

The Anchor Trophy is a solid bronze statuette crafted by local and internationally renowned artist, Dominic Grant.

The Ramsgate IFTV fest is also collaborating with local emerging and established artists, who will present each winning filmmaker with an original especially commissioned work of art.

RAMSGATE INTERNATIONAL FILM & TV FESTIVAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The 3rd Ramsgate Film Festival will take place in Ramsgate from 13th to 16th June 2019.

Features (minimum 40 minutes)
Opening Date: 1st June 2018
$15 until Super Early Bird Deadline: 1st July 2018
$25 until Early Bird Deadline: 1st September 2018
$40 until Regular Deadline: 1st December 2018
$50 until Late Deadline: 25th December 2018
$60 until Extended Deadline: 15th January 2019
Notification Date: 1st February 2019
Event Date: 13th to 16th June 2019

Shorts (maximum 40 minutes)
Opening Date: 1st June 2018
$10 until Super Early Bird Deadline: 1st July 2018
$20 until Early Bird Deadline: 1st September 2018
$30 until Regular Deadline: 1st December 2018
$40 until Late Deadline: 25th December 2018
$45 until Extended Deadline: 15th January 2019
Notification Date: 1st February 2019
Event Date: 13th to 16th June 2019

Music Video
Opening Date: 1st June 2018
$10 until Super Early Bird Deadline: 1st July 2018
$20 until Early Bird Deadline: 1st September 2018
$30 until Regular Deadline: 1st December 2018
$40 until Late Deadline: 25th December 2018
$45 until Extended Deadline: 15th January 2019
Notification Date: 1st February 2019
Event Date: 13th to 16th June 2019

Web Series Pilot
Opening Date: 1st June 2018
$12 until Super Early Bird Deadline: 1st July 2018
$22 until Early Bird Deadline: 1st September 2018
$35 until Regular Deadline: 1st December 2018
$45 until Late Deadline: 25th December 2018
$50 until Extended Deadline: 15th January 2019
Notification Date: 1st February 2019
Event Date: 13th to 16th June 2019

We're sorry but we are unable to offer fee waivers under any circumstances.

Filmmakers accepted and attending the Festival are responsible for travel and all other expenses. Details of local accommodation will appear on our website nearer the time.

Running time:
Feature narrative film: min. 40 min
Short narrative film: max. 40 min
Feature documentary: min. 40 min
Short documentary: max. 40 min

Films must be submitted via online screener ONLY.
We do not normally accept subsequent cuts or more complete versions of submitted films, therefore changing or updating the originally submitted link is likely to invalidate your submission. However, please communicate with us and we will try to accommodate you if possible.

Submission Eligibility
- All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2017.
- Ramsgate Film Festival has no premiere requirements, but your film must not be available for public viewing online.

Screenings are scheduled at the discretion of Ramsgate IFTV Festival. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Ramsgate IFTV Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Ramsgate IFTV Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.
No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection.

Festival Awards
Best Feature (Bronze Anchor Award)
Best Short
Best First Feature Film - Brenda Blethyn Award
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Screenplay
Best Soundtrack
Best Music Video
Best Web Series Pilot

Audience Award: Best Feature
Audience Award: Best Short

If your film is selected to be screened at the Ramsgate International Film and TV Festival 2019, each film-maker will receive two festival passes. This gives you free access to all screenings and talks throughout the festival.

Screening Package
Your screening package must arrive by 1st March 2019.

Please provide your film to us for screening in one of the following formats:

1. DCP at 24fps or 25fps with the original source material being at least 1080p resolution
2. .mov or .mp4 file at 24fps or 25fps in at least 1080p resolution
3. a link to download a .mov or .mp4 at 24fps or 25fps in at least 1080p resolution

Please note that the same deadline, 1st March 2019, applies to digital downloads as to shipped media and that all transfers must be completed in time. An email address to send your digital file will be supplied on acceptance of your film.

If you are providing a DCP, subtitles must be burnt in to the image, not supplied as a separate data stream.

Please do not encrypt your DCP. If you send us one, we will ask for an unencrypted version. If you are unable to supply this, we will be unable to screen your film.

Surround sound audio is much preferred, but not obligatory.

DVDs will not be accepted.

All Feature & Short films will be shown in a 2K cinema with up to 7.1 surround sound. Music videos will either be shown at the same venue, or at another local venue using either DCP projection or 1080p projection.

If not already included with your FilmFreeway submission package, please send us high-resolution stills from your film, a synopsis, and biographies from key cast and crew.

SHIPPING OF FILMS

The address to which you will be asked to ship your film will be provided on selection.

The full cost of transport, including customs fees and insurance, as well as the return freight, must be borne by the producer or their authorised representatives.

All shipments must be sent prepaid. Shipments sent through international courier services must clearly indicate on their waybill that all costs for duties and taxes are to be billed to the sender.
All shipments from outside the European Single Market must obtain customs clearance before being imported into the United Kingdom. For this purpose, all said shipments must have three copies of proper customs documentation (i.e. commercial invoice) included with the courier waybill, providing all the required information. If you are shipping via international post, please affix a customs declaration label to the outside of the package.

When filling out shipment or customs forms, please assign the package a value that does not exceed 10 euros or 10 dollars and state on the envelope: “No commercial value, for cultural purposes only”.

The sender should inform the festival beforehand by e-mail at s.bolioli@ramsgateiftvfest.org of the title of the film, the date and means of shipment and the shipment number or airway bill number.

By submitting your film, you grant Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival (RIFTVFEST) the nonexclusive right to use footage, stills and/or titles and information from the film, as well as your name, photograph, and likeness in connection with any and all publicity and promotional activities regarding RIFTVFEST prior to, during, and/or after the festival.
RIFTVFEST may use images, sounds and excerpts from the films for promotional purposes in all media including the website and may present accepted films at any 2019 RIFTVFEST event.
• Please DO NOT send film prints, master tapes, primary hard drives, DVD Masters or other irreplaceable original media.
• RIFTVFEST is not responsible for any materials that are lost or damaged.
• The entrant shall release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless RIFTVFEST, and its agents, respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, contractors, partners, sponsors, and volunteers from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, costs and expenses (including, without limitations, legal fees).
• The entrant warrants that he/she is the sole and exclusive owner(s) of all legal right and title thereto have absolute authority to submit the enclosed material to RIFTVFEST.
• By entering, the applicant agrees that all information is true and correct and agrees to all festival rules and guidelines.

Finally, thank you for submitting your film to Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival 2019.

With best wishes,

Sylvie Bolioli (Festival Artistic Director)

Overall Rating
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  • Olly Cane

    A really great festival. Very well run, hospitable, with some really interesting events and a fantastic screening venue.

    July 2018
  • Vince Breheny

    Excellent communication and really very friendly and helpful. Exciting festival over a number of days with large selection of categories. Clearly committed to independent filmmaking. Beautiful location. Highly recommended :) Break a leg guys, keep up the great work :)

    March 2018
  • A fantastic festival. It had it all. Great venues, talks, films and networking. It was very friendly and inclusive. The organisation was great and audiences turned up even through horrendous weather. Highly recommended.

    March 2018
  • Mazin Sherabayani

    Brilliant festival. Fantastic staff. Communication was excellent and thanks very much for the award for my shot doc Dyab. Many thanks

    March 2018
  • Marie Ullrich

    Despite it being their first year, the Ramsgate festival was very organized and professional in all their interactions with me from the very first email. They were a delight to work with. I attended the festival based on who they brought in as jurors and special guests, and was not disappointed. Thrilled to have been a part of it. Beautiful projection; engaged audiences; wonderful support from the community. A gem! Not to be missed.

    April 2017