Festival dates: 23 Feb - 24 March 2019

The Photographers’ Gallery, London (23 February)
Turner Contemporary, Margate (2 March)
Fabrica, Brighton (11-15 March)
Folkestone Venues, including Quarterhouse and Brewery Tap (18-24 March)

Strangelove Festival is a nomadic project spanning 180 miles and five weeks a unique festival bridging the gap between time-based genres. From art videos, experimental film and conventional cinema; to sound and performance works, Strangelove Festival celebrates the diversity of time-based media, with a programme of exhibitions, screenings, commissioned works, talks and performances responding to the 2019 festival theme of Duration.

Launching at the Photographer's Gallery in London, 23 February, Strangelove Festival will travel the South East coast from Turner Contemporary in Margate, to Fabrica in Brighton, with seven days in various locations in Folkestone, including a weekend take over of Folkestone Quarterhouse. With two connected discussion events exploring the definition of time-based media, held in London and Folkestone.

Part 1 - Imaging Time: Understanding photography as time-based media
Saturday 23 February 2019 at The Photographers Gallery, London

Part 2 - Practice and Process: Exploring time-based media
Saturday 2 March 2019 at Turner Contemporary, Margate

Part 3 - Past, Present Future: What is time-based media?
Friday 22 March 2019 at Quarterhouse, Folkestone

Open calls will provide opportunities to showcase contemporary practices within time-based media, including 30 second films and Secret Strangelove encounters designed by artists, that will be placed into the Festival, and draw audiences into individual experiences with a single sentence, encapsulating the encounter.

Strangelove was conceived by artist Terry Smith and new media curator David Gryn to be empowering to time-based artist mediums, its local constituent communities, along with artists, students and audience. Its aim is to add to the chemistry and dynamic of what can happen in a locality and the wider arts community. Strangelove Festival initially launched as a project designed for Central Saint Martins, Kings Cross, London to bring the various threads of an art school together through moving moving image. It’s second iteration, in Folkestone, created an opportunity for emerging, current and future artists to work together with international art world artists and curators. In 2018 Strangelove took place in Dunkerque, France - broadening the sense of a shared coast.

Open Call for 30 second films
Strangelove Festival 2019 invite you to submit a 30 second film, responding to the theme of duration - reflect our fast-paced consumer culture of digital media. Thirty seconds is: how long most adverts last, how long most people look at an artwork in a gallery, 12 breathes and an 0.008th of an hour.

Open to artists working in moving image (animation, documentary and video)
Not restricted by theme
Films must be exactly 30 seconds (including title and credits)
By agreeing to submit your film you have agreed to publically screen your film as part of Strangelove Festival 2019, selected films will have a guaranteed screening at one of our Folkestone venues .
Entry fee is non-refundable
Selected films will be used to promote the festival through social media
Only successful applicants will be notified
Format for submission is MP4 file. Please see link:

Overall Rating
  • Michael Lyons

    Thank you for supporting artist time-based media.

    March 2019