TIC Film Festival launched in 2018 and is now in its 2nd year. The festival is the magic lantern that draws inspiration from the incredibly rich and international history of the docks in Thurrock. Through film, the most powerful and eloquent heights of human imagination are created and infinite landscapes of the mind communicated. TIC Film is a festival where audiences come to discover unexpected visions of filmmakers from all over the world.

TIC Film Festival is a gathering of young and old, experienced and first-timers to showcase their story, talent, and vision through the medium of film.

Our judges are looking for films that have a deep resonance with identity that push the boundaries of storytelling. Films that inspire, question and challenge.

We are looking to programme films that fall under the “Invisible” category. This means the programme is a mix of diverse, censored, banned & low-visibility films.

These films and their invisible filmmakers across the globe now have a festival where they can submit their art and not be marginalised for being misunderstood, or for the sake of more commercial films. There are enough festivals for that. TIC Film has a unique mission in aiming to question and challenge the practice of human rights and freedom of speech.

As well as screenings there will be the opportunity to take part in discussion panels with industry experts, networking and a time to celebrate the award nominees and winners.

TIC Film is in Grays. Physically, it is a town adjacent to the strategic Thurrock ports of the Port of Tilbury and London Gateway. Virtually, it is home to the area’s international pathways of history. This unassuming border along the Thames has embraced the world.

The Port of Tilbury began in 1886, the beginning of the steamship era. It was where ‘Ten Pound Poms’ set off for a new life in Australia. It was also where many immigrants entered, including West Indians on the Empire Windrush in 1948.

Today, Tilbury Cruise Terminal continues to operate as London’s passenger liner terminal and London Gateway berths some of the largest container ships in the world. And since 2017, the Silk Road Train has linked Thurrock with China across the landmass of Eurasia.

TIC Film is that edge where local and international unite.

A trophy & certificate will be awarded to the winners!

Bridge The Moon Award - Awarded to the project that our judges score the highest!

Best British Diversity Film

Best British Invisible Film

♦ All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles.
♦ All films must have been made in or after 2014.
♦ Filmmakers are responsible for sorting out the copyright on their own materials.
♦ By submitting to us, you give us the right to screen your film in front of a live audience at Thameside Theatre.
♦ Nominations: All films nominated for every category.
Official Selection: Films selected for screening will be notified via email. If you received a Nomination email, but no Official Selection email, it means your film will not be screened, but is still a contender for an award in its category.
Award Winners: Chosen from both the Nominations and the Official Selection.
♦ We may promote clips from your film on social media, based on the press kits you provide us with.
♦ We retain the right to change the date and venue of the festival under special circumstances. All filmmakers will be informed about any changes through our online platforms.
♦ We place no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status or whether your work has been made available online.
♦ Any technical issues with the submitted films are 100% the responsibility of the filmmakers. If, at the time of judging, your video file doesn’t work or doesn’t have English subtitles (if in a language other than English), it will be automatically rejected, without a refund. Please contact the festival team ASAP if there are any issues with the submission process, and a solution will be found.
♦ We cannot provide refunds.
♦ By submitting to us you agree to our terms and conditions and to receiving marketing newsletters and discounts about film festivals in the form of emails. We will never sell your information to third parties.
♦ We reserve the right to update our terms and conditions.

Overall Rating
  • andy hui

    Great little festival. Great communication and hospitality from the organisers.

    September 2019
  • Jim Kroft

    Incredibly proud to be a part of this magnificent festival. First class communication and outreach - a real sense of support, interest and encouragement towards independent film makers - and their love of film shines through. Highly recommend applying. Best wishes, Jim

    September 2019