Against the Tide: Margate Film Festival Releases 2019 Programme

Against the Tide: Margate Film Festival Releases 2019 Line-up

Following last year’s sell out pilot season, Margate Film Festival is returning this October with a new programme, showcasing features and shorts from Britain and beyond. Holding 30 events and screenings across 7 different venues, the festival is bringing quite an eclectic range of films and talks to its 2019 line-up. 

Here’s an idea of what is going on:

Feature Films:

  • Opening night Kent premiere screening of local film ‘Above The Clouds’, shot in Margate + cast & crew Q&A.‘Are You Proud?’+Q&A with Sue Sanders, founder of LGBT History,BFI Flare programmer Zorian Clayton and Margate Pride, followed by a party hosted by Amy Grimehouse.
  • ‘Seahorse’: the true story of the dad who gave birth (at QEQM) + talk from Raising Filmsabout inclusive filmmaking.
  • ‘Scarborough’ + Q&A, looking atconsent and taboo relationships.
  • ‘Exodus’with Director Penny Woolwock Q&A + local extras, with discussion about Brexit & changing outlooks over the last decade.
  • ‘Hail Satan?’ abouta group ofmisunderstood outsiders whose unwavering commitment to social and political justice 


  • A showcase of local filmmakers shorts.
  • A shorts screening looking at the global refugee crisis,with talk from Kent Refugee Action Network, part of Platforma Festival.
  • Highlights of queer shortsfrom BFI Flare.
  • A short film programme about our relationship to the sea + discussion with local artists & filmmakers.


  • An immersive projected exhibitionof codedanimationcurated by Genetic Mooat Woolworths, supported by Margate Festival, ACE & Dreamland.
  • An interactive exhibition exploring artistic ownership & censorship at ArtGame, supported by UCA.
  • ‘Another Idol Has Displaced Me’ -an immersive punk exhibitionof Olga Jusianiec-Murphy’s work looking at waste culture.
  • Pop-up video archive of historic Margate films, at Dreamland. Live Events:•A night of ‘exploded cinema’,ft performances from local musicians working with found footage, DJs and projections.
  • A ‘Sunday Silent’ family friendly live score.

The Margate Film Festival will run from 23rd-27th October. For more information please visit

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