Margate Film Festival - Staying Afloat

Margate Film Festival, now in its third year returns to the (smaller) screen for a lockdown special online edition with over 50 films from local and international features, shorts, archive footage and live scores all from the comfort of your own home.

Explore Margate through the ages, embrace magical creatures, rebel against oppression, meet mysterious strangers and perhaps even save the world through a programme of films from across the globe. 

The festival kicks off on Friday, with the launch of #100years from The Cabinet of Living Cinema, presenting a collection of live score performances to silent films from across the last century, with an Instagram Live introduction. Francesca Ter-Berg closes the festival on Sunday with a live performance streamed from the Tom Thumb Theatre.

Amongst the short films programmes you'll find mythical creatures, mysterious strangers and magical encounters, as well as daredevil explorers, struggling artists and ancestral powers. For the first time we're including a family friendly programme, Our Natural World, in collaboration with Rise Up Clean Up, to inspire children ages 5+ to question how we can save our oceans. We also team up with DocHouse to present their lockdown-inspire short film collection.

For the full programme available to view across the weekend and ticket details (a sliding-scale ticket pricing), visit the festival website


Taking place online for 2020