Margate Film Festival 2021

27th - 31st October in venue and 1st - 7th November online

A cinematic exploration of a shifting place & time. The 2021 festival returns to in-venue screenings with over 50 films, showcasing local and international features, shorts, archive footage and live film scores.

The five-day programme launches on Wednesday 27th October at the festival’s pop-up cinema at Union Church, with other events taking place across Margate’s arts venues including Tom Thumb Theatre and The Margate School.

This year’s theme of ‘Borders/Boundaries’ explores ever-present social and global tensions and in particular, looks at borders and boundaries of a more intangible nature, such as political borders, personal boundaries, relationships, identity and spirit. Dive into fictional worlds with whimsical fairground romances, family drama in British seaside holiday resorts, revealing secrets found overseas, and coming of age tales against the backdrop of political upheaval, as well as the true stories of the activists fighting for human rights, workers on the frontlines of revolution and revolutionary artists who shaped the cultural climate of today.

This year's festival opens with Marley Morrison’s knockout debut feature ‘Sweetheart’; a sharply observed coming-of-age story that will make you wince and laugh, set against the backdrop of a quintessentially British coastal holiday park.

Highlights across the week include ‘Jumbo’; a surreal love story between a fairground employee and a mechanical ride and ‘Beans’, the story of a 12-year-old Mohawk girl as she balances her experiences of community, activism, and racism. 

Go to our website for the full line up of films and events and to book your tickets!

Margate Film Festival is a not-for-profit, volunteer-led, grassroots community organisation.

Margate Film Festival is a project born out of the turbulence of changing cultural landscapes and a love for the chaos of creativity. A journey through the wilderness of the cinema; of art, politics, identity, feminism, music, performance and more.


Various Margate venues