Margate Film Festival 2019: Against The Tide

Focusing on communal heritage, cultural politics, coastal life and migration, the festival returns for 23-27 October

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Coinciding with the Turner Prize’s residency in Margate, the 2019 edition will explore themes around ‘Against The Tide’; focusing on communal heritage, cultural politics, coastal life and migration, attracting audiences from across the South East and beyond.

This year features a new Local Strand, including a programme of short films all shot on location around Margate and the surrounding towns in ‘The Unimagined’. Our SOLD OUT opening night feature, ‘Above The Clouds’ by Leon Chambers, takes audiences on a heart-warming coming-of-age road trip from Margate to Scotland. Plus a free pop-up video archive at Dreamland, ‘The Margate Time Warp’, featuring films of Margate from 1925 – 2019.

The festival features rebels throughout; from the cheeky Buster Keaton in our family afternoon at The Palace Cinema to the witty political protesters in ‘Hail Satan?’, the boundary-crossing taboo relationships in ‘Scarborough’ to the liberated thinkers in ‘Change of Fate’. In ‘Exodus’ and ‘They Came In Crowded Boats’, war and migration change lives close to home and far away, with 101 Social hosting a talk about a local resident's right to remain, at 'The Accidental Activist'.

From the hyper-digital; augmented reality and drone footage, to the foundations of image making; using light and shadows, Margate Film Festival presents a week of exhibitions from artists using moving image to reflect the surrounding landscapes, including ‘As Above, So Below’ at Resort Studios, ‘The World Is Yours’ at Artgame, and a series of events at The Margate School wth Genetic Moo as part of NOW! digital.

Our LGBTQ+ Strand includes a Friday night take-over by Margate Pride ft ‘Are You Proud?’ about the history of Pride celebrations. ‘Raiki’, originally banned in it’s own country, hits the big screen at the Palace Cinema, and ‘Seahorse’ tells the story of the dad who gave birth – in our very own QEQM hospital.

See the full programme at

WHEN: 23 - 27 October.

WHERE: Margate