Folkestone Documentary Festival

Folkestone Documentary Festival

Returning 17 - 20 October 2024

Folkestone Documentary Festival is returning for its fourth consecutive year to bring you the best in new & international documentaries. Festival Passes are now available to buy; the full Festival Programme will be announced later this year.

The 2024 Festival will feature the best in new feature documentaries, shorts, a VR exhibition, a group walk & communal meal, late-night parties, an industry afternoon, and the chance to hear from amazing filmmakers in post-film Q&As in a friendly and inviting atmosphere.

Documentary submissions are now open for the Short Documentary & Feature Documentary categories for the 2024 Programme.

For more information, visit folkestonedocumentaryfestival.co.uk

Folkestone Documentary Festival Filmmaking Challenge 2024

Folkestone Documentary Festival Filmmaking Challenge is a Kent-based film competition designed to inspire creativity, collaboration, and environmental awareness in Folkestone, Hythe, & Romney Marsh. It’s open to all, regardless of experience, and we’ll be holding four free filmmaking & editing workshops to help you get started.

Winners will receive £1000 worth of filmmaking & post-production equipment and support and have their entry screened at the Festival Industry Day.

A still from Admire Ncube's International Peace Day, entry for the FDFFC 2023.
International Peace Day by Admire Ncube, FDFFC 2023

Folkestone Documentary Festival 2023

This celebration of non-fiction narrative returned for its third edition from the 19th to the 22nd of October 2023.

The 2023 Folkestone Documentary Festival featured the best in new international documentaries. 11 feature-length films, 9 shorts, a VR exhibition, a group walk, a communal meal, drinks and parties, an industry afternoon, and the chance to hear from amazing filmmakers in post-film Q&As in a friendly and fun atmosphere. A huge thanks to the hosting venues: The Silver Screen, Folkestone’s gem of an independent cinema, Creative Folkestone’s flagship Quarterhouse venue, The Green Room, Folkestone’s newest arts space, and The Brewery Tap, UCA’s exhibition space.

Folkestone Documentary Filmmaking Challenge

Folkestone Documentary Filmmaking Challenge, facilitated by Screen South and Klip Films in partnership with Folkestone Documentary Festival, invited locals to create a short film exploring the Folkestone, Hythe, and Romney Marsh area within an eight-week timeframe, eligible for selection for the titles of Best Film, Best Environmental Film, and Audience Award.

Entries were screened at the Folkestone Documentary Festival Industry Day and the winners announced at the Festival Gala. Click the button below to check out the films entered into the Challenge for 2023.

Folkestone Fishing by Hudson Mowl, FDFC 2023

About Folkestone Documentary Festival

Conceived out of the monthly Doc Club held at The Silver Screen, and created by former programmer at the Harbour Screen James Collie, the festival was created in 2021 to celebrate documentary in all its forms, from social issues to culture to the environment and nature, or just great real stories, with community collaborations at the heart of programming.