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Folkestone Documentary Festival 2023

19th to 22nd October 2023

Event Details

Folkestone Documentary Festival 2023
From
Thursday 19th October 2023
To
Sunday 22nd October 2023
Venue
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Welcome to the third edition of the Folkestone Documentary Festival. Come to the Kent seaside for a weekend of documentary films, discussions, walks and parties.

The 2023 Folkestone Documentary Festival features 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.

Taking place at The Silver Screen Cinema, 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.

Tickets are available for individual events directly from the venue websites, or you can take advantage of the Documentary Festival Pass which offers access to almost every festival event.

For more information and the full programme, including free events not shown on our website, visit folkestonedocumentaryfestival.co.uk.

Festival Events

To use a festival pass, please log in to your account first, then return here and select “Use Pass” for each event you’d like to attend.

Join the festival team before the opening film Your Fat Friend to raise a glass to the opening of Folkestone Documentary Festival, and celebrate all the films coming up over the weekend. Folkestone based DJ and sound artist Local Foreigner fuses global beats, traditional music and electronica, and will soundtrack an opportunity to meet other documentary fans.
Tickets to the Opening Party are free for Festival Pass holders. Non-pass holders can purchase tickets for £10.
Please note: admission to the opening night film is not included with tickets to the Opening Party.

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Thu 19th Oct
18:00
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Documentary
Wheelchair Accessible Assistive Listening Available

Directed by Jeanie Finlay • 2023 • Starring Aubrey Gordon, Michael Hobbes • 96 mins • Certificate 12A

The rise of Aubrey Gordon, from anonymous blogger to best selling author. Her aim? A paradigm shift in the way that we view fatness. A film about fatness, family, the complexities of change and the deep, messy feelings we hold about our bodies.
Showing with subtitles for the deaf & hearing-impaired. Includes a post-film Q&A.
Please note: admission to the Opening Party is not included with tickets to this film.

Certificate 12AChildren younger than 12 years must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+. Proof of age may be required.

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Thu 19th Oct
20:00
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Wheelchair Accessible Assistive Listening Available

Directed by Andy Mundy-Castle • 2023 • 80 mins • Certificate 15

A group of adults find solace in sharing their experiences of growing up as children of Black Nigerian immigrants who were fostered by white British families.
Includes a post-film Q&A.

Certificate 15No-one younger than 15 will be admitted. Proof of age may be required.

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Fri 20th Oct
18:00
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Queendom (2023)

Documentary
Wheelchair Accessible Assistive Listening Available

Directed by Agina Galdanova • 2023 • 98 mins • Certificate 15

Gena, a queer artist from a small Russian town, stages radical performances on the streets of Moscow, protesting the harassment of the LGBTQ+ community. But her performances come at a price.
Includes the short film Private View (12A) and a post-film Q&A.

Certificate 15No-one younger than 15 will be admitted. Proof of age may be required.

This is a foreign language film with English subtitles.

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Fri 20th Oct
20:15
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Documentary

Directed by Ella Glendining • 2023 • 87 mins • Certificate 12A

Important: This event is not taking place at the Silver Screen Cinema. The venue for this event is:

Location The Quarterhouse, Mill Bay, Folkestone CT20 1BN

This groundbreaking documentary follows filmmaker Ella Glendining’s global search for someone with a body that looks like hers, and explores what it takes to love yourself fiercely as a disabled person in an ableist world.
Showing with subtitles for the deaf & hearing-impaired. Includes a post-film Q&A.

Certificate 12AChildren younger than 12 years must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+. Proof of age may be required.

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Sat 21st Oct
10:00
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Documentary

Directed by Chloe Abrahams • 2023 • 75 mins • Certificate 18

Important: This event is not taking place at the Silver Screen Cinema. The venue for this event is:

Location The Quarterhouse, Mill Bay, Folkestone CT20 1BN

In this hypnotically cinematic love letter flowing through time and generations, director Chloe Abrahams probes raw questions her mother and grandmother have long brushed aside, tenderly untangling painful knots in her family’s unspoken past.
Includes the short film My Blonde GF (18) and a post-film Q&A.
The main feature is certificate 15. The associated short film is certificate 18.

Certificate 18No-one younger than 18 will be admitted. Proof of age may be required.

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Sat 21st Oct
12:30
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Documentary

Directed by Christopher Morris • 2023 • 86 mins • Certificate 12A

Important: This event is not taking place at the Silver Screen Cinema. The venue for this event is:

Location The Quarterhouse, Mill Bay, Folkestone CT20 1BN

An ancient monolith stands sentinel in a Cornish field for millennia. Part provocation, part meditation, part invocation, BAFTA-winning documentarian Christopher Morris reflects upon human existence, its relationship to the environment and the urgent need for compassion and transformation.
Includes the short film Puffling (PG) and a post-film Q&A.

Certificate 12AChildren younger than 12 years must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+. Proof of age may be required.

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Sat 21st Oct
15:00
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Lands End (2023)

Documentary
Wheelchair Accessible Assistive Listening Available

Directed by Ryan Sherman • 2023 • 75 mins • Certificate 12A

A journey of ups and downs, following Barney Page as he rides the length of the British Isles on his skateboard in memory of his friend Ben Raemers. “Lands End” seeks to shine a light on the darkness of suicide, and discusses how we can turn the corner on Mental Health.
Includes the short film Crabble (PG) and a post-film Q&A.

Certificate 12AChildren younger than 12 years must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+. Proof of age may be required.

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Sat 21st Oct
18:00
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Documentary
Wheelchair Accessible Assistive Listening Available

Directed by Anna Hints • 2023 • 89 mins • Certificate 15

In the darkness of a smoke sauna, women share their innermost secrets and intimate experiences, washing off the shame trapped in their bodies and regaining their strength through a sense of communion.
Includes a post-film Q&A.

Certificate 15No-one younger than 15 will be admitted. Proof of age may be required.

This is a foreign language film with English subtitles.

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Sat 21st Oct
20:30
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Important: This event is not taking place at the Silver Screen Cinema. The venue for this event is:

Location The Green Room, The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone CT20 2XL

Film + Group Walk + Communal Meal
With a particular focus on people of the African and Caribbean diasporas, Jaha Browne’s We Are Nature (PG) and two short films - The Long Way Home (TBC) & To Shake and Disturb and Bring Us Back to Ourselves (PG) - from Folkestone filmmaker Rhiana Bonterre trace the personal, communal and ancestral experiences of people of colour with the land and natural surroundings of the UK and the Caribbean, uncovering affective histories of separation, alienation, longing and reconciliation.
Tickets to this event are free for Festival Pass holders. Non-pass holders can purchase tickets for £12.

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Sun 22nd Oct
10:30
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Directed by Silvia Del Carmen Castaños, Estefanía Contreras • 2023 • 78 mins • Certificate 12A

Important: This event is not taking place at the Silver Screen Cinema. The venue for this event is:

Location The Quarterhouse, Mill Bay, Folkestone CT20 1BN

Facing an uncertain future in a politically divided America, best friends Silvia and Beba find healing in their everyday joyful antics on the streets of Laredo, Texas.
Includes the short film A Mouthful of Petrol (12A) and a post-film Q&A.

Certificate 12AChildren younger than 12 years must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+. Proof of age may be required.

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Sun 22nd Oct
14:30
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Documentary
Wheelchair Accessible Assistive Listening Available

Directed by Maite Alberdi • 2023 • 85 mins • Certificate 12A

Augusto and Paulina have been together for 25 years. Eight years ago, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Both fear the day he no longer recognizes her.
Includes the short film Where The Sun Always Shines (PG) and a post-film Q&A.

Certificate 12AChildren younger than 12 years must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+. Proof of age may be required.

This is a foreign language film with English subtitles.

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Sun 22nd Oct
17:30
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Copa 71 (2023)

Documentary
Wheelchair Accessible Assistive Listening Available

Directed by James Erskine, Rachel Ramsay • 2023 • 91 mins • Certificate TBC

Told by the pioneering women who participated, this is the extraordinary story of the 1971 Women’s Soccer World Cup, a tournament witnessed by record crowds that has been written out of sporting history – until now.
Includes the short film The Passing and the screening of the Filmmaking Challenge winners.

Age certificate to be confirmed.

Book Tickets:

Sun 22nd Oct
20:15
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Festival Pass

Folkestone Documentary Festival has one of the most affordable film festival passes in the UK, which offers you access to almost every festival event for just £30 (or £15 for concessions).

Once you have your festival pass, you can use it by logging in to your account, then selecting “Use Pass” for each event you’d like to attend in the programme above. Your pass will reduce one ticket for each event to £0.00 once you reach the final checkout page.

Festival Passes are limited to one per customer. When purchasing, please select [F] for the full pass, or [C] if you qualify for the concession pass. Terms & Conditions apply to all Festival Passes.

Festival Pass FAQ

Q. How does my Festival Pass work?

After you buy a festival pass, you can use it straight away to book one free ticket to each festival event shown on our website. Your tickets will be discounted to £0.00 once you log in and reach the checkout.

Q. Can I buy more than one Festival Pass?

No. Festival passes are limited to one per customer account. Please see item 6 under our Terms & Conditions for more information.

Q. Does my pass automatically give me tickets to all screenings and events?

No. You must still book tickets for the screenings and events you would like to attend, but your pass will mean these tickets are free. Your pass will allow you to book one free ticket for each festival event.

Q. Which Festival Pass should I buy? [F] or [C]?

If you qualify for a Concession Festival Pass, please select the [C] pass when purchasing. Otherwise, please select the [F] pass. See the next question for Concession Festival Pass eligibility.

Q. Who qualifies for a Concession Festival Pass?

Concession passes are available to:

  • Anyone aged 30 and under;
  • Anyone over the age of 60;
  • Students.

You may be asked to show proof of age or status if you have booked tickets using a concession festival pass.

Q. How do I use my Festival Pass?

Once you have your pass, you can use it for most festival events across all venues straight away; make sure you log in to your account, then select “Use Pass” against each event you’d like to book. One ticket for each event will be discounted to £0.00 once you reach the final stage of checkout.

Q. Where do I use my Festival Pass for events at the Quarterhouse or the Green Room?

Only on the Silver Screen Cinema website. After logging in to your account, you can use your pass to book tickets for all venues by selecting “Use Pass” against each event. Note that you will not be able to use your pass on other venue’s websites.

Q. How do I use my Festival Pass for the free events at the Glassworks or the Brewery Tap?

You do not have to use your pass for these events, as they are free. You can sign up for tickets to these events at folkestonedocumentaryfestival.co.uk/events/.

Q. Can I use my Festival Pass to get a ticket on the door?

Yes, but tickets are subject to availability and your festival pass does not guarantee you entry to an event if it has sold out by the time doors open. We recommend you use your festival pass to book your ticket in advance to ensure you have a seat when you arrive.

Q. Will I be charged a booking fee when I use my Festival Pass to book tickets?

No. Booking fees are not applied when you use your festival pass, which means that the cost of your pass is the only amount you will pay for all festival events.

Q. What are the Terms & Conditions for my Festival Pass?

You can see our full Terms & Conditions for your festival pass under item 6: “Event Passes” in our Terms & Conditions.

Q. Who should I contact if I have a problem with my Pass?

For any problems purchasing a festival pass, or problems using using your pass to book tickets at our cinema, please contact us here or call 01303 221 230 during cinema opening hours.