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Folkestone Documentary Festival 2022

Doc Fest
Fire of Love
Moonage Daydream
Bunch of Amateurs
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21-23 October 2022

The Folkestone Documentary festival returns for three days in 2022 with an opening night party, twelve screenings, industry Q&As, masterclasses, guest programmers, and a community meal.

Taking place across the Quarterhouse and the Silver Screen Cinema, the festival celebrates documentary in all its forms, from art to social issues to just great stories, with community collaborations at the heart of programming.

You can see our screenings below. More events are being held at the Quarterhouse. For the full programme, please visit the Folkestone Documentary Festival website.

Tickets are available for individual events, or you can take advantage of the Documentary Festival Pass which gives you access to all festival events at a much-reduced price.

Opening Night Party

6:30pm on Friday 21st October

Join us at the Silver Screen Cinema before the opening film Fire of Love to raise a drink to the opening of Folkestone Documentary Festival, and celebrate all the films coming up over the weekend. DJ Feral Child will soundtrack your opportunity to meet other documentary fans and chat about what you’re looking forward to seeing.

The opening night party takes place at the Silver Screen Cinema from 6:30pm on Friday 21st October. Admission to the party is included with tickets to Fire of Love. You can book tickets to this event below.

Our Screenings

Performance Type

Standard Show
Pocket Money
Film Club
Special Event
Autism Friendly
Baby Friendly

Performance Status

On Sale Soon
Advance Sales Closed
Limited Availability
Sold Out

Accessibility Availability

Wheelchair Spaces
Assistive Listening
Audio Description
Subtitled Show
Autism Friendly Show

Fire of Love

Wheelchair Accessible Assistive Listening Available Audio Description Available

Directed by Sara Dosa • Starring Miranda July, Katia Krafft, Maurice Krafft • 98 mins • Certificate PG

Katia and Maurice Krafft loved two things - each other and volcanoes. For two decades, the daring French volcanologist couple roamed the planet, chasing eruptions and documenting their discoveries. Ultimately, they left a legacy that forever enriched our knowledge of the natural world. Director Sara Dosa and the filmmaking team fashion a lyrical celebration of the intrepid scientists' spirit of adventure, drawing from the Kraffts' spectacular archive. Fire of Love tells a story of primordial creation and destruction, following two bold explorers as they venture into the unknown, all for the sake of love.
Tickets to this film include admission to the Folkestone Documentary Festival Opening Night Party at 6:30pm.

Fri 21st Oct

Moonage Daydream

Wheelchair Accessible Assistive Listening Available Audio Description Available

Directed by Brett Morgen • Starring David Bowie • 135 mins • Certificate 15

From Oscar-nominated filmmaker Brett Morgen, director of Cobain: Montage of Heck, and featuring never-before-seen concert footage, Moonage Daydream is an immersive cinematic experience; an audio-visual space odyssey that not only illuminates the enigmatic legacy of David Bowie but also serves as a guide to living a fulfilling and meaningful life in the 21st Century.
Moonage Daydream is not a documentary. It is a genre-defying cinematic experience based on one of the most iconic and global rock stars of all time, destined to be one of the defining cultural moments of the year
The film has the full support of Bowie’s estate and features many of his greatest tracks, as well as previously unseen concert footage.

No-one younger than 15 will be admitted. Proof of age may be required for anyone younger than 18.

Sat 22nd Oct

A Bunch of Amateurs

Wheelchair Accessible Assistive Listening Available

Directed by Kim Hopkins • Starring Colin Egglestone, Harry Nicholls, Joe Ogden • 95 mins • Certificate 12A

The most quintessentially British working-class filmmaking club, Bradford Movie Makers' members grow old amid flickering memories and the brutal reckoning of their final years. Desperately clinging to their dreams, and to each other, fueled by endless cups of tea, this quietly hilarious, profoundly moving portrait of shared artistic folly speaks to the delusional escapist dreamer in us all and to the need to spend time together face to face in an increasingly lonely, digital age.  
Includes Q&A with director Kim Hopkins.

Children younger than 12 years must be accompanied by an adult. Proof of age may be required for anyone younger than 15.

Sun 23rd Oct

Festival Pass

Purchase your Festival Pass to receive access to all screenings, masterclasses, and the Opening Night Party.

Festival Passes are available from Creative Folkestone. Early Bird Passes are on sale now and allow you to book all screenings during the priority period ending 15th October enabling you to experience all that Folkestone Documentary Festival has to offer at a much-reduced price.

Your Festival Pass entitles you to book one ticket per event. It can be used to book tickets for events at the Quarterhouse straight away, but must be activated on our website before it can be used to book events at our cinema. You can activate it by following the instructions in your festival pass purchase confirmation email.

All Folkestone Documentary Festival events at the Silver Screen Cinema and Quarterhouse are part of the Festival Pass offer unless otherwise stated. Festival Passes are limited to one per customer. Terms & Conditions apply to all Festival Passes.

Festival Pass FAQ

Q. Where can I buy a Festival Pass?

Festival passes are available to purchase from the Creative Folkestone website here: www.creativefolkestone.org.uk

Q. Can I buy more than one Festival Pass?

No. Festival passes are limited to one per customer. Please see www.creativefolkestone.org.uk and item 6 under our Terms & Conditions for more information.

Q. How does my Festival Pass work?

When you buy a festival pass from Creative Folkestone, you will receive instructions to activate it on our website in your purchase confirmation email. You can then create an account with us (if you do not already have one) using your email address. After you log in and activate your pass, you will be able to book one free ticket to each festival event at our cinema.

Your festival pass will work for events at the Quarterhouse through the Creative Folkestone website in the same way.

Q. How do I activate my Festival Pass?

Please click on the activation link contained in your purchase confirmation email, and follow the instructions. During the activation process, you will need to enter the code from your purchase confirmation email and create an account on our website (if you do not already have one) using your email address.

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. Who qualifies for a Concession Festival Pass?

Concession passes are available to:

  • Recipients of Universal Credit, JSA, ESA, PIP, or Carer’s Allowance in the UK;
  • Anyone aged 30 and under;
  • Anyone over the age of 60;
  • Students;
  • Creative Folkestone Members.

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

Q. How do I use my Festival Pass at the Quarterhouse?

Once you have your pass, you can use it to book screenings and events at the Quarterhouse straight away; make sure you are logged in to the Creative Folkestone website.

Q. How do I use my Festival Pass at the Silver Screen Cinema?

Once you have your pass, you can activate it on our website yourself by following the instructions in your confirmation email. Once activated, you can use it to book festival screenings and events at our cinema. Please make sure you are logged in to our website, and your pass will take effect once you reach the checkout.

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.

Please also visit the Creative Folkestone website for their Terms & Conditions, which may differ from ours.

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

For any problems purchasing a festival pass, or problems using a pass to book tickets at the Quarterhouse, please contact the Quarterhouse directly at boxoffice@creativefolkestone.org.uk or on 01303 760 740.

For problems activating your pass, or problems using using your pass to book tickets at our cinema, please contact our box office at boxoffice@folkestonecinema.com, or on 01303 221 230 during cinema opening hours.