This October, whilst London will be basking in the glitz and glamour of the London Film Festival, Ramsgate will be opening its arms to welcome the next wave of filmmakers at its and Kent’s first International Film Festival with the Two Cliffs Film Festival 2016. Taking place from the 8th -15th October, the festival will not only look to shine a light on the best of the local talent in the area, but also welcome independent filmmakers from around the world with a view to help provide them with a platform to showcase their films to a wider audience.
Featuring no less than 56 films across a number of categories from Feature Films, Documentaries, Shorts and Local Films. With such a rich & diverse variety of films from all over the world and across a number of genres, there is sure to be something for everyone’s tastes.
It might be that it is Timoth Conrad’s ‘Bahati’ from the United Republic of Tanzania that catches your eye. It is about the family of a widow who is facing difficulties after her husband dies and leaves her with two children. Her husband’s family also have their traditions and are now forcing her to be inherited by her husband’s brother, and if she does not agree she must leave the house and children.
You might prefer Bernabé Rico’s adventure road movie ‘Cowboys’, which follows Martin who is a failed actor, divorced, has no friends and a son he hasn’t talked to for more than a year. Until one day he gets an offer of work to be the companion of a 5-year-old boy in a costume contest.
There are a number of documentary films on offer including Yemi Sawyerr’s inspirational ‘#GOODBYEBOOBS’ which looks at one young woman’s decision to take control of her life and pursue the only option left to her… a preventative double mastectomy.
Or it might be Mark Bousfields thrilling ‘Ghost Nets’, filmed right here in Thanet, about three friends who take a weekend break on a deserted beach to repair their relationship, what they discover in the sea will change them forever.
As well as film screenings opening the Festival on Saturday the 8th of October will be Film Fair, which will be an all day event celebrating everything film. This will include a number of interactive activities, workshops and competitions for all ages based on film related projects. You will also have the ability to purchase film related products, autographs and other film merchandise from a number of other stalls on the day.
During the festival there will also be the opportunity for any budding filmmakers to write, film and edit a short movie in the Two Cliffs Film Festival 24 Hour Film Competition with prizes up for grabs.
The festival will also be putting on a number of seminars by industry professionals. Janet Fielding who has starred in Doctor Who and The Hammer House of Horror series will be talking about her experiences in television and what impact this has had on her life.
Jason Karl known from his time on Most Haunted will be in attendance to talk about the British television industry. His journey as an actor and presenter forms the backbone of a talk on how to succeed as a presenter and how television careers really work.
With over twenty years in international film sales, marketing, development and production, Samantha Horley has become one of the top sales agents in the UK film industry. Samantha will bring her experience and knowledge of film to Two Cliffs for a pair of talks that cover the hardest parts of film production including how to sell your film and how to pitch your film.
Director of ‘The Lost Choices’ (2014), Jamie Thomson, will be speaking on the subject of budget filmmaking in Thanet, seen through the lens of a first-time Director. He will be on hand to discuss the difficulties associated with each of these key areas of local filmmaking, and also providing amusing insights of his own experiences.
In the evenings there are a number of special VIP ticketed events held around Ramsgate’s beautiful Royal Harbour, which will provide networking opportunities, food, drink and an exclusive tour deep into the cliffs of Ramsgate Tunnels and far into its incredible past. Closing out the festival on the final night will be the awards ceremony for the best films of the festival including an after party and fireworks over the harbour.
With so much on offer this is a film festival that is not to be missed. Go to the cinema, support independent film and help benefit the local community.
The Two Cliffs Film Festival takes place from 8th – 15th October at Centenary Hall, Hardres Street, Ramsgate, Kent.
For more information and tickets for any of the screenings or special events, please visit: www.twocliffsfilmfestival.co.uk