Hollywood glitz as film festival gets set to launch in Ramsgate

Organisers of the Ramsgate International Film and TV Festival have confirmed their film screening line-up ahead of the town’s inaugural film festival in March.

Twenty-four movies, from 11 countries, will battle it out for a variety of awards, including the coveted “Bronze Anchor” for Best Feature Film, and the “Glass Anchors” for Best Director, Actor, Actress, Screenplay (all sponsored by Orbit Homes), and Short Film (sponsored by Shepherd Neame).  Viewers will also get judge process, with special Audience Awards being presented for both feature and short films.

Festival Director Sylvie Bolioli, an actress and filmmaker, said: “We wanted to give the winners something that they will treasure and associate with Ramsgate and its maritime heritage. We asked local and internationally-renowned sculptor Dominic Grant [one half of the country music duo Grant and Forsyth] to create the Bronze Anchor award”.

In addition to the films in competition, festival-goers will also be treated to movies, which, while not contending for awards, are certain to be major attractions.  On the opening night (Friday 24 March), there will be a screening of supernatural thriller Leave Now, which is set in Ramsgate and was directed by Ramsgate resident Stephen Frost. The following evening, the festival will be hosting a celebration of Polish Cinema as Ramsgate teams up with the Kinoteka Film Festival to screen Polish film, Ostatnia Rodzina (The Last Family).  And on Sunday 26 March, a series of short films made by young people from the isle will be screened in partnership with the Kent Film Foundation.

Sylvie added: “We are absolutely delighted with the excellent quality of films that will be on show, especially as this is only our first year.  We are very much looking forward to welcoming people from both near and afar to the inaugural Festival”.

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The Ramsgate International Film and TV Festival runs from Friday 24 – Sunday 26 March at the Granville Cinema and the Comfort Inn, Ramsgate, with the awards ceremony taking place on the final evening.

You can find out more about the film screenings and workshops on offer at the Festival, and keep track of the Festival’s progress, by visiting www.ramsgateiftvfest.org or Facebook (“RamsgateIFTVFest”).






Feature Films (sponsored by Orbit Homes)

  • Leave Now (Ramsgate) – not in-competition
  • The Last Family (Poland) – not in-competition
  • Beyond The Yellow Line (Italy)
  • Bridge (India)
  • By Any Means (Bermuda)
  • Flytrap (USA)
  • Tatara Samurai (Japan)
  • The Alley Cat (USA)


Short Films (sponsored by Shepherd Neame)

  • A Space In Time (France)
  • Burning Soul (Australia)
  • Chronicles Of A Failed Marriage (Canada)
  • Fils (Son) (Luxembourg)
  • Je Suis Mobile (France)
  • La Lune Folle (Crazy Moon) (UK)
  • One Day In July (Italy)
  • Open Mike (UK)
  • Orhan (UK)
  • Shopping (UK)
  • Swayer Corporations (India)
  • Symptoms (UK)
  • The Backseat (UK)
  • The Knackerman (UK)
  • The Truants (UK)
  • This Is My Son (Republic of Ireland)
  • Till The End Of The World (Japan)