Ramsgate International Film and TV Festival returns next year – and these are the dates

All-action: Tatara Samurai was shown at this year's launch festival

The Ramsgate International Film and TV Festival will return to the town in 2018 after a successful launch this year.

The dates have been confirmed for  Thursday, March 15 to Sunday, March 18, 2018.

Festival director Sylvie Bolioli said: “We are looking to develop and enhance the festival year on year.

Sylvie and Brenda Blethyn who was a guest at the festival premiere

“For the first time, we will be inviting submissions for documentaries and TV and web pilots for 2018, as well as building on the success of 2017 by screening more top-quality feature and short films.  Watch this space!”

The winner of Best Feature Film at this year’s inaugural festival is set to return to the Granville Theatre in May.

Tatara Samurai, set in 16th-century Japan, tells the story of a young man who must choose between becoming a master steel maker like his father and grandfather before him, or becoming a samurai so that he can protect his village from neighbouring raiders who are intent on stealing the high-quality steel made there.

The movie received the coveted Bronze Anchor Award at the town’s first ever international film and TV festival in March.

The jury panel, made up of industry professionals and local people, was so impressed with Tatara Samurai that the film also picked up the Best Director Award, sponsored by Orbit Homes, which went to its writer and director Yoshinari Nishikori.

Sylvie said: “We are really delighted that Thanet residents will be given another opportunity to see Tatara, and enjoy this excellent example of independent international cinema which would not otherwise be accessible to local audiences.”

Tatara Samurai will screen at the Granville Theatre on Saturday, May 6 at 7pm, with admission at £5.  Viewers must be aged 15 or above.

To book your tickets for Tatara Samurai, and  keep up to date with the Ramsgate International Film and TV Festival’s progress, you can visit the website at www.ramsgateiftvfest.org.