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Folkestone Documentary Festival

The 3rd edition of the Folkestone Documentary Festival returns from Thursday 19 until Sunday 22 October 2023. For 4 days, doc lovers are invited to join us for 11 feature-length films, 9 shorts, a VR exhibition, drinks and parties, DJ lates, a communal meal, an industry afternoon, a group walk, a sauna morning and the chance to hear from the directors themselves in post-film Q&As.

The festival is a day longer than last year and has expanded venues to include The Green Room at The Grand and the Brewery Tap, reflecting a growing love of documentaries in Folkestone. This year's festival features stories about body image, LGBTQIA+ rights, disability, family, migration, dementia, skating, saunas, big stones, little puffins, and a whole lot more.

The full programme for Folkestone Documentary Festival 2023 is now on sale.

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Folkestone Documentary Festival is one of the most affordable film festival passes in the UK, which offers you access to almost every festival event.

Festival passes are £30 full price / £15 concessions, and are available from the Silver Screen website.

Individual film tickets are £6 full price / £5 concessions, and available from the websites for the venues the films are showing at.

Our Industry Afternoon is completely free and open to all now with pre-registration

Festival Venues


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Silver Screen Cinema

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The Green Room

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Brewery Tap

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The Team

  • Charlie Phillips, Artistic Director 
  • Lisa Hobbs, Festival Producer
  • James Collie, Programme Consultant and Advisor
  • Jess Reilly, Programmer
  • Hannah Muck, Designer
  • Wiggy Snow, Marketing Assistant

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Folkestone Documentary Festival is generously supported by:
Creative Folkestone, Film Hub South East, Folkestone Town Council, Screensouth 

Media Partner: Klip Films


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