THE FESTIVAL | 2020

The official selection is going online this year due to COVID-19, but we won't let that stop us from spreading the word! 

The selection was live to watch from the 10th through the 13th of July. Award winners are listed below!

DATES & TIMES

 

FEATURE FILMS

2020

CHASING THE PRESENT

Director: Mark Waters

 

On a worldwide journey of self discovery, a materially wealthy man explores why a person who seemingly has it all, can still suffer from debilitating panic attacks, uncovering deep truths about who and what we are.

KNOTS: A FORCED MARRIAGE STORY

Director: Kate Ryan Brewer

Forced and child marriage is happening all across the U.S., legally. Three survivors - Nina, Sara, and Fraidy - take us on a journey into the depths of this human rights abuse hiding in plain sight.

SUMMERWAR

Director: Moritz Schulz

Two kids, one war, one camp. Jasmin and Jastrip grow up in Ukraine. Surrounded by war and rising nationalism, they visit the Azovez camp. There they become little soldiers and real patriots. And that is exactly what they came for - but it’s not why they stay.

THE LAST ARTIFACT

Directors: Jaime Jacobsen & Ed Watkins

It affects every aspect of our lives from the moment we are born, to the food we eat, the cars we drive, and the medicines we take. This object has helped send men to the moon, and satellites into space. It is an object unlike any other, the last of its kind. A literal constant in an ever-changing world, and the weight by which all others are measured. The Last Artifact follows the high-stakes race to redefine the weight of the world, and reveals the untold story of one of the most important objects on the planet: the kilogram.

 

SHORT FILMS

2020

25ZERO // EAST AFRICA

Director: Miles Rowland

The world's glaciers are disappearing and the first ones to die are where you'd least expect to find them - on the equator. Tim Jarvis is a polar explorer and environmental scientist who famously recreated Shackleton's and Mawson’s Antarctic expeditions. 25zero // East Africa is a short documentary that follows him and his team as they search for the regions mysterious and vulnerable glaciers. These natural rivers of ice have existed for tens of thousands of years, however they won't survive the next 25. Through the film, we follow Tim as he climbs these peaks, meets the locals and explores some of the most remote regions on the planet. While the fate of these glaciers are sealed; world leaders, big corporations and us as individuals continue on our course of inaction leading to the inevitable question: ‘what else are we prepared to lose?’

70 YEARS YOUNG

Director: Frank Berry

 

A short documentary, about refusing to let your age keep you from doing what you love.

A FAILURE OF THE IMAGINATION

Director: Matthew Hopkins

 

Every year, the UK food industry wastes 1.9 million tones of food. England Your England returns to share the story of one chef and his efforts to change the way we approach food consumption in the country.

ALL EYES ON THE AMAZON

Director: Andrea Marinelli

In the 1970s the start of oil extraction in the Ecuadorian Amazon engendered expectations that the country was entering a new “era of prosperity”. Over the following four decades, hydrocarbons have marked the history of Ecuador affecting economic fluctuations, following oil price cycles in the global market together with changes in domestic taxation and ownership regimes, and stirring periodically renewed hopes of development as well as discontent. The documentary shows some of the impacts generated by oil extraction in the Orellana and Sucumbíos provinces of the Ecuadorian Amazon and the associated social mobilization of the indigenous and mestizo population.

ANTARCTIC WATERS

Director: James Muir

 

This short film is a poetic Natural History documentary that looks at the animals and environments of the Ross Sea and Sub Antarctic Islands. All footage was shot during a voyage with Heritage Expeditions in February/March 2017. The waters of Antarctica are some of the most pristine wilderness on earth. All life here relies solely on the bounty of the Southern Ocean. Some bold moves are being made to give conservation protection to this important earth system. However as we give protection to large remote areas of ocean it makes us realise that our coastlines close to home also need protection in order to sustain life on earth.

CENTENARY FILM

Director: A D Cooper

 

A film created to mark the centenary of a bee keepers' charity association.

DELETED

Director: Stephan Pierre Mitchell

A short documentary following the last 5 hours of a 59-years-old man, Ahmed before becoming homeless due to the late payments and bureaucracy by the Department for Work and Pensions.

DREAM BIG

Director: Jack Davies

 

A film that follows GB Paralympian Mel Nicholls as she attempts to beat the world record for hand cycling the length of the UK from Lands End to John O'Groats, in 9 days. From 2001 Mel had a series of strokes, while a stroke in 2008 left her unable to walk and use much of the left side of her body. Doctors later discovered a hole in her heart in 2009 for which she underwent corrective surgery. Since these dramatic events Mel has devoted herself to endurance racing and seemingly impossible challenges. promoting disability as a strength rather than a disadvantage. Mel is a strong believer in overcoming any obstacle, while inspiring people of all ages and abilities. Since these dramatic events Mel has devoted herself to endurance racing and seemingly impossible challenges. promoting disability as a strength rather than a disadvantage. Mel is a strong believer in overcoming any obstacle, while inspiring people of all ages and abilities.

FALLE NIOKE, NEW FOUNDATION

Director: Tom Dream

 

Falle Nioke moved to Margate with his wife Charlotte in 2017, from Guinea Conakry in West Africa. 'New Foundation' gives an insight into Falle finding a new platform for his traditional music, and intercuts footage from back home with friends and family in Guinea with live-performance and documentary footage here in Margate. The arrival of his first son with his wife Charlotte is a poignant moment of reflection, whilst looking towards a hopeful future in a new home.

FIFTEEN-TWO

Director: John Summerson

My mother recalls her parents' uniquely long relationship — one made strong, in part, by their daily habit of making time to play Cribbage together.

HOGWOOD: A MODERN HORROR STORY

Director: Tony Wardle

 

Narrated by Game of Thrones actor Jerome Flynn, HOGWOOD: a modern horror story takes you beyond the factory farm walls. It follows an intrepid group of undercover investigators as they enter some of the UK's biggest factory farms. The conspiracy unfolds as they fight against some of the most powerful players in animal agriculture. Running at just over 30 minutes, HOGWOOD explores the reasons behind factory farming and exposes the negligence and inaction by government bodies and corporations alike. It highlights how meat pollutes our planet and puts us at risk from disease outbreak.

HOME STREAM

Directors: Giulia Gandini & Lily Blackham

 

Lily has been homeless for a year and a half. We gave her a phone to tell us her story.

INTERMISSION

Directors: Simon de Glanville, Alice Jones & Freddie Claire

London is in lockdown. The city is empty. But the skies fill with birdsong and the sounds of solidarity. A short film documenting wildlife in London, made during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic - a moment to pause and reflect on the beauty of nature as spring awakens in an empty city.

LOSING SIGHT

Directors: Jorgo Kokkinidis & Leon Leenders

 

Losing Sight is a documentary about avoidable blindness in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 770,000 people including 25,000 children in Congo are unnecessarily blind. Losing Sight shows the impact of blindness and how people try to solve this.

MADE IN CHINA: REFORMING CHINA'S SUPPLY CHAIN

Directors: Gabriel Diamond & Matthew Beighley

 

For years, China has valued aggressive growth at the cost of environmental protection. Ma Jun emerged as a bold and singular voice, willing to stand up to powerful political and economic interests. His groundbreaking use of data and transparency holds industry accountable and makes clear the costs of toxic pollution.

MY DAD'S NAME WAS HUW. HE WAS AN ALCOHOLIC.

Director: Freddie Griffiths

An intimate and insightful documentary short unravelling the state of mind of my late alcoholic father through the poems he left behind.

PIDGEON BOY

Director: Ruth Newton

 

Pigeon Boy is a glimpse into the world of pigeon racing in Hull. We enter the quirky community of pigeon fanciers through an unusual lens: Lewis, aged 13. He stands out from the crowd with everyone else being aged 60+, but Lewis is eager to learn and deeply passionate about the sport. This short documentary starts in 2016 and follows Lewis' first years as a pigeon racer. We watch him gathering advice from fellow fanciers and his highs and lows of trying to break into the sport. More importantly than the racing is the friendships that develop. This film celebrates intergenerational relationships and the power of community.

PROJECT 282

Director: Paddy Bartram

 

Back on the 26th of May 2018 Emily Scott set off to climb all of Scotland’s Munros (mountains over 3,000 feet), attempting to make a continuous, self-propelled and self-supported round. Our film shows her journey, as she reflects on her motivations for undertaking this challenge and her experiences along the way.

RIDING A DREAM

Directors: Tommy Bolwell & Mattia Reiniger

Riding A Dream is the inspirational documentary that charts the history making journey of 18 year old British Muslim woman Khadijah Mellah. From humble beginnings at her inner city riding school in East London to victory in the Magnolia Cup horse race at the world famous Glorious Goodwood Festival. Khadijah remarkably won the race with less than four months of training, in the process becoming the first person to ride on a British racecourse wearing a hijab.

RUCK IT!

Director: Kelvin DeSena

 

Putting the ‘’fun into dysfunctional’’. Mencap’s first ever learning disability rugby team. A documentary charting three stories, one team and a camel mascot.

SHAMWARI UNTAMED

Directors: Puren Joubert & Janine Joubert

 

Shamwari Untamed takes the viewer on an unforgettable journey to the pristine, award winning, 5- star Shamwari Game Reserve and reveals what very few people have the opportunity to witness: A behind the scenes experience of the intricacies and daily work activities of the Shamwari Wildlife Department.Getting face to face with a big elephant bull in their garden, capturing Hippopotamus and Cape Buffalo, relocating Leopard and Lion, caring for orphaned Rhino calves, controlled fires, anti poaching patrols and veterinary work on Africa’s big game are daily normalities for The Shamwari Wildlife Department. All of this forms part of ensuring the conservation of a vanishing way of life and maintaining a healthy ecosystem on Shamwari.

SHINING A LIGHT

Director: Environmental Justice Foundation

Shining a Light shows EJF’s Investigation into the Devastating Impacts of Illegal 'Saiko' Fishing in Ghana.

SPEAKING FOR THE DEAD

Director: Peiman Zekavat

 

A cameraman was sent to cover the events 6 days after the Grenfell fire which destroyed a tower block in west London, killing 72 people, and considered one of the UK's worst modern disasters. What followed was a portrait of mainstream media and how momentarily they told their story by framing the event, with little awareness, contact, or connection with the community of sufferers.

SPIT FIRE, DREAM HIGHER

Director: Felix Cooper

 

Spit Fire, Dream Higher' is a documentary by Felix Cooper in collaboration with Gurls Talk and Nike about the global community of women's football.

SPRAY

Director: James McLean

Spreading environmental awareness through urban art. Jerome Davenport is an aerosol artist from Perth, Australia. His murals help spread awareness about climate change and other environmental factors around the world. *All cans used in this film are CFC free and were 100% recycled after filming.

STREET SURFERS

Director: Arthur Neumeier

 

Frank Solomon, a big wave surfer and marine activist from Cape Town South Africa, travels to meet two exceptional men, Thabo and Mokete, who indirectly serve the environment through recycling as a means of income. This is the untold story of new friendships, shared experiences and common interest between individuals that are worlds apart. For anyone that has cruised the streets of Johannesburg, the site of the city’s ‘street surfers’ is as much a part of the landscape as is that of the high rise metropolitan skyline.

THE FLYING GOLD OF ARABUKO

Director: John Davies

 

The Flying Gold of Arabuko is the literal and living story of ‘the butterfly effect’. It follows the practise of butterfly catchers and famers in Kenya and how it has become an unlikely saviour of the last and largest indigenous forest of the East African Coast. It is told through the perspective of an ex-illegal logger and poacher, Charo Ngumbao. Like many others in the area, he has left his past exploitative livelihood behind and discovered the benefits of forest conservation through sustainably farming butterflies to supply tropical butterfly houses around the world.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CUP

Director: Seth Lowe

The Other Side of the Cup tells the story of independent coffee farmers that form three small communities across Guatemala. Each village and family have their own set of challenges, routines, and aspirations. The first have built their own village in rural Guatemala after the civil war ended in the late 1990’s; collectively learning the coffee trade, while building schools and houses together as a family. The second are battling environmental challenges, and developing their own methods for nurturing the land for environmental and economic sustainability. The third is learning to embrace and support women in both leadership and landownership roles - a rare thing in Guatemala. Collectively, these farmers are breaking new ground in areas of women in leadership roles and land ownership, environmental sustainability, and future planning for the next generation of farmers.

THE SHADOW OF THE SUN

Director: Ido Hartmann

 

7 years ago Boaz has cut all ties with his parents, brother & sister, his friends, and his previous world. The film tracks the story of his disappearance and embarks in a surreal journey into the memories he left with his family.

UP & AWAY

Director: Jamie Goldrick

 

Up & Away is a short documentary on the 1973 IRA Mountjoy Helicopter Escape. Told through the eyes for four men who were in the prison that day, two Wardens and two Republican prisoners. This documentary illustrates how a 60 second event that took place over 46 years ago is imprinted on the memory of those who

witnessed it.

YARROW: THE VIRTUES OF MONOCHROME

Directors: Abraham Joffe ACS & Dom West

This short follows the creative process of fine art photographer David Yarrow as he steps ashore the mind-blowing wildlife scenes of South Georgia.

THE AWARDS

2020

 

THE ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD

*25zero // East Africa*

A Failure of the Imagination

Antarctic Waters

Made in China: Reforming China's Supply Chain

Shining a Light

Spray

THE WILD ANIMAL AWARD

*HOGWOOD: a modern horror story*

Shamwari Untamed

YARROW: The Virtues of Monochrome

The Flying Gold of Arabuko

THE HERITAGE AWARD

*Falle Nioke, New Foundation*

Home Stream

Project 282

Riding A Dream

RUCK IT!

The Shadow of the Sun

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

Knots: A Forced Marriage Story

*The Last Artifact*

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT

25zero // East Africa

All eyes on the Amazon

*Antarctic Waters*

Losing Sight

Made in China: Reforming China's Supply Chain

Shamwari Untamed

Street Surfers

YARROW: The Virtues of Monochrome

The Shadow of the Sun

BEST BRITISH SHORT

A Failure of the Imagination

Centenary Film

Deleted

Falle Nioke, New Foundation

HOGWOOD: a modern horror story

Home Stream

INTERMISSION

Pigeon Boy

Project 282

*Riding A Dream*

RUCK IT!

Shining a Light

Spit Fire, Dream Higher

Spray

70 YEARS YOUNG

Fifteen-Two

MY DAD'S NAME WAS HUW. HE WAS AN ALCOHOLIC POET

The Flying Gold of Arabuko

BEST STUDENT DOCUMENTARY

70 YEARS YOUNG

Fifteen-Two

MY DAD'S NAME WAS HUW. HE WAS AN ALCOHOLIC POET

*The Flying Gold of Arabuko*

The Shadow of the Sun

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