Simon Young comments:
"It may be small in size but big in personality, the programme looks fantastic and it’s a real honour to be involved in such a great event. Having travelled all over the world to festivals, it’s a wonderful feeling to now be coming back to my home town to participate in a brand new film festival.”
In addition to the films in competition, festival-goers will be treated to movies, which, while not contending for awards, are certain to be major attractions, and on the opening night (Friday 24th March), there will be an industry-only preview of supernatural thriller Leave Now, which is set in Ramsgate, 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 26th March, a series of short films made by young people from the local area will be screened in partnership with ‘The Kent Film Foundation’ and ‘Arts in Ramsgate’.
The event has been made possible through the tireless efforts of Sylvie and her team of local volunteers, the support of the Ramsgate Town Team and Thanet District Council, and the vision of sponsors, including house builder Orbit and brewery Shepherd Neame, who were prepared to invest in the fledgling event.
Orbit Sales Director Chris Craig comments: