Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic Southend Film Festival 2020 has regrettably been cancelled.

The next Film Festival is scheduled for May 2021.

23rd-27th may 2019

FESTIVAL FRINGE 11TH MAY-3RD JUNE

I am absolutely delighted to welcome you to the eleventh annual Southend-on-Sea Film Festival. From its humble beginnings, back in 2009, this has grown to be the largest in Essex. I am immensely proud of what has been achieved.


As usual, we will be aiming to entice all members of the film-going public, from the youngest to the more mature. For the former, we are introducing Family Friendly Cinema, where Under 14s go free, when accompanied by a ticket-purchasing adult. So look out for these shows and give the kids a treat! At the other end of the spectrum, our more mature patrons are well catered for on Friday, in particular, when the likes of Fred Astaire, Margaret Rutherford and Gordon Harker will bring back the glory days of the 30s and 50s.


I am also delighted to showcase our local filmmakers. You will find their work dotted throughout the programme, including our Opening Gala, Under the Radar , a wonderful documentary about one of Southend’s favourite ‘sons’, Mike Edmonds, and our Closing Gala presentation of short films which have taken our town as their starting point. We also have the usual World Cinema presentations and a raft of fascinating documentaries and heritage events.      

 
Of course, none of this would be possible without the support that you, and our sponsors, provide, and I thank you all most sincerely.
The Festival Team and I look forward to welcoming you to the Southend-on-Sea Film Festival.


Paul Cotgrove : Festival Director
 

festival guests

In addition to the celebrities and guests who will be joining us for the Opening Gala we will also be welcoming the following very special guests to this year’s festival: 

RAY WINSTONE

Southend-on-Sea Film Festival Patron

VICKI MICHELLE

Southend-on-Sea Film Festival Patron

KAREN ANSTEE

director, Approval Needed

STEWART ALEXANDER

co-director, The Bicycle Thief 

BRADLEY BARTON

co-director, A Walking Shadow 

MARC BLAKE

director, Axman 

HOWY BRATHERTON

actor, The Job

MOLLY BROWN

director, Meanwhile, in Southend

SAM BROWN

railway enthusiast, Chasing Trains

TONY BURKE

director, Bottle Boy

CARTER CLARKE

director, The Bandit

LLIAM COKER

writer, Life After 

BOB DALGARNO

historian, Old Leigh Through the Ages & The EKCO Story

PEDRO DEL BATTENBERG

director, The Job 

MARIE-ANN DEL BATTENBERG

producer, The Job 

DARYL EASLEA

writer, DJ and music consultant, RUDEBOY: The Story of Trojan Records and Kojey Radical

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JAMIE EVANS

director, It Starts with a Girl

RORY JOSCELYNE

director, Human Cargo

JENNIFER FARFORT

Child of the Sun Films, Circle of Support

PETER FINLAY

director, Not Yet the Hero

KRISTIAN FITSALL

director, Wallace Gets the News

DAVID JACKSON

director, Winterlong

MARK JOSEPH

film collector,

Gerry and Sylvia Anderson - on Film! 

MAHENDRA KANNANGARA

curator, The Forsaken Land

DARREN KENT

actor, In Two Minds

TOM KING

journalist, The Battle of the Sexes

ATTILA KIRALY

director, Life After 'Operation Whirlwind' 

BEN LETTIERI

director, Life After and Lonewolf: The Awakening

CAROLE MULRONEY

historian, Old Leigh Through the Ages 

MICHELLE PASSFIELD

WellbeingMatters, Circle of Support

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ROGER ROBINSON

author, The Laurel & Hardy Laughter Show 

PAUL RODRIGUEZ

director, Perfect Baby 

ALICE RYAN

co-director, A Walking Shadow

CAROLINE SPENCE

writer/producer,

Do Something, Jake

KERRY SKINNER

co-director, The Bicycle Thief

JAMES SMITH

director, Do Something, Jake

DAVID STREAMES

director, In Two Minds

SAMUEL TURNER

director, I’m Coming Home 

JOHN WEST

associate producer, Simon Marsden: A Life in Pictures

JAMES WILSHER

director, Pest

NEIL WILSON

director, Lonewolf: The Awakening 

MICHAEL J. WOOD-WILSON

director, Sophie and the Danegeld

ADAM RAMET

Lounge music

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latest news

Film has always helped bring many genres together for wide and varying audiences. Southend-on-Sea also has many audiences within its visitor, resident and business communities. Just like the skilful film director, your Council has to provide the right balance and conditions to succeed.


Over the last year we have been asking what your priorities are in the lead up to 2050. We, with you and other organisations, are now delivering on those short and long-term aims and ambitions. The cultural offer is clearly important in the mix of these priorities that you have told us about.


As well as getting the basics right on our infrastructure and daily matters of public health, education, cleansing and highways, the desire to make Southend a truly brilliant place to live work and visit is right at the heart of what we will all be delivering on.


There are some fantastic films and associated events during this festival so I hope you enjoy this festival as you continue to enjoy the wider Southend cultural offer.


Ali Griffin : Chief Executive, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

principal sponsors

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This event made possible by BFI's Film Audience Network, with support of The National Lottery

supporting sponsors

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