16th to 19th september 2021



I am absolutely delighted to – finally! - welcome you to the twelfth annual Southend-on-Sea Film Festival. I hope this will prove to be a real ‘bright spot’ as we return to normal.

For our Opening Gala we are going ‘to the seaside’ in Brighton for a rollicking romp in which two working class couples return to the famous resort after a 40 year absence, only to find that much has changed - in every sense. By contrast, our Closing Gala brings us right back home, with Killing Dad set – and filmed – in the very hotel that is hosting the festival! This will be an amazing experience you will not want to miss!

In between, we have our usual mix of classics, new features and World Cinema – and, of course, we have our much-loved heritage presentations.     


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

principal sponsors

A big thank you to this year's sponsors
who have made this festival possible

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