Folkestone International Film & TV Festival

by Gary JJ Spate in Folkestone, England, United Kingdom

Folkestone International Film & TV Festival


raised so far



We are passionate about promoting, showcasing, supporting and empowering the creativity of independent filmmakers. But we need your help.

by Gary JJ Spate in Folkestone, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 26th December 2020 we'd raised £10 with 1 supporters in 56 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Securing the future of film in Folkestone

Folkestone International Film & TV Festival is an organisation devoted to showcasing the best and brightest of independent cinema from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panels and forums.

Our motto is "promoting, showcasing, supporting and empowering your creativity'.

How we began

The idea for a film festival was first mooted in early 2014 by a group of creative individuals after realising that although Folkestone hosts many creative festivals throughout the year – including music, art, light, book, performance and not forgetting the internationally recognised Folkestone Triennial and the Strangelove Festival – there was no festival specifically dedicated to film.

Since that momentous day in 2014 Folkestone International Film & TV Festival, originally called Hellfire Film Festival, has grown into a multi-event organisation.

Folkestone is a diverse and culturally rich town, this is also reflected in the original films and documentaries that are screened in our events. Film we have screened have gone on to win many awards including BAFTAs, BIFAs and Oscars. They have also been screened in several prestigious festivals including Tribeca, SXWS, Sundance and Raindance.

Of the many events we host, the Folkestone Short Film Festival has become our flagship. It is a highly successful international event that has attracted in excess of 3,000 submissions from three-quarters of the countries in the world.

We also host the Hellfire HORRORfest at The Tower Theatre, Folkestone. The Specials and Classics events also showcase feature films, short films, documentaries and music videos old and new by filmmakers around the world.

Why we are fundraising

Running a film festival isn't cheap. In fact only 25% of our expenses are covered by the submissions fees and we don't sell tickets for the Folkestone Short Film Festival, it is a free-to-attend event. This means that the vast majority of the costs are borne out of the organisers’ pockets.

It is especially difficult in the current climate with the pandemic closing theatres and our events have been severely affected by the restrictions imposed by the Government. Two of our major events, the main Folkestone International Film & TV Festival and the Hellfire HORRORfest have had to be postponed until 2022 and 2021 respectively.

What we'll do with the funds

Your support goes a long way to help Folkestone International Film & TV Festival continue and grow. Each donation secures venues for future events (which also helps the venues' survival in these uncertain times), launching new events, licensing for screening feature films, providing educational workshops for budding filmmakers of the future, paying the fees to industry professionals to host Q&A sessions and, of course, the day-to-day running and legal expenses of the organisation.

You will also be supporting industry newcomers.

Should we beat our target we will launch the FIFF Fund which will provide small grants to support those who are taking their first steps into the film industry be it as an actor, film director, composer, etc.

Thank you for supporting us

Thank you for taking the time to read about our organisation and fundraiser. Your support will ensure the survival and future expansion of Folkestone's only dedicated film festival.

You will notice we have set the "Estimated delivery" for December 2021, this is because some of the perks (event tickets, etc) can only be issued once the Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted. Your t-shirt will be posted out to you within four weeks of the end of the fundraiser.

Gary JJ Spate
Festival Director


This project offered rewards

£50 or more

£50 Donation

Now you're reaching legendary status. To go with this title we'll throw in a free film submission, two free tickets for a future event of your choosing and one of our amazing festival t-shirts.

£10 or more

£10 Donation

If you donate £10 you will receive half price tickets for two at a future paid event. If you are a filmmaker we will also give you a 10% discount on your next submission to our festivals.

£25 or more

£25 Donation

Give us £25 and we'll give you 25% off your next film submission to our events. We'll also throw in two complimentary tickets to a future paid event.

£100 or more

Official Supporter

You become an Official Supporter of the FIFF. Two free submissions, four tickets for a future event (or two tickets for two events), a special mention on our website (including links) and in our next live event. We're also going to throw in that t-shirt too.

£250 or more

One of our own

We're talking big money now. You will officially be a part of the team. You will be invited to be a member of the jury in our next competition. We're also throwing in all the previous perks too.

£500 or more

The Big Screen

Your name (or company) will be displayed on the big screen and our website as one of our sponsors in addition to all our previous perks.

£1,000 or more

Lifetime Patron

Your name will forever be associated with FIFF. You will become a patron of the festival and one of the title sponsors (you or your company) of our main event. You'll also get all of the previous perks including never having to pay a submission fee ever again.

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