The Folkestone Documentary Festival returns

21-23 October 2022

Opening Night party, 12 Screenings,Industry Q&A’s,  Masterclasses, Guest Programmers all culminating in a Community Meal.

FDF was conceived out of the monthly Documentary Club at The Quarterhouse created by James Collie, previous programmer at the Harbour Screen. The festival celebrates documentary in all its forms, from art to social issues to just great stories, with community collaborations at the heart of programming.

This year we are working with Origins Untold a local organisation working to tell the stories of people of colour, to break down stereotypes and to reveal buried histories.


Fire of Love

Opening Night Film 2022


Dog Friendly Screenings!


"In Conversation" returns for 2022


Highlights from 2021

Handsworth Songs : Closing Film from 2021 Programme


Highlights from 2021

The Story of Looking : Opening Film of the 2021 Festival


Guest Programmer : Melanie Iredale / Birds Eye View

“Birds Eye View is a UK wide charity with a mission to bring a broader perspective of the world through cinema.”

Purchase your Early Bird Pass now to receive access to all screenings, masterclasses and our Opening Night Party. £30 /£15 concessions

Early Bird Passes are on sale now and allow you to book all screenings during the priority period ending 15 October enabling you to experience all that Folkestone Documentary Festival has to offer at a much-reduced price.

Full Programme launch 15 September

Opening Night Screening of Fire of Love

“the greatest lava filled love story ever told” Rolling Stone

Katie and Maurice Krafft loved two things-each other and volcanoes.  For two decades, the daring French volcanologist couple roamed the planet, chasing eruptions and documenting their discoveries. Ultimately, they lost their lives in a 1991 volcano explosion, leaving a legacy that forever enriched our knowledge of the natural world.  Director Sara Dosa and the filmmaker team fashion a lyrical celebration of the intrepid scientists’ spirit of adventure, drawing from the Kraffts’ spectacular archive.  Fire of Love tells the story of primordial creating and destruction, following two bold explorers as they venture into the unknown, all for the sake of love.

Highlights From The 2021 Festival


Stray (Dogs welcome)

UK distributor Dogwoof

Flee (Preview Screening)

UK Distributor Curzon Artificial Eye

Her Own Landscape: Outsider Artists, Environment and Resistance

Distributors Lux and National Library of Scotland

Bronx Gothic

Distributor Grasshopper Film

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