Ramsgate international film festival – live-streaming amid global Corona crisis

Ramsgate international film festival – live-streaming amid global Corona crisis

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The popular Ramsgate International Film Festival switches to online live-streaming amid global Corona crisis – June 11-14, 2020

Organisers to bring the best in independent cinema to audiences’ homes as movie theatres remain closed or struggle to draw crowds in most parts of the world

The tragedies of the Coronavirus pandemic have led to public events being cancelled or postponed worldwide. But the 4th edition of one innovative film festival from the UK, the Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival will still be taking place by moving to its own online virtual platform, Ramsgate Digital Cinema.

Festival director Sylvie Bolioli said:

“Our thoughts are with people still in intensive care or slowly recovering and all victims of this terrible disease, as well as their families. Our thoughts are also with all the workers who helped to keep their countries going, in the UK and elsewhere, and particularly those on the frontline who risked their lives to save others.”

“But we also wanted to support the independent film industry and give exposure to a plethora of excellent work from the four corners of the planet and keep cinema alive.”

The line-up and schedule of shortlisted films, documentaries, music videos and web pilots is available on the website www.ramsgatedigitalcinema.co.uk.

Fourteenth Day

The competition will kick in with the World Premiere of a remarkable documentary featuring Sam Waterston, ‘Gatsby in Connecticut: the Untold Story’, directed by Robert  Steven Williams. Nick Broomfield fronts the Jury in the Feature Documentaries section.  The festival’s BAFTA-winning Patron, Brenda Blethyn (currently starring in Kate & Koji, Wednesdays at 8pm on ITV, UK) chooses the appropriately named Brenda Blethyn Special Prize for the Best Film by a First Time Director. Other Jury members comprise Dee Anderson, Jimmy Akingbola, Kenny Doughty, Jerome Blake, Luba Balagova, Lisa Scott Gordon, John Warburton, Mark Valley, Peter Ferris, Bruno Tilley, Julie Forsyth and Tim Clark.


As usual, screenings at the festival will compete for the coveted Anchor awards – Ramsgate being a town with a strong maritime association – and online viewers will be able to have their say on the films they watch, with eight audience awards being up for grabs.

“The festival has received many hundreds of submissions from all around the world; and although the present circumstances are particular, we are pleased to be able to bring those that are shortlisted to audiences in a slightly different way.”

Using the latest technology, films will be live streaming and will only be accessible once in order to protect the works. So registration at www.ramsgatedigitalcinema.co.uk is essential.

The entire event is free in order to support people financially affected by the corona crisis and give them the opportunity to access quality entertainment. Optional donations will help the Festival carry out its work and ensure its survival.

Webinars by high end industry players will complete the programme. Andy Mayson (Altitude Entertainment) will look at the future of distribution of independent films post-COVID-19. Rebekah Louise Smith will advise filmmakers on the impact of the coronavirus on festival strategy and how to fix it.

This year, we are also launching a new satellite event, the ‘Fight Back International Awards’, in partnership with the organisation ‘Ring of Peace’ with a special competition for ex-servicemen suffering with PTSD and using filmmaking as a way to ‘fight back’ and re-integrate into society. We will have a digital introduction during the festival, with a special screening of a film written and performed by ex-servicemen with PTSD and a webinar hosted by Peter Ferris, who runs ‘Ring of Peace’ and teaches acting/filmmaking to this less-looked out for category of people suffering from mental illness. The purpose of the ‘Fight Back’ Awards, distributed from next year, will be to raise awareness of PTSD and encourage sufferers to find an outlet through cinema.

Donations for this section will go to the Charity ‘Combat Stress’.

For all of the latest news, and to find out more about how to view the live-streamings, keep checking the festival’s website, www.ramsgateiftvfest.org, or on Facebook: RamsgateIFTVFest.

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Wonderbirds is a brand new chat show launched by National Treasure Sherrie Hewson, alongside Television and Soap royalty Debbie Arnold, Harriet Thorpe and our very own Dee Anderson.

It was originally devised as four ‘birds’ having a chat over a cuppa which they shared with their fans and followers transmitted from their own homes on Zoom.  But little did they realise that this chat show created for women in lockdown, would become a worldwide overnight sensation, with over 400k hits in the first six weeks.

Described by many as their ‘go to’ as a happy place within all of the doom and gloom, and a fabulous way of keeping in touch with others going through similar difficulties in turbulent times.

The show which is online Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4.30 is rapidly growing in stature with magnificent celebrity guests, such as Gok Wan, Gaby Roslin, Bob Barrett and Sally Dyvenor to name but a few.   Plus a weekly half hour show with Richard Arnold on a Saturday morning at 10am.

The Wonderbirds panellists have been compared to the Land Girls during World War 2 when they reached out to the Nation in need and provided a light relief and genuine support to those in despair.

A spokesperson from the Wonderbirds Show told us ‘It is now evident that there is major audience out there who can benefit from this exciting new show, which is why it has been decided to take it beyond lockdown and become a household happening for everyone to share and join in.  As well as the UK we have viewers from all over the Globe from the USA to the continent and even an audience in Japan and the Far East’.

A question and answer special will also be hosted every Sunday to respond to the the requests pouring in for information and tips and advice, ranging from makeup and beauty to fashion, food and spirituality.

‘Sometimes we are quite outrageous’ say the Wonderbirds, ‘but nothing the audience can’t handle as we talk about problems and issues everyone is facing in a lighthearted way and how to overcome them, and from the feedback we have been getting, it is all very welcome in these strange times.’

So as the audience grows every day, so does the banter and advice of the Wonderbirds ladies, who are delighted that from their initial concept Wonderbirds is already becoming an international phenomenom.

Check out The Wonderbirds on Facebook & Youtube and don’t forget to contact them – you can ask the Wonderbirds anything.


Police Squad! The Complete Series available on Blu-ray from 20th April 2020

Police Squad! The Complete Series available on Blu-ray from 20th April 2020

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