The Electric Lantern Festival, Tunbridge Wells’ International Film Festival doubles its schedule!

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Tunbridge Wells’ International Film Festival, The Electric Lantern Festival, has doubled the number of days it will run due to the volume and quality of submissions.

The festival was founded in 2011 by Tunbridge Wells resident Samuel Marlow who wanted to bring some of the best in independent film to his home town. It was originally three days long but this year the festival will run for a week from the 2-8 September at the Trinity Theatre 

Screenings of 63 films from 18 different countries including feature films, shorts, comedy, documentary,  animation, music video and experimental film from local, national and  international directors.  

The line-up boasts 41 world and UK premieres, and closes with “Traveller” starring David Essex and newcomer Billy Cook in an adaptation of John F McDonald’s novel. 

Samuel Marlow said: “Despite the extra days and the addition of a second screen, the Festival is still only able to screen about a quarter of what was submitted It was exceptionally difficult to make the selection, I had to whittle the films down favouring premieres, films with a strong voice or unusual angle.”  

So what should people expect to see at the festival? Sam explains: “The Festival’s strap- line is See the World in a New Light, and I feel we really stayed true to that. Whether it’s a documentary about caring for elderly zoo animals or floating schools in Bangladesh, a film about a plastic toy diver having an existential crisis or a drama about which of two communities you belong to, every film is surprising, enlightening or inspirational.”

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