About Folkestone Documentary Festival

Conceived out of the monthly Doc Club held at The Silver Screen, and created by former programmer at the Harbour Screen James Collie, the festival was created in 2021 to celebrate documentary in all its forms, from social issues to culture to the environment and nature, or just great real stories, with community collaborations at the heart of programming.

Open to all, whether doc lovers or people new to documentary, whether public or industry. Come to the Kent seaside for a weekend of documentary films, discussions, walks and parties.

The Team

  • Charlie Phillips

    Charlie Phillips

    Charlie is a documentary film producer, commissioner, programmer, and consultant. He works with documentary makers from all across the world as producer and consultant on creative and financing strategies. As Head of Stories, he commissions all short documentaries for Lyfta, an immersive learning platform for schools, featuring storyworlds including documentaries about inspiring real human stories. Charlie was previously the Head of Video at The Guardian, overseeing all moving image for the Guardian's platforms, including its award-winning documentaries.

  • James Collie of Folkestone Documentary Festival

    James Collie

    James has a wide range of documentary experience which includes producing with Violet Pictures, programming (Folkestone Doc Club, Harbour Screen), film education (Screen South, South East Creatives, Kent Film Foundation) and cinema distribution. He is now based in Melbourne, Australia and programming for the St Kilda Film Festival.

  • Cheryl Pierce - Folkestone Documentary Festival

    Cheryl Pierce

    Cheryl Pierce is an arts manager with over thirty years’ experience of managing venues and producing projects across disciplines. Based in Folkestone, she is Development Director for Moving Memory Dance Theatre, strategic consultant for Confidance, and Producer for Take Up Space and Folkestone Documentary Festival. Previously, Cheryl was Head of Performing Arts & Learning for Creative Folkestone, Creative Producer Theatre & Dance at ICIA, University of Bath, and worked for ten years as an Artists’ Producer for Artsadmin. She worked as General Manager for Chisenhale Dance Space and was Administrator then Deputy Director at the Gardner Arts Centre, Brighton.

Previous team members

  • Lisa Hobbs of Folkestone Documentary Festival

    Lisa Hobbs


    Lisa worked on the festival from its founding until the 2023 edition. She is a graduate of NYU Film School. She has worked in the performing arts in Special Events Fundraising with The Brooklyn Academy of Music, American Ballet Theatre, and more recently The Henley Festival and The Henley International Film Festival. She has experience in creating, implementing, and managing patron and membership-based funding streams based around events.

  • Jess Reilly

    Jess Reilly


    Jess was a programmer for Folkestone Documentary Festival in 2023, working with the team to pull together a brilliant set of documentaries. She's also the Acquisitions/Sales Manager at Together Films.

Festival Supporters and Partners

Creative Folkestone logo
Screen South Logo
Origins Untold logo
Violet Pictures logo
Klip Films logo
Doc Society Colour
Roger De Haan Charitable Trust logo
FHSE Alternative Logo
BFI Network FHSE
Folkestone Town Council