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Filmmakers Defy Covid-19 to Support Epsom Film Festival, Satisfied Eye International Film Festival


The Satisfied Eye International Film Festival (SEIFF) in Epsom, Surrey has confirmed that it will continue with a live programme of events following the latest Covid-19 updates.

And despite the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, filmmakers in every corner of the globe are committed to support the event with their attendance.

Chris Hastings, Artistic Director of SEIFF, explained: “It’s a sign of the importance of Satisfied Eye that filmmakers from numerous countries have already confirmed they’ll be attending in October.  I'm a shielder myself so take safety extremely seriously and the most stringent measures will be in place;but during these challenging times for the creative industries it's absolutely vital we give every opportunity to the community.  We'd love as many people as possible to come and show their support."

SEIFF which is a completely voluntary event will run three packed days of feature films, short films, documentaries and animation at the Odeon Epsom from Friday 9 October to Sunday 11 October 2020 with 90 films from 30 countries and 30 premieres including numerous Oscar and BAFTA winners.  Its closing awards ceremony this year will relocate from Epsom Racecourse to an online event.

Festival passes giving unlimited access to 90 films over the three days as well as talks and Q&As are available at

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