Supported by the BFI and its South West Regional Hub the Purbeck Film Festival has, in its 24 years, continued to grow in terms of venues and audience numbers. Our primary aim is to provide a rich variety of cinematic experiences across a rural area which does not have easy access to foreign language, independent and classic films. Our festival provides a perfect opportunity to compare and contrast stories and styles across a wide range of films. Such a metropolitan approach to film screenings offers the chance to increase our knowledge and literacy of the cinema and can open our minds to new or different worlds.


We hope that you will enjoy this year's programme, which has carefully been put together by our programming team, to include new films, unreleased films, classics, world cinema, British independent titles, archive and specialised films, and many titles that you can't easily see on the big screen.  It's important to us that we encourage as many people as possible to share cinematic experiences within our local communities and to keep cinema-going alive.  There are so many ways to consume film today, but there is still nothing like seeing a wonderful film in a fantastic setting to suspend your disbelief and keep you spellbound in darkness.


The Purbeck Flim Festival operates throughout the year and collaborates with many partners to organise screenings for charity events, and we organise open air cinema screenings at Studland, Corfe Castle and Swanage each summer.  We work with INTO Film which provides free screenings for schools, and we also support local film groups.  We are very much looking forward this year to our collaboration with the Jim Cronin Memorial Fund in November, and full details can be found on our website and in our Film Guide about this.  


Purbeck Film Charitable Trust is a not for profit organisation and registered Charity and runs the Purbeck Film Festival and the Rex Cinema, both as community ventures. 


Purbeck Film Festival Committee

Chairperson: Andrea Etherington

Don Hunter (Treasurer), Julie Sharman (Trust Manager), Woody Harding, Richard Jacobs, John Hooker, Peter Handy, Deborah Handy, Claire Burns, Lynn Lennox, Liam O'Hara, Paul Taylor, Rob Dartnall and Robin Whitecross, Designer.


Data Protection:

Please note - we may need to forward your details to venue(s) to secure places. Purbeck Film Charitable Trust Ltd is registered as a Data Controller with the Information Commissioner - No. PZ9173783. We shall not pass your details on to any other parties.

Due to the current situation, bookings for the 2020 Purbeck Film Festival are temporarily closed. We look forward to announcing the 24th Purbeck Film Festival as soon as possible.


Purbeck Shorts Competition

The Call for Entries for the Purbeck Shorts Competition 2019 is now closed.

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