Support the Festival

The Story of the Purbeck Film Festival

The Purbeck Film Festival, run by a Charitable Trust, was established in 1996. It first began when a group of volunteers brought together the rural community to celebrate 100 years of cinema.

Nearly 20 years later, the Festival continues to be run by volunteers, bringing film to rural areas and bringing people together to celebrate film.

There are screenings of over 70 films from around the world in over 30 venues across Purbeck, Poole and Bournemouth.

Wherever possible we invite VIP speakers, hold Q&A events and discussions.

For several years the Festival has screened films outdoors during the summer and responds to requests from communities and other festivals to run cinematic events throughout the year.

As we say, "Give us a 13 amp socket and we will show you a movie..."

Festival Chair: Andrea Etherington



"You won't see films like this outside London..." Edward Fox, 2014

Purbeck Film Festival has been running for nearly 20 years and is the longest running UK rural film festival.

Purbeck Film Festival has become a much loved annual event in the regional calendar. It attracts 100s of tourists to the area out-of-season & over 5000 local supporters. The Festival is run almost entirely by volunteers and relies on donations and sponsorship for its continued success. If you would like to be involved as a volunteer, please contact us.

We are extremely grateful to receive support from individuals, companies & local councils as well as from the British Film Institute.



Why not advertise in our Festival programme brochure?

Around 20,000 programme brochures are distributed throughout Dorset (including the conurbations of Poole and Bournemouth) in film screening venues, information centres, libraries, hotels and a host of other locations.


¼ page £72

½ page £120

¾ page £180

Full page £240

(All prices inc VAT)

Advertisers will receive two tickets to the Private Gala.

There is a c. 16% reduction for Rex Programme advertisers.

Copy must be in jpeg or tiff format, 300 dpi, no smaller than 1000 pixels across wider dimensions.

For more details contact:


Tel: 01929 554906


07443 468850




Individual £20, and couple £30 p.a.

Advance mailing of programme

Invitation to Private Gala

Two tickets to Purbeck Film Festival*



Individual £45 and couple £65 p.a.

Advance mailing of programme

Invitation to Private Gala

Two tickets to Purbeck Film Festival*

Choice of film from Festival list and chance to introduce

Name in programme brochure, on website and film notes

* Advance booking required to avoid disappointment



For £50 - £100 you could sponsor a Purbeck Shorts Competition prize for up and coming young filmmakers, and receive two free tickets to the popular Purbeck Shorts event.

For £150 you could sponsor a specific film from our themed list. Your name would be included on the website, in the programme and film notes. You are also invited, with a guest, to attend and introduce the film if you wish.

For £200 or payment in kind (for example providing refreshments etc), you could sponsor a special event such as the Private Gala or VIP occasions. Your name would be included on the website, film notes and in the programme.

For £500 to £1000, Corporate Sponsorship. You would receive all the benefits of a Patron, plus your logo in the brochure, on the website, in the Festival exhibition and on the much loved Purbeck Film Festival trailer.

Platinum Level Sponsorship of over £1000 You would receive all the benefits of Patron and Corporate sponsorship packages, but in addition, on screen publicity before films in major venues during the Festival.

07443 468850

The Rex Cinema

14 West Street

Wareham, Dorset BH20 4JX




The 2017 brochure is scheduled for launch early September 2017

Purbeck Shorts Competition

The call for entries to the Purbeck Shorts Competition is now open. To enter your film and for more information, click the button below

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