The Purbeck Film Festival was established in 1996 with the aim of bringing a rich variety of cinematic experiences to the rural area of Purbeck.

Since then, the festival has continued to grow, in terms of venues and audience numbers, and  goes from strength to strength. In summer we host outdoor screenings  – Cinema Under the Stars – at iconic Purbeck locations like Corfe Castle and the Blue Pool. Later in the year, our Autumn Festival showcases great independent cinema at a diverse range of venues across the region.

This year the Autumn Festival will run from Friday 18th October – Sunday 3rd November.

Alongside our regular events, we hold one-off screenings and events throughout the year. Please see our What’s On page for all the latest info.

The Purbeck Film Festival is supported by the BFI and its South West Regional Hub.


  • 2024 Purbeck Film Festival Dates
    The dates for the 29th Annual Purbeck Film Festival are Friday 18th October to Saturday 2nd November 2024. Click to see other dates so far >>>>
  • Waiting List for THE GRAND SWIM
    If you missed the sell-out screening of THE GRAND SWIM, you can sign up for news of the second screening via the link at the end of this article.
  • Thank you for making 2023 a memorable year
    The autumn festival welcomed nearly 5,000 people over the fortnight, an increase of 20% on last year - thank you to all for supporting the film festival.
  • 2023 Purbeck Shorts Competition
    Winners of the 2023 competition announced. The Purbeck Film Festival Shorts Competition 2023 was a roaring success, well attended by directors, producers, members of the cast and a vibrant audience.
  • Volunteering Opportunities with the Purbeck Film Festival
    We are seeking reliable volunteers who are dedicated and passionate about making our events a success.

the purbeck film festival needs members to survive. you could be one of them

The Purbeck Film Festival is a Registered Charity and survives through the support of members and patrons – individuals like you. By becoming a member, you will play a vital role in supporting the UK’s oldest rural film festival, ensuring the screening of captivating and challenging films throughout Purbeck while backing aspiring filmmakers and local small communities. Additionally, you have the opportunity to Sponsor a Screening or make a one-off donation to sustain the vitality of this beloved film festival. Join us today to make a meaningful impact – we eagerly look forward to welcoming you.

(Please note that membership will automatically renew on an annual basis until cancelled.)

    Your Basket
    Your basket is emptyReturn to Shop