2024 Autumn Festival dates announced: Friday 18th October – Sunday 3rd November

The Autumn Festival

The Purbeck Film Festival runs every autumn during the last two weeks of October. We show screenings and host events all around Purbeck and beyond, from Bournemouth to Bridport. Our venues include our wonderful independent cinemas like The Rex in Wareham and The Mowlem in Swanage as well as village halls, stately homes, churches, sports clubs and restaurants.

We’re finalising our 2024 program and venues at the moment. If you’d like to be kept up to date with all the latest news, please join our mailing list. In the meantime, you can browse previous years brochures before and explore our directory of venues from the 2024 festival, many of whom will be hosting us again this year. 

Our History

The festival first began in 1996, when the idea took off as an initiative with Purbeck District Heritage & Tourism to increase tourism outside of the main season and to celebrate 100 years of cinema. The idea was to put on a small festival of locally based films, and in the first year the Rex Cinema in Wareham was involved alongside the Mowlem Theatre in Swanage and a small number of village halls, including Corfe Castle. The event was a huge success and gradually with more events over the years, this led to the birth of the Purbeck Film Festival and the formation of the charity.

Our 2023 Festival Brochure


Purbeck Film Festival Trailers

Each year we are proud to present a new Purbeck Film Festival trailer and are grateful to Liam O’Hara for producing our 2023 trailer, and to Keith Lawes for producing our famous ‘flying ferry’ trailer from 2016.

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