The Purbeck Short Film Competition

The Purbeck Short Film Competition is a cornerstone of the Purbeck Film Festival. The aim is to offer emerging filmmakers a platform to showcase their work and gain recognition within the industry. With an open call for entries, the competition provides an inclusive environment that attracts submissions from all over the world.

The competition culminates in a screening evening at the Mowlem Theatre in Swanage on the final weekend of the Purbeck Film Festival. The shortlisted finalists’ entries are shown and prizes awarded both by the audience and by judges from local film schools and the BFI and the media industry.

Call for Entries 2024

We are currently accepting submissions of short films, less than 15 minutes long, for our 2024 competition. Whether you’re a first time film-maker or an industry professional, everyone is welcome to enter. 

More information, including how to submit your film, can be found on our Film Freeway page.

Entries are viewed by a preliminary judging panel and the finalists are then chosen for the screening event. The films are judged on that evening and winners are announced. Cash prizes are awarded to student winners.

All finalists are invited to attend the Purbeck Shorts Screening evening.

2023 Winners

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Director Mike Coggan’s short is documentary about the incredible swims that Oly Rush undertakes to raise awareness for environmental charities. There was such a positive reaction to Mike’s film that the Purbeck Film Festival has organised a screen of the full length version of the documentary, “The Grand Swim”,  at Durlston Castle on Feb 10th 2023.  (Tickets are no longer available but you can register your interest in a second screening here.)

Watch the full short here:

The Judges Award for the Best Film - The List Goes On - dir. Robbie McHugh
The List Goes On – Directed by Robbie McHugh, a moving story about a couple who stay together after an accident leaves one of them with life changing injuries.


The Audience Award for Best Live Action - Rush - dir. Mike Coggan

Director Mike Coggan’s short is documentary about the incredible swims that Oly Rush undertakes to raise awareness for environmental charities. There was such a positive reaction to Mike’s film that the Purbeck Film Festival has organised a screen of the full length version of the documentary, “The Grand Swim”,  at Durlston Castle on Feb 10th 2023.  

Watch the full short here:

The Audience Award for Best Animation - Getting To The Moon - dir. Jacob Nicholson

The very funny Getting To The Moon was directed by Bournemouth local Jacob Nicholson who unfortunately couldn’t make it to the evening because of the weather!

Watch the full short here:

 


 

 

The David Holman Student Prize - The Man Who Loved Flowers - dir. Sonu Thomas

An incredibly emotive film about appreciating our loved ones while they are still alive and the director Sonu Thomas gave a speech that was better than most Oscar winners. She is clearly a talent to watch!

Director: Sonu Thomas
Producers: Shizuka Homewood & Maria Martins. 

Special Mention - Shine – dir. Adam Pelling-Deeves

An innovative and moving mix of live action and free form poetry by Darwood Grace that encapsulated the chaotic nature of our modern world.

2023 Judges

Tim Edgar
Tim Edgar is an Artist and Academic based in Dorset. He is an experienced lecturer, delivering contextual studies and studio based sessions in Photography, Fine Art and Film. He has worked at all levels in a variety of instiutions, most recently as Head of School for Preparation for Higher Education at Arts University Bournemouth. He is an Assessor and Moderator for the University of the Arts London Awarding Body (UALAB). He has recently acted as panel member for course validations at the University of South Wales and Oxford Brookes. In 2021 he developed and delivered a Contextual Studies programme for Foundation Students at the Beijing Academy of Creative Arts.

Amy Tatum (Lecturer Bournemouth University)
Dr Amy Tatum is a lecturer in Communication and Media at Bournemouth University. Her PhD research explored women’s responses to women in political leadership, drawing on women’s experiences of gender through narrative methodologies. Amy lectures in topics including media representation, feminist theory, gender, political communication, and campaigning. Current research includes gendered magazine coverage of American First Ladies, women’s experiences of tattooing, the construction of gender, women political leaders, and the US 2024 election. Her previous research included producing a short film that retold Mary Shelley’s work through a feminist, queer lens, which won the Best Newcomer aware at the 2021 English Rivera Film Festival.

Tom Strudwick (Head of film Arts University Bournemouth)
Tom Strudwick is course leader of the BA Film Production course at AUB (Bournemouth Film School) having been a senior lecturer since 2007. He has worked in film production, financing and distribution since 1991, Head of Acquisitions at The Works, Vice president Acquisitions and Production MGM and United Artsists, he has worked on films from Almodovar, Robert Altman, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, todd Haynes, Jim Jarmusch, Mike Lee David Lynch among others. He has also consulted to government agencies including UK Film Council, New Zealand and Australian Film commissions.

Deborah Paige
Deborah trained and worked as an actress, before directing in the mid 80’s. Following work as a director at The Bristol Old Vic and the Soho Theatre Co she was then appointed artistic director of Salisbury Playhouse, followed by The Sheffield Crucible, where productions included the stage premiere of Brassed Off which transferred to The National Theatre. She has worked as a freelance director at theatres such as The Lyceum, Hampstead Theatre and the Old Vic, as well as in drama schools in London. Deborah is currently vice-chair of the Director’s Charitable Foundation.

Rob Dartnall
Rob has been Chair of judges of the Purbeck Shorts Competition for over a decade. He has a background as a producer and film maker of documentary films. In more recent years he has held lecturing posts both in Edinburgh and at Bournemouth and Poole College. He loves the film-making process and values the opportunity to encourage and inspire emerging new talent.

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