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The Purbeck Film Festival
South Coast

14 West Street
Dorset, BH20 4JX
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The Purbeck Film Festival is the largest coastal Film Festival on the south coast, bringing the best of cinematic art to the people of Dorset.

Purbeck Film Charitable Trust is a not for profit organisation and registered Charity. The Trust runs the Purbeck Film Festival and the Rex Cinema, both as community ventures. Each year since its inaugural festival of 1996, the number of venues has increased and the number of venues is now over 30 including village halls, pubs, restaurants, hotels, arts centres, castles and importantly the Rex Cinema, Wareham, The Lighthouse Arts Centre Poole and Durlston Castle, Swanage.

The aim of the Festival is to bring the richest, most diverse range of British and international films to areas of rural Dorset ill served by access to cinemas often in the form of memorable community events such as the outdoor screenings at Corfe Castle and on Studland Beach. It also aims to expand audience choice by screening arthouse, classic, independent and foreign language films in a wide and often quirky range of venues. Purbeck Film Festival also runs an international short film competition which encourages young directors to submit their work to a panel of judges. Currently, the competition receives entries from all over the world.

The actor and Rex President Edward Fox has commented ‘You won’t see films like this outside London’, a view perhaps shared by the BFI, who support and endorse the Festival. The Festival audience numbers are growing annually and with the generous support of Dame Maggie Smith and internationally renowned Producer Stephen Woolley, are set to rise even more. The Purbeck Film Festival continues to serve its original and important role and is now a member of the South West and West Midlands BFI Regional Hub which support the promotion of British specialised and independent film.