Purbeck Film Festival

Years running: 24 (since 1998)

Purbeck Film Festival

International short film festival.


The Purbeck Film Festival is the longest running rural film festival in UK.

Each year the Festival makes a selection of the films that we think our audience will like, and gives about 100 performances in the last two weeks of October in venues throughout Purbeck, as well as at Lighthouse in Poole. The main cinema is the Rex in Wareham, but we also show films at local village halls and unusual venues all over the place - 'Saving Private Ryan' in Bovington Tank Museum a recent example - wherever in fact we can find a 13amp plug and an enthusiastic local organiser!


  • The Judges' Award for Best Animation
  • The Judges' Award for Best Over All Film
  • The Audience Award for Best Animation
  • The Audience Award for Best Short Feature 
  • Best Student Film 


  • Length: up to 10 minutes.
  • Please leave 2 seconds without picture or audio before and after your film if possible.
  • Submit via Filmfreeway.
  • Subtitles language: english

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement



United Kingdom

Official Website




The Rex Cinema
14 West Street
Wareham, Dorset BH20 4JX
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0) 07443 468850

Email: info@therex.co.uk

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    December 01, 2020
  • Deadline
    September 30, 2021
  • Notifications
    October 01, 2021
  • Event Dates
    22 October 2021
Categories & Fees

Animation, drama, documentary, most genres (subject to preliminary judging panel final decision). Duration: 10 mins maximum

  • Deadline — $10
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