For over 20 years Purbeck Film Festival has run for 2 weeks in October. Its audience has grown from around 3000 to nearly 7000 including some in-year screenings, several outdoor. The Festival’s aims are
- To bring the best of cinema to areas, rurally isolated/ communities which otherwise have little or no access, either through lack of cinemas/public transport or through personal disability issues.
- To enhance cine-literacy, appreciation of film through discussions, visiting speakers from industry/ academia, film notes.
- Our focus is on “beyond the mainstream”, specialised film from countries all over the world, usually around 20, bringing an awareness of cultures and issues far from rural Dorset.
- We aim to encourage wherever possible local talent through workshops for children and a short film competition which although open to all , has on several occasions helped to launch the careers of young local directors.The audience in participating in award selection and discussion also extend their understanding of film.
Eight years ago the festival trust expanded to buy the Rex Cinema, our sister organisation.