Chagford Film Festival

Chagford, United Kingdom

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15 Jul 2017

Published: 27 Feb 2017
 Has submission fees
Short films

"The best small film festival in the world"
Gareth Ellis-Unwin (Academy Award winner and producer of The King's Speech)

*27th - 30th Sept 2017*

Now in its seventh year, Chagford Film Festival is going from strength to strength. A unique and vibrant film festival attracting award-winning industry talent from all over the country to its beautiful Dartmoor setting.

*The Festival*

Previous guest speakers have included Jennifer Saunders, David Sproxton (Oscar-winning co-founder of Aardman Animations), Alan Lee (Oscar-winning art director for Lord of the Rings, also a festival patron) and Kevin MacDonald (BAFTA and Oscar-winning director).

The festival has become a destination for film buffs and enthusiasts wanting to watch films, expand their knowledge with Q&As and panel discussions, meet special guests and participate in workshops and talks. At least one Oscar winner is in attendance every year!

Boasting several exclusives and premieres, including ‘Land of Songs’ in 2016 and ‘A Dartmoor Killing’ in 2015. The workshops and talks coverer a broad range of filmmaking topics and practical workshops.

As well as being a traditional film festival focused on screening films of all shapes and sizes, Chagford Film Festival also has more than a sniff of Secret Cinema about it. It is famous for its quirky pop-up events and a notoriously anarchic closing day street spectacular that takes over the town centre.

*Supporting local filmmakers*

Chagford Film Festival is proud to support local talent as well as international film makers. This year we will award a 'Home Grown' prize for the best film submitted from a Devon-based film maker. This will be selected from all the entries in all categories.


We have lined up a selection of high calibre judges for this year’s competition, including award-winning directors, producers, cinematographers, documentary-makers and animators. Each category winner will receive a 'Chagford Globe’ and a laurel.

*Festival patrons*

Julie Baines - Producer - 'Triangle', 'Creep' and 'Butterfly Kiss'.
Gareth Ellis-Unwin - Producer - 'The King's Speech.'
Ryan Gage - Actor - RSC 'Hamlet', 'The Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug'
Tony Hawks - Writer, comedian and filmmaker - 'Round Ireland with a Fridge' and 'Playing the Moldovans at Tennis'
Paul Inglis - Production Designer, Art Director - 'Skyfall', supervising art director 'Game of Thrones', senior art director 'Prometheus'
Alan Lee - Academy Award winner, Art Director - Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
Johannes Roberts - Film director and writer of The Other Side of the Door, Storage 24, F and Hellbreeder.
Ron Saunders - Writer and film researcher and formerly responsible for British Pathe’s film holdings at Pinewood Studios
Stephen Saunders - Independent film and video producer - ASA Productions (UK) Ltd
William Todd-Jones - A master puppeteer, director and movement consultant - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Harry Potter, Jim Henson's Labyrinth, the Muppet movies and many many more.
Norman Wanstall - Academy Award winner and dubbing editor on 'Dr No' & 'Goldfinger'

International Festival

Short film festival

 Fiction  Documentary  Animation  Music Video

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