26th Sept - 1st Oct 2016

Chagford, Dartmoor, Devon

"The best small film festival in the world"

Gareth Ellis-Unwin

Academy Award winner and producer of The King's Speech


Now in its sixth year, the unique Chagford Film Festival continues to go from strength to strength. For 2016 we’ve got an amazing line-up of eclectic films, special guests, quirky events and hands-on workshops to suit all ages and tastes.


The festival runs from 26th September to 1st October 2016. Events take place throughout the daytime and evening. We kick off with an opening night gala on Monday and finish with a spectacular musical street parade on Saturday.


Chagford is a lively and creative community in the heart of the stunning Dartmoor National Park in Devon, SW England. There are loads of great pubs, cafes, restaurants and accommodation. Films and events take place in various venues in and around the town.


Tickets will be on sale from Monday 12th September via our ticket line and in person. Make sure you don’t miss out – sign up to our email newsletter at the top of this page and we’ll update you regularly with all the latest news and availability.




We kick off the festival in Absolutely Fabulous style sweetie daaarlings! Our opening night gala features special guest Jennifer Saunders, who will be here to introduce her new film and take part in an on-stage interview afterwards. Free bubbly and canapés!

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Tuesday is animation day with Aardman Animations. Have lunch with co-founder David Sproxton, come to a workshop to make your own Gromit with an Aardman expert model-maker, and watch classic Aardman films in the evening, with a fascinating introduction and Q&A by Aardman’s animator.



Back by very popular demand! Come and watch free short films in the world’s smallest 100% solar-powered cinema. You can find it on the town square for two whole days, Tuesday and Wednesday. With red carpet, smartly attired ushers and usherettes and free popcorn!



A whole day of sweet and delicious food-themed films and events, including Master Chef of Great Britain Chocolatier Grant Mather, and our popular ‘Sofa Cinema’ in the evening where you get to see a mystery film in a secret location somewhere in Chagford!



Music-themed films and events, with a film of a spectacular and dramatic opera performance showing in the church, musical in the pub, and a live Vegas-style cabaret in the town hall, complete with singers, showgirls, compère and magician.



The grand finale! Las Vegas comes to Chagford, with street food and market, Elvis competition (open to all!), Elvis wedding chapel where you can renew your vows, a fantastic musical parade through the streets, all finished off with a casino and two great closing night films.

And lots more!

Young filmmakers’ competition, Wednesday matinee, world cinema, ‘Sofa Cinema’ in people’s homes, kids’ events, popcorn, silent films and Vegas-style food in cafes and pubs, window displays, quizzes, raffle with great prizes…

Tickets on sale now!

Ticket line: 01647 434362

Mon-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm

Or buy in Chagford from Helpful Holidays, The Globe Inn and Sally's Newsagents

All about Chagford

The jewel of Dartmoor

Nestled in the hills of north eastern Dartmoor, with the wild and open moor, rivers and stone circles just a few minutes' drive away, why not come down for a week and combine some films with bracing hikes on the moor? (Followed by a Devon cream tea of course!)

A friendly welcome

Chagford's friendliness to visitors from around the world is well-known, so whether you pop by for an evening, or you come for a week and stay in a self-catering accommodation, hotel, pub, or B&B, you will always receive a warm welcome.

Food glorious food

You are spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out here! There are four thriving pubs, and many cafes, shops and delis all serving delicious food and drink. All are situated around the historic town square so it's only a couple of minutes walk to your film afterwards!

More information and directions to Chagford

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Some tasters from previous festivals…

Latest news

Chagford Film Festival Emerging Talent Young Filmmakers Competition selected entries

October 3rd, 2016

Young Filmmakers Competition Selected Entries

Thank you to everyone who entered the Emerging Talent 2016 Young Filmmakers Competition. The best entries as selected by our judging panel are now available to view online.


September 20th, 2016

Student discount

If you are a student, we are delighted to be able to offer you half price tickets to a couple of events as part of our animation day with Aardman on Tuesday 27th September.

Emerging Talent young filmmakers competition

April 17th, 2016

Calling all young filmmakers!

The launch of the Emerging Talent young filmmakers’ showcase. If you are in year 5 or 6 of primary school, or at secondary school up to Year 13*, you could soon be attending your very own movie premiere…


March 20th, 2016

Announcing the 2016 Chagford Film Festival!

We are excited to officially announce the 2016 Chagford Film Festival! Here are the dates for your diary: Monday 26th September to Saturday 1st October.