24th-29th September 2018

Chagford, Dartmoor, Devon

"The best small film festival in the world"

Gareth Ellis-Unwin

Academy Award winner and producer of The King's Speech

What?

The unique Chagford Film Festival continues to go from strength to strength. For 2018 we’ve got another amazing line-up of eclectic films, special guests, quirky events and hands-on workshops to suit all ages and tastes.

When?

The festival runs from 24th to 29th September 2018. Events take place throughout the daytime and evening. We kick off with an opening night gala on Monday and finish with a spectacular event on Saturday.

Where?

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.

How?

Tickets will be on sale nearer the time 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.

Highlights

The Brittonioni Brothers

Forkbeard Fantasy presents a crazy, anarchic performance mixing live-action theatre, comedy and film into one gigantic, hilarious, unique experience.

Restored World War One ‘Bristol Scout’

In commemoration of the end of World War One, this amazing Bristol Scout biplane, restored by the pilot’s grandsons over 14 years, is coming to Chagford

Chris Dickens

Chris Dickens, the award-winning editor of Slum Dog Millionaire, Les Miserables, Shaun of The Dead and many others will be a special guest of this year’s festival

A celebration of Pedro Almodovar

We’re celebrating the life and work of Pedro Almodovar, the Spanish filmmaker of great renown, with a day of Almodovar films on his birthday. Professor Sally Faulkner will be our guest speaker for this event (supported by University of Exeter and the Spanish Embassy).

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Previous Highlights

Jennifer Saunders

We kicked off the 2016 festival in Absolutely Fabulous style sweetie daaarlings! Our opening night gala sold out in 45 minutes and featured special guest Jennifer Saunders, who introduced her new film and took part in an on-stage interview afterwards.

Aardman Animations

Aardman Animations founder and Oscar winner David Sproxton, with expert animator Jim Parkyn, entertained the schoolchildren, put on fascinating ‘make your own Morph and Gromit’ workshops and presented classic Aardman films.

An Oscar winner every year!

We are proud to say that we have had at least one Oscar winner attend every single Chagford Film Festival. Gareth Unwin, Alan Lee, Kevin Macdonald and many more.

Solar-Powered Cinema

Regular visitors to the Chagford Film Festival, the world’s smallest 100% solar-powered cinema on the town square, with red carpet, smartly attired ushers and usherettes and free popcorn!

Jaws in the pool

In 2017 we screened the classic horror film Jaws at Chagford Swimming Pool, complete with shark fins in the pool, a burger stand and cocktails.

Batman vs The Badger

Forget The Joker and The Penguin, in Chagford Batman had a new nemesis – The Badger! An anonymous tip-off told us that something big would go down on Saturday evening, the crowds gathered and were not disappointed…

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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Photos

Some tasters from previous festivals…