We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended the 2016 festival and helped to make it such a success. Special thanks go to all the special guests, panellists, sponsors, friends of the festival, our supporters and volunteers.
Looking forward to seeing you all in September 2017!
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"The best small film festival in the world"
Academy Award winner and producer of The King's Speech
Now in its seventh year, the unique Chagford Film Festival continues to go from strength to strength. For 2017 we’ll have another amazing line-up of eclectic films, special guests, quirky events and hands-on workshops to suit all ages and tastes.
The festival runs from 25th to 30th September 2017. Events take place throughout the daytime and evening. We kick off with an opening night gala on Monday and finish with a spectacular 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.
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We kicked off the 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.
Tuesday was animation day with Aardman Animations. Founder David Sproxton and expert animator Jim entertained the schoolchildren, put on fascinating ‘make your own Morph and Gromit’ workshops and presented classic Aardman films in the evening.
The world premiere of ‘Land of Songs’ packed out the church with not a seat to spare. And back for a second year by very popular demand the world’s smallest 100% solar-powered cinema on the town square, 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, Tilda Swinton in the sold-out ‘I Am Love’, and our popular ‘Sofa Cinema’ in the evening where mystery films were shown in secret locations around Chagford.
Music-themed films and events, with a film of a spectacular and dramatic opera performance shown in the church, musical in the pub, and a live Vegas-style cabaret in the town hall, complete with Elvis, showgirls, compère and comedian.
The grand finale! Las Vegas came to Chagford, with street food and market, Elvis competition, an Elvis wedding chapel where 12 couples renewed their 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…
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!
Some tasters from previous festivals…