The Purbeck Shorts Competition is now in it's 21st year, and is part of the annual Purbeck Film Festival in Dorset, England - the longest running rural film festival in the UK.

The Purbeck Film Festival dates for 2017 are 13 to 28 October. We show around 80 films in up to 30 venues across the Purbeck region, Poole and Bournemouth during a two week period, and our Purbeck Shorts event is our filmmakers' competition, with the screening final taking place on Friday, 20th October 2017.

The Purbeck Film Festival is run by the Purbeck Film Charitable Trust Ltd, a not for profit organisation that is a registered charity. The Trust also runs a small, independent, not for profit cinema - The Rex, in Wareham, Dorset. The Rex is the central venue for the festival and also the venue for the Purbeck Shorts Competition screening event.

Films that are submitted are viewed by a preliminary judging panel and the finalists are then chosen for the screening event. The films are judged on that evening and winners are announced.

Entrants are invited to attend the Purbeck Shorts evening with two guests.

Awards & Prizes

The Judges' Award for Best Animation- judged by media professionals/people from industry on our panel
The Judges' Award for Best Over All Film - judged by media professionals/people from industry on our panel
The Audience Award for Best Animation- voted for by the audience
The Audience Award for Best Short Feature - voted for by the audience
Best Student Film - selected by the Judges' Panel

Prizes are awarded to the winners on the evening and if not present, the prize will be forwarded to them. Prizes are to be announced on the evening.

Rules & Terms

Films can be of all genres (subject to approval by the preliminary judging panel) and
can be submitted via FilmFreeway preferably, or dvd.

DVDS should be sent to: Purbeck Shorts Competition, c/o The Rex Cinema, 14 West Street, Wareham, Dorset BH20 4JX. Apologies but dvds cannot be returned.

We will contact you should the film be selected for the final, but all submissions will receive a response, either through FilmFreeway or via contact details submitted with dvds.

Duration: 10 mins maximum

Format: Full quality on DVD or submitted as a readable file through FilmFreeway.
Please leave 2 seconds without picture or audio before and after your film if possible.

The Purbeck Shorts Call for Entries is open from Monday, 20th February to Friday, 15th September.

Please enclose full contact information, including email/telephone, and enclose a synopsis and covering letter if submitting on DVD. Contact/profile information can be submitted via FilmFreeway with your entry as requested.

Full details on our website. All entrants will be contacted within two months of the closing date.

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    Marc Adamson

    Had the pleasure of screening my short at this year's short film program, there were some fantastic films in the selection! The caliber was higher than I expected considering it's a smaller festival, with a few films that had previously screened at some of the most prestigious festivals around the world. The screening takes place at the wonderful, vintage Rex theater that has a ton of charm,. The festival is very well run and there was a brilliant atmosphere at the packed out screening. I had great time and will definitely be back!

    November 2017
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    Theo Pavlou

    As a young filmmaker I felt grateful and honoured that my film was selected to be shown at this long established festival. Thank you for your encouragement and generosity.

    October 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your appreciative words Theo
    good luck in the States and in your future career i hope we hear from you again
    Andrea Etherington, Chair PFF

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    A D Cooper

    A treat of a festival set in a beautiful Art Deco cinema. I've had two films selected in different years and the welcome is always warm from the organisers and discerning local film lovers. Also the festival organisers do much to support the work of film students from nearby Bournemouth University.

    May 2016
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    Response from festival:

    What a lovely review, AD. Thank you so much. It was great to have you there last year with your mother, as I recall. Do please enter again, the boys on bikes film was great! Andrea, chair PFF

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    Tom Collinson

    A delightful festival. I had a film selected for the short film category and attended the screening. The content was of a high standard and internationally sourced. Good to see a festival like this thriving outside the metropolis.

    May 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Tom. What a great review.I hope we shall see more of your work and meet you again.
    Andrea, Chair Purbeck Film Festival