"The best small film festival in the world"
Academy Award winner and producer of The King's Speech
The unique Chagford Film Festival continues to go from strength to strength. We’ve got an amazing line-up of eclectic films, special guests (including Oscar winners!), quirky events and hands-on workshops to suit all ages and tastes.
The festival takes place every year during the last week of September with events throughout the daytime and evening. We kick off with an opening night gala on Monday and finish with a spectacular street event 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 nearer the time online on this website 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.
Programme and Tickets
Chagfilm 2019 is now over, tickets for the 2020 festival will go on sale in early September.
Mozart in Turkey
Mozart in Turkey is a film of and about Mozart’s opera, The Abduction from the Seraglio. One third documentary and two thirds filmed theatre, this fascinating experiment by filmmaker Mick Csaky and opera director Elijah Moshinsky revolves around a staging of Mozart’s first popular success. Director Mick Csaky will introduce the film and host a Q&A afterwards
Shot in 1972 over a 48 hour period in Watts’ New Temple Missionary Baptist Church, this stirring documentary captures the live recording of the most successful gospel album in history, Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace.
Rose-Lynn Harlan is bursting with raw talent, charisma and cheek. Fresh out of prison and reunited with her son and daughter, all she wants is to get out of Glasgow and make it as a country singer in Nashville.
Emily Fussell gives an introduction to the fascinating world of Anime films, focusing on the weird and wonderful elements that make anime so unlike anything else. The best anime cartoons have intellectual depth and a deep meaning, and in the world of anime nothing is impossible! Philosophical messages are sandwiched between epic journeys and stunning imaginary. Followed by the screening of a classic Anime film.
A Day of Spanish Language Films
In collaboration with Exeter University Departments of Hispanic Studies and Film Studies, a day of South American films, discussions and Q&A sessions. Films will include Summer 1993 and Almodovar’s Bad Education.
T’Challa is put to the test as both king of his country and Black Panther when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the world at risk…
The extraordinary life, career and artistry of fashion designer Alexander McQueen. This documentary is an intimate revelation of McQueen’s own world, both tortured and inspired, which celebrates a radical and mesmerizing genius of profound influence.
From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.
Childrens Matinee – The Kid Who Would be King
Alex thinks he’s just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical Sword in the Stone, Excalibur. Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the legendary wizard Merlin, take on the wicked enchantress Morgana. With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be…
Festival Finale – Rocketman
The Fantastic Film Festival street event will include Flaming Feathers showgirls plus an Elton John tribute performing in the square before a talk from Oscar-winning film editor Chris Dickens about his latest film, Rocketman.
The fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story — set to Elton John’s most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton — tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture.
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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…