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It is Film Festival time again!

October is nearly here and so is the Sherborne International Film Festival.

Our 9th Annual International Film Festival is being held at the Powell Theatre Sherborne, from Thursday 26th October to Sunday 29th October.   I am really excited about this years selection of films which are both entertaining and thought provoking.

Do come along and join us for our opening night on 29th October.  Our opening reception will be at Vida Comida in Swan Yard at 6.15pm.  We will then adjourn to the Powell Theatre for the first film at 7.45pm,  The Salesman,  made in Iran this is a 2017 Oscar winning film, compelling from start to finish.

Check our web site for ticket options, either advance on the day.

2016 SHIFF Official Opening and Reception

First night celebration Reception and Opening Ceremony  6.30pm on Thursday 27th October.

Celebrate the start of this years Sherborne International Film Festival by joining us at Vida Comida for a cava and canope reception, followed by our opening ceremony and first film, La Grande Vadrouille, at the Pall Theatre.

La Grande VadrouilleTickets for the first night are £10 each and can be obtained in advance from Sherborne Tourist Information Centre.




Checked out what films we are showing?

The Sherborne International Film Festival (SHIFF) Thursday 29 October to Sunday 1 November 2015, is all set for its seventh edition sponsored this year by 4 Shires Asset Management and Pittards of Yeovil.

As usual, ten films from around the world are being screened in the comfort of the Powell Theatre with its raked seating, huge screen and upgraded sound system.

Setting the scene, the opening night will feature the Italian film “Human Capital”, a nuanced account of desire, greed and the value of human life in an age of rampant capitalism and financial manipulation.

A number of 2015 Oscar nominated films for best Foreign Language Film are due to be shown this year including “Leviathan” from Russia, a film about corruption in a small town and a Moscow lawyer who has his own agenda; and the poignant film directed by Abderrahmane Sissako, “Timbuktu” – as jihadists arrive in northern Mali in 2012, the peaceful lives of the local inhabitants are shattered by the intolerance and religious demands of the invaders. To stay or to go, that is the dilemma facing cattle farmer Kidane and his wife Satima.

Other films come from Canada, Ethiopia, France, Indonesia, Mexico, Venezuela and UAE/Qatar/Jordan and the central themes range from good versus evil, loss of innocence, battles against adversity, to the Individual against society, and other gripping themes.

Once again, ticket prices have been held at £5-50 per ticket in advance and £6-00 at the door.

A season ticket offering one-third discount will be available for those who are SHIFF devotees and can be purchased from the Tourist Information Office from early October.
Any proceeds from the festival will be donated to international charities as the festival is organised on behalf of the Rotary Club of Sherborne Castles.

This year the recipients are a Rotary project to build a bridge in Malawi to facilitate going to school for the children of a small community and the international Rotary charity Polio Plus, set up to eradicate polio in the world.

Films for SHIFF 2015 have now been finalised


Thursday 29 October

Doors open 7.00pm for drinks  Seats 7.45 for opening   Film 8.00

Human Capital  (15)     Italy  2013     111m   Drama

Friday 30 October

Doors 2.30pm     Film 3.00 – 4.40pm

Difret      (12A)    Ethiopia    2014    Drama

Film 5.30 – 7.05

Pelo Malo   (15)   Venezuela  2013   93m   drama

Film 8.00 – 10.20pm

Leviathan   (15)  Russia  2014   Drama

Saturday 31 October

Doors 2.30pm    Film 3.00 – 4.40 pm

Timbuktu  (12A)   France / Mauritania  2014   Drama

Film 5.30 – 6.50 pm

Theeb (15)

Film 7.45 – 10.00pm

The Connection (15)  France  2014    Crime, Thriller

Film 8.00pm – 10.15pm

Sunday 01 November

Doors 2.30pm   Film 3.00 – 4.50pm

The Golden Dream (12)     Mexico   2013   Drama

Film 5.30 – 7.15pm

The Look of Silence (15)    Indonesia   2015     Documentary

Film 8.00 – 10.15pm

Mommy   (15)    Canada   2014  Drama

Dates Confirmed for 2015

Sherborne’s 7th International Film Festival will this year be held on Thursday 29th October to Sunday 1st November.

Watch this web site to find out details of this years programme of films.