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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.

Flyers and tickets available!

The flyers for this year’s Sherborne International Film Festival are now ready for collection at the Tourist Information Centre. Tickets are also on sale so it’s time to make your mind up . . . a difficult choice, of course! The easiest option is to buy a season ticket – if you are seeing more than six films then you will save money with this ticket.

SHIFF 2014 opening film confirmed

This year’s SIXTH Sherborne International Film Festival is shaping up well with some intriguing films from across the globe. Just confirmed as the opening night film is ‘The Lunchbox’, a light-hearted romantic drama from India. This will open the festival on Thursday 23 October and other films take you from Italy and Norway to Japan and Singapore.

The Lunchbox

Watch out for details of the emerging programme over the next few weeks: everything should be confirmed by mid-August with ticket sales opening at the beginning of October.


Classic French Double-Bill Finalised

Details have been finalised for an evening featuring two classic French films on Saturday 29 March 2014. The highlight is Plein Soleil (1960) starring Alain Delon. This is the original film based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith, “The Talented Mr. Ripley”. Those who saw the 2000 version with Jude Law and Matt Damon may think it unsurpassable – but wait until you see this version, made 40 years before!

The other film planned for this amazing French double-bill programme is the fascinating François Truffaut thriller The Bride Wore Black (“La mariée était en noir” 1968) starring the enchanting Jeanne Moreau.

Both films are based on crime or thriller writers’ novels and both films pay homage to Alfred Hitchcock.


The films will be screened at the Powell Theatre and the double programme will start at 5.30 pm with “The Bride Wore Black”. There is a one hour interval between the first film and the second, “Plein Soleil”, which starts at 8.15 pm and finishes at 10.15 pm. There are no refreshments available in the interval so bring a baguette or saunter up/down to the pub during the one-hour break!

Tickets are available from the Sherborne Tourist Office priced at £5-50 each or £10 for both films – if purchased in advance. On the day tickets are available at the door from 5.00pm – 5.30pm and 7.45pm – 8.15pm at £6-00 each. Films start promptly at the stated times and doors may be closed once the performance begins. Any resulting proceeds will be donated to Rotary charities.

Alain Delon in Plein Soleil

Alain Delon in Plein Soleil