Forget Cannes, Come to Chaggywood!

Forget Cannes, Come to Chaggywood!

Tony Hawks will officially declare the Chagford Film Festival open on 23 September when he introduces his new film, Playing the Moldovans at Tennis. This feel-good film, which tracks Tony's quest to beat the Moldovan football team at tennis, is described as simultaneously insane, moving and hilarious. It is just one of an eclectic mix of films, brilliant events and workshops, presented by top industry professionals taking place over the six-day festival.

Oscar winner Gareth Unwin, producer of The Kings Speech returns with his new film Zaytoun. Set in Beirut, 1982 a young Palestinian refugee and an Israeli fighter pilot form a tentative bond in their attempt to make their way across war-torn Lebanon back to their home.

Other confirmed features include Oliver Nakache and Eric Toledano’s Untouchable, which tells the story of the friendship between affluent paraplegic Philippe (François Cluzet) and his carer from the suburbs, Driss (Omar Sy). An exclusive screening of the silent horror classic Nosferatu will be accompanied by acclaimed harpist Elizabeth-Jane Baldry.

International festival favourite Moo Man will take to the big screen with Director Andy Heathcote and Producer Heike Bachelier in attendance.  A screening of The Blues Brothers will provide no end of entertainment at this year’s sing-a-long spectacle complete with a Blues Brothers tribute band.

Horror fans take note - a horror-themed night is shaping up (more details to come) and a chocolate day is also planned, so keep an eye on for details. Screenings will be complemented by an array of workshops and talks taking place in several venues across the town. The festival wraps up in spectacular style with a star-studded red carpet Grand Finale Evening on Saturday 28 September.

Chagford is fast becoming known as the festival centre of Devon. The film festival is in it’s third year and is going from strength to strength, once again it promises to bring the glamour and razzmatazz of Cannes and Hollywood to this corner of Dartmoor. In March Chagword, the town’s literary festival sold out at every event; in July, Chagstock the international music festival, is bringing big names like Bob Geldof and The Boomtown Rats and Billy Bragg.

What better excuse to come to Chagford where you can choose from a range of top quality accommodation, amazing places to eat, and discover a shopaholic’s paradise?

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Chagford Film Festival 23-28 September 2013

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