Harvest Film Festival explores our relationship with farming, food and land through its curated programme of fiction, documentary and art films. It also encourages communities, in both rural and urban places, to gather and celebrate the season and their locality.

Harvest Film Festival is a biennial celebration and critical exploration of farming, food and land, through the medium of film. The festival builds on the success of the 2014 Food and Farming Film Festival and the Harvest Film Festival in 2015 and 2017. It is a day of screenings, conversations and communal eating, taking place at Lower Hewood Farm in November 2019. The event is supported by Lower Hewood Farm and Common Ground.

Harvest Film Festival first emerged in 2013 at Lower Hewood Farm, an organic mixed smallholding in West Dorset producing organic vegetables and meat boxes for sale locally. Co-founded with the artist Maria Benjamin (now farming full-time in Cumbria), the owner Alexa de Ferranti hosted the first Harvest Film Festival in the converted buildings and outbuildings of the farm, with mostly local audiences seated on straw bales as they watched films, listened to talks and the ate a harvest supper with organic produce straight from the fields.

In 2017 Harvest Film Festival was curated by Alexa de Ferranti and Common Ground. The day-long programme of fiction, documentaries, archive films and art pieces, short films and features was launched at Lower Hewood Farm before touring to other venues around the Southwest – village halls, farms, old factories, museums, art galleries – where other communities will host their own Harvest Film Festival, followed by a harvest supper.

Harvest Film Festival – Saturday 9th November 2019

The daylong festival programme is a curated selection of feature films, documentaries and other moving image material exploring the themes of land use, agroecology and food production. Included in the programme will be a shortlisted selection of competition entries for the 2019 Harvest Short Film competition. The result of an open call to filmmakers to submit films, under 15 minutes, relating to the festival themes. The prize-giving for the winning films will take place at Lower Hewood Farm, followed by a harvest supper to celebrate the event.

The 2019 programme will include films ranging from 70’s science fiction, Icelandic drama and historical documentary, as well as the screening of the Harvest Short Film Competition shortlist, followed by dinner. The full film programme details will be published on the Harvest website shortly.

For further information please email harvest@lowerhewoodfarm.org