Due to the continued venue closure (movement restrictions - Covid-19) , having postponed until 7-10th July we hoped the UK Summer time would be a safe time to continue showing your amazing work, however the pandemic and infection rate is still high in the UK and the Government is closing boarders. Sadly a live physical event is unlikely, in order not to break on demand online screening restrictions but still hold a festival we are looking at a 'live on-line' event (so films will be screened once in their allotted curated session through a secure window. Details follow and all successful selected films will be contacted for relevant permissions and copy, thank you.

A Festival of Filmmakers for Filmmakers & Film lovers -
Swindon IFF @ Swinge (Swindon Fringe) will run 4 days, back again at our home venue Swindon MECA,

We'll be based on the Balcony of the legendary MECA in the Heart of the town Centre Culture & Entertainment district.
We are pleased to be partnering with MECA again an Old Regent and Gaumont Cinema and Rudi's Bar and Kitchen next door an Art Deco Bar and meeting place.

The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts (PQA) the largest provider of Film and Television training for young people in the UK has generously Sponsored our Best Youth Film (under 18), which is open to all young filmmakers and youth groups internationally.

For Swindon and District Film makers and our World twinned towns and cities (Salzgitter in Germany, Ocotal in Nicaragua, Torun in Poland and Disney World Florida!) entry is free however -
ALL are welcome.
We have several categories and awards.
For Voucher Discount code (Fee waiver) contact Organisers with image of I.D. / Driving licence with address clearly visible.

Student discount and a Youth film section (under 18) supported by the Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts..

Initially proudly part of Swindon Fringe (a live performance event run over a week at many venues, now in its 8th year), we are now a sister event running separately but linked.

Discounts are available for previous entrants and we keep our fees low.

Best Film Feature (50 minutes & over)
Best Film Short (under 50 minutes)
Best Drama
Best Documentary
Best Comedy
Best Animation
Best micro Short under 3 minutes
Best Music Video
Best Youth film (under 18) sponsored by PQA
Best Student Film
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Post Production.
Best Production Design
Best Cinematography
Best Sound design
Best score
Best Costume Design
Best Make Up & Hair Design
Best Actor (Non gender specific)
Best Youth Actor
Best Ensemble Cast
Festival Favourite Film

Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English.

You must own the copyright or have permission from the author to submit the film.

We accept films produced ANY year.

We accept films already released in internet, we understand filmmakers NEED to promote their work.

Submission fee WON'T be refunded if you decide to withdraw your film from the festival whether your film is selected or not.

The Festival reserves the right to change, add or suppress awards according to the circumstances. The number of projects in our Official Selection and Special Mentions could also change in order to the amount of submissions received each year.

The Festival reserves the right to change the venue where the event takes place or the festival dates for reasons beyond our control.

The official exhibition formats for the festival are .mov/.mp4 file or Blu-ray. Once a film gains Official Selection a copy must be sent to us in order to be screened. The Blu-Ray copy won't be returned.

Overall Rating
  • I was delighted to attend the Swindon independent film festival 2019. I saw a diverse selection of films and met some incredibly passionate and professional filmmakers. I hope to attend next year with another film.

    January 2020
  • Max Shoham

    It is the upmost privilege and honour to be allowed to tell stories! This year, Swindon Independent Film Fest @ Swinge 2020 honoured me with by screening several of my films. Thank you Swindon! Fantastic communication, great feedback. A real pleasure to be part of this!

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Absolute pleasure we look forward to following your career, and much much more from you.

  • Nick Maltby

    Really pleased to be a semi-finalist at Swinge 2019. Great festival, strong communication and a brilliant opportunity for filmmakers! Keep it up, guys!

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Nick, see you next year!

  • Kitsune Tale Productions LLC

    Thrilled to have my film screen at this festival, and sad I couldn't attend as I had already scheduled to be at another festival at the same time. :( Doug et al. are working hard to build this festival and make it great! Very responsive, sharing on social media - looked like great fun!

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you we missed you but hope you can make it next year with another beautifully told story.
    Baba Babee Skazala was horrifying and heartwarming an interesting and arresting documentary..

  • Julian Bivol

    We were gutted we couldn't attend but great communication throughout which looked like a great event! We will definitely have to make our way next time!

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Julian, we very much look forward to seeing you next year and sharing your next great film.