'Ignite' is a celebration of creativity through film. Nothing excites us more than seeing films that surprise us and show us things that we have never seen before. We love the non-conforming, the extraordinary - the films that dare to do things that others won't.

We are excited to welcome independent films produced around the globe - films that showcase diverse creativity from every culture.

For Ignite 2023 we ask you to join us in our incredible home - 'The Parade Cinema'. This stunning independent state-of-the-art cinema in the beautiful town of Marlborough, a fantastic part of the UK, with a fully licensed bar and a fantastic cafe is the perfect setting for the Ignite Film Festival.

During the event we will be showcasing our fantastic officially selected films, hosting networking sessions, and presenting our ambitious plans for the future of Ignite Film Festival. In addition to this we will be giving attendees the opportunity to put their questions to some of the selected film makers during our exclusive Q&A sessions. A perfect opportunity for filmmakers and film lovers to engage directly.

Ignite Film Festival will be closed out by a lavish gala awards night where you can expect red carpets, black ties, glamorous gowns, champagne, awards and celebrations - closely followed by networking and celebrations for as long as you can manage it.

Our core values are simple:

Ignite creativity.
Support independent filmmakers.
Provide a diverse platform.
Have fun doing it.

We cannot wait for you to be a part of Ignite.

Awards list:
Best Production Design
Best Sound Design
Best Score
Best Post Production
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Youth Actor (non-gender specific)
Best Actor (non-gender specific)
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Director
Best First Time Filmmaker
Best Student Film
Best Animated Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Micro Short (Under 3 minutes)
Best Documentary Film
Best Horror Film
Best Comedy Film
Best Drama Film
Short of the Festival
Feature of the Festival

Films in a language other than English must have English subtitles.

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

We accept films produced any time - no restrictions.

We also accept films already released online, all we ask is that should your film be selected please do not promote its online availability until after the screening event is over.

If you decide to withdraw your film from the festival, submission fees are non-refundable, regardless of whether your film is selected or not.

Where student discount is used, a valid ID card must be uploaded to prevent your film being disqualified without refund.

The festival reserves the right to change, add or suppress awards in mitigating circumstances. The number of projects officially selected will vary each year based on submissions and run times.

We reserve the right to change the event venue and/or the festival dates should there be mitigating circumstances out of our control.

The official exhibition format for the festival is DCP.
Sound should peak at maximum -12 dbs

Once a film is confirmed as an Official Selection, a DCP film file must be sent to us in order for the film to be screened. This is a vital part of the process.

Overall Rating
  • Dan Slater

    Just wanted to say how grateful we are to have been part of the 2022 Ignite Film Festival. We had planned on attending but unfortunately weren't able to last minute. The whole way, Billie and his team were excellent with communication and made us feel very welcome. They even shipped us beautiful hand crafted awards which are now proudly in display at our office. I will definitely make it a priority to play at this festival again and next time will be there in person!

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the kind words, Dan. We were absolutely blown away by your feature 'The Family'. Such an incredible film in every way - it went down so well with our audience as well as our judging panel. A very worthy winner of no less than 4 awards - we are glad they are now in their rightful home. We very much look forward to what comes next for you and the rest of the team - and we cannot wait to meet you in person some time in the future. All the best with the rest of your festival run

  • Hayley Reeve

    It was such an honoured to be part of Ignite's 2022 festival edition. Ignite has a warm and welcoming approach with filmmakers, the team has a lot of enthusiasm and passion - I felt incredibly supported by Billie, Ross and Amalia! A beautifully curated festival program which I was proud to have my film involved in. The communication was superb and will definitely be submitting my next film to this wonderful festival!

    September 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Hayley for the kind words. We were so pleased to be able to screen 'This Is Zoe' - and to also host a Q&A session during the festival with Stephen and Dom. It was so insightful and went down really well with our audience. We can't wait to see what comes next for you and the rest of the team.

  • Oliver Rogers

    A huge honour to be included in this wonderful little festival even if I didn't win anything it was still great to watch my film on the big screen!

    September 2022
    Response from festival:

    It was a pleasure to screen your brilliant short film 'Guiltea' - a very well received screening on our Friday night. We wish you all the best with the film

  • I want to thank the Ignite Film Festival for accepting our film, the first film festival that gave our film visibility. What stood out for me was the quality of films they accepted within their lineup. The level of sophistication and cinematic craftsmanship was high. This festival supports the filmmaker, and the merit of the piece itself, and that's vital in a world obsessed with mediocrity. Thank you again Ignite, it was such a thrill to have our World Premiere with you.

    September 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks you so much, Tory, for your kind words. We were really excited to give this fantastically poignant film a well deserved film festival premier. The feedback was incredible at the screening - specifically aimed at your mesmerising performance which was well deserving of it's award nomination. We have loved seeing the subsequent support and accolades this film has received since our screening - a testament to you and your entire team. Good luck in whatever comes next for you

  • James Morehead

    Well organized, high quality festival with personalized communication from the organizers which is greatly appreciated.

    September 2022
    Response from festival:

    Much appreciated, James. 'Tethered' is such a unique and beautiful animation - a perfect visualisation of your fantastic poetry. A very worthy nomination for best animation. Thanks for being a part of Ignite 22