'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 formats for the festival are .mov/.mp4 file or Blu-ray.
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
  • Perry de Loor

    Ignite Film Festival is a very well organized film festival that tries to nurture their filmmakers. Communication is superb and they react very quickly on any question you might have. Thank you, Ignite!

    July 2022
    Response from festival:

    Much appreciated, Perry. Thanks again for submitting the fantastic 'Triskelion' animated film - such an epic achievement for all involved. Best of luck with the rest of your festival run.

  • Dennis Mohr

    Brilliant! Wonderful! Excellent! Many thanks!

    July 2022
    Response from festival:

    Much appreciated, Dennis. What a unique and compelling animation you submitted to us - fantastic creativity and really well produced. Good luck for the rest of your festival run

  • Manticore Films

    Brilliant festival organised by Billy, Ross, Amelia and their team in a charming venue (The Parade Cinema) within Marlborough. I was delighted that our film CAN I HELP? was nominated for best short and to receive the first time filmmaker award was incredible. Highly recommended!

    July 2022
    Response from festival:

    It was great to host you for a Q&A session - such an insightful session! Thanks again for submitting your fantastic film to us - it went down so so well with our audience. A worthy winner.

  • Stavit Allweis

    I regret that I was unable to attend, however, the communications were excellent and the team kept a nice "buzz" going during the buildup to the event. They also seemed to be putting lots of energy and love into their work. I predict great things for this young festival!

    July 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the kind words, Stavit. What a film! It was a major talking point of the Friday session - and that is what film festivals should be about! We look forward to seeing what comes next for you.

  • Marley Hasselbach

    Great festival with a live event and a very committed and communicated team. Expecting this one to grow in the future, and would definitely recommend submitting!

    July 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you again for submitting your incredible short film 'Kold' to Ignite. Such a beautiful film and well deserving of it's nominations. We hope to see you in person some time in the future.