'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.

Join us in our new home for 2022 - 'The Parade Cinema'. A stunning new 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 this 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 dancing 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 Student Film
Best Animated Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Micro Short (Under 3 minutes)
Best VR Experience
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 copy (ideally digital download) must be sent to us in order for the film to be screened.

Overall Rating
  • Wow, festival was produced excellently. Ultra professional and impressive. All the films were quality so I feel very special to be included. Thank you.

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Tim - we loved screening 'Hockley Types'. Such a well written and perfectly executed micro short and a worthy winner of the best micro short award. We look forward to seeing what you do next. Thanks. Ignite

  • Mark Gould

    I don't quite know what to say. The website looks good. To my shame I found lots of emails in my junk inbox. These people seem gentle, good and kind, It was great to have my film selected and screened. Thankyou. I wish you well in the future. Would love some audience feedback!

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Hi Mark. Thank you for confirming about the emails - we were concerned there may have been an issue our end so that's great that you did receive them. Hopefully next time you have films to submit we will be able to meet at an actual event.
    We can tell you that 'A Pilgrimage In to Tibet' was a fantastic documentary that was well received when it screened on Wednesday 30/6 as part of our schedule. Speak soon. Ignite

  • Anthony von Seck

    Lovely festival. Very committed and with a passion for cinema. They truly care.

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Many thanks Anthony. Limbo is a fantastic film so we are very grateful to you for submitting to us on our first year. We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future. Thanks. Ignite

  • Thanks for having my film on at the festival. I found it to be really well organised with a lot of attention to detail, the best online festival I have experienced so far. I hope to come back.

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the kind words, Steve. We loved screening 'Dogwood' - such a fantastic feature. We look forward to seeing your next film. Thanks. Ignite

  • Marion Rivaux

    A really well organised online film festival, and a really fun event! The hosts Ross and Billy did a great job, and the streaming team did amazing too. I will definitely participate again next year!

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for your kind words Marion. We are glad you enjoyed the event as it was a lot fun for us to present. Thank you for submitting your fantastic film 'Finding' - well deserving of its nomination for best micro short. We look forward to seeing what you and your team do next. Best regards. Ignite