'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 2024 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 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 Supporting 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
  • Tobiasz Wałkiewicz

    Great to be part of this festival. Great organisation and communication. Really helpful and understanding. Thank You for giving me another opportunity to show our short in front of the living audience ;)

    July 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much for your kind words! We loved 'Art Of Crossing' - such a fun and unique short film that went down very well with our audience when it was screened. We look forward to seeing what comes next for you and your team.

  • Marisa Cohen

    We absolutely loved being part of Ignite Film Festival! While we weren't able to go across the pond to attend, we felt a part of things from afar. The team does an amazing job with promotions and communications. The quality of the films involved was A+++ Hopefully we'll have the opportunity to attend in the future one day.

    July 2023
    Response from festival:

    Hi Marisa! Thanks so much for your kind words. Your animation 'The Interrogation' was a mad mind-bending experience and went down well with our audience! Thanks you also for the insightful intro that you recorded for us - it was great to have you on the screen but hopefully next time we can meet you in person. All the best with your festival run.

  • Rolfin Nyhus

    A superbly run festival by Billy and the team. First-class independent films by some very talented filmmakers hosted in a beautiful and recently renovated cinema. High reccomend, you will not be disappointed!

    July 2023
    Response from festival:

    What an absolute pleasure it was to meet you and Steve (and his dad of course!). Thank you for the fantastic feedback - it means the world to us! We wish you all the best with your fantastic film 'Waving' - a worthy winner of Best Production Design and Best Sound Design

  • ManMade Short Film

    Great experience with the Ignite team.

    July 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much for joining us - and for the brilliant Q&A session with Plum, Shaun and Sophie. Such an insightful chat about this incredible film! We have no doubt it will continue to win many more awards and accolades.

  • Thank you to Ignite for screening GHANIMAH we’re very grateful for their selection and sad that we could not attend!

    July 2023
    Response from festival:

    Next time we will hopefully get to meet in person - thanks again for submitting your fantastic film to Ignite.