A Festival of Filmmakers for Filmmakers & Film lovers -
Swindon IFF - Film@Swinge (Swindon Fringe) will run 5 days, back to back this coming year again at our home venue Swindon MECA,
Due to extraordinary situations, our festival dates have had to change, our amazing hosts MECA are juggling postponed events and we have graciously assisted, this means we are now running Wednesday 21st - Friday 23rd July. with the very best of Local and international films and of course our NCC night - Networking Canapés & Cocktails and Gala Awards Night.
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 / Schools 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 all for 1 entry fee!
For Voucher Discount code (Fee waiver) contact Organisers with image of I.D. / Driving licence with address clearly visible.

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 try to keep our fees low, including one entry fee that enters films to all relevant Awards. Over the past few years we have helped many Filmmakers from Countries in International sanctions and yet other filmmakers from the same countries have found ways to enter and pay. We can no longer afford to do so, please do NOT ask for a fee waiver.

Best Feature Film (50 minutes & over)
Best micro Short (under 3 minutes)
Best Short Film (under 20 - 49 minutes)
Best Drama
Best Documentary
Best Comedy
Best Animation
Best Music Video
Best Youth film (under 18) sponsored by PQA
Best Student Film
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Post Production.
Best Cinematography
Best Sound design
Best score
Best Production Design
Best Costume Design
Best Make Up & Hair Design
Best Actor (Gender Neutral)
Best Youth Actor
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Film made in Swindon.
Festival Favourite Film
Highly Commended / Special Mention

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 in the last 2 years.

We accept films already released on internet, we understand filmmakers NEED to promote their work - However if selected please do not promote this fact or any links along side your Selection / Nomination until after the screening event.

Submission fees 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.
Sound should Peak at maximum -6 dbs
Once a film gains Official Selection a copy must be sent to us in order to be screened. Ideally digital down-load Any Blu-Ray copy will not be returned.

Overall Rating
  • Vincent Guy

    Delighted to be selected for this festival. It was through the director Doug that we came across the whole FilmFreeway thing, and we've since won some other awards and selections. Thanks, Doug

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    A Pleasure, see you next year Vincent!

  • Great festival. such a great honor that my film "Hard Shadow" was part of it

    August 2020
  • Thomas Harman

    Well presented festival, very good communication between the festival organizers and filmmakers. We were very happy have 'Fluffypunk' Screened and we hope to be back next year in person with our film 'Riot in the Meadow'.

    July 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Thomas, we look forward to seeing you then. Keep do what you do.

  • I am thrilled that It's Time for Tea was part of the 2020 festival! I would have loved a reason to visit Swindon but things didn't work out that way this year. The folks at the Swindon Independent Film Festival managed to create a great online fest and I wish them all the best in years to come - thank you!

    July 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your very entertains submission, we hope to see your next project and hopefully see you face to face in 2021.

  • Chris Quick

    A brilliant festival which coped well with the restrictions of COVID-19. Hopefully get a chance to come back another year to the festival in person.

    July 2020
    Response from festival:

    After all your hard work creating, we had to do our best to screen your wonderfully bonkers film, can’t wait for the next one and we hope to see you here next year (previous nominee discount! ).