A Festival of Filmmakers for Filmmakers & Film lovers 45 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 Tuesday 18th - Friday 22nd 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 9th 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 the one entry fee 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
  • Remy Archer

    We had a fantastic time and would recommend this festival to anyone. It was run by and for filmmakers and was a joy to attend, depsite incredibly difficult circumstances for Doug and the core team.

    October 2021
  • Ava Bounds

    Although I couldn't attend, the communication was excellent and very professional. Thank you for screening my film, PLAYERS

    August 2021
    Response from festival:

    A pleasure, we hope to screen more of your projects and perhaps meet you next year.

  • We won! 1000 Days Winner BEST DOCUMENTARY Swindon International independent Film Festival 2021 Me and Thee Films @MeTheefilms
    To put a live screening event on during these times, is a minor miracle, but that’s exactly what Doug Kirby, the Festival Director, and his team did. Absolutely amazing effort! Says everything you need to know. Communication was great, as was everything else. Great to have the film screened during the festival event and we attended the red carpet filmmakers Gala at the end, complete with Prosecco!
    I can recommend this superb festival. Thanks to all!

    August 2021
    Response from festival:

    An absolute pleasure, thanks for submitting such a heartfelt film. A pleasure to meet you both.We look forward to your next endeavour.

  • Swindon did a great job! We're honoured to have received the award for Best Short and the physical trophy itself is wonderful. Thank you for being so supportive of independent film and keep up the great work!

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    A pleasure, we look forward to seeing your next project.

  • Katie Harriman

    Honoured to have our film "Last Orders" screened at an international fest! We're gutted we couldn't make the event because it was such a lovely, well organised process and the event looked brill!

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Katie we hope to see you next year!