The annual Swindon Independent Film Festival is returning this summer for the fifth year.

It is also all change as this year brings a new team running things behind the scenes - taking over from the festival’s founder, Doug Kirby.

Since it was founded in 2018, the festival has continued to grow, with films being submitted from around the UK and around the world.

This year saw an increase in film submissions - from animations to documentaries, from short films to feature-length and organisers say the calibre of films submitted has been fantastic.

The film festival team are now announcing the official selection for this year’s event. A bumper selection of 46 films will be shown at this year’s week-long event taking place at the end of July.

To view more of the festival's programme and descriptions of the chosen films see

Commenting on the official selection, festival organisers Bobbie Brandybuck and Oliver Rogers said: “The quality of films that we have had submitted to us this year has been incredible.

"Choosing the official selection was not an easy process. However, after much debate and discussion with the team, we are proud to announce our official selection for this year.”

The festival will take place during the last week of July, showing a number of films each evening throughout the week. Doors open at 6pm each evening with screenings finishing by 10.30pm. The film festival will take place at Artsite in Theatre Square.

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There will be two breaks during the showings each evening.

There will be a cashless bar serving drinks and light refreshments throughout the evening too. 

There will be an invite-only awards gala evening held on Saturday, July 29 where filmmakers will come and celebrate the amazing talent and skill that has been showcased in this year’s submissions.

The festival has tickets available for each night selling at £8.50 for adults and £5.00 for concession tickets. Please note, guests must be aged 16 years or over to attend the film festival screenings.

For more information about this year’s selection, and to purchase tickets, visit the Swindon Film Festival website at