Empowering student filmmakers globally

Serving 12,100 artists in 149 countries.

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Serving aspiring filmmakers.

SWIFF waives film festival submission fees and prioritizes student voices.

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Serving aspiring filmmakers.

SWIFF empowers student artists by waiving all submission fees.

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Gain Film Experience

Advance your film career by participating in a global film festival.

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Showcase your film to an audience from 120 countries.

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SWIFF waives all submission fees to provide access to all filmmakers.

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SWIFF empowers filmmakers
in 149 countries

Note: map markers do not reflect exact locations of filmmakers.

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Over 12,100 filmmakers
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My experience with SWIFF has been absolutely amazing. Regular, clear communication, extremely quick response times and a very friendly team... It also opened multiple networking and distribution opportunities for me. 10/10 recommend.

Keerthana Y.
SWIFF 2022 Participant

SWIFF Film Festival is great opportunity for independent filmmakers all over the world to present their work! The festival offers impeccable and quick feedback, professional attitude and great opportunities... It was an honor for me to participate with several film projects!

Alexandar T.
SWIFF 2022 Participant

It is very rewarding for amateur filmmakers (especially students with a disability where thanks to SWIFF the difference disappears). I highly recommend this festival, the follow-up is serious and sustained. We feel "unique". A big thank you to Mark Leschinsky and all his team.

Carole B.
SWIFF 2022 Participant

This festival was one of (if not the) best for a student just getting into the world of film festivals - an amazing initiative run by students, for students, with clear communication throughout and a whole host of wonderful events on offer!

Ellie L.
SWIFF 2022 Participant

This was such an exemplary festival. From organization and communication to excellent events—it was an honor to be a part of. Thank you so much for so much hard work and effort to make us feel valued and seen as filmmakers.

Shirin M.
SWIFF 2022 Participant

Amazing festival for world changing films! I felt very honoured to receive an Honorable Mention. It is so nice to see people from all around the world come together and share the same passion not only for film but also current important topics about the world.

Sarah K.
SWIFF 2022 Participant

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