The largest celebration of aspiring filmmakers globally
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A world-class event to empower filmmakers

Hosted quarterly throughout the year.

Live film screenings

More than 200 films screened during the week.

Speaker events

Speakers from Netflix, NBCUniversal and more.

Networking opportunities

Chances to make professional connections.

Community interaction

Meet hundreds of other students just like you!

10k+

Student submissions

to SWIFF every year

3k+

Students selected

as a part of SWIFF 2022

120

Countries

represent the students at SWIFF

1k+

Students attended

online from around the world

The largest celebration of student filmmakers

SWIFF is the first festival of its kind to feature the works of thousands of talented young artists from around the globe in a week-long, virtual gathering. This action-packed event is a celebration of student filmmakers from more than 120 countries, and it is a testament to the power and creativity of young people.

Our Mission

To advance opportunities and diversity in film.

The Student World Impact Film Festival (SWIFF) is a global celebration of 3,000 filmmakers from 120 countries who are using the power of film to create positive change in the world. SWIFF brings together a diverse group of filmmakers from all corners of the globe to showcase their work and share their vision for a brighter future.

The Student World Impact Film Festival was founded with a mission to showcase the powerful and inspiring films created by students from around the world. SWIFF's vision is to create a platform for young filmmakers to share their unique perspectives and experiences with a global audience while also raising awareness and inspiring action on important social and environmental issues. It is 100% free to submit for everyone.

The Student World Impact Film Festival hopes to promote the important role that storytelling can play in driving positive change and raising the voices of young people.

Frequently asked questions

What is the cost to submit?


To empower filmmakers globally, SWIFF waives all submission fees for entrants at the festival.

When is SWIFF?

SWIFF is hosted on a quarterly basis throughout the year.
 The upcoming season is scheduled for March 2023.

Where can I submit?


You can submit on our FilmFreeway page. Check it our here.

Hear it from SWIFF's students

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.
Selection at SWIFF

Exceptional opportunity for students everywhere! All our students where thrilled to be have their World Premiere in your superlative event. Professional, fantastic communications, amazing selections and awards. Highly recommended. Cheers!

Kevin L.
Teacher of Students Selected at SWIFF

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.
Selection at SWIFF

An incredible opportunity to showcase the work of student filmmakers from around the world. The event was incredible, the festival was fantastic, and the response time and availability of the organization was impeccable.

Thiago P.
Selection at SWIFF

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.
Selection at SWIFF

What a fantastic festival! The organizers really went above and beyond on this one, and they offered an online space to network with other filmmakers. I enthusiastically recommend this to any student filmmaker!

ElectricCiné Films
Selection at SWIFF
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.
Selection at SWIFF