Tim Swaddling was born on August 12th, 1980 in Kingsville, Ontario, Canada. He moved to Windsor, Ontario in 2003 to enroll in the University of Windsor's Visual Arts & Communications program, from which he graduated in 2008. While at the University in 2007, Swaddling made three short films in collaboration with cinematographer Johnny Grieco (titled Frog Fortuna, Upstairs and The Case Of The Missing Artistic Integrity) that went on to gain a distribution deal with the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Company (CFMDC) in 2008. These short films gained the attention of The Dot Film Company's Theodore Bezaire and Gerry Lattmann, who agreed to work on Swaddling's first feature length film, The Arrow & The String, which Tim wrote and directed in 2009. The Arrow & The String premiered at the 2010 Windsor International Film Festival with two sold out screenings at the Capitol Theatre.
In 2008, Swaddling was appointed Administrative Director of the Windsor International Film Festival's 48 Hour Flick Fest. In November 2009, Swaddling was featured in a panel discussion of notable Windsor filmmakers as part of the 2009 Windsor International Film Festival.
Tim is also a visual artist, having held exhibitions of his photos and conceptual digital media works in such exhibitions as Meet Me At The Movies in 2006 and LP: Visual Vinyl in 2008. Swaddling also plays bass and guitar in a roots band based in Windsor, Ontario, Lonesome Lefty & The Cryin' Shames.