Registration Fee $39


Early Deadline:

Sep 30, 2019

Regular Deadline:

Mar 01, 2020

March Deadline Deadline:

Mar 03, 2020

Late Deadline:

Apr 14, 2020

Final Deadline:

Jun 06, 2020


Regular Deadline
  • Standard Entry $39
  • ISAConnect Entry $34
March Deadline Deadline
  • Standard Entry $47
  • ISAConnect Entry $42
Late Deadline
  • Standard Entry $51
  • ISAConnect Entry $46
Final Deadline
  • Standard Entry $55
  • ISAConnect Entry $50
Regular Deadline
  • Standard Entry $24
  • ISAConnect Entry $19
March Deadline Deadline
  • Standard Entry $40
  • ISAConnect Entry $35
Late Deadline
  • Standard Entry $38
  • ISAConnect Entry $33
Final Deadline
  • Standard Entry $41
  • ISAConnect Entry $36



Jul 31, 2020


Jul 31, 2020


Aug 06, 2020

New Renaissance Film Festival ( London, U K)


"One of the UK's top film festivals to know about" - London METRO
"A top ten event" - Het Parool
"Culture Calendar" - VOGUE Nederland
"Amsterdam hosts a great cinema event" - iAmsterdam
For 5 days we will screen around 100 outstanding films in Shoreditch London.
Inspired by the idea of a cultural revival, we recognize that the digital revolution creates the conditions for a New Renaissance, opening a door for a different set of stories to be told.


Film is a unique medium, and the New Renaissance Film Festival’s mission is to support and champion the best upcoming filmmakers and screenwriters in this new era, to fulfill their dream in telling their stories.

We focus on the ARTIST, on the STORY and on building an international COMMUNITY of inspiring storytellers. We are not interested in following current fashions or politically motivated content. We seek out stories that are genuinely imaginative, emotional and or life-affirming. Our passion is to tell great stories.


NRFF was featured recently in the London METRO’s list of TOP UK FILM FESTIVALS among some very distinguished company, including Raindance and Aesthetica.

As of September 2016, we were ranked in the top 100 best reviewed film festivals on FilmFreeway.

We have been privileged to screen world and UK premiers at our festival that went on to win an Oscar! We have also found that filmmakers, screenwriters and actors create new projects from meeting each other at the festival.


This festival is organized by JAN HENDRIK VERSTRATEN and MASSIMO BARBATO who are themselves filmmakers and writers. They believe at the heart of every great film is a great story, one that will inspire an audience and hopefully help to shape culture in a positive way.

NRFF London has several categories for UK and International filmmakers and screenwriters, but very close to our hearts is the YOUNG TALENT AWARD. This is a special award for screenwriting, short films and acting that will be presented to young talent (up to 24 years of age). In 2018 the award was presented by First Flights, an initiative from Goldfinch Film Studios, a film production company which looks for new directors to work with.


2020 will be our fifth year in London, a city known for its diversity and innovation in the creative arts. We will screen around 120 narrative shorts, features, documentaries, animations and music videos over the course of the festival (as many as we can), finishing with an AWARDS CEREMONY.

Running alongside the festival will be a SCREENWRITING COMPETITION and a series of MASTERCLASSES by film industry experts, a filmmaker's PANEL DISCUSSION, Filmmaker Q&A's, and other networking opportunities.

Key Dates:

Submissions for 2020 will begin at the end of August 2019. Please read our guidelines (see below) and competition terms before doing so. The festival will take place in August 2019, and all contestants will be notified at least 6 weeks prior to the event.


NRFF is growing from the ground up. Our festival was successfully launched in London 2016. Our goal is to enhance the vitality of independent filmmaking with these annual festivals.

Each city will engage with different themes and communities, including the LGBT community, giving independents the recognition they deserve.


Best Feature Screenplay, Finalist, Semi-Finalists and Quarter Finalists. 

Best Short Screenplay, Best 3 Minute Screenplay and Best Short Screenplay written by Young Talent.

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New Renaissance Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilise an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorised to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. 
All entries should be in English or with English subtitles. 
All scripts must be original screenplays, for which the applicant(s) hold the copyright. Where the screenplay is based on another piece of work it is the responsibility of the screenwriter to obtain written permission/copyright clearances from the original author or publisher. 
The judges reserve the right not to enter into any correspondence after the announcement of the winner. 
The applicant shall indemnify and hold harmless New Renaissance Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. 


When and where does the NRFF take place?

The New Renaissance Film Festival takes place in London, UK, 22-25 August 2020. A spacious cinema and a green room for photos and interviews are included. 


How can I submit?

You can only submit your screenplay ONLINE.  You always retain 100% of all rights to your intellectual property.


What happens once I’ve submitted my film  or my screenplay?

Once we have your information from the ISA, your fee and your link to your screenplay document, we will start the judging process. Please be patient – in most cases you won’t hear from us until after the very final deadline has passed. We will get back to all submitters on 10 August 2020 the latest.


How do you decide which screenplays to award?

We will not simply select scripts that already have won an award. We hope to find new gems and discover excellent stories that move us, challenge us and above all inspire us.

We realise this to be highly subjective, but we will definitely try to be open to a diversity of different voices and points of view. We also will introduce you to the filmmakers, and we have found that new projects have been created as a result of that!


After the judging process is complete, can I get any feedback?

The judges unfortunately cannot offer any feedback on unsuccessful entries.


Are there any age restrictions on submitting to the festival?

You must be at least 18 to enter. Work can be entered on behalf of someone who is under 18 and it is your judgement call as to whether you think the work is suitable.


To enter a screenplay into the Young Talent category you have to between 18 and 21 years in order to qualify.


Can I alter my entry once it has been submitted?

No alterations can be made to submissions once they have been received. 


Can I enter more than one screenplay?

You may enter as many as you like. You must purchase a separate entry fee  and form for each submission.


Is entry to the festival open to international entrants?

The festival is open to international submissions. We welcome submissions from all over the world and look forward to seeing a huge variety of entries. 


Do you ever consider waiving fees?

Rarely. All indie filmmakers struggle financially but if we waived the fee for every filmmaker who asked then we wouldn’t be here unfortunately.


Will you pay for my accommodation if I attend the festival?

No, we can’t afford to put you up either. We can advise you on accommodation though, if you wish. We are currently seeking for sponsorship to develop our hospitality budget.

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