"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.
ONE OF THE TOP UK FILM FESTIVALS TO KNOW ABOUT!
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.
A FESTIVAL FOR INSPIRING ARTISTS, STORIES AND STORYTELLERS
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.
NRFF LONDON 2020
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.
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.
BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE
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.
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.
Click "APPLY OFFER" at the bottom of
the entry form to redeem.
(If you are a writer and want to be considered for the TOP 25, you must be an ISAConnect Member)