The screenwriting competition is part of the New Renaissance Film Festival (Amsterdam,NL), and wants to promote and reward talented screenwriters and their stories.
Quarter Finalist, Semi-Finalist and Finalists in each category, as well as Best in each category. Other prizes will be announced during the festival.
We are squarely focused on supporting emerging screenwriters in their professional growth by providing nearly every tool and resource available in the industry. It's our express goal to support writers of any level or background, who are proactive in developing their careers and are willing to learn from the insights and expertise of our community members. Screenwriting takes perseverance. The harder you work, the better this site will work for you.
In this industry, the first twenty pages can mean the difference between a "go picture" and a "go home and try again." Give your writers the advantage with a page (or two) introduction to their script from an outside perspective. We'll map out the direction of the screenplay thus far, and give advice to gently nudge them on the proper course.
Our most popular analysis. The writer will receive a personalized critique based on a thorough read-through of the entire script, up to 120 pages. Whether half-hour pilot or feature film, we'll note our thoughts on everything from the characters and dialogue to pacing, structure, and formatting, and even where the work fits in the marketplace.
Give your writers the in-depth insight of the ISA's working industry professionals. Our Readers will provide 5-6 pages of advanced notes, breaking down every moment and character arc, noting the subtleties that a writer may not have contemplated, and providing a next-level perspective that will empower screenwriters and help script achieve their full potential.
When and where does the NRFF take place?
The New Renaissance Film Festival takes place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on 2nd, 3rd and 4th March 2018. A festival programme will be announced nearer the time, including venue details.
What happens once I’ve submitted my film or my screenplay?
Once we have your information, your fee and your screenplay 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 as soon as possible.
How do you decide which screenplays to award?
We will not simply select those 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.
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?
There are no age restrictions for submitting to the festival so everyone is welcome to enter. Work can therefore 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.
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 for each, and you must also complete the online entry form separately for each.
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?
Unfortunately we cannot offer any discounts or waive the submission fee. We will not review your work without it. We will not make any exceptions. All indie filmmakers struggle financially but if we waived the fee for every filmmaker who asked then we wouldn’t be able to provide this festival platform.
Will New Renaissance Film Festival pay for me and/or my crew to come to the festival?
Sadly we can’t afford to fly filmmakers or screenwriters over for the festival.
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.
(If you are a writer and want to be considered for the TOP 25, you must be an ISAConnect Member)