New Renaissance Film Festival London

NRFF London // NRFF London

3rd edition

Aug 14 - Aug 19, 2018
London, United Kingdom

Open Call Sep 09, 2017 - Jun 10, 2018  Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Any type, Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Music video, Narrative fiction, Student
Film length Mid-length, Short
Genre Action, Adventure, Alternative, Art, Avantgarde, B-Movie, Biography, Burlesque, Classics, Comedy, Comedy drama, Crime, Culture, Dance, Dark comedy, Drama, Dramedy, Environmental, Family, Fantastic, Fantasy, Flash, Foreign, Health, Hip Hop, History, Horror, Human rights, Independent, Kids, LGBT, Live Action, Melodrama, Microcinema, Mockumentary, Music, Musical, Mystery, Nature, Post modern, Realism, Reality, Religious, Road Trip, Romance, Romantic comedy, Satire, Science, Science fiction, Silent movie, Social issues, Spiritual, Sports, Surreal, Thriller, Transgender, Underground, Urban, War, Western

Mission / description MISSION & OBJECTIVE

WELCOME. The New Renaissance Film Festival (NRFF) LONDON provides a platform for outstanding independent filmmakers from around the world. We focus on the ARTIST, on the STORY and on building a COMMUNITY of inspiring storytellers. We screen mainly short films, but from now on will start to accept features as well. Our numerous award possibilities give independents the chance to receive the recognition they deserve.

Despite our short history we have been privileged to screen world and UK premiers at our festival that went on to be nominated for the Oscars! We have also found that filmmakers, screenwriters and actors create new projects from meeting each other at the festival. The festival will take place in August 2018 at the art-house cinema CLOSE-UP, in Shoreditch, a great venue for lovers of indie film. CALL FOR ENTRIES 2018 is now OPEN. We hope to see you there!

NRFF was featured recently in the London METRO’s list of TOP UK FILM FESTIVALS, alongside Raindance and Aesthetica. Our top industry judges from the UK and USA enable us to keep standards consistently high. In 2017 we screened 73 short films, this year we hope to even screen a lot more. So please join us in London.


This three-day 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 and for short films that will be presented to young talent between the ages of 18-24.

We feel it is important to give those starting out in film a chance to discover their own unique voice and vision, as an artist, and to communicate with a larger audience.


2017 will be our second year in London, a city known for its diversity and innovation in the creative arts. We will screen around 120 narrative shorts, documentaries, animations and music videos over the course of the festival, finishing with an AWARDS CEREMONY.
Running alongside the festival will be a SCREENWRITING COMPETITION and a series of MASTERCLASSES by film industry experts, a filmmakers PANEL DISCUSSION and other networking opportunities.


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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Rate Favorite Share Submit your film SELECT SUBMISSION CATEGORY Narrative International Short Narrative UK Short Documentary Short Young Talent Narrative Short Young Talent Documentary Short Short Short Animation Short Music or Dance Short
Class Founded: 2016
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: Sep 09, 2017

Early bird deadline: Sep 30, 2017
Regular deadline: Mar 08, 2018
Late deadline: Jun 10, 2018

Notification date: Jul 28, 2018

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Fees Fees range from 11.00 to 44.85 EUR (0.00 to 0.00 USD) . See submission categories for details about fees.
Awards Total prize money: 0.00 USD
Other prizes: Top Industry judges, free magazine memberships, free listing InkTip
General rules Rules & Terms

(1) 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. (2) 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.
(3) All entries should be in English or with English subtitles.
(4) 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.
(5) The judges reserve the right not to enter into any correspondence after the announcement of the winner.
(6) 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.
(7) We know all too well that most filmmakers have to work with a tight budget. Unfortunately however, WE CANNOT WAIVE THE SUBMISSION FEE.