Who We Are
THE NEW RENAISSANCE FILM FESTIVAL
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 artists and storytellers.
We are not interested in current fashions or politically-motivated content. We seek out stories that are genuinely imaginative, emotional and positive. 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 Film Freeway. Click here to see what people are saying about NRFF.
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.
INSPIRING ARTISTS AND STORYTELLERS
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, short films and acting that will be presented to young talent (up to 24 years of age).
NRFF LONDON 2019 – BIGGER AND BETTER!
2018 will be our fourth year in London, a city known for its diversity and innovation in the creative arts.
We will screen around 120 features, narrative shorts, documentaries, animations and music videos over the course of the festival, finishing with an AWARDS CEREMONY.
Trailer for NRFF LONDON 2016
Submissions for 2019 will begin in late August 2018. 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.
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STRENGTHENING LONDON’S FILM COMMUNITY
It is our passion to not only provide a stage for our filmmakers but also to strengthen the film community in London, by building an engaged audience through social media, and links with industry professionals and local businesses.
One hundred percent of sponsorship contributions will go directly towards the growth and development of the New Renaissance Film festival.
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BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE
NRFF is growing from the ground up. Our festival under the NRFF name was successfully launched in Amsterdam in March 2017. 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 LGBTQ community, giving independents the recognition they deserve.
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OUR PLATFORMS FOR ENTRY
When and where does the NRFF take place?
The New Renaissance Film Festival takes place in London, England in August. A festival programme will be announced nearer the time, including venue details.
How can I submit?
You can submit your film ONLINE through FilmFreeway or Withoutabox. However if you are a screenwriter you can also submit your script on ISA, as well.
FilmFreeway.com is a safe, one-stop shop for submitting to film festivals, and it’s free to join. Your work is only accessible to festivals that you submit to and can never be downloaded or shared without your permission.
You always retain 100% of all rights to your intellectual property, and receive real-time submission status updates directly from the festivals you’ve entered.
Withoutabox.com is a website dedicated to film festival submissions and is the easiest and most effective way to submit your film to festivals.
The great thing about Withoutabox (WAB) is that rather than having to fill out all your details each time you want to submit to a different film festival, you load the info once and that’s it. You can keep tabs on your film’s progress and they will send details of other suitable festivals along with deadline reminders. WAB is also free to use (although you can take advantage of a premium paid-for service if you wish).
In addition, as WAB is part of IMDb, and as New Renaissance is a WAB-partner, your film will automatically get an IMDb page.
Can I submit in any other way?
No, at the moment submission is only possible through FilmFreeway and Withoutabox, but new partners may be added in the future.
What happens once I’ve submitted my film or my screenplay?
Once we have your information from FilmFreeway or WAB, your fee and your link to your online screener or 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 as soon as possible.
How do you decide which films to show or which screenplays to award?
We will not simply select those films or writing 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 film or one screenplay?
You may enter as many films as you like. You must purchase a separate entry fee for each film you submit, and you must also complete the online entry form separately for each film.
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.
Do I need music/sound rights for my submission?
Yes. You are fully responsible for the clearance of all music or sound contained in your entry. You may be required to produce documentation at anytime.
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Does my film have to have been produced this year?
We accept submissions of films produced in any year, but we will give preferred consideration to films produced after 1 January 2014.
Can I submit work which has been previously screened elsewhere?
Yes, entries can be sent which have previously been screened elsewhere, including films that have screened online, but please include information on previous screenings with your submission.
My film is not in English, do I have to provide English subtitles?
All dialogue in the film is required to either be dubbed in to English, or provide English subtitles. The only exception is with song lyrics, which do not have to be translated and all submissions into the Dutch-Flemish (Vlaams-Nederlands) category.
Does my film have to be a premiere?
My film is online, will you still screen it?
We prefer it not to be online, but may still select it if we really like it.
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.
Last update 24 May 2018
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