NRFF Competition Terms

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. 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.

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Can I submit in any other way?

At the moment FilmFreeway is our major platform but we are considering new partners which may be added in the future.

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

Once we have your information from FilmFreeway, 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. Find out more at:

BBC Film Network

The American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers

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 August 2018.

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.

Does my film have to be a premiere?

No. But let us know if it is, as we can use this to promote the film if selected.

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 16 September 2020


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