"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

LGBT NEW RENAISSANCE

We are looking for FILMS and SCREENPLAYS with an LGBT theme to be part of the New Renaissance Film Festival, which will take place in Amsterdam, next April. Different lengths and different genres are welcome.

The spacious cinema LAB111 will again be the home of the New Renaissance Film Festival (NRFF) for its fifth edition. This friendly art-house festival which is based in London, and was called “One of the UK’s top film festivals” (London METRO, O1.08.16), has premiered and screened films that went on to win an Oscar or received a major distribution deal.

Despite its relatively small size, there are each year many gems to be found among the many short and feature films in the programme. Furthermore, many filmmakers and actors are traditionally present, and a lot of productive networking takes place.

ARTISTICALLY-DRIVEN FILMS, INSPIRING STORIES

Film is a unique medium, and NRFF’s mission is to support and champion inspiring, independent artists and storytellers. This includes experimental work, emotional drama, SF films and an exciting variety of LGBT shorts and features.

Our festival is built around ARTISTS and their STORIES. By doing so, we aim to establish 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 life-affirming. At the heart of what we do is our passion to tell great stories.

To get a feel for the festival, watch the trailer of the previous year: https://vimeo.com/386067506 and visit the 2020 programme website: www.nrff.nl

INCLUSIVE AND UNIQUE

The festival has several categories for International, Dutch and LGBT filmmakers. We especially love quality dramas with strong emotional themes, but we accept ALL genres. We are also proud to attract a high number of female directors.

We will screen between 60-100 films over the course of 3 days. This event includes a screenwriting competition, professional MASTER CLASSES by industry professionals, Filmmaker Q&A's, Panel Discussions, a fun NETWORKING PARTY and AWARDS CEREMONY. The festival is also open to the public.

Follow our NRFF page on Instagram and Facebook for photos and interesting updates.

SUPPORTING THE INDEPENDENT FILM COMMUNITY

It is our passion to not only provide a stage for our filmmakers but also to strengthen the INDEPENDENT film community, By building an engaged audience through social media. We actively encourage directors, screenwriters, producers and actors to network during the festival and after the event. By doing so, new collaborations have occurred.

WAIVER POLICY

We know all too well that most filmmakers have to work with a tight budget. Unfortunately however, WE CANNOT WAIVE THE SUBMISSION FEE as we are a self-funding festival.

(1) Best of Fest :-

An award for outstanding direction, acting, production and story-telling.
Official Selection Laurel.
Shared with others: Best of Fest, Humanity Award, Best Narrative Drama, Best Experimental, Best Thriller/Film Noir, Best Sci-fi, Best Fantasy, Best Music or Dance, Best Animation, Best Horror, Best Documentary. Best Director, Best Female Filmmaker, Best Cinematography, Best Music Score, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Hair & Make-up, Best Editing, Best Story.

(2) New Renaissance Humanity Award :-

An award given in recognition of a film that raises awareness of an important social issue.
Official Selection Laurel.
Shared with others: Best of Fest, Best Narrative Drama, Best Experimental, Best Thriller/Film Noir, Best Sci-fi, Best Fantasy, Best Comedy, Best Music or Dance, Best Animation, Best Horror, Best Documentary. Best Director, Best Female Filmmaker, Best Cinematography, Best Music Score, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Hair & Make-up, Best Editing, Best Story.

(3) Best Feature, Best Debut Feature & Best Medium Length Film:-

Official Selection Laurel.
Shared with others: Best of Fest, Humanity Award, Best Narrative Drama, Best Experimental, Best Thriller/Film Noir, Best Sci-fi, Best Fantasy, Best Comedy, Best Music or Dance, Best Animation, Best Horror, Best Documentary. Best Director, Best Female Filmmaker, Best Cinematography, Best Music Score, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Hair & Make-up, Best Editing, Best Story.

(4) Best LGBT Short

Official Selection Laurel.
Shared with others: Best of Fest, Humanity Award, Best Narrative Drama, Best Debut, Best Experimental, Best Thriller/Film Noir, Best Sci-fi, Best Fantasy, Best Comedy, Best Music or Dance, Best Animation, Best Horror, Best Documentary. Best Director, Best Female Filmmaker, Best Cinematography, Best Music Score, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Hair & Make-up, Best Editing, Best Story.

(5) Best Short Screenplay

All screenplay winners will be announced during the award ceremony at the festival in Amsterdam.
QF. SF. Finalist. Official Selection Laurel
Shared with others: Best Drama (all types), Best Action, Best Adventure, Best Fantasy, Best Sci-Fi, Best Thriller, Best Horror.

(6) Best Feature Screenplay

All screenplay winners will be announced during the award ceremony at the festival in Amsterdam.
QF. SF. Finalist. Official Selection Laurel.
Shared with others: Best Drama (all types), Best Action, Best Adventure, Best Fantasy, Best Sci-Fi, Best Thriller, Best Horror.

Others award prizes will be announced at the festival.

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. 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.
All entries should be in English or with English subtitles.
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.
The judges reserve the right not to enter into any correspondence after the announcement of the winner.
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.
Unfortunately we cannot offer any waiver of the submission fee. We will not review your work without it. We will not make any exceptions.
PLEASE NOTE THAT SUBMISSION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE, DEADLINES, PROGRAMS, VENUES AND DATES MAY CHANGE. ALL RESPONSES TO FILMMAKERS WILL BE BY EMAIL

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  • Alexandre Maximino

    The Great Festival!
    I was happy with the my short screenplay select and honor premium, "Para Blue".

    April 2020
  • Thank you for the honor of the award for my screenplay, CONSENT. I am most grateful and hope I will be able to attend in the future. You all rock!

    March 2020
  • Philippe Audi-Dor

    I had a great time at this festival! The organisers, Jan and Massimo, are friendly, professional and - most importantly - you can tell how much they care about the festival and the filmmakers attending. The atmosphere was great, the location ideal (both for screenings and for drinks with filmmakers/audiences afterwards) and the variety of films exciting. I would definitely recommend going! :)

    March 2020
  • I had wonderful time at this festival and had a chance to meet interesting people! the movie selection was interesting and i didn't have one dull moment.

    March 2020
  • Daniel Talbott

    I love this festival and the folks who run it. I feel so lucky to have been a part of it for the last three years and I'm going to keep submitting and hoping I get to be a part of it again. This is an incredible fest and definitely submit.

    March 2020