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LGBT Film Festival and Screenplay Competition.

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 March (2019).

Different lengths and different genres are welcome. 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.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

TTHE NEW RENAISSANCE

The spacious cinema LAB111 will again be the home of the New Renaissance Film Festival (NRFF) for its fourth edition on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of March 2020.
This friendly arthouse 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 (http://newrenaissancefilmfest.com/nrff-interviews-oscar-2018-winners-the-silent-child), or received a major distribution deal.
Despite its small size, there are each year many gems to be found among the many short and feature films, and many filmmakers and actors are traditionally present and a lot of networking takes place.
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. The festival is also proud that it seems to attract a high number of female directors.

We focus on the ARTIST, on the STORY and on building 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-positive. To get a feel for the festival, watch the festival trailer of the previous year: http://nrff.nl/trailer-for-nrff-amsterdam-2019 or visit the 2019 programme website: www.nrff.nl

Check out NRFF’s page on Instagram and Facebook for interesting news and updates.

NRFF Amsterdam has several categories for International, Benelux and LGBT filmmakers. We especially love quality dramas with strong emotional themes, but we accept ALL genres.

We will screen around 100 films in two cinemas over the course of four days. This event includes a screenwriting competition, professional MASTER CLASSES by industry professionals, Filmmaker Q&A's, Panel Discussions, a fun COCKTAIL HOUR and AWARDS CEREMONY. The festival will be open to the public and ticket sales will be announced on the website in due course.

STRENGTHENING AMSTERDAM'S FILM COMMUNITY

It is our passion to not only provide a stage for our filmmakers but also to strengthen the film community in Amsterdam, by building an engaged audience through social media, our FILM OF THE WEEK initiative, and links with local businesses.

BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE

NRFF is growing from the ground up. Our mission is to enhance the vitality of independent filmmaking. Each city will engage with different themes and communities, giving independents the recognition they deserve.

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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  • Lois Norman

    This was my first film festival with my first feature, She Is Juiced and as it turned out, my First award: Best Art Film! The integrity, passion and commitment that New Renaissance showed, made me feel really valued and seen as a film maker and an Artist. I would absolutely recommend that you submit your film into the Creative and caring hands of NRFF x

    April 2018
  • Maxime Feyers

    Thank you for this festival selection and award. Just attended the award ceremony but it seems the festival was well organized and interesting. I hope to come back again!

    March 2018
  • Su Goldfish

    Really loved the overall curation of this festival. I felt my film was in very good company. I couldn't go to the festival because I live a long way away but I would have liked to. Thank you for being so lovely to me from afar.

    March 2018
  • Mehmet Tığlı

    Amazing festival. Thanks a lot to all festival crew.

    March 2017
  • Great event, welcoming hosts and nice venue.

    March 2017