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We have focused on developing film festivals that build a path to your continued success throughout the years.
All our festivals have helped hundreds of filmmakers worldwide get the recognition they deserve by giving them exposure, a truly deserved award, and a chance for distribution with long-established worldwide distributors.
We created our festivals implementing a rule none of the others have: if your film gets rejected, we will let you know why and give you a chance to fix it, then re-submit for free before we close submissions or the following season.

Welcome to the Nature Without Borders International Film Festival, where distribution and exposure opportunities abound.

NWBIFF is a sister festival to the Docs Without Borders International Film Festival and the Depth of Field International Film Festival, a FilmFreeway “Top 100 Reviewed” festival.

NWBIFF accepts worldwide Films/Documentaries under many major categories and sub-categories.


Over the years, our sister festivals have sent hundreds of winning films to long-established Distribution companies, many signing for distribution. NWBIFF operates with that same vantage! Your top award with NWBIFF gets you into our distributor review group.

Don’t forget Feedback: The one element most festivals ignore.

Everyone who submits to the Nature Without Borders International Film Festival will receive either of two benefits:

1): your film is already competition caliber and receives Official Selection status OR
2): If your film is not selected, you will receive a letter outlining what needs corrections. Make suggested corrections and resubmit for FREE, even next Season.

This gives you the chance to make corrections to your film:
- Helps you to improve your product and its marketability
- Enhances your ability to be accepted at other festivals besides ours.

Guaranteed distributor review by Worldwide Motion Pictures Corporation, Adler & Associates and Cardinal XD Distribution for our select few "Best Of Festival"

Opportunities for Sub-Category Awards include cinematography, score, original concept, direction, SFX, acting, writing, editing and many more!

"Best of Festival Award: Presented to outstanding entries from among the Best Of Show Winners. Selected by genre and domestic/foreign

"Best Of Show" selected by genre and domestic/foreign, so there will be more than one BOS, i.e. BOS Documentary (Domestic), BOS Documentary (Foreign) and so on.

"Award of Outstanding Excellence,"

* (Please note: If there is insufficient competition within any category, we reserve the right to withdraw a "Best Of" presentation in that category.)

Other award levels include:
"Award of Excellence,"
"Award Of Exceptional Merit,"
"Jury's Choice Award,"
"Award Of Merit,"
"Kudos Endeavor Award,"

NWBIFF is a live screening festival and virtual competition: We invest in getting distributor recognition for quality films to give them a life beyond a onetime festival showing.
NWBIFF screens Best of Festival winners at the Multi-Festival Events in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and Berkeley Springs, WV (By invitation, at our discretion and dependent on COVID-19 Status)

Long term screening opportunity available on WRPN.TV Entertainment Network (optional)

Our founders are active Committee Members for the Universal Film and Festival Organization (UFFO.ORG), a U.K. based non-profit, founded to implement the best business practices for festivals

If your film is not selected, you will receive a letter outlining what needs corrections. Make suggested corrections and resubmit for FREE, even next Season.

NWBIFF is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for competition at the Festival for promotional purposes.
A brief clip of winning entries may also be streamed on the NWBIFF.COM website and WRPN.TV.

The number of awards granted at any given level will fluctuate based on the total number of entries received for each competition deadline. Just as entering major categories does not insure selection or award, entering sub-categories also does not insure selection or award; Filmmakers who enter sub-categories only (without entering a major category) may be rejected if the judges do not feel the submitted sub-category is of merit, even if the film itself is of merit and could have been award-worthy. Conversely, films may also receive awards for sub-categories written in by the judges even if the filmmaker did not submit for them.
Also, your film name will appear in the Official Selection list only if you have submitted the entire film into one of the Major (full-price) Categories (films submitted for judging in reduced-rate, production value sub-categories only, will not be listed).
Submitting your film to NWBIFF automatically puts you on our mailing list, to receive emails from NWBIFF and WRPN.TV, so that you will be informed of developments regarding the status of your film. This mailing list is private and will not be shared with any third parties. You may unsubscribe at any time at the risk of missing pertinent information regarding your film.
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The Competition reserves the right to refuse entries, and there are no waivers.
Submissions in other than English language must be subtitled, dubbed or include an English transcript.
If there is insufficient competition within any particular category, NWBIFF reserves the right to withdraw a "Best Of" presentation in that particular category.

In order to insure that each film is studied and rated an individual basis, NWBIFF has instituted a system to insure that entries do not compete against each other, but instead are recognized for their own individual merits. For all intents and purposes, they compete against themselves: each entry is judged on individual merits and scored on an inherent value system. We want to insure that the judges’ focus is on you when it is your turn to be evaluated, not on all the other films that are in cue: this insures that they will not have comparisons going on in their minds when they should be focusing entirely on YOU.

Judges score entries on a performance scale and winning entries are recognized and awarded not only for Best of Festival and Best Of Show, but also for two Awards of Excellence levels, two Awards of Merit levels, a Kudos Endeavor Award, or no award.
Best of Festival and Best of Show honors are granted to the top scoring entry/entries for each season; Awards of Excellence are granted to entries with truly exceptional artistic and technical achievements; and notable achievements are recognized at the Award of Merit and 'Kudos' award levels.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless NATURE WITHOUT BORDERS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, WRPN.TV, and ROMAN PICTURES 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.

Overall Rating
  • Ema Poposka

    Thank you for awarding Merit in the Youth Produced category to my documentary short film The Living Sea.

    March 2022
  • Yo Kohatsu

    I am very grateful to the festival team for choosing my film. All my movie crew are happy too. Even under the influence of COVID19, movies are traveling across countries in this way.

    I find it significant that films with the same theme come together at the festival.

    January 2022
  • mark pearce

    Thanks to NWBIFF. We were very honoured to receive an award for our film, The Message of the Lyrebird during the 2022 fest. The festival itself opens up opportunities from a wide range of subjects focusing on nature which gives each filmmaker the best chance to promote their work. The people were really friendly and clear in communication during a tuff time during the Covid period. Congrats to all the team at NWBIFF

    January 2022
  • Thank you for recognizing "Ed and Rooster's Great Adventure" -

    January 2022
  • Very solid festival with great categories.

    January 2022