This friendly and welcoming art-house festival based in London, was called “One of the UK’s top film festivals” alongside Raindance and Aesthetica (London METRO, O1.08.16) . We have premiered and screened films that went on to win an Oscar or received a major distribution deal. As of September 2016, we were ranked in the top 100 best reviewed film festivals on FilmFreeway (#9, September 2020).

Despite the festival's 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.


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, and emerging talent.

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 being political. 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, visit last year's programme:


2022 will be our seventh year in London, a city known for its diversity and innovation in the creative arts. For 3 days in September, we will screen around 100 outstanding films in the heart of Covent Garden, in the newly refurbished John Lyon's Theatre at City Lit. The programme will include narrative shorts, features, documentaries, animations, dance and music videos, a NETWORKING party and AWARDS CEREMONY.

Apart from a high number of UK and International films, NRFF London has a category for EMERGING TALENT (debut and student filmmakers).

Running alongside the festival will be a SCREENWRITING COMPETITION, a series of MASTERCLASSES by film industry experts, a filmmaker's PANEL DISCUSSION, Filmmaker Q&A's, and other networking opportunities.

Key Dates:

Submissions for 2021 will begin early September 2020. Please read our guidelines (see below) and competition terms before doing so. The festival will take place in mid September 2021, and all contestants will be notified at least 6 weeks prior to the event.


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 artistic collaborations have occurred.


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.

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For our sixth edition we had found a sponsor for CASH prizes for the Best Emerging Talent Awards. We feel confident that we can repeat this for NRFF 2022. More news will be posted soon regarding this.
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Best Film of Festival, Humanity Award, Best Feature Film, Best International Short, Best UK Short, Best Animation Short, Best Documentary, Best Music Video, Best Dance Film, Best Young Talent Short, Best 3 Minute Short, Official Selection laurel, Best Director, Best Female Filmmaker, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Art Film, Best Music Score + many more.


Best Feature Screenplay, Best Short Screenplay, Best 3 Minute Screenplay, and Best Short Screenplay written by Young Talent, Finalist + others.

(1) 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. (2) 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.
(3) All entries should be in English or with English subtitles.
(4) 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.
(5) The judges reserve the right not to enter into any correspondence after the announcement of the winner.
(6) To qualify for a cash prize the winner must satisfy all the terms of their category, take part in an interview, and attend the festival in person to receive the award.
(7) The judges reserve the right not to award a cash prize if there is no clear winner in the category, the winner is not in attendance at the festival, or if the sponsor cannot honour their financial pledge. The Applicant shall hold harmless New Renaissance Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses which may be incurred in such circumstances.
(8) 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, cash prizes advertised, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.
(9) We know all too well that most filmmakers have to work with a tight budget. Unfortunately however, WE CANNOT WAIVE THE SUBMISSION FEE.
(10) Due to covid we may have to replace the live screenings with an online festival. We will try to avoid this if possible. The festival will organise this to its best abilites, but the festival cannot be held accountable for any technical difficulties that may occur during or as a result of the online screening.

Overall Rating
  • Celia Willis

    We were so pleased to be a part of the 2020 program - the organisers were really organised and it was an all round great experience even with the move online. Thank you!

    December 2020
  • Joe Ferrera

    Excellent and well crafted film festival. Fantastic selection of films. Enjoyed watching everyone’s work. Keep up the great work.

    October 2020
  • Laurence Fuller

    I was so honored to be one of only 8 Feature Screenplay Finalists with my screenplay MODERN ART this year! But then to see the whole online platform they created due to the current pandemic and how professional and innovative it all was, I was so honored and excited to take part! A+++

    October 2020
  • Despite Covid-19 setbacks, NRFF managed to keep the spirit of the film festival alive in a digital manner. Me and my film crew were honoured to be a part of the Offical selection, and to win 'Best Student Short' for our film, 'Night Shift'.

    An amazing festival with an amazing selection of work and artists. We will definitely be coming back, hopefully in a physical manner next time.

    September 2020
  • Anna Vinokur

    I was very honored to be included in the official selection and to win the Humanity Award for my documentary "Dance for it". The communication with the organizers was fantastic, Jan even invited me for an interview about my film. I'm sure they managed to do the best in such difficult situation with the pandemic. Only the best impression about this festival, hope to return one day with another film. Thank you!

    September 2020