Our friendly and welcoming art-house festival based in London is genuinely passionate about indie film. NRFF has been 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 - The Silent Child (2018) - or received a major distribution deal - A Living Dog (2021); Into The Mirror (2019); You Go To My Head (2019); and Phantompain (2018) to name just a few success stories.

Since September 2016, NRFF has been ranked in the top 100 best reviewed film festivals on FilmFreeway (#11, October 2021), out of 9000+ worldwide.

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, music, dance 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 politically divisive. 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's quality curation, 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. 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), who can win CASH PRIZES.

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.

Please read our Rules & Terms before making your submission.

Key Dates:

Submissions for 2022 will begin early September 2021. The festival will take place in mid to late September 2022, 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 - especially Instagram and Facebook. 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 will repeat this for NRFF 2022.
First Place: £1000, Second Place £500, and 4 additional £250 prizes.

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Best Film of Festival, Humanity Award, Best Feature Film, Best Emerging Talent Award (Debut/Student films), 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, 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) If award winners are not in attendance the festival will not ship out trophies or certificates after the event.
(9) 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.
(10) We know all too well that most filmmakers have to work with a tight budget. Unfortunately however, WE CANNOT WAIVE THE SUBMISSION FEE.
(11) 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
  • Julia van de Graaff

    What an honor to be part of this festival and in the midst of a pandemic for Joël Duinkerke's 'Sober' to have an in-person screening in Resonant Chronicles in one of the most beautiful cinemas in London. A personal dream come true! Congratulations to the festival for your courage, perseverance and belief in independent film and aspiring makers in these challenging times. LYNX Film (and myself as producer/screenwriter/actress of 'Sober') hopes to be part of this wonderful festival again soon.

    January 2022
  • A really great to be selected and go to the festival. A good space to network and meet other film makers!

    November 2021
  • Rory O'Connor

    Though in New York, one day, I hope to attend this wonderful festival. I am honored to have my script chosen as a finalist...especially amongst so much creative work. Thank you.

    October 2021
  • Carla Bohler

    Amazing Festival! It was an honour to be part of it! Thank you NRFF Team.

    October 2021
  • A wonderful festival! The organisers are clearly passionate about film and filmmaking, and put together a brilliant and diverse line-up. It was also great to be able to finally network in person as well as virtual during the enjoyable Q&As.

    Thank you again to Jan and Massi for awarding our film Venus the Best Sci-Fi Short award, and for the first trophy I've ever won!

    October 2021