THE NEW RENAISSANCE

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.

Apart from a high number of international films, NRFF Amsterdam has a strong LGBT presence, and a category for Dutch Films.

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 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, watch the trailer of the previous year: https://vimeo.com/523206192 and visit the 2021 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.

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.

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(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 Actor, Best Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Music Score, 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, 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 Actor, Best Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Music Score, 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 Music or Dance, Best Animation, Best Horror, Best Documentary, Best Debut, Best Director, Best Female Filmmaker, Best Cinematography, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Music Score, Best Story.

(4) Best International 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 Music or Dance, Best Animation, Best Horror, Best Documentary. Best Director, Best Female Filmmaker, Best Cinematography, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Music Score, Best Story.

(5) Best Benelux 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 Music or Dance, Best Animation, Best Horror, Best Documentary. Best Director, Best Female Filmmaker, Best Cinematography, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Music Score, Best Story.

(6) 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 Music or Dance, Best Animation, Best Horror, Best Documentary. Best Director, Best Female Filmmaker, Best Cinematography, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Music Score, Best Story.

(7) Best Short Screenplay & Best LGBT Short Screenplay :-

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

(8) Best Feature Screenplay & Best LGBT Feature Screenplay :-

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

Others award prizes will be announced at the festival.

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.
6. The judges reserve the right not to enter into any correspondence after the announcement of the winner.
7. If an award winner or their representative is not in attendance at the awards ceremony, the festival will not ship out trophies or certificates after the event.
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, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.
9. Unfortunately we cannot offer any waiver of the submission fee. We will not review your work without it. We will not make any exceptions.
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.
11. PLEASE NOTE THAT SUBMISSION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE, DEADLINES, PROGRAMS, VENUES AND DATES MAY CHANGE. ALL RESPONSES TO FILMMAKERS WILL BE BY EMAIL.

Overall Rating
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  • Juliette Rose

    Thank you Massimo and Jan for putting together a beautiful festival. Great communications which were really appreciated and many fascinating, thoughtful and moving films to explore.

    July 2021
  • Margaret Kane-Rowe

    Excellent communication. Could not have nicer or more professional. Fabulous lineup of films.

    May 2021
  • Diane Malherbe

    This festival provides a great opportunity for independent creators to show their projects: many categories, not political official selection, support many film genres. I really wished I could travel to Amsterdam, to have interaction with public, filmmakers and festival’s team, but this is 2021 festival life… Smooth communication with Jan! Keep going guys!

    April 2021
  • It is a great feeling to be at the festival with "Barcode" and to receive the best script award. First of all, I would like to thank the festival directors. It is very important and proud for me to be at such an important festival. "Art will change the world". Hello everyone.

    April 2021
  • Daniel Talbott

    Such a wonderful film festival run by great folks. The quality of films is fantastic.

    April 2021