The North East International Film Festival is an IMDB qualifying festival, one of only 80 festivals worldwide to adopt the F-Rating, representing females in film, the first EVER festival to sign up to the BBC 50/50 Equality Project, making that organisational commitment to diversity and the first EVER festival to receive the Raising Films Ribbon for creating an inclusive space for Filmmaker, Audience and our Team!

We are in partnership with BBC Radio and Regalier Magazine which is the worlds first online global, luxury magazine. One of our official distribution partners is Opprime TV. All of our festival award winners will automatically be offered the option of screening their films on the Opprime TV platform. The Filmmaker will receive a percentage of all subscriptions. Other partners include Disability North, Northumbria Clear, Titan Media & Close Protection, Digital Voice, No Worries Marketing, Northumbria University, Gateshead College and more.

The North East International Film Festival is the World's most inclusive, collaborative and diverse female-founded film festival, connecting Filmmakers and Film-goers through an array of exciting film related activities and events. This is a festival in every sense of the word.

Our categories include the standard submission categories as well as Best LGBTQ+, Most Diverse Work, Best Low/No Budget, Best Student Film and our VisABLE category which is to represent disability in all it's forms. 

Our inaugural event is a 3 day theme park of film, to take place in and around Newcastle City Centre with some satellite screenings of award winning films in various locations throughout the North East Region from 19th - 21st November 2021.

The festival is to include one off special screenings of award-winning films with cast and crew Q&A’s, VIP networking events, free, educational, film related workshops delivered by industry professionals and three full day screenings of finalist films. The festival will culminate in a Closing Awards Gala, with welcome drinks, networking/mingling and media opportunities, a 3 course gourmet Artisan meal, live music, entertainment and special guests.

Award trophies will be custom made and will be presented for each of the submission categories as well as for Audience Choice Award and Best of the Fest.

Come and join us to appreciate stunning locations, regional specialities and the world famous Geordie hospitality.

NEIFF is an IMDB qualifying Festival.

One of our official distribution partners is Opprime TV. All of our festival award winners will automatically be offered the option of screening their films on the Opprime TV platform (which is a direct competitor of Netflix and Hulu). The Filmmaker will receive a percentage of all subscriptions.

Trophies will be presented at the Closing Awards Ceremony on the final night of the Festival. All official selections will compete for awards in the following categories:

Best LGBTQ+ Short
Best Student Film
Most Diverse Work
F - Rated
Best North East Film
Best Low/No Budget
Best Horror
UK Short Films
International Short Films - Fiction
International Short Films - Animation
International Short Films – Documentary
Feature Films – Comedy
Feature Films - Drama
Feature Films - Action
Feature Films - Romance
Feature Films - Documentary
Feature Films - Animation
Audience Choice
Best of the Fest
Best Actor/Actress
Best Series Pilot
Best Web Series
Best Director

You can submit to more than one category if you feel it is applicable to your film. To make the subcategories more accessible for everyone they are listed at a lower price point to the main ones.

Please see the rules and terms for submission criteria of each category.

All films will screen with subtitles for accessibility (even those originally in English). Please ensure you submit a captioned version of your film or can create one if your film is selected. The Festival has a broad scope but an inclusive narrative. Our judging panel will review and award the following criteria:

A live action narrative fiction.

Requirements: Your Submission should be an original narrative video of fictional storytelling. Submissions may include the following genres: comedy, action, drama, musical, horror, etc.

A factual report on a chosen subject or idea.

Requirements: Your submission should be an original documentary video of non-fiction storytelling. Submissions may include a variety of storytelling methods: presenter led, narrated, fly on the wall, point of view, ambient, or personal stories, etc.

A story told by giving life to inanimate objects or character designs using computer technology or frame by frame animation.

Requirements: Your submission must be an original animated short video that illustrates the art of animated storytelling. Submissions may include the following styles of animation: 3D, 2D, mixed media, or any form of stop motion.

This is open to any filmmaker who has made their film here in the North East of England.

We are looking for Submissions that:-

Are based upon an interesting concept, are innovative, well crafted and create an emotional resonance

Requirements: Your submission must be written, directed or produced by a female. In situations where there is more than one writer, director or producer then 50% of them must be female.

Requirements: Your submission should be written, directed or produced by individuals who are disabled or neurodivergent. Submissions may also represent topics relating to disability in any form, be it mentally or physically.

Requirements: All submissions must be original student-created films of all genres. Students of any age group are invited to submit.

Requirements: All submissions must be original works. To include all film genres. Total production value must not exceed £1000/$1,500.

Requirements: In the spirit of inclusion and recognition of diversity, creators are invited to submit original fictional works which include the most diverse cast and crew from an ethnic, gender, religious, cultural and sexual orientation background.

Requirements: Short film submissions must not exceed a run-time of 40 minutes.


1. Submission Format
Films must be submitted via online screener.

2. Submission Eligibility
- All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2016.
- NEIFF requires at least a North East premiere for all films.
- Works-in-progress and films with distribution are accepted.
- Films must not have received more than 50% of their funding from a studio or broadcaster.
- All films not in the English language are required to have subtitles.

3. Premiere Status
- NEIFF requires at least a North East premiere for all films. All films may have screened at other festivals but just not have screened in the North East Region.

4. Film Classification
All films screened during the North East Film Festival receive an age rating that is decided by the Newcastle City Council.

5. Submission Fee
All FilmFreeway submissions for North East International Film Festival are to be paid by card. The submission fee is non-refundable.

6. Shipping
All shipping and postage costs, if the film is selected for the Festival, for all DCPs and additional materials sent to and returned from North East International Film Festival must be borne by the submitting party. NEIFF will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. NEIFF will not absorb any fees incurred in British customs. All charges must be pre-paid

7. Notification
NEIFF endeavours to complete all selection procedures by 30th of August 2021 and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time. Successful submissions will receive a Filmmaker Festival Pack that will include important information on shipping the DCP to the Festival, press and publicity, guest accreditation, contact information and how to make the most of participating in the Festival.

8. Festival Screenings
Selected films MUST provide a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) or video file (.mov or .mp4).in order to be screened at the North East International Film Festival. The film title MUST be clearly labelled on the hard drive.
A selected DCP or video file must be received by the North East International Film Festival no later than TWENTY days prior to its scheduled screening date.

9. Scheduling
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of NEIFF. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, NEIFF reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. North East International Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.
No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection.


By submitting to the North East International Film Festival I confirm that I have read and accept the terms and regulations of NEIFF. I will provide the festival with any additional information required pursuant to these rules and regulations. I authorize the NEIFF to exhibit my film, and if selected, I confirm that an exhibition copy will be available in a required format for screening during the 2021 festival (November 19th - 21st 2021). I certify that I hold all necessary rights for the submission of this film/video to the NEIFF and that all rights and clearances have been made. This film is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation. I hold NEIFF harmless from damage to, or loss of any or all materials en route to, from or otherwise at the festival. I assume all legal responsibilities therein. By Agreeing to these terms, I transfer to NEIFF the right to use excerpts of the submitted film, its stills, and trailers, for the purposes of publicity and marketing of the film at the 2021 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2021 festival. I hereby agree to indemnify NEIFF, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.