The city of Nottingham is ready to embrace the 4th edition of the Nottingham International Film Festival taking place over three days 15th-17th November 2019. After three years the festival has developed a reputation for screening the best independent films from around the world in a city that is rich with history and legends.

The festival is ready to build on the success of previous years by screening more films to an ever-growing audience of devoted cinephiles. NOTTIFF aims to bring filmmakers closer to audiences with Q&A’s, industry panels and after parties.

Nottingham’s motto of ‘virtue outlives death’ is as bold as the many stories that have been told about this world-famous city and its rich history of story is at the very core of a festival that finds and showcases original narratives from around the world.

The official selection in past editions has featured exciting world and U.K premieres of feature length and short films from world cinema that portrayed everything from gripping indie thrillers to intriguing documentaries. Alumni premieres, line ups and guests have included documentary THE BALLAD OF A RIGHTEOUS MERCHANT, about the renowned Director Werner Herzog, Gabriel Byrne and Harvey Keitel starring LIES WE TELL, Ella Purnell’s ACCESS ALL AREAS, award winning documentary ONE NOTE AT A TIME and the BAFTA winning OPERATOR.

NOTTIFF’s policy of only accepting films from open submissions will continue as Programming Director Deborah Jones confirms 'our aim is to present films that are independent and to highlight filmmakers whose work is different, exciting and made with passion. Programming from open submissions is the best way to do this’

The bespoke Robin Hood awards will be chosen by a jury select made up of knowledgeable film industry professionals and experts. The Robin Hood categories are as follows:

Best International Feature
Best International Short
Best UK Feature
Best UK Short Film
Best Documentary
Best Student Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Music Video
Best Animation
Best Uncommissioned Screenplay
Best Director
Best Actress
Best Actor
The Best Film of the Festival

NOTTIFF is looking for independent feature-length and short films from around the world from any genre.

Our Standard Festival Participation Agreement (Terms and Conditions), which all submitted films are also expected to follow is as follows:


The 4th Nottingham International Film Festival will take place from 15th to 17th November 2019.

1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from 15th November 2018.

All submission deadlines are found within the FilmFreeway listing.

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

3. Submission Eligibility
- All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2017.
- Nottingham International Film Festival requires at least a Nottingham 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.

4. Premiere Status
- Nottingham International Film Festival requires at least a Nottingham premiere for all films and they may not have been screened publicly online. All films may have screened at other festivals but just not have screened in the Nottingham Region.
- There is no Premiere policy for Experimental Films and music videos, they may have screened at other Festivals and/or online.

5. Film Classification
All films screened during the Nottingham International Film Festival receive an age rating that is decided by the Nottingham City Council.

6. Submission Fee
All FilmFreeway submissions for Nottingham International Film Festival are to be paid using any payment method accepted by FilmFreeway. The submission fee is non-refundable.

7. 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 Nottingham International Film Festival must be borne by the submitting party. Nottingham International Film Festival will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. Nottingham International Film Festival will not absorb any fees incurred in British customs. All charges must be pre-paid.

8. Selection of Films
Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:
- Quality of narrative and production values
- Independent nature of the production

9. Notification
Nottingham International Film Festival endeavours to complete all selection procedures by 1st of October 2019 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.

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

11. Scheduling
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of Nottingham International Film Festival. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Nottingham International Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Nottingham 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 Nottingham International Film Festival I confirm that I have read and accept the terms and regulations of NOTTIFF. I will provide the festival with any additional information required pursuant to these rules and regulations. I authorize the NOTTIFF to exhibit my film, and if selected, I confirm that an exhibition copy will be available in a required format for screening during the 2019 festival (November 15th - 17th 2019). I certify that I hold all necessary rights for the submission of this film/video to the NOTTIFF 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 NOTTIFF 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 NOTTIFF 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 2019 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2019 festival. I hereby agree to indemnify NOTTIFF, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.

Overall Rating
  • Serena Chloe Gardner

    Really good communication, very helpful, just really wished we could have attended the fest! Next time! Would recommend :)

    November 2018
  • Renee Edwards

    This was a wonderful festival experience, and I highly recommend it. We were so warmly welcomed, everything went smoothly, was relaxed and fun. The cinema was amazing, and the short film screened before our documentary was very moving, they complemented each other. Nottingham is a great festival location. I was left wanting to return next year.

    October 2017
  • Markus Kaatsch

    "What an amazing, fresh and passionate Festival! It's been a really wonderful experience! Everyone was incredibly friendly, motivated and attentive! And the audiences was sensetive, empathic and insightful! Thank you to the team of the Nottingham Int'l Film Festival, I will definitely submit every time I have a project, and recommend the festival to all friends and colleagues!" aug&ohr medien (film festival agency) on behalf of the director Ed Ehrenberg

    October 2016
  • Jonny and Leo Moore

    A genuinely friendly and supportive festival. Al and Neil took the time to personally welcome, take-care of and get to know us - and our film. There was a great variety of films on show, and not just films with high budgets as can sometimes be the case. It felt like a celebration of all things film, with everybody involved being open, engaging and up for exploring. Great place, great people.

    October 2016
  • fernando lazzari

    I had the pleasure to receive a Best Music Video award for the first edition of this festival. The selection of films and shorts was unique and really enjoyable. The organisers were super nice and very helpful, and Nottingham a great place to host it. I'm sure the festival will keep growing in the upcoming years.

    October 2016