"Terrific festival, excellent organisation, loved the venue and the city itself. Met some great people, film-makers and film-lovers alike" - Matthew Bell


All in-competition films will come from open submissions submitted through FilmFreeway and the winner of Short Film of The Festival will be awarded £1000 ($1400) cash prize for the filmmaker to put towards their next project.

NOTTIFF2023 will be hosted at Nottingham’s legendary Savoy Cinema, the only surviving pre-Second World War cinema in Nottingham and the cities best arts venue - Nottingham Contemporary.

Filmmakers will have plenty of opportunities to meet with other film professionals at after parties, panel discussions and networking events.

All attending filmmakers are invited to take part in post-screening Q&A’s and video interviews that will be shared on social media and the NOTTIFF website.

NOTTIFF2023 will host industry panels and discussions that provide insight and perspective on a range of film related topics.

As the festival looks to expand NOTTIFF2023 will programme its biggest selection of films to date.

NOTTIFF takes great pride in putting on event that is designed to bring audiences and filmmakers together in an environment where keen discussion, collaboration and a good time can flourish.

Look at our pictures and videos to get an idea of what to expect from NOTTIFF2023.

Nottingham International Film Festival 2023 will take place 21st-23rd April 2023.

"Amazing experience at NOTTIFF 2022. Really nice venue, great selection of films shown and good communication from the team!" - Natalie Evans

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 Short
Best UK Short Film
Best Documentary Short
Best Student Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Music Video
Best Animation
Short Film of the Festival (£1000 prize selected from one of the above categories)
Best Director
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Documentary Feature
Best Feature

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 8th Nottingham International Film Festival will take place from 21st to 23rd April 2022.

1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from 23rd March 2022.

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 2020.
- Nottingham International Film Festival requires that all films have not played publicly in Nottingham before the festival.
- Works-in-progress and films with distribution are accepted.
- All films not in the English language are required to have subtitles.

4. Premiere Status
- Nottingham International Film Festival requires that all films have not played publicly in Nottingham before the festival. 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 21st of February 2023 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.

COVID-19 - Due to the unprecedented and ongoing problems presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. We reserve the right to change the festival to a geo-blocked virtual online festival if it is not possible to host the event in a physical venue.


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 2023 festival (21st to 23rd April 2023). 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 2023 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2023 festival. I hereby agree to indemnify NOTTIFF, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.

Overall Rating
  • Neil West

    What a huge honour to be included at the festival. Thank you to the entire team for having ASYLUM as part of your line up this year/ the pleasure was all ours!

    October 2022
  • Penny Davies

    So sorry we couldn't attend the festival for our very first in person cinema screening of Consumed - thank you for the support and organising such a great festival. Fingers crossed we can make it with a future film!

    June 2022
  • Sophia Capasso

    Great venue and fab people!

    May 2022
  • Kevin Courtney

    Can't say enough good things about Nottingham International Film Festival. Well organized, awesome selection of films, and great communication. I'll definitely continue to submit my future projects to Nottingham.

    May 2022
  • Rebecca Ozer

    A very well organized, warm and dynamic festival! Thank you!

    May 2022