The city of Nottingham is ready to embrace the 5th edition of the Nottingham International Film Festival taking place over three days 13th-15th November 2020. After four 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.

NOTTIFF2020 will see the festival build upon the success of the four previous editions with more screenings of true independent international and UK films. The aim of the festival has always been to highlight filmmakers whose work is different, exciting and made with passion. NOTTIFF will continue its policy of only programming films from open submissions.

NOTTIFF will bring filmmakers together, providing opportunities for networking and connecting through brunch events and after parties. All attending filmmakers will also have the chance to engage with audiences with post screening Q&A’s and panel discussions.

The festival will once again be presenting coveted Robin Hood trophies to the award-winning films, with winners being chosen by a mixture of festival alumni, industry professionals and NOTTIFF’s own programming team.

After the huge success of NOTTIFF2019 the 2020 edition will once again be held in Nottingham’s most unique and exciting venue – the Nottingham Contemporary. As Nottingham’s central artistic hub the Contemporary is the perfect fit for the Nottingham International Film Festival. NOTTIFF2020 will also be adding a new Family Films programme, to play on Sunday morning in the family friendly space of the contemporary.

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. Line ups and guests have included multiple award-winning BEATING HEART, documentary THE BALLAD OF A RIGHTEOUS MERCHANT, about the renowned Director Werner Herzog, Gabriel Byrne and Harvey Keitel starring LIES WE TELL, award winning documentary ONE NOTE AT A TIME and the BAFTA winning OPERATOR.

Submit now to be part of what is set to be an incredible weekend.

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 Documentary Short
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 5th Nottingham International Film Festival will take place from 13th to 15th November 2020.

1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from 18th November 2019.

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 2018.
- 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.
UPDATED 9th July 2020 - 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 2020 festival (November 13th - 15th 2020). 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 2020 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2020 festival. I hereby agree to indemnify NOTTIFF, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.

Overall Rating
  • Thanks for a great experience in Nottingham. Loved the town and the festival was great. Nice and intimate with some outstanding programming, we were super honoured to take out Best Student Film for this year. Thanks to Carl and the team for being so friendly and kind to our little film. Made our trip so much more enjoyable.

    November 2019
  • Paulo Miranda

    Great film festival, with a superb programme of features and shorts!!!... The staff behind it were very professional, very helpful and communicative. Unfortunately I couldn't attend the festival, but hope to be able to in future editions of the festival.

    November 2019
  • 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