THE NEW RENAISSANCE

Inspired by the idea of a cultural revival, we recognize that the digital revolution creates the conditions for a New Renaissance, opening a door for a different set of stories to be told. Film is a unique medium, and the New Renaissance Film Festival's mission is TO SUPPORT AND CHAMPION INDIE FILMMAKERS AND SCREENWRITERS in this new era, to fulfill their dream in telling their stories.

"One of the UK's top film festivals to know about" - London METRO
"A top ten event" - Het Parool
"Culture Calendar" - VOGUE Nederland
"Amsterdam hosts a great cinema event" - iAmsterdam

A FESTIVAL FOR INSPIRING ARTISTS AND STORYTELLERS

This three day festival is organized by JAN HENDRIK VERSTRATEN and MASSIMO BARBATO who are themselves filmmakers and writers. They believe at the heart of every great film is a great story, one that will inspire an audience and hopefully help to shape culture in a positive way.

NRFF had its successful inaugural festival in London in August 2016, and then in Amsterdam in March 2017. The second edition of NRFF Amsterdam will be held in March 2018, at the arthouse cinema LAB111, which is close to the famous Vondelpark in Amsterdam, a city known for its diversity and innovation in the creative arts.

NRFF Amsterdam has several categories for International, Benelux and LGBT filmmakers. We especially love quality drama shorts with strong emotional themes.

We will screen up to 100 films in two cinemas over the course of three days. This event includes a screenwriting competition, professional MASTER CLASSES by industry professionals, Filmmaker Q&A's, Panel Discussions, a fun COCKTAIL HOUR and AWARDS CEREMONY. The festival will be open to the public and ticket sales will be announced on the website in due course.

STRENGTHENING AMSTERDAM'S FILM COMMUNITY

It is our passion to not only provide a stage for our filmmakers but also to strengthen the film community in Amsterdam, by building an engaged audience through social media, our FILM OF THE WEEK initiative, and links with local businesses.

BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE

NRFF is growing from the ground up. Our mission is to enhance the vitality of independent filmmaking. Each city will engage with different themes and communities, giving independents the recognition they deserve.

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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Awards & Prizes

(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 Music Score, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Hair & Make-up, Best Editing, 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, Best Narrative Drama, Best Experimental, Best Thriller/Film Noir, Best Sci-fi, Best Fantasy, Best Comedy, Best Music or Dance, Best Animation, Best Horror, Best Documentary. Best Director, Best Female Filmmaker, Best Cinematography, Best Music Score, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Hair & Make-up, Best Editing, Best Story.

(3) Best International Feature or Documentary (up to 90 minutes) :-

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 Comedy, Best Music or Dance, Best Animation, Best Horror, Best Documentary. Best Director, Best Female Filmmaker, Best Cinematography, Best Music Score, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Hair & Make-up, Best Editing, Best Story.

(4) Best International Short :-

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 Comedy, Best Music or Dance, Best Animation, Best Horror, Best Documentary. Best Director, Best Female Filmmaker, Best Cinematography, Best Music Score, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Hair & Make-up, Best Editing, Best Story.

(5) Best Benelux Short :-

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 Comedy, Best Music or Dance, Best Animation, Best Horror, Best Documentary. Best Director, Best Female Filmmaker, Best Cinematography, Best Music Score, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Hair & Make-up, Best Editing, Best Story.

(6) Best LGBT Short :-

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 Comedy, Best Music or Dance, Best Animation, Best Horror, Best Documentary. Best Director, Best Female Filmmaker, Best Cinematography, Best Music Score, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Hair & Make-up, Best Editing, Best Story.

(7) Best Short Screenplay :-

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

(8) Best Feature Screenplay :-

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

Others prizes will be announced at the festival.

Rules & Terms

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. 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.
8. Unfortunately we cannot offer any waiver of the submission fee. We will not review your work without it. We will not make any exceptions.
9. PLEASE NOTE THAT SUBMISSION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE, DEADLINES, PROGRAMS, VENUES AND DATES MAY CHANGE. ALL RESPONSES TO FILMMAKERS WILL BE BY EMAIL

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    Eduardo Mattos

    I had a great time in Amsterdam. Massimo and Jan were very friendly and kind. I had the chance to meet other people who share the same passion for arts and films.

    April 2017
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    Carmel JOYCE

    Thank-you for all the hard work you do to make the New Renaissance Film Festival each year, such a success. - FINALIST - Carmel JOYCE "The Ulster Soldier's Daughter".

    March 2017
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    Thomas Grascoeur

    Great festival with an amazing program, it is an honour to be part of it! Really inspiring, diverse and warming.

    March 2017
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    Taras Groves

    Wonderful festival run by the incredible Jan and Massimo who care about filmmakers and hosting a great event. A seriously high quality of films from all over the globe. Lovely vibe and experience. Honoured to have won "Best Story"

    March 2017
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    Kitania Kavey

    Great venue, lovely hosts, and good networking opportunities. I had a wonderful time!

    March 2017