Emerging Talent Film Festival (3)


15 Apr 2024
Call for entries

14 May 2024
Early deadline

09 Jun 2024
Standard deadline

30 Jun 2024
Late deadline

21 Jul 2024
Extended deadline


18 Aug 2024
Notification date

29 Aug 2024
31 Aug 2024


Digital submissions only,  SM2 6QQ, London, London, United Kingdom

Festival description
Short film festival >1' 45'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Online and Physical Location
 Production date: Any
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  >1' 45'<
 Any language
 Any language
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Festival start: 29 August 2024      Festival end: 31 August 2024

Emerging Talent Film Festival - Summer 2024
Are you an ambitious filmmaker or screenwriter who wants to move forward in your career? Do you have a new short film or screenplay that deserves recognition? Could you be a rising star of tomorrow?

The Emerging Talent Film Festival has live screenings four times a year, numerous awards in many categories combined with a unique networking event. It is organised by the programmers from the New Renaissance Film Festival - one of Film Freeway's top 20 best-reviewed festivals, known for artistically-driven programming. From our inception in 2016, we have been introducing promising filmmakers and screenwriters to producers and industry professionals to help them with their careers. Since 2021, NRFF London has awarded more than £5,000 in cash prizes to emerging talent thanks to the generosity of our patron. These artists are individuals with a genuine commitment to working in TV and film and who are producing exciting, new work.

Why should you submit?

• Your film will be watched and judged by A JURY of established producers, directors and filmmakers from the TV and film industry.
• You have the chance to WIN LAURELS for your film or screenplay i.e. Finalist, Official Selection and Winner. These seals of approval can open doors to other festivals and marketing opportunities.
• If you are a filmmaker, GET YOUR FILM SCREENED. A selection of the nominated films will have a live screening at the cinema during the festival
• Selected filmmakers will be invited to ATTEND OUR NETWORKING EVENT in London with members of the jury, NRFF's patron Katie Partridge (the Saphira Group), representation from production companies and fellow filmmakers. Filmmakers will have a chance to articulate what their needs are to the various parties
• Selected screenwriters will be invited to PITCH YOUR SHORT FILM SCRIPT to the audience present at the awards presentation and the networking event.

How does submission process work?

• Although we advise you to submit into one of the MAIN CATEGORIES as well as one of the SUB CATEGORIES, feel free to pick and choose.
• After we've received all submissions we will decide who will be a Finalist. Each Finalist will receive a laurel and will compete with all other Finalists to be Officially Selected.

• Those who are Officially Selected will receive a laurel for this and will be Nominees in the various categories.
• All Nominated Films will be invited to attend the Awards Presentation and the Networking Event in London. A selection of the nominated films will have a live screening at the cinema during the festival.
• The Winners will be announced at the Awards Presentation. The winners will receive a Winners Laurel.
• A selection of the winners will be invited to the workshops and the screenings at the NRFF London festival in London in September


"Jan and Massi's festival is fiercely dedicated to promoting the highest caliber of independent cinema around today. Their commitment to championing filmmakers who they believe in is unparalleled in my experience. I've made friends and potentially collaborators for life. I am so privileged to have been a part of this inspiring and life-changing festival.” (Zoë Greenbaum, Emerging Talent Winner)

“I honestly can’t praise this festival high enough! Jan and Massimo are two of the best, most passionate festival directors I’ve ever met. Brilliant audiences that genuinely want to be there, an amazing cinema and brilliant networking throughout. I’m not alone in saying this festival has probably changed my career! Thank you!” (Nicholas Connor, Emerging Talent Winner)

“It's a brilliant festival. One I will continue to submit to throughout my filmmaking career.” (Chris Overton, Oscar Winner)

“This festival is incredible - its focus is on the filmmaker and spotlighting original talent, whether new or emerging, and the art form of filmmaking.” (Reneque Samuels, Emerging Talent Finalist)

“NRFF is a great festival with a lovely film community. I am honoured to have won Emerging Talent and make connections with talented filmmakers at my screening and the award night.” (Michelle Jones, Emerging Talent Winner)

“This was my first in-person film festival and they did an amazing job! Thank you so much for awarding my short script the best young talent screenplay. It means so much! This is definitely a film festival to submit to.!” (Niamh Dann)

“Jan and Massimo present an event that makes me as a filmmaker proud to have been selected. Their "eye" is exactly the one you want on your film. They "see" what you mean and they value a story well told. They inspire me.” (Stephen Mills, Winner)

“What a unique and powerful force of film this is! Always a great venue and always empowering the independent film maker! Thank you for our Award for ‘Swivel’ and for everything you do to push artists, community and film to be all of who we are!” (Lois Norman, Winner)

Finalist + laurel, Official Selection + laurel, Winner + laurel + Certificate (Star Award, Gold Award, Silver Award and Honorable Mention) in one of the main categories or the sub categories

Selected filmmakers will be invited to a Networking event in London with invited members of the jury, NRFF patron Katie Partridge, representation from production companies and fellow filmmakers. Filmmakers will have a chance to articulate what their needs are to the various parties.

Selected screenwriters will be invited to pitch their project/script to the audience present at the awards presentation and the networking event.

Best UK Short Film (Main category)
Best International Short Film (Main category)
Best Screenplay (Main category)
Best Drama (sub category)
Best Documentary (Sub category)
Best Music Video (sub category)
Best Dance Video sub category)
Best Animation (sub category)
Best Thriller (sub category)
Best Comedy (sub category)
Best Fantasy (sub category)
Best Historical (sub category)
Best Action (sub category)
Best Sci-Fi (sub category)
Best LGBTQ+ film (sub category)
Best Experimental (sub category)
Best Director (sub category)
Best Producer (sub category)
Best Actor (sub category)
Best Actress (sub category)
Best Cinematography (sub category)
Best Editing (sub category)
Best Costume Design (sub category)
Best Make-Up (sub category)
Best Film Trailer (sub category)
Best Film Poster (sub category)

1- In order to submit a film, you must own the rights or have permission from the owner.

2- All fees are non-refundable.

3- The Festival relationship will exclusively be related to the film submitter.

4- Maximum length allowed is 45 minutes.

5- Any Foreign film that is not in English must have English subtitles.

6- Not all the submissions are selected for the OfficialSelection. Our Judges are free to make their own choices and no answers will be given about not selected films.

7- A fee is required for the official Competitions Submission. For payment structure visit Festhome.

8- New Renaissance Film Festival the organiser of the NRFF Emerging Talent 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.

9- 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.

10- 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.

11- The applicant shall indemnify and hold harmless NRFF Emerging Talent Film Festival and its organiser 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, cash prizes advertised, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

13- We know all too well that most filmmakers have to work with a tight budget. Unfortunately however, WE CANNOT WAIVE THE SUBMISSION FEE.

14- The festival will organise the competition to its best ability, but the festival cannot be held accountable for any technical difficulties that may occur during or as a result of the online screening or the live screening and unforeseen last minute programming changes may occur.

15- NRFF Emerging Talent Film Festival may add sub genres if it feels appropriate or not include a sub genre if there are not enough (quality) entries in the genre without any further communication.


16- The applicants (submitters) must accept NRFF Emerging Talent Film Festival Rules and Terms.



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