Who We Are



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.

Our mission

Film is a unique medium, and the New Renaissance Film Festival’s mission is to support and champion the best upcoming filmmakers and screenwriters in this new era, to fulfill their dream in telling their stories.

We achieve this by:


  • actively finding new gems and discovering excellent stories that move us, challenge us and above all inspire us;
  • promoting talented filmmakers and screenwriters on our social media, with initiatives such as Film of the Week, interviews,  and panel discussions during our festivals in London and Amsterdam;
  • being open to experimentation and a diversity of artistic voices and storytelling styles;
  • providing screenwriters, directors and producers with top industry judges, distribution,  professional masterclasses and expert script analysis and development to enable them to achieve success; and
  • attracting sponsors who are passionate about indie film and can help us to nurture the artists we showcase.




ff_top_100London is the city where NRFF was established. We were featured recently in the London METRO’s list of TOP UK FILM FESTIVALS among some very distinguished company, including Raindance and Aesthetica. Now Amsterdam has embraced the festival too, with glowing reviews in iAmsterdam and the leading newspaper Het Parool. Our top industry judges from the UK and USA enable us to keep standards consistently high. Click here for a  list of the winners in Amsterdam 2017!

As of September 2016, we are ranked in the top 100 best reviewed film festivals on Film Freeway. This platform serves more than 5,000 film festivals around the world. What makes this special is that the ranking (currently #14) is determined by reviews from the filmmakers and screenwriters who have participated in our festival. Click here to see what people are saying about NRFF Amsterdam.





img_9404This four 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 Amsterdam has several categories for International, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg) and LGBT filmmakers and screenwriters. We value experimentation and the freedom of artistic expression, and especially love quality drama shorts with strong emotional themes.

2019 is our third edition in the Netherlands and NRFF will take place in March, at the arthouse cinema, LAB111.  This great venue is close to the famous Vondelpark in Amsterdam, a city known for its diversity and innovation in the creative arts. We will screen more than 100 shorts and debut features in two cinemas over the course of the weekend, and host 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.

Running alongside the festival, will be a SCREENWRITING COMPETITION, a series of MASTERCLASSES by film industry experts, and a PANEL DISCUSSION.





Jonas Grimas, BAFTA award-winning film director, NRFF 2016

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.

NRFF offers festival perks for festival contributors and exposure to local business through advertising opportunities on our Newsletter, social media, in the printed festival program and at the event itself. One hundred percent of sponsorship contributions will go directly towards the growth and development of the New Renaissance Film festival.

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NRFF is growing from the ground up, and our festival has already been launched in London. Our mission is to

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When and where does the NRFF take place?

The New Renaissance Film Festival takes place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in March. A festival programme will be announced nearer the time, including venue details. 

How can I submit?

You can submit your film ONLINE through FilmFreeway or Withoutabox. However if you are a screenwriter you can also submit your script on ISA, as well.

FilmFreeway.com is a safe, one-stop shop for submitting to film festivals, and it’s free to join.  Your work is only accessible to festivals that you submit to and can never be downloaded or shared without your permission.

You always retain 100% of all rights to your intellectual property, and receive real-time submission status updates directly from the festivals you’ve entered.

Withoutabox.com is a website dedicated to film festival submissions and is the easiest and most effective way to submit your film to festivals.

The great thing about Withoutabox (WAB) is that rather than having to fill out all your details each time you want to submit to a different film festival, you load the info once and that’s it. You can keep tabs on your film’s progress and they will send details of other suitable festivals along with deadline reminders. WAB is also free to use (although you can take advantage of a premium paid-for service if you wish).

In addition, as WAB is part of IMDb, and as New Renaissance is a WAB-partner, your film will automatically get an IMDb page.

Can I submit in any other way?

No, at the moment submission is only possible through FilmFreeway and Withoutabox, but new partners may be added in the future.

What happens once I’ve submitted my film  or my screenplay?

Once we have your information from FilmFreeway or WAB, your fee and your link to your online screener or your screenplay document, we will start the judging process. Please be patient – in most cases you won’t hear from us until after the very final deadline has passed. We will get back to all submitters as soon as possible.

How do you decide which films to show or which screenplays to award?

We will not simply select those films or writing that already have won an award. We hope to find new gems and discover excellent stories that move us, challenge us and above all inspire us.

We realise this to be highly subjective, but we will definitely try to be open to a diversity of different voices and points of view.

After the judging process is complete, can I get any feedback?

The judges unfortunately cannot offer any feedback on unsuccessful entries.

Are there any age restrictions on submitting to the festival?

There are no age restrictions for submitting to the festival so everyone is welcome to enter. Work can therefore be entered on behalf of someone who is under 18 and it is your judgement call as to whether you think the work is suitable.

Can I alter my entry once it has been submitted?

No alterations can be made to submissions once they have been received.

Can I enter more than one film or one screenplay?

You may enter as many films as you like. You must purchase a separate entry fee for each film you submit, and you must also complete the online entry form separately for each film.

Is entry to the festival open to international entrants?

The festival is open to international submissions. We welcome submissions from all over the world and look forward to seeing a huge variety of entries.

Do you ever consider waiving fees?

Unfortunately we cannot offer any discounts or waive the submission fee. We will not review your work without it. We will not make any exceptions. All indie filmmakers struggle financially but if we waived the fee for every filmmaker who asked then we wouldn’t be able to provide this festival platform.

Do I need music/sound rights for my submission?

Yes. You are fully responsible for the clearance of all music or sound contained in your entry. You may be required to produce documentation at anytime.

Find out more at:

BBC Film Network

The American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers

Does my film have to have been produced this year?

We accept submissions of films produced in any year, but we will give preferred consideration to films produced after 1 January 2014.

Can I submit work which has been previously screened elsewhere?

Yes, entries can be sent which have previously been screened elsewhere, including films that have screened online, but please include information on previous screenings with your submission.

My film is not in English, do I have to provide English subtitles?

All dialogue in the film is required to either be dubbed in to English, or provide English subtitles. The only exception is with song lyrics, which do not have to be translated and all submissions into the Dutch-Flemish (Vlaams-Nederlands) category.

Does my film have to be a premiere?


My film is online, will you still screen it?

We prefer it not to be online, but may still select it if we really like it.

Will New Renaissance Film Festival pay for me and/or my crew to come to the festival?

Sadly we can’t afford to fly filmmakers or screenwriters over for the festival.

Will you pay for my accommodation if I attend the festival?

No, we can’t afford to put you up either. We can advise you on accommodation though, if you wish. We are currently seeking for sponsorship to develop our hospitality budget.



Last update 24 May 2018.



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