SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN!!!
At Norwich Film Festival (#NFF2018) we love watching the fantastic variety of high-quality submissions we get from both local, national and international filmmakers. On this page you'll find all you need to know about submitting to the festival including information around our accreditation with BIFA and being one of the best rated film festivals in the world (thanks, FilmFreeWay!).
We are proud to mention that we are a British Independent Film Award (BIFA) qualifying short film festival. Only 48 festivals around the world are on the list, which includes Cannes, BFI London Film Festival, and Tribeca (and now Norwich!). For more information about BIFA qualifying film festivals please click here.
Also, in 2016, The Metro named the Norwich Film Festival as one of the top 10 UK Festival's You Need to Know About!
The Norwich Film Festival currently accepts submissions via online portals only - no postal submissions will be accepted. Our preferred option is FilmFreeway:
We like to give filmmakers a choice, however, so we do still accept submissions via Withoutabox.
Categories and Prizes
There are five competitive categories* with prizes for this year’s festival. As we are a short film festival, please note, all films must be under 25 minutes long. Any films longer than 25 minutes will not be accepted.
Thanks to the huge success of our 2017 festival, in no small part down to the generous support of the Norwich audiences and filmmakers around the world, we are thrilled to announce that we are in a fortunate position to increase our cash prizes! We aim to reinvest as much as we can back into the festival to help support those who have supported us, and that means that this year we have QUADRUPLED our prize fund!
Best Short Film - Any film 25 minutes or under. Any genre, any style. Top Prize £1000.
Best Animated Film - Any animated film 25 minutes or under. Any genre, any style. Top Prize £1000.
Best Student Film - Any film, any genre, any style, made (or predominantly made) by students. 25 minutes or under. Top Prize £1000. We are pleased to report this award will be sponsored by Arnolds Keys.
Best Documentary Film - Any documentary film 25 minutes or under. Any genre, any style. Top Prize £1000. We are pleased to report this award is sponsored by Wex Photo Video
The East Anglian Award - Any film 25 minutes or under which was made in the East of England or by a filmmaker from the East of England. This regional award will cover the areas of Norfolk, Suffolk, and Cambridgeshire. These films are any genre, any style. Top Prize £1000
Also all of 2018 winners will receive a Norwich Film Festival award and certificate, and priceless industry feedback from our judges.
The winning films of 2018 will also have the chance to win a variety of prizes (please note Festival Staff will allocate prizes to which categories they deem fit).
(Worth £449 courtesy of our partners at Vegas Pro).
A copy of Final Draft 9
(worth £162 courtesy of our partners at Final Draft
A Freelancer Premium Membership for one year with Production Base
(worth £174.99 courtesy of our partners at Production Base )
A copy of Lightworks Pro Outright Licence (Worth £249.99 courtesy of our partners at Lightworks)
A VideoMic Pro + donated by Rode Microphones.
(Worth £224 courtesy of our partners at Rode Microphones).
One Year's Subscription to MUBI (Worth £78 courtesy of our partners at MUBI)
One Year's Subscription to iPitch.TV (worth £220 courtesy of our partners at iPitch.TV) Looking for a way to pitch your idea for a television show or movie? iPITCH.TV offers a next generation platform for creators of original pitches for TV, Film & Digital Media to connect directly with Hollywood Producers and Studio Executives and gives creators industry pro advice on how to pitch a television show or feature film. Pitch your idea for a Movie, Screenplay, Television Show, Short Film, New Media Project and more.
*If you are unsure which category your film may fall into, or you think it may overlap into more than one, the judging panel will assign it to the most appropriate category that they deem fit.
We're challenging filmmakers from all over the world to make the best movie they possibly can that lasts exactly sixty seconds. Selected films will be screened throughout the festival and on our web services. We have had some brilliant films sent in previously, and we are really looking forward to this year's entries. Only £1 to enter our One Minute Movie competition.
To acquaint yourself with the festival's full submission rules and guidelines we've created a pdf for you to digest. Should you come across any stumbling blocks you can also consult our submission FAQs for help and advice.
If you have any other questions about the festival or submissions, please contact us.