At Norwich Film Festival (#NFF17) 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 Festival's in the world (Thanks FilmFreeWay!).
Please note submissions have now closed for 2017. Good luck to all those who submitted their film!
We are proud to mention that we are a British Independent Film Award (BIFA) qualifying short Film Festival. Only 48 Film Festival around the world are on the list including (Cannes, BFI London Film Festival, Tribeca and now Norwich!) For more information about BIFA qualifying film festival's 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!
Here are the Norwich Film Festival we love to use both FilmFreeWay & Withoutabox to allow filmmakers a choice to submit their film.
SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR 2017
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.
Short Film - Any film 25 minutes or under. Any genre, any style. Top Prize £250.
Animated Film - Any animated film 25 minutes or under. Any genre, any style. Top Prize £250.
Student Film - Any film, any genre, any style, made (or predominantly made) by students. 25 minutes or under. Top Prize £250. This Award is sponsored by Arnolds Keys
Documentary Film - Any documentary film 25 minutes or under. Any genre, any style. Top Prize £250. This award is sponsored by Wex Photographic.
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 £250
Also all of 2017 winners will receive a Norwich Film Festival Award Certificate and priceless industry feedback from our judges.
The Best Short Film of 2017 will also receive the following:
(Worth £249.99 courtesy of our partners at Lightworks)
- 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 )
We are also pleased to announce that our Best Student, Documentary and East Anglian Award winners will not only win £250, but they will also win a copy of Vegas Pro (worth £449)
*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, while the best film chosen by our panel of judges will have the honour of being this year's opening film. 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.
The Pesky Guidelines
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.