The Norwich Film Festival is no longer accepting submissions to the 2015 festival.

2016 submissions will be open in June.

For 2016, you can submit your film to us in one of three ways. Firstly, via post. To do that, you will need to send us your film on a region 2 DVD or preferably as a digital file / download link (mpeg, quicktime etc), along with a completed submission form, and your payment (cheque made payable to Norwich Film Festival or paypal payment to – add £1.50 to any Paypal transaction to cover their fees).

The second method is via Withoutabox (“WAB”). This is the internationally accepted, online, festivals submissions website, and is a preferred method of entry. You can submit online by clicking the link below.

The third method is via FilmFreeway, which is another online submissions platform, and another preferred method of entry. Click the link below to submit.


There are four competitive categories with prizes for this year’s festival, and they are listed below. 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 screenplays must be 30 pages or less. The four competitive categories* we have this year are:

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.

Short Screenplay - A screenplay of any genre or style, 30 pages or less (industry standard format). Top Prize £250 and a copy of Final Draft 9 courtesy of our partners at Final Draft.

Of the three film categories above, one will be chosen as Best In Festival, winning a further £750!

We have another great prize for one of winners, supplied by our partners at HitFilm – a copy of their brand new editing software, HitFilm 3 Pro (RRP £229). Craft your projects in a fast, non-linear editor with efficient media organization, an intuitive trimmer, easily accessible tools and hugely powerful, integrated 3D compositing.

*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.


NFF15 Submission Guidelines
NFF15 Submission FAQs
NFF15 Submission Form


One Minute Movie

We also have another competition within the Festival itself called One Minute Movie.  We have had some brilliant films sent in previously, and we are really looking forward to this year’s entries. Submissions are open now.

The Premise

We’re challenging film makers from all over the world to make the best movie possible 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.

Full guidelines and rules are available to read here, and they can be downloaded, along with the submission form below:

One Minute Movie Guidelines and Rules
One Minute Movie Submission Form

Congratulations to Marina and Tatiana Moshkova and their film Night Lights, which has been announced as the winner of One Minute Movie 2014. Well done Marina and Tatiana. Night Lights had the honour of opening the 2014 Festival and was greatly enjoyed by judges and audiences alike.

If you have any other questions or queries about this competition, please contact us.

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