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At Norwich Film Festival (#NFF16) we love watching the fantastic variety of high-quality submissions we get from both local and international filmmakers. On this page you’ll find all you need to know about submitting to the festival. Please be aware that we have now closed submissions for our 2016 festival, and we would like to wish all the filmmakers who submitted their short film to this year’s competition a massive Good luck! We will be selecting the official selection over the coming weeks, so keep an eye on our website and social media for more information!


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Here are the Norwich Film Festival we love to use both FilmFreeWay & Withoutabox to allow filmmakers a choice to submit their film. Currently our 2016 submission process as ended, but we will be looking to re-open our submissions in November 2016!


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 screenplays must be 30 pages or less. The five competitive categories we have this year are:

Short Film – Any film 25 minutes or under. Any genre, any style. Top Prize £200.

Animated Film – Any animated film 25 minutes or under. Any genre, any style. Top Prize £200.

Documentary Film – Any documentary film 25 minutes or under. Any genre, any style. Top Prize £200.

logoStudent Film – Any film, any genre, any style, made (or predominantly made) by students. 25 minutes or under. Top Prize £200. Plus this particular category will be sponsored by Radio Norwich

Short Screenplay – A screenplay of any genre or style, 30 pages or less (industry standard format). Top Prize £200

All 2016 winners will receive a Norwich Film Festival Award Certificate and priceless industry feedback from our judges.

The Best Short Film of the competition will  also receive the following:

– A copy of HitFilm 4 Prohitfilm4


(worth £271.59 courtesy of our partners at HitFilm)

– A copy of Final Draft 9 

(worth £162 courtesy of our partners at Final Draft)

A copy of Arcadian Sound sound

(worth £39.99 courtesy of our partners at Arcadian Sound)

– A Freelancer Premium Membership for one year with pblogo-cropped-new-w640h480Production Base


(worth £174.99 courtesy of our partners at Production Base )

*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.

One Minute Movie Competition as now Ended! 1 minute movies

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. Please be aware this competition as now ended. However, don’t fret submissions will open again in November 2016!

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.

NFF16 Submission Guidelines          NFF16 Submission FAQs          NFF16 One Minute Movie Guidelines

If you have any other questions about the festival or submissions, please contact us.

Thank you for considering submitting to NFF16!

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