All of the films we select for the festival come from the open submission process. We believe this is really important. The only way to get your film shown at the festival is to submit via one of the below platforms.

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The categories for the Nottingham International Film Festival are...

UK NARRATIVE FEATURES

We are looking for the best in British Independent Cinema. Inventive, bold and original stories set in the UK, by a UK director or featuring a majority British cast. All features must have a run time of over 40 minutes. 

INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURES

We are looking for the best in International Independent Cinema. Inventive, bold and original stories that can be set anywhere in the world and in any language, all we ask is that there are English subtitles if English is not the main language in the film .  All features must have a run time of over 60 minutes. 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

Thought provoking, insightful and educational the best documentaries challenge our perceived view on the world and enlighten us with a new perspective. Documentary features must be over 40 minutes in length and can be from any country.

UK SHORTS

We are looking for the best short films from the UK. They can be from exciting new talent or industry veterans using the medium to tell a great story. Shorts must have a run time of between 1 and 40 minutes.

INTERNATIONAL SHORTS

We are looking for the best short films from around the world. They can be from exciting new talent or industry veterans using the medium to tell a great story. Shorts must have a run time of between 1 and 40 minutes.

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

Thought provoking, insightful and educational the best documentaries challenge our perceived view on the world and enlighten us with a new perspective. Documentary shorts must have a run time of between 1 and 40 minutes and can be from any country.

EXPERIMENTAL FILMS

We are looking for films that have a bold and original style in either visuals or storytelling. Films can be any run time - short or feature. 

MUSIC VIDEOS

A great music video not only enhances the music it represents but never again lets you just hear the music our ideal music video is no more than 10 minutes in length.
Can be for independent or established artist.

STUDENT FILMS

There are some amazing film schools around the world with great talent producing some exceptional films. Student films can be from any country and can be narrative, documentary or animated. All we ask is that if the film is in a language other than English it needs to be subtitled in English

ANIMATION

We are looking for great stories inventively told through animations.

UNCOMMISSIONED SCREENPLAY

Getting your screenplay into the hands of industry professionals can be tricky. That's why we decided to open this category. We take the best screenplays and present them to a panel of industry experts who finally decide on the category winner. Any original screenplay of any length.

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2018 SUBMISSION DEADLINES:

Please submit early to save on our submission fees. Your online screener must be ready for viewing by the following dates to meet the respective deadline: 

21st November 2017: Super Early Deadline
30th January 2018: Early Deadline
17th April 2018: Regular Deadline
19th June 2018: Late Deadline
24th July 2018: Extended Deadline
August 7th 2018: Final Deadline 

 
Our Standard Festival Participation Agreement (Terms and Conditions), which all submitted films are also expected to follow is as follows:

GENERAL RULES AND CONDITIONS

NOTTIFF is looking for independent feature-length and short films from around the world from any genre.

Our Standard Festival Participation Agreement (Terms and Conditions), which all submitted films are also expected to follow is as follows:

GENERAL RULES AND CONDITIONS

The 3rd Nottingham International Film Festival will take place from 2nd to 4th November 2018.

1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from 11th October 2018.

All submission deadlines are found within the FilmFreeway listing.

2. Submission Format
Films must be submitted via online screener.

3. Submission Eligibility
- All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2016. 
- Nottingham International Film Festival requires at least a Nottingham premiere for all films. 
- Works-in-progress and films with distribution are accepted. 
- Films must not have received more than 50% of their funding from a studio or broadcaster. 
- All films not in the English language are required to have subtitles.

4. Premiere Status
- Nottingham International Film Festival requires at least a Nottingham premiere for all films and they may not have been screened publicly online. All films may have screened at other festivals but just not have screened in the Nottingham Region. 
- There is no Premiere policy for Experimental Films and music videos, they may have screened at other Festivals and/or online.

5. Film Classification
All films screened during the Nottingham International Film Festival receive an age rating that is decided by the Nottingham City Council.

6. Submission Fee
All FilmFreeway submissions for Nottingham International Film Festival are to be paid using any payment method accepted by FilmFreeway. The submission fee is non-refundable.

7. Shipping
All shipping and postage costs, if the film is selected for the Festival, for all DCPs and additional materials sent to and returned from Nottingham International Film Festival must be borne by the submitting party. Nottingham International Film Festival will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. Nottingham International Film Festival will not absorb any fees incurred in British customs. All charges must be pre-paid.

8. Selection of Films
Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria: 
- Quality of narrative and production values
- Independent nature of the production

9. Notification
Nottingham International Film Festival endeavours to complete all selection procedures by 1st of October 2018 and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time. Successful submissions will receive a Filmmaker Festival Pack that will include important information on shipping the DCP to the Festival, press and publicity, guest accreditation, contact information and how to make the most of participating in the Festival.

10. Festival Screenings
Selected films MUST provide a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) or video file (.mov or .mp4).in order to be screened at the Nottingham International Film Festival. The film title MUST be clearly labelled on the hard drive. 
A selected DCP or video file must be received at Nottingham International Film Festival no later than TWENTY days prior to its scheduled screening date.

11. Scheduling
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of Nottingham International Film Festival. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Nottingham International Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Nottingham International Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.

No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection.

GENERAL AGREEMENT OF PARTICIPATION IN NOTTIFF:

By submitting to the Nottingham International Film Festival I confirm that I have read and accept the terms and regulations of NOTTIFF. I will provide the festival with any additional information required pursuant to these rules and regulations. I authorize the NOTTIFF to exhibit my film, and if selected, I confirm that an exhibition copy will be available in a required format for screening during the 2018 festival (November 2nd - 4th 2018). I certify that I hold all necessary rights for the submission of this film/video to the NOTTIFF and that all rights and clearances have been made. This film is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation. I hold NOTTIFF harmless from damage to, or loss of any or all materials en route to, from or otherwise at the festival. I assume all legal responsibilities therein. By Agreeing to these terms, I transfer to NOTTIFF the right to use excerpts of the submitted film, its stills, and trailers, for the purposes of publicity and marketing of the film at the 2018 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2018 festival. I hereby agree to indemnify NOTTIFF, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.