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Throughout the years we have focused on developing film festivals that build a path to your continued success.
All our festivals have helped hundreds of filmmakers from all over the world get the recognition they deserve by giving them exposure, a truly deserved award and, a chance for distribution with long established worldwide distributors.
We created our festivals implementing a rule none of the others have: if your film gets rejected we will let you know why and give you a chance to fix it, then re-submit for free before we close submissions or, the following season.

Welcome to the Nature Without Borders International Film Festival, where distribution and exposure opportunities abound.

NWBIFF is a sister festival to the Docs Without Borders International Film Festival and the Depth of Field International Film Festival, a Film freeway “Top 100 Reviewed” festival.

NWBIFF accepts worldwide Films/Documentaries under many major categories and sub-categories.


Over the years, our sister festivals have sent hundreds of winning films to long established Distribution companies, many signing for distribution. NWBIFF operates with that same vantage! Your top award with NWBIFF gets you into our distributor review group.

Don’t forget Feedback: The one element most festivals ignore.

 Everyone who submits to the Nature Without Borders International Film Festival will receive either of two benefits:

1): your film is already competition caliber and receives Official Selection status OR
2): If rejected, you will receive a letter outlining what it is about your film that is keeping it from being accepted.

This gives you the chance to make corrections to your film:
-    Helps you to improve your product and its marketability
-    Enhances your ability to be accepted at other festivals besides ours.

Dates & Deadlines
June 11, 2021
Opening Date
June 30, 2021
Earlybird Deadline
July 31, 2021
Regular Deadline
August 31, 2021
Late Deadline
September 30, 2021
Extended Deadline
December 31, 2021
Last Chance
January 9, 2022
Notification Date
January 9, 2022
Event Date

Awards & Prizes

Guaranteed distributor review by Worldwide Motion Pictures Corporation, Adler & Associates and Cardinal XD Distribution for our select few "Best Of Festival" and  "Best Of Show winners.

Opportunities for Sub-Category Awards include cinematography, score, original concept, direction, SFX, acting, writing, editing and many more!

NWBIFF, in cooperation with our distribution colleagues, is proud to offer guaranteed distributor review to the top winners in these award levels in the Major categories*:

"Best of Festival Award: Presented to an outstanding entry from among the Best Of Show Winners.," Receives frameable certificate of award"

"Best Of Show" selected by genre and domestic/foreign, so there will be more than one BOS, i.e. BOS Documentary (Domestic), BOS Documentary (Foreign) and so on.

"Award of Outstanding Excellence,"

* (Please note: If there is insufficient competition within any category, we reserve the right to withdraw a "Best Of" presentation in that category.)

Other award levels include:
"Award of Excellence,"
"Award Of Exceptional Merit,"
"Jury's Choice Award,"
"Award Of Merit,"
"Kudos Endeavor Award,"

NWBIFF is a live screening festival and virtual competition: We invest in getting distributor recognition for quality films to give them a life beyond a onetime festival showing.

NWBIFF screens  Best of Festival  and  Best of Show winners  at the Multi-Festival Events  in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and Berkeley Springs, WV

Long term screening opportunity available on WRPN.TV Entertainment Network (optional)

Our founders are active Committee Members for the Universal Film and Festival Organization (UFFO.ORG), an U.K. based non-profit, founded to implement best business practices for festivals

Any film rejected receives Free feedback.

$30 flat fee for all Student Film Entries, regardless of deadline status.


NWBIFF is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for competition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

A brief clip of winning entries may also be streamed on the NWBIFF.COM website and WRPN.TV.

The number of awards granted at any given level will fluctuate based on the total number of entries received for each competition deadline. Just as entering major categories does not insure selection or award, entering sub-categories also does not insure selection or award; Filmmakers who enter sub-categories only (without entering a major category) may be rejected if the judges do not feel the submitted sub-category is of merit, even if the film itself is of merit and could have been award-worthy. Conversely, films may also receive awards for sub-categories written in by the judges even if the filmmaker did not submit for them.

Also, your film name will appear in the Official Selection list only if you have submitted the entire film into one of the Major (full-price) Categories (films submitted for judging in reduced-rate, production value sub-categories only, will not be listed).

Submitting your film to NWBIFF automatically puts you on our mailing list, to receive emails from NWBIFF and WRPN.TV, so that you will be informed of developments regarding the status of your film. This mailing list is private and will not be shared with any third parties. You may unsubscribe at any time at the risk of missing pertinent information regarding your film.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The Competition reserves the right to refuse entries, and there are no waivers.


Submissions in other than English language must be subtitled, dubbed or include an English transcript.

If there is insufficient competition within any particular category, NWBIFF reserves the right to withdraw a "Best Of" presentation in that particular category.

 In order to insure that each film is studied and rated an individual basis, NWBIFF has instituted a system to insure that entries do not compete against each other, but instead are recognized for their own individual merits. For all intents and purposes, they compete against themselves: each entry is judged on individual merits and scored on an inherent value system. We want to insure that the judges’ focus is on you when it is your turn to be evaluated, not on all the other films that are in cue: this insures that they will not have comparisons going on in their minds when they should be focusing entirely on YOU.

 Judges score entries on a performance scale and winning entries are recognized and awarded not only for Best of Festival and Best Of Show, but also for two Awards of Excellence levels, two Awards of Merit levels, a Kudos Endeavor Award, or no award.

Best of Festival and Best of Show honors are granted to the top scoring entry/entries for each season; Awards of Excellence are granted to entries with truly exceptional artistic and technical achievements; and notable achievements are recognized at the Award of Merit and 'Kudos' award levels.

 The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless NATURE WITHOUT BORDERS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, WRPN.TV, and ROMAN PICTURES from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.