Discovering, Exhibiting and Championing compelling music documentaries.

The Music Documentary Festival.
9th annual edition, focused exclusively on showcasing amazing national and international non-fiction music films, covering all genres of music!

Central London, November film festival of 25+ Premiere feature music docs.
Plus Q&As, gigs, and DJ sets themed on the films.
Simultaneously, 11 UK regional city editions, featuring 7 films selected from our London
programme screening across Edinburgh, Glasgow, Exeter, Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham, Newcastle, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff and Sheffield.

2016 Opening Night: World Premiere - BFI Southbank - Gregory Porter: Don't Forget Your Music x 2 sold-out live Q&As with GP.

2017 Opening Night: World Premiere - Picturehouse Central - A Winding Road: A Ramble With Richard Thompson live Q&A with RT

2018 Opening Night: World Premiere Barbican - Slow Club: Our Most Brilliant Friends live Q&A with band

2018 London Premiere - Barbican - Chilly Gonzales: Shut Up and Play The Hits live Q&A with CG plus Jarvis Cocker

2018 World Premiere - Picturehouse Central - About A Badly Drawn Boy live Q&A with BDB

2019 Opening Night: London Premiere - Barbican - PJ Harvey: A Dog Called Money live Q&A with Dir Seamus Murphy

2019 Opening Night: World Premiere - Rio Cinema - Disco Confessions: John Morales A Life In The Mix live Q&A with JM

2019 World Premiere - Rio Cinema - Rip Up The Road: A Film About Foals live Q&A with the band

2019 Closing Event: UK Premiere - Curzon Soho - David Crosby: Remember My Name

2020 Opening Night: World Premiere - BFI Southbank - Kelly Jones: Don't Let The Devil Take Another Day live Q&A with KJ hosted by Fearne Cotton

2020 Opening Night: UK Premiere - Alexandra Palace Theatre - Phill Lynott: Songs For While I'm Away live Q&A with Dir. Emer Reynolds

2020 Closing Night: World Premiere - Genesis Cinema - The Streets: None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Live Alive, live Q&A featuring The Streets’ Mike Skinner (Cancelled due to lockdown #2)

Award - Certificate

Best Documentary, selected from a short-list of 6 films from our London festival programme of 25 premiere feature docs.

Follow this link for our 2022 Jury -

We only accept non-fiction MUSIC DOCUMENTARIES for entry!

Films cannot be available online prior to us screening them.

Films with UK, European, International or World Premiere status will be given preference in the selection process.

***Submission to the festival implies acceptance of all of the following regulations***

Feature Films: download links to DCPs must be supplied for screening.
Physical DCPs not accepted!

Doc'n Roll Film Festival is hereby granted the right to use a short excerpt no greater than 60 seconds in duration from any film submitted for promotional purposes, both online and in-cinema.

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

shall indemnify and hold harmless Doc'n Roll Film Festival and Doc'n Roll Films Ltd. 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.

All FEATURE films selected must be submitted in DCP format with a backup Bluray disc.
Other film formats will not be accepted.

***This deadline must be respected***

The DCP screening copy of the selected film must be received by Doc'n Roll Film Festival by 30 SEPTEMBER 2020 at the latest.

***This deadline must be respected***

The films selected for the festival cannot be withdrawn from the Festival once confirmation of its participation in Doc'n Roll Film Festival London has been received following the official email notification of its selection.
The production company confirms that all archive material, music, audio and image rights of the persons in the film have been cleared for UK screenings.

Shipping costs and custom duties to the UK must be paid by the sender.

With regard to the return of the screening copy - the Festival pays the shipping
costs back to the recipient only, to the exclusion of all other costs (import duties, VAT, storage, etc.).


Overall Rating
  • Mirissa Neff

    Was incredible to present This is National Wake throughout the UK at Doc'n Roll. Thank you Vanessa and Colm for your dedication to giving music films this necessary platform!

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Very welcome Mirissa! Cheers xx

  • We had a fantastic time with Doc'N Roll Film Festival in 2021. Colm and Vanessa and their team organized a *superb* event, by far one of the best festivals in our run. We had the opportunity to join the festival in person and it was an amazing atmosphere for music documentaries, with Q&A panels after the showing, super engaged audiences, and an all-around great vibe at every screening. Thanks again to the Doc'N Roll team for their support and passion for music documentaries!

    January 2022
  • Jay Kerr

    We had a fantastic time with the Doc'n Roll crew, they looked after us in bringing our first ever feature film to the world and we hope to work with them again in the future.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Jay! If was a real pleasure to have your film onboard for its World Premiere!

  • Since we started our festival run this has been the best experience we could ask to any film festival. The love, attention and respect for the film was incredible. We highly recommend doc'n roll !

    November 2021
  • Staci Wilson

    Great festival experience, despite it being virtual and long-distance. We really would have loved to have attended (from the States to the UK) but we felt good that the organizers were in contact and communication was great. Thank you for a good vicarious experience! :)

    November 2020