Discovering, Exhibiting and Championing compelling music documentaries.

The Music Documentary Festival.
7th annual London edition, focused exclusively on showcasing amazing national and international non-fiction music films, covering all genres of music!

Central London, annual November headline film festival of 30+ Premiere feature music docs.
Plus Q&As, gigs, and DJ sets themed on the films.

Followed by our annual Spring - Summer 14 UK regional city editions, featuring 8 films across Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Exeter, Hull, Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham, Newcastle, Brighton, Bristol, Belfast, Sheffield and Dublin.

Award - Certificate

Best Documentary, selected from a short-list of 6 films from our London festival programme of 30 feature docs.

Follow this link for our 2019 Jury bios

We only accept non-fiction MUSIC DOCUMENTARIES for entry!

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***

DCPs must be supplied for screening.

Doc'n Roll Film Festival is hereby granted the right to use an excerpt from any film submitted for promotional purposes.

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The films selected for the festival cannot be withdrawn from the Festival once confirmation of its participation in Doc'n Roll Film Festival London has been received following the official email notification of its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
  • Simon David

    My experience at Doc'n Roll Festival was a blast. This was the world premiere for my documentary Time and Place. Communication with Vanessa and Colm went great and the venue that hosted my film was beautiful. I would definitely go back as Vanessa and Colm are doing such a great job. Thank you guys !

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Simon - it was a pleasure to have you and your doc in our programme!

  • Dayna Watson

    Sadly couldn't attend (being other side of the world), but greatly appreciated the communication keeping us in the loop!

    November 2019
  • Hannah Currie

    This was my first London screening and a wonderful experience - House of Vans was such a cool venue!

    March 2019
  • Suzy Harrison

    My film was part of Doc'n Roll London and I had a really great experience throughout the process. Communication was excellent from beginning to end. As a first-time filmmaker, it was great to have the festival directors' support and guidance - they were so patient when I asked questions about how everything worked! It was amazing to have my film screened at a real cinema in London!
    You can really tell that Vanessa and Colm are committed to running a professional festival which champions both experienced and early-career documentary makers. If you've put your heart and soul into making a music doc, apply to Doc'n Roll because they will give your film the time and respect it deserves.

    January 2019
  • Fred Riedel

    I wasn't able to attend this fest but was extremely happy to have my film selected for it. Director Forde was a pleasure to deal w/and always on top of every detail. He was also enthusiastic and remarkably accessible, communicative and helpful throughout the process. Doc'n rock on!

    November 2017