Discovering, Exhibiting and Championing compelling music documentaries.

The Music Documentary Festival.
8th 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 premiere 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The films selected for the festival cannot be withdrawn from the Festival once confirmation of its participation in Doc'n Roll Film Festival London has been received following the official email notification of its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
  • 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
  • Big respect to organizers for managing to do the festival despite of these difficult times. Thank you!

    November 2020
  • Colm and co. at Doc ‘n Roll have done a fine job keeping things on track and professional during this wildly topsy-turvy year. That’s no easy task and many others have failed or decided not to even try. I applaud all of their effort as they could’ve easily I’ve taken the easy route and shut down, as many other festivals have. The communication was personal and timely, the quality of the online production is as good as you’ll get anywhere. Go have a look for yourself and see. It’s clear from all of their work that they really care about this endeavor and, in this mixed up year, they were impressive. Future filmmakers should know that this is a serious, quality film festival.

    November 2020
  • 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