HASTINGS ROCKS is an exciting new addition to ROCKS FILM FESTIVALS (Brighton, London & Los Angeles). In keeping with the seaside town’s culture and history, the festival is especially interested in films that push boundaries and explore esoteric, mystical and musical themes (but by no means exclusively) across any genre, fiction or non-fictional. We also want to encourage a large number of films made in Hastings.

The festival will take place 22-24 April 2022 in the stunning St Mary in the Castle auditorium, built directly beneath Hastings Castle circa 1828. The theatre, which has a seating capacity of over 600, has been an Arts Venue since 2015 and recently reopened following a refurbishment. ​For the duration of the festival, the crypt will house an exciting audiovisual exhibition created by our partner, The Imaginary Project.

ROCKS FILM FESTIVALS showcase emerging and established filmmaking talent from around the world and aim to create a platform for original voices from all walks of life. If your film embodies our ideals and aspirations, we will help it get the recognition it deserves.

FYI, HASTINGS is a coven of creatives, filmmakers and musicians from all walks of life. Many have come over from Brighton and down from London, but the town’s unique identity has been forged over the course of more than a thousand years of history. As every schoolchild knows, the Battle of Hastings in 1066 saw the demise of King Harold, the Norman invasion and the birth of modern England. Gangs of smugglers have inhabited a maze of ancient cliffside caves since the Middle Ages. The town was made into a bustling resort by the Victorians, who built splendid – now decaying – Gothic buildings, while sadly allowing poverty and disease to run riot. The occultist Aleister Crowley spent his final year here, allegedly casting a spell on the town prohibiting those born in Hastings from leaving. Today, Hastings is famed for its vibrant May Day festivities, Jack in the Green, Fat Tuesday and Bonfire Night. We're sure that you'll find Hastings to be the perfect backdrop to share your film with fellow artists.

• OFFICIAL SELECTIONS are given a FESTIVAL SCREENING at ST MARY IN THE CASTLE on 22-24 April 2022.
• There will be FINALISTS & WINNERS in each of the following categories:
ANIMATION
COMEDY
DOCUMENTARY (SHORT)
DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)
DRAMA
EXPERIMENTAL FILM
FANTASY
HORROR
FEATURE FILM (FICTION)
FILM NOIR
LGBTQ+ FILM
MICRO-BUDGET FILM
MICRO MOVIE
MUSIC VIDEO
STUDENT FILM
• Additional Awards for:
CINEMATOGRAPHY
DIRECTOR
EDITING
MISE EN SCENE
ORIGINAL SCORE
PERFORMANCE (3 awards)
SCREENPLAY
SOUND DESIGN
SPECIAL EFFECTS
SPIRIT OF HASTINGS

FINALISTS will be announced on 3 April and WINNERS on 22-24 April at the festival.

HASTINGS ROCKS accepts narrative, documentary and experimental films, music videos, micro, short and feature films.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
All films must be in English or have English subtitles.
Production must have been completed after 1 January 2018.
There is no limit on the number of submissions.
All films must have an online screener.
Filmmakers retain the rights to their films.
Filmmakers are responsible for acquiring copyrights, licenses and releases for media used in their films.
By submitting their film, filmmakers gives Hastings Rocks the right to post their posters, trailers, website and social media links on our website.
Brighton Rocks reserves the right to move films into categories different from the one(s) submitted to.

RULES REGARDING CATEGORY SUBMISSIONS

"Made in Hastings" - at least 2 scenes must be set/filmed in Hastings. All genres eligible.
"Micro Budget Film" requires a production budget of less than £1000.
"Micro Movies" must have a runtime of less than 4 minutes, including credits.
"Student Films" must have at least 2 crew members in full-time education.