LONDON ROCKS (LRIFF), in the true spirit of the city of London, champions independent cinema that isn't afraid to push boundaries. London Rocks 2021 edition screened 66 films to over 300 attendees, and we expect 2022 to be bigger.
LONDON ROCKS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL was established out of a need for a platform for filmmakers to show bold, innovative and authentic films, created within the city of London and internationally. We believe that those making work, regardless of budget and background, should have the opportunity to showcase their films in an inclusive setting with an audience who are looking to participate in something truly new and exciting. Operating outside the confines of mainstream platforms, LONDON ROCKS programmes events in underground spaces in London and aims to showcase a selection of films and year-round special events into the future.
We are interested in fictional and documentary films, made by any means necessary, that challenge the boundaries of cinema in form and subject. In an industry where all too often, marginal voices are swept aside in favour of big budgets and polished productions, we celebrate passionate voices that engage with contemporary issues, compelling stories and experimental narratives.
** Finalists will be announced on 9 October 2022 **
** Winners & Runners-Up will be revealed at the Festival 4, 5 & 6 November 2021 **
LONDON ROCKS, along with its sister festivals BRIGHTON ROCKS (established 2017), HASTINGS ROCKS and LOS ANGELES ROCKS, are young festivals with big ambition – to rank alongside the UK’s best festivals for indie cinema. If your film embodies our ideals and aspirations, we want to help it get the recognition it deserves.
For more information, check out the LRIFF Manifesto @ https://www.rocksfestivals.com/lriff-manifesto.html
• All OFFICIAL SELECTIONS in 14 Categories are given a FESTIVAL SCREENING:
BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT)
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
BEST FEATURE FILM
BEST LGBTQ+ FILM
BEST FILM MADE IN LONDON
BEST MICRO BUDGET FILM
BEST MICRO MOVIE
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
BEST STUDENT FILM
BEST 16mm FILM
• There will be one BEST FILM, RUNNERS-UP & FINALISTS in each submission category.
• Additional Awards for:
** WINNERS & RUNNERS-UP will be revealed at the Festival 5-6 November 2021 **
LONDON 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 London 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
"London Film" - at least 2 scenes must be set/filmed in London. All genres eligible.
"Micro Budget Films” means films produced for less than £1500 (including shoot & postproduction).
"Micro Movies" must have a run time of less than 4 minutes, including credits.
"Student Films" must have at least two production crew members in full-time education.