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 ANIMATION
BEST COMEDY
BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT)
BEST DRAMA
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
BEST FANTASY/HORROR/SCI-FI
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:
CINEMATOGRAPHY
DIRECTOR
EDITING
MISE-EN-SCENE
SCORE
PERFORMANCES
SCREENPLAY
SPECIAL EFFECTS

​​** 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.

Overall Rating
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  • Thomas Harman

    London Rocks is a fantastic festival. Very friendly and supportive of filmmakers with a great atmosphere at The Whirled Cinema. Was honored to have won the Best Doc Award.

    February 2022
  • Jenny Pill

    I loved the venue for London Rocks - the cinema in the arches is very atmospheric and fun. The location is brilliant and it was great to see so many people coming to support independent film. I met many wonderful people and saw incredible inspiring films - the Rocks festivals are brilliantly curated.
    Great communication as always from James and the team, looking forward to the next Rocks festival!

    January 2022
  • The team at the London Rocks Film Festival was amazing, their communication was always quick and concise.

    Unfortunately for us being in the States we were not able to attend this year, but we could tell from the photos attendance was awesome and it seemed like everyone had a great time. I would recommend !

    December 2021
  • What a wonderful festival! We enjoyed being there, the communication with the teams was great and we were so happy to get an award. Highly recommended!

    November 2021
  • Demian Fuica

    Thank you very much London Rocks Film Festival for being part of your festival. Great communications, Organizations, and festivals. Can't wait to be in person next time. Also, I would like to thank the festival and the Jury for the wonderful Runner-up mention for Best screenplay...Making movies is about telling story's that after seeing them, we can share our opinion together and in some cases change our bad habits into better ones as humans.

    November 2021