After creating the Papaya Young Directors Contest, Papaya Films Original Series & Papaya Films Presents Stories we knew we wanted to take the next step so we created Papaya Rocks Film Festival. Brought to you by the Papaya Films London office this new film festival will offer filmmakers the opportunity to screen their films in London.

Through Papaya Rocks Film Festival we aim to discover, support and nurture new talent in filmmaking by offering a platform for emerging and established filmmakers from around the world.

The festival will be split into two strands: Micro Shorts (max 2 min) and Short Films (Max 15 min). The three screenings sessions, drinks reception, and the award ceremony is free to attend (but ticketed) and will be held on 28th February 2019 at the independent family owned Genesis Cinema in Whitechapel.

We will be looking for filmmakers who are willing to take risks, are original and socially conscious about the power and impact that their films can have. As well as fiction, documentary, comedy, music videos and sci-fi films Papaya Rocks Film Festival will also encourage filmmakers to submit work that will fall under branded content.

Submit your film now to be in for the chance to win one of the following awards:

Best Short Film
Best Micro-short
Best Music Video
Best Animation
Best Script / Story
Best Editing
Best Cinematography
Best Director

1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from 7th September 2018. The deadline will be November 30th, 2018. Early entry is encouraged. (subject to change)
2. Submission Format
Films must be submitted via FilmFreeway by online screener ONLY.
We do not accept subsequent cuts or more complete versions of submitted films, therefore changing or updating the originally submitted link is not accepted.
3. Submission Eligibility
All Films submitted to the Papaya Rocks Film Festivals can be used to promote the Film project and the Papaya Rocks Film Festivals
4. Premiere Status
- There is no premiere policy for short films but if the film is having its premiere screening at Papaya Rocks Film Festivals, then please let us know. That is a bonus.
If, after you submit, the premiere status of your film changes rendering it no longer available for at least UK premiere, please let us know immediately.
5. Film Classification
All films screened during the Papaya Rocks Film Festivals will not have been certificated by the film council, please take this into account when attending screenings at the festival.
6. Submission Fee
All submissions Fees for Papaya Rocks Film Festivals are to be paid through FilmFreeway platform. The submission fee is non-refundable.
7. Shipping
If the film is selected for the Festival all shipping and postage costs for DCPs etc and additional materials sent to and returned from Papaya Rocks Film Festivals must be borne by the submitting party. Papaya Rocks Film Festivals will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. Papaya Rocks Film Festival will not absorb any fees incurred in British customs. All charges must be pre-paid.
8. Selection of Films
Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:
- Quality of narrative and production values.
- Independent nature of the production.
- Originality
9. Notification
Papaya Rocks Film Festivals will complete the selection procedures by January 2019 and inform all submitting parties, via email, if their film has been successful or not after that time. Successful submissions will receive a Filmmaker Festival Pack.
10. Festival Screenings
Selected films MUST provide an electronic copy in order to be screened at the Papaya Rocks Film Festivals, as well as a backup. The film title MUST be clearly labeled. All foreign language films MUST contain English subtitles.
The project must be received at Papaya Rocks Film Festivals no later than 30 days prior to its scheduled screening date.
11. Scheduling
Screenings are scheduled at the discretion of Papaya Rocks Film Festivals. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Papaya Rocks Film Festivals reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Papaya Rocks Film Festivals will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.
No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection.

Overall Rating
  • ck okereke

    For weeks ahead of the festival, the online narrative was excellent - showing love for all participating filmmakers, sharing clips from their film & even publishing interviews with them. Papaya are one of the most communicative festivals on twitter, very engaging, fun and responsive.

    The festival itself was a joy to screen at. The atmosphere was warm and the attendees were all open to chat with each other, share experiences, ambitions and opinions.

    The featured films varied in tone, style and execution, which kept interest throughout.

    Their was complimentary drinks all-night, which was a beautiful touch, as was the free popcorn.

    I can't think of a single reason a filmmaker wouldn't submit.

    Thank you, Papaya, and congratulations.

    March 2019
  • The festival makes you want to make another movie. Very thought provoking and inspiring selection of films.

    March 2019
  • Miguel Toledo

    Wonderful film festival. Happy and honoured to be a part of it with my short film 'University'.

    March 2019
  • It's a great opportunity for emerging filmmakers to showcase their work. The festival promotes and takes care of up and coming talent.

    March 2019