The 2nd Papaya Rocks Film Festival took place on the 27th of February in London, at the iconic Genesis Cinema. The festival was hosted by Papaya Films with the support of 247xRadioaktive, Platige Image and Lemonade Reps. The main theme of this year's festival was ‘Togetherness’ with a wide selection of unique stories, produced by talent from all around the world.

The festival returned with 300 films submitted to the PRFF from 15 countries, with 20 films making the Official Selection.

The initiative behind the festival is to provide a platform for up and coming indie filmmakers, giving them a chance to get their distinctive voices heard. The night was also a fantastic opportunity for the young talent to network and gain some much-needed exposure in the independent film scene.

“We wanted to make this edition of the festival bigger by making sure that we give each of our selected filmmakers an unforgettable experience of having their films seen in London. For the Papaya Rocks Film Festival team the months of planning the festival have allowed us to connect with the filmmakers in such a unique way.“

This connection has helped to create a community that will continue to share, encourage and support each other as these inspiring and passionate filmmakers take the next steps on their filmmaking journey.” programmer, Niger Asije 

PRFF 2020 Winners: 

Jury Award Best Film: HUNTING, dir. Jack Hawkins 
Best Music Short: SLINGSHOT, dir. David Bartkiewics 
Best Cinematography: Bongani. BOXED 
Best Director: Wanjiru M Njendu. BOXED 
Best Animation: THE SQUID, dir. George Hampshire 
Best Micro Short: I LOVE TENNIS, dir. Sam Buffery 
Best Editing: Jonathan Tyler, HANG 
Best Screenplay: MY BROTHER JUAN, dir. Christina Martin & Maia José Martin Barcelona 

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

Jury Award Best Film
Best Micro-short
Best Student Film
Best Animation
Best Screenplay
Best Editing
Best Cinematography
Best Director

For the 3rd Edition of Papaya Rocks Film Festival we will have TWO cash Prizes:

£1000 Jury Award Best Film
£500 Best Student Film
£500 Best Animation

To submit a film to Papaya Rocks Film Festival you must have created the project yourself, own the rights or have permission from the owner of the content to submit the film to us.
Rules & Terms 


Categories for Entry:
Short Film (Max 10 Minutes)
Micro Shorts (Max 2 Minutes)
Animation (Max 5 Minutes)
Student Film (Max 5 Minutes)
Documentary (Max 10 Minutes)
Experimental Film (Max 5 Minutes)

1. All films submitted to Papaya Rocks Film Festival must have been completed after 1 January 2019.
- There is no premiere policy for short films.  
- Work-in-progress projects are accepted.

2. Any foreign films must include English subtitles.

3. All fees are non-refundable. 

4. Student filmmakers must submit their Student ID in order to benefit from our student waiver.
- Graduate films are accepted. 

5. All films officially selected to Papaya Rocks Film Festival are eligible for competition prizes. 

6. Any misuse of Discount or Fee Waiver codes will lead to films being disqualified from Papaya Rocks Film Festival.

7.  All submission fees for Papaya Rocks Film Festival are to be paid through FilmFreeway platform. - The submission fee is non-refundable. 

8. Selected films must acknowledge that Papaya Rocks Film Festival reserves the right to promote the films on Papaya Rocks website and social media channels using both images and video that you provide.
- ALL films must have trailers that the festival can use to promote across social media platforms.

9. No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection.
- If, after you have submitted your film, the Premiere Status of your film changes rendering it no longer available for at least UK Premiere please let us know immediately. 


10. Selected films MUST provide a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) or video file (.mov or .mp4). in order to be screened at the Papaya Rocks Film Festival. - A selected DCP or video file must be received at Papaya Rocks Film Festival no later than THIRTY DAYS prior to the festival date. 

11. Criteria for Papaya Rocks Film Festival:- 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.
- The entrant also agrees that up to 2 minutes of their film may be used by the Festival in promotional activities including screening a clip on television and on the Festival’s website.

Film Classification 

12. 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.


13. If you are a cultural institution or college or have a number of films you would like to enter at once, the Festival may be able to offer a fee waiver; please email to make a request. 


14. 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.


15. Acceptance of these Terms and Conditions implies that the entrant will abide by them in her/his dealings with the Festival and also that you are legally entitled to submit the film for consideration. Entry to the Festival implies that the entrant has the right to do so, has pre-cleared all materials that comprise the film, and is an authorised representative of the team that holds the intellectual property in the film. 

Papaya Rocks Film Festival does not play screening fees for submitted films.

Entering a film to Papaya Rocks Film Festival implies the acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. 

We want to wish all prospective submitters the best of luck.

Updated April 2020.

Overall Rating
  • Wanjiru Njendu

    Papaya Rocks Film Festival is an incredibly filmmaker focused festival! They are very commuicative and promoted all selected films, once announced, daily and on all their social media platform. They were very responsive to email. My film Boxed won Best Director and Best Cinematography and while myself and my Cinematographer were unable to attend, they announced it in real time. We had hoped to make it but due to scheduling conflicted we were unable to.
    A major plus about PRFF that you don't usually see with festivals is that even after the festival they have continued to share about the film and support it as well..

    March 2020
  • Although I didn't attend, their communication was spot on and their quality was felt from home. They promoted the festival and our film with teasers and a fresh social media presence. I will 100% submit to Papaya Rocks again and perhaps will make the trip over the pond next year.

    March 2020
  • Emily Haigh

    The communication and social media presence throughout was amazing! We were very grateful 'Beautified' was selected and look forward to submitting future films. Great festival!

    March 2020
  • Rene Smaal

    It was a pleasure and an honor to be a part of this festival, and we are very grateful for the recognition of our film 'Re/cycle'. Too bad we couldn't attend in person, but happy our film could. Excellent communication, very professionally organized. Great experience overall!

    March 2020
  • Katie Smith

    What an awesome festival. Great communication, feedback and support. Really feels like they care about who they select and each filmmaker's career. Thank you!

    March 2020