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 

The 3rd Papaya Rocks Film Festival will take place on February 25th, 2021. 

The full list of winners: 

Best Short 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: Mi Hermano 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:

Best Short Film
Best Micro-short
Best Student Film
Best Animation
Best Screenplay
Best Editing
Best Cinematography
Best Director

IMPORTANT: Please click 'Show More' to consult the Rules & Terms carefully before submitting a film or query.

Categories for Entry:

Short Film (Max 10 Minutes)
Micro Shorts (Max 2 Minutes)
Animation (Max 5 Minutes)
Branded Content (Max 2 Minutes)
Student Film (Max 5 Minutes)
Documentary (Max 10 Minutes)

Form and Premiere Status:
The Festival welcomes all forms of film production – animation, experimental, branded content, etc.
Films having either a World, International, European, UK or London Premiere at Papaya Rocks Film Festival cannot be removed once officially selected.
If, after you submit your film, the premiere status of your film changes rendering it no longer available for at least UK premiere, please let us know immediately.

Conditions for Entry:
The screening format eligible for inclusion is DCP.
Films should be presented in their original versions with English language subtitles or commentary where necessary.
To be eligible for the competitions, films must have been completed after 28 February 2019 and be 10 minutes or less in duration.
No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection.

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.
ALL films and music videos must have trailers that the festival can use to promote across social media platforms.
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
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.

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 discount; please email to request. Very occasionally, a fee waiver may be granted if the submitter has previously had work in the Festival.

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.

Acceptance of these Terms and Conditions implies that the entrant will abide by them in her/his dealings with the Festival and also that she/he is 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.

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 February 2019.

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