The inaugural Papaya Rocks Film Festival hosted by Papaya Films London took place at the independent Genesis Cinema in London. Since PRFF2019 was launched in 2018 our aim was to celebrate the incredible ability of filmmakers to tell fascinating and intriguing stories in short and micro short form.

Of the 200+ films submitted to PRFF2019, we selected 36 films, 26 of which premiered at the festival. Attendees at the festival included some of our amazing filmmakers who hailed from the US, Poland, the UK and Spain.

Papaya Rocks Film Festival Programmer Niger Asije said:

'For our first film festival we had a lot of expectations and what was really exciting was the real enthusiasm we got from our audience. The mix of micro and short films worked well to create a film festival that showcased the creative and independent filmmaking spirit that we wanted to champion.'

Aqsa Altaf’s One Small Step took the prize for Best Short Film, whereas Mariela, a one-shot film directed by Victoria Romero, received awards for Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography. The award for Best Director was given to Alex Widdowson, who floored the jury with his astonishing animation Music & Clowns.

The full list of winners 2019:

Best Short Film: One Small Step, dir. Aqsa Altaf

Best Micro-Short: Trifle, dir. Ted Fisher

Best Director: Alex Widdowson for Music & Clowns

Best Music Video: Fade, dir. Ainhoa Rodríguez

Best Animation: Talent Scout, dir. José Herrera

Best Screenplay: Mariela, dir. Victoria Romero

Best Editing: Fried Eggs

Best Cinematography: Mariela, dir. Victoria Romero

We are excited to be bringing Papaya Rocks Film Festival back to Genesis Cinema for 2020.

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
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 10 Minutes)
Branded Content (Max 2 Minutes)
Music Video
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 2018 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
  • Brooke Trantor

    What an honor it was to be a part of Papaya Rocks Film Festival first year. A truly welcoming team to work with, I was so excited to able to travel from LA to London for the festival. Very diverse films featuring the depth of humanity; I was very inspired. Lovely to meet with other filmmakers and talk about their projects. Loved the venue (Genesis Cinema) and so cool they provided complimentary popcorn and drinks all night!! Thank you Papaya Rocks, it was a blast!!

    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
  • 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