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WHAT?

Doc'n Roll is a female-led film agency that platforms and champions marginal voices in the music industry; we are passionate about independent film and music of all genres. Our mission is to celebrate music subcultures by providing a unique platform to support creative, compelling and unforgettable documentaries that celebrate the performers, labels, scenes and stories.

Doc'n Roll began life in 2013, when we launched the UK's Music Documentary Film Festival as a music discovery film fest, convinced it was time to show some love to under-the-radar indie music documentaries and subcultures that were all too often ignored by risk-averse film programmers.

Eight years on, via our now UK-wide annual festival, one-off events and special screenings, we provide our audience with the opportunity to watch these killer documentaries in ace cinemas, as they were designed to be watched: LOUD.

In 2017, owing to strong demand from both filmmakers and audiences, Doc'n Roll expanded to include a boutique UK event cinema, distribution, and world sales service. We excel in finding theatrical, non-theatrical and direct-to-consumer routes to market for independent music documentaries across the UK and Europe.

In 2019, we launched another UK first, Doc'n Roll TV, our worldwide on-demand streaming platform that allows us to present a host of new and classic music documentaries to viewers at home.


WHO?

Vanessa Lobon - Co-founder & CEO: Producer & Shorts Programmer - email
Colm Forde - Co-founder: Acquisitions/Sales/Distribution/Programmer - email
Morven Masterton - Doc'n Roll Scotland Director 
Anne Marie McGregor - Festival Producer
Bruna Amaral - Head of Photography
Nadia Erlam - Social Media Manager
Fiona Johnston - Volunteer Coordinator
Johanna Smith - Jury Coordinator
Karen Shook - Communications

WHEN/WHERE?

The 9th edition of Doc'n Roll Film Festival, our headline, BFI-supported November festival, will run across London cinemas and 11 regional cities simultaneously from 27 October to 13 November 2022. Our regional city festivals in 2022 will feature a "Best of the fest" selection of great films in the following cities: Brighton, Nottingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Exeter, Sheffield, Birmingham, Liverpool and Cardiff.

Doc'n Roll also programmes "Best of the fest" encore screenings and special one-offs throughout the year in London.

Keep up to date on the Doc'n Roll tour via our email list, and by following our regional festivals on Facebook: Doc'n Roll ScotlandDoc'n Roll ManchesterDoc'n Roll LiverpoolDoc'n Roll Bristol, Doc'n Roll BrightonDoc'n Roll Nottingham, Doc'n Roll Exeter, Doc'n Roll Sheffield, Doc'n Roll Newcastle and Doc'n Roll Hull.


WHY DOC'N ROLL?

Not gonna lie: music documentaries are what we're all about. International festival directors and programmers, music film commissioning editors, VOD platform curators and music venue bookers are our BFFs.