WHAT IS OPEN CITY DOCS?

Open City Docs is home to several projects in the world of documentary. Founded at UCL by Michael Stewart in 2010, Open City Docs is dedicated to developing and supporting non-fiction storytellers. The organisation nurtures the next generation of filmmakers, audio producers and VR filmmakers through training programmes, runs an annual film festival and other screening projects throughout the year

WHAT IS OPEN CITY DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL?

Open City Documentary Festival creates an open space in London to nurture and champion the art of creative documentary and non-fiction filmmakers. 

The festival takes place over six days in venues across London and the programme offers a chance to see the best in contemporary, international documentary as well as filmmaker Q&As, industry panels, workshops, networking and parties. The eight edition of the festival will take place between 4th - 9th September 2018. Submissions for the festival are being accepted until 7th May 2018.

WHAT IS OPEN CITY DOCS SCHOOL?

Since 2014, Open City Docs School has been running short courses covering documentary from all angles; from film theory lectures, practical camera training, film editing and workshops with award-winning documentarians. 

The school also runs an MA in Ethnographic and Documentary Film Practice and an MFA in Creative Documentary as part of the UCL Anthropology department. The course offers a choice of four pathways or strands through the MA: Cinematic Non-Fiction, Broadcast Documentary, Cinematic Reportage and Immersive Factual Storytelling (VR/AR). All of these unique programmes build on the experience in professional-standard technical training that the Open City Docs School has built up as well as the world-class strengths in social science research at UCL.

Additionally, Open City Docs School delivers a range of practical filmmaking modules at Undergraduate and Masters level for UCL students. 

Founding Supporters

Matthew and Pauline Bickerton, Mick Csaky, Christopher Hird and Frances Pine.

Team

MICHAEL STEWART - FOUNDING DIRECTOR
Michael Stewart is responsible for sustaining and renewing the underlying vision that drives Open City Docs. He runs the Future Media Studio at UCL which works with Open City Docs School to deliver film training at all levels. He is an anthropologist and spent a number of years in Broadcast production (Everyman, Timewatch, BBC).
 
CHLOE TRAYNER - ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, OPEN CITY DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL
Chloe is responsible for the direction of the festival as well as industry programming, partnerships and development. She has worked as a film & events programmer and producer with organisations such as BFI Future Film Festival, Overnight Film Festival, UnderWire Festival and Bertha DocHouse. 
 
OLIVER WRIGHT - HEAD OF PROGRAMME, OPEN CITY DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL
Oliver is responsible for the festival’s film programme as well as our year-round screening events. He has been involved with the festival since it’s inception and has been programmer since 2014. Oliver has also worked on a number of other film festivals including BFI London Film Festival, London Short Film Festival and Underwire Festival.
 
JESS FRANSES - FESTIVAL PRODUCER
Jess works across the production and delivery of the festival.  She is happiest at film festivals and has worked recently on Overnight Film Festival, BFI Flare and the BFI London Film Festival, as well as Women on Docs, which she co-founded.
 
MATT TURNER - MARKETING MANAGER
Matt is responsible for marketing all of the Open City Docs activities including the festival, school programmes and year-round activity. Matt is also a freelance writer and programmer.
 
LAURENCE AVIS - TECHNICAL MANAGER
Laurence is the technical manager for the Open City Docs school and shorts programmer for the festival. Recently, he has also worked in screening coordination and technical delivery for other festivals including BFI London Film Festival and London Short Film Festival.
 

Open City Docs School Team

JAMES COLLIE - SHORT COURSE MANAGER
James is responsible for looking after the diverse range of short courses offered. He is also a documentary distributor and mentor with organisations including Screen South and the BFI Film Academy.
 
ANGELA O'REGAN - DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
 
MA Enquiries

Please contact Angela O'Regan for all MA Enquiries.

Film Submissions

 

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE 2018 FESTIVAL

 

Submissions for Open City Documentary Festival 2018 are now open. We're looking for the most exciting and innovative non-fiction storytelling in short, mid-length and feature length documentaries as well as cross-platform projects.

Open City Documentary Festival creates an open space to nurture and champion the art of creative documentary and non-fiction filmmakers, and over 4,000 people attended last year's festival to enjoy some of the very best in contemporary and international documentary. Submit your film now for your chance to be a part of London's documentary festival.

Each year we recognise a number of films in the festival with our awards. Recent Jurors include Cristi Puiu (Filmmaker), Pawel Pawlikowski (Filmmaker), Lucien Castaing-Taylor (Filmmaker), Gillian Wearing (Artist), John Akomfrah (Filmmaker/Artist), Nicolas Philibert (Filmmaker), Briony Hanson (British Council), Mads Mikkelsen (CPH:DOX), Beadie Finzi (Doc Society), Bec Evans (Dazed), Katerina Cizek (Interactive Documentary-maker), Diana Tabakov (Doc Alliance), David Wilson (True/False), Toby Jones (Actor), Carmen Gray (Film Critic), Nick Bradshaw (Sight & Sound) and Charlotte Cook (Field of Vision).

Prizes are awarded in three categories: Open City Award, Best International Emerging Award, and the Best UK Short Award.

Winners of the feature prizes are awarded a £750 cash prize, with the Best UK Short Award winner receiving mentorship and financial support for festival travel from the British Council..

Deadlines

Early Bird Deadline: 18th December 2017
Regular Deadline: 9th April 2018
Late Deadline: 7th May 2018

The 2018 festival will take place from 4th - 9th September at venues across London.

Submit your film via FilmFreeway.