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.
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 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 four 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.
Matthew and Pauline Bickerton, Mick Csaky, Christopher Hird and Frances Pine.
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.
OPEN CITY DOCS SCHOOL STAFF
Please contact Angela O'Regan for all MA Enquiries.
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: Grand Jury Prize, Best International Emerging Award, and the Best UK Short Award.
In recent years, winners of the feature prizes have been awarded a €500 cash prize, with the Best UK Short Award winner receiving mentorship and financial support for festival travel from the British Council. Prizes for the 2018 festival will be announced shortly.
Early Bird Deadline 18 December 2018
Regular Deadline 8 April 2018
Late Deadline 7 May 2018
The 2018 festival will take place from 4th-9th September at venues across London.
Submit your film via FilmFreeway.