Where to find us

UCL, 14 Taviton Street
London WC1H 0BW

School: +44 (0)20 7679 2355 (for all MA and Short Course related enquiries)
Festival: +44(0)20 7679 3695


Tickets and Box Office

All tickets can be purchased online or at the venue.

Open City Box Office (only for tickets to Studio 1 and 2): Festival Hub, Roberts Building, Torrington Place.

Box Office Hours

(Only for tickets to Studio 1 and 2)

Wed 17 June - 11am – 5pm

Thu 18 June - 11am – 4pm

Fri 19 June - 10am – 5pm

Sat 20 June - 10am - 6pm

Sun 21 June 11am – 1pm

Festival Venues

Festival Hub: Torrington Place, WC1E 7JE. The Roberts Foyer, access through the main gates on Torrington Place and it's on your left, across the street from Waterstones.

Studio 1: Go through the Festival Hub - left of the main gates on Torrington Place - it’s at the back of the Festival Hub. 

Studio 2: Above Studio 1, up the stairs from the Festival Hub.

ICA: The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH. Phone: 020 7930 3647 

Regent Street Cinema: 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW. Phone: 020 7911 5050 

Picturehouse Central: 14 Coventry Street, London W1D 7DH. 

Bertha DocHouse at Curzon Bloomsbury: The Brunswick, London WC1N 1AW. Phone: 0330 500 1331 

JW3: 341-351 Finchley Road, London NW3 6ET. Phone: 020 7433 8988 

Hackney Picturehouse: 270 Mare Street, London E8 1HE. Phone: 0871 902 5734 

Crouch End Picturehouse: 165 Tottenham Lane, London N8 9BY. Phone: 0871 902 5758


Transport Links

Located in central London, you can easily reach us by public transport. By tube, use any of the following four stations and it's about a five-minute walk to the festival.

Euston Square: Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City lines

Euston: Victoria and Northern lines

Goodge Street: Northern line

Russell Square: Piccadilly line

Plan your journey on www.tfl.gov.uk

We also have lots of "Boris Bike" docking stations close to our festival hub, and walking routes are also an option. Check out www.walkit.com for the best options.


Open City Docs Staff

MICHAEL STEWART Founding Director


LEONA CHALIHA Head of Creative Development




JAMES COLLIE Open City Docs School Manager


ISIS THOMPSON Open City Docs School Assistant


ALEX KAROTSCH Marketing Manager


LAURENCE AVIS Technical Manager


ALBERTO PICKERS Festival Manager




CAROLINA BONINGER Delegate Services Coordinator


We're Hiring

We currently hiring for Audience Development Interns for this year's festival. For full job description visit our Jobs Page. (Scroll down page for all jobs)




Kit Hire


Open City Docs offer affordable and reliable video equipment rentals. We carry shooting kits for the Sony ZI50, Sony NX3, Canon XF100, Canon 700D (DSLR), Panasonic HMC41 and we have a number of other items available.

For hire charges and bookings please email laurence@opencitylondon.com


Your support can make a huge difference to our work.



Open City Documentary Festival is now in it's sixth year - bringing together filmmakers, industry professionals and film lovers from across London and the UK to celebrate the art of documentary filmmaking. 

As a not-for-profit organisation, Open City Docs relies largely on our sponsors and supporters to continue to deliver London's only dedicated documentary festival. 

If you would like to support the festival or our developing programme of training, please consider donating. We are part of UCL which has charitable status and all gifts can be gift aided. You can make your donation online HERE or contact Leona Chaliha for more information about our individual giving scheme.

If you are a brand who would like to get involved with the festival, Open City Documentary Festival provides the opportunity to engage with an active and diverse community of forward-thinking individuals. 

Please contact Leona Chaliha to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

Founding Supporters

Open City Docs would like to thank our supporters for their continued generosity.

Principal Sponsors:                                        Founding Supporters:

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