Open City Documentary Festival


Open City Award

This award is given by the Open City Jury to the film that exemplifies an author in control of their subject matter, craft and story - matching content and form in a powerful and persuasive fashion.


Emerging Filmmaker Award

The Emerging Filmmaker Award is presented to a first or second time feature or mid-length filmmaker who displays new and exciting approaches to storytelling, and who exhibits commitment to their choices and a clear directorial vision.


UK Short Film Award

This award, supported by the British Council and awarded by the UK Shorts Jury, is given to the short film that demonstrates the most engaging, innovative and compelling approach to short-form documentary — a film that would best represent UK talent at an international level and that demonstrates promise for the filmmaker's future career.


International Short Film Award

This award, awarded by the International Shorts Jury, is presented to the film that best demonstrates a clear artistic vision, control of craft and the most engaging, innovative and compelling approach to short-form documentary.