Open City Documentary Festival

7 – 13 September 2022
in London

About us

Open City Documentary Festival creates an open space in London to nurture and champion the art of non-fiction cinema. Based at the UCL Centre for Public Anthropology, we deliver training programmes, an annual film festival, the bi-annual publication Non-Fiction and screening projects throughout the year that aim to challenge and expand the idea of documentary in all its forms.  The 11th edition of the festival took place in London and online in September 2021.

Since 2008, we’ve been organising short courses at UCL, covering documentary in various forms, filmmaking, audio and virtual reality; as well as film theory lectures, practical camera training, film editing and workshops with award-winning filmmakers. Tutors from the school teach on UCL Anthropology’s MA in Ethnographic and Documentary Film Practice, MFA in Creative Documentary and MA in Immersive Factual Storytelling.


As part of London’s Global University, we know diversity fosters creativity and innovation. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where we all belong. The value we place on equality, diversity and inclusion underpins and informs all aspects of our work.

Our Faculty’s Ten Year Vision and Strategy sets out that by 2029 we will have a significantly more diverse and equal workforce at all levels and in all roles, across all departments. We will strive to transform structural inequalities and resist systemic bias within the Faculty, ensuring that staff from different backgrounds and with differing identities feel included and accepted as individuals and are able to thrive at work as fully equal members of the Faculty. To help deliver on these promises, a new Faculty Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Strategic Board was set up.