Open City Docs

The Art of Non-Fiction

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, an annual film festival and other screening projects throughout the year.

WHAT IS OPEN CITY DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL?

Celebrating the art of non-fiction, Open City Documentary Festival creates an open space in London to nurture and champion the art of creative documentary and non-fiction filmmakers. We aim to challenge and expand the idea of documentary in all its forms. We provide a platform for emerging talent as well as established masters working within the documentary form.

The festival takes place over six days in venues across Central London, and consists of international contemporary and retrospective non-fiction film, audio and cross media, as well as filmmaker Q&As, industry panels, workshops, networking and parties.

The eighth edition of the festival will take place between 4th – 9th September 2018. Submissions for the 2018 festival are now closed.

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.

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

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.

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