Open City Documentary Festival

Open City Documentary Festival is home to several documentary projects dedicated to developing and supporting non-fiction storytellers. We are a part of UCL Anthropology department. We nurture the next generation of filmmakers, audio producers and VR filmmakers through an annual film festival, training programmes  and screening projects throughout the year.

Celebrating the art of non-fiction, Open City Documentary Festival creates an open space in London to cultivate 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.

Over 7,500 people attended last year’s online iteration of the festival to enjoy a carefully curated programme of international contemporary and retrospective non-fiction film, audio and cross media, as well as filmmaker Q&As and industry programme events.

The 11th edition of the festival will take place in London and online 8 – 14 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. Additionally, we deliver a range of practical filmmaking modules at Undergraduate and Masters level for UCL students.