Team

Michael Stewart

Founding Director

Michael is responsible for sustaining and renewing the underlying vision that drives Open City Docs. He runs the Future Media Studio at UCL which works with Open City Docs School to deliver film training at all levels. He is an anthropologist and spent a number of years in Broadcast production (Everyman, Timewatch, BBC).

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Chloe Trayner

Associate Director

Chloe is responsible for the direction of the festival as well as industry programming, partnerships and development. She has worked as a film & events programmer and producer with organisations such as BFI Future Film Festival, Overnight Film Festival, UnderWire Festival and Bertha DocHouse.

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Oliver Wright

Head of Programme

Oliver is responsible for the festival’s film programme as well as our year-round screening events. He has been involved with the festival since its inception and has been programmer since 2014. Oliver has also worked on a number of other film festivals including BFI London Film Festival, London Short Film Festival and Underwire Festival.

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Jess Franses

Festival Producer

Jess works across the production and delivery of the festival. She is happiest at film festivals and has worked recently on Overnight Film Festival, BFI Flare and the BFI London Film Festival, as well as Women on Docs, which she co-founded.

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Matt Turner

Marketing Manager

Matt is responsible for marketing Open City Docs' activities, including the festival, school programmes and year-round activity. Matt is also a freelance writer and programmer, and has written for outlets including: Sight & Sound, Little White Lies, MUBi Notebook, Variety, The Brooklyn Rail and BOMB Magazine.

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Laurence Avis

Technical Manager / Shorts Programmer

Laurence is the technical manager for the Open City Docs school and shorts programmer for the festival. Recently, he has also worked in screening coordination and technical delivery for other festivals including BFI London Film Festival and London Short Film Festival. He also records music under the name 'Big Larry Avis'.

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Open City Docs School Team

James Collie

Short Course Manager

James is responsible for looking after the diverse range of short courses offered. He is also a programmer, documentary distributor and mentor with organisations including Screen South and the BFI Film Academy.

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Angela O'Regan

Schools Manager

Angela is the first point of contact for students interested in studying on the Open City Doc Schools MA and MFA, and is responsible for assisting those who are studying.

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Helen MacKenzie

Immersive Coordinator

Helen is responsible for managing the equipment for the UCL360: Studio 4 - Immersive Factual Storytelling strand of the MA, and for leading journeys into the world of VR.

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