Open City Documentary Festival

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The Art of Industry: Festivals and Distribution (Online)

A four-week online course offering documentary filmmakers insights, practical tips and strategies for preparing their films for the festival circuit, sales and distribution.

This four-week course will offer deep insight into the strategies and practicalities of preparing your documentaries’ distribution. The programme will cover festivals, sales and distribution, giving filmmakers and producers a strong understanding of how to position, package and promote their film from pre-production through to premiere and beyond. Combining a series of presentations and practical tasks, course participants will leave with a renewed energy and understanding of distribution strategy.

Week 1
An overview of film festivals, strategising your film and distribution plan. We cover schedules, submissions, and tactics of approach.

Homework: create a festival strategy for your film

Week 2
A focus on sales and distribution – how do you engage a sales agent, what use are they? What are distributors looking for?

Week 3
Windows, Rights, Contracts – A week about the messy complexities and the business side of filmmaking.

Homework: Create a press pack for your project

Week 4
How to attend and work a film festival. This week covers what to expect, to prepare and how to make the most of your film festival journey.


We reserve the right to cancel or postpone this course in case we don’t receive enough bookings.

This course is delivered via online distance learning. Students will require their own computer or other internet connected device. 

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Luke W. Moody


Luke W Moody is a creative producer and curator developing new work with LONO studio. From 2017-2019 he was Director of Film Programming at the world-leading non-fiction film festival Sheffield Doc/Fest curating the 200 film programme across short and long-form documentary film and producing live events. Previously he was Head of Film at Doc Society, co-commissioning long-form documentary cinema across six international film funds from development to completion including Oscar-winning ​CITIZENFOUR​, and Oscar-nominated Virunga, The Square​ and ​Dirty Wars,​ and creative non-fiction works such as Shirkers, ​Black Mother, Hale County This Morning This Evening​, and ​Bisbee 17​. Additionally, he executive produced feature-length Indian documentary ​An Insignificant Man​ (Toronto International Film Festival, BFI London, IDFA) in 2016 and led on filmmaker outreach globally for Doc Society, managing UK impact distribution campaigns, innovating new means of creating social impact with documentary film. He also co-founded and curated creative documentary festival​ FRAMES of REPRESENTATION​ film festival at ICA, London and online curation platform ​Something Real​.