Open City Documentary Festival

7 – 13 September 2022
in London

Call for entries (Entries for the 2022 festival are now closed)

Early Bird Deadline Fri 14 January 2022, Regular Deadline Fri 22 April 2022, Late Deadline Fri 13 May 2022, Location Open City Documentary Festival 2022 takes place from Sept 7th - Sept 13th 2022, Notes (via FilmFreeway)

The 12th edition of Open City Documentary Festival takes place in venues across London between 7th – 13th September 2022 and will present a diverse programme of international contemporary and retrospective non-fiction film, audio and cross media, as well as filmmaker Q&As, panels, talks and workshops. After a hybrid edition in 2021, we expect the festival to take place fully in-person in 2022.

Open City Documentary Festival seeks to nurture experimentation within the expanded field of non-fiction cinema, from artists’ moving image to documentary, the essay film, audio and cross-media works. In conceiving the festival as a discursive space, we intend to provoke dialogue, creation and research through the collective participation in screenings and events. Some of the artists and filmmakers screened at the festival in recent years include Luke Fowler, Kazuo Hara, Laura Huertas Millán, Onyeka Igwe, Naomi Kawase, Zhao Liang, Simon Liu, Rosine Mbakam, Pablo Alvárez Mesa, Miko Revereza, Jessica Sarah Rinland, Renate Sami, Haneda Sumiko, Alia Syed, Anya Tsyrlina, Ana Vaz and Morgan Quaintance.

Open City Documentary Festival is a Section B BAFTA Qualifying Festival for the British Short Film award and a BIFA Qualifying Festival for Best British Short.

Please see full rules and terms on the Film Freeway submissions page.