Submissions are now CLOSED for the 2019 festival

Early Bird Deadline

Fri 21 December 2018


Regular Deadline

Tue 23 April 2019


Late Deadline

Mon 13 May 2019


Submissions Are Closed

(via FilmFreeway)


Submissions for Open City Documentary Festival 2019 are now closed. After the 2019 festival takes place, we will again be looking for the most exciting and innovative non-fiction storytelling in short, mid-length and feature length non-fiction films, short audio documentaries, as well as cross-platform projects.

Prizes are awarded in three categories: Open City Award, Best Emerging International Filmmaker Award, and the Best UK Short Award.

Open City Documentary Festival creates an open space to nurture and champion the art of creative documentary and non-fiction filmmakers, and over 4,000 people attended last year’s festival to enjoy some of the very best in contemporary and international documentary. Submit your project now for your chance to be a part of London’s documentary festival.

Documentary shorts are films under 40 minutes. Documentary features are films over 40 minutes.

Cross-platform projects may include: non-fiction Virtual Reality, Alternative Reality or other interactive or web-based projects.

Audio documentaries under 10 minutes. Works selected will be presented in cinemas as part of the main screening programme. As such, we are only able to accept English language projects or projects available as English language subtitled video files.

Prizes are awarded in three categories: Open City Award, Best Emerging International Filmmaker Award, and the Best UK Short Award.

Winners of the feature prizes each receive a £750 cash prize, with the Best UK Short Award winner receiving mentorship and financial support for festival travel from the British Council.

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

Recent Jurors include: Diane Abbott (Politician), John Akomfrah (Filmmaker/Artist), Nelly Ben Hayoun (Designer & Filmmaker), Tessa Boerman (Curator/Filmmaker) Nick Bradshaw (Sight & Sound), Lucien Castaing-Taylor(Filmmaker), Katerina Cizek (Interactive Filmmaker), Charlotte Cook (Field of Vision), Bec Evans (Dazed), Carmen Gray (Film Critic), Briony Hanson (British Council), Toby Jones (Actor), Mads Mikkelsen(CPH:DOX), Chiara Marañón (MUBI), Lynn Nwokorie (Doc Society), Pawel Pawlikowski (Filmmaker), Cristi Puiu (Filmmaker),  Diana Tabakov (Doc Alliance), Stephanie Spray (Filmmaker), and David Wilson (True/False).

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