Submissions are now closed for the 2018 Festival

Early Bird Deadline

Fri 08 December 2017


Regular Deadline

Mon 09 April 2018


Late Deadline

Tue 08 May 2018


Submit Your Film

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Submissions for Open City Documentary Festival 2018 are currently closed. When we open again for 2019 in October, we will be looking for the most exciting and innovative non-fiction storytelling in short, mid-length and feature length documentaries as well as cross-platform projects.

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 film now for your chance to be a part of London’s documentary festival.

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.

Recent Jurors include: Cristi Puiu (Filmmaker), Pawel Pawlikowski (Filmmaker), Lucien Castaing-Taylor (Filmmaker), Gillian Wearing (Artist), John Akomfrah (Filmmaker/Artist), Nicolas Philibert (Filmmaker), Briony Hanson (British Council), Mads Mikkelsen (CPH:DOX), Beadie Finzi (Doc Society), Bec Evans (Dazed), Katerina Cizek (Interactive Documentary-maker), Diana Tabakov (Doc Alliance), David Wilson (True/False), Toby Jones (Actor), Carmen Gray (Film Critic), Nick Bradshaw (Sight & Sound) and Charlotte Cook (Field of Vision).