Submissions

Submissions are now OPEN for the 2020 festival

Early Bird Deadline

Fri 20 December 2019

 

Regular Deadline

Fri 24 April 2020

 

Late Deadline

Fri 08 May 2020

 

Submissions Are OPEN

(via FilmFreeway)

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Submissions for Open City Documentary Festival 2020 are now open. We're looking for creative, innovative, challenging non-fiction filmmaking in short, mid-length and feature-length, as well as short audio documentaries, and 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. We provide a platform for emerging talent as well as established masters working within the documentary form.

Over 5,000 people attended last year’s festival to enjoy a carefully curated programme of international contemporary and retrospective non-fiction film, audio and cross media, as well as filmmaker Q&As, industry panels, workshops, networking and parties.

Submissions for Open City Documentary Festival 2020 are now open. We’re looking for creative, innovative, challenging non-fiction filmmaking in short, mid-length and feature-length, as well as short audio documentaries, and cross-platform projects..

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.

Previous jurors at the festival have included: Karen Alexander (Curator), Erika Balsom (Scholar and Critic), 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), Greg de Cuir Jr. (Writer & Curator), Bec Evans (Dazed), Carmen Gray (Film Critic), Briony Hanson (British Council), Tabitha Jackson (Sundance Institute), Kevin B. Lee (Filmmaker & Critic), Mads Mikkelsen (CPH:DOX), Chiara Marañón (MUBI), Lynn Nwokorie (Doc Society), Pawel Pawlikowski (Filmmaker), Cristi Puiu (Filmmaker) , Stephanie Spray (Filmmaker), and David Wilson (True/False).

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

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