Applications open to join our pre-selection panel for the 2023 edition


Open City Documentary Festival is looking for individuals to join our film pre-selection panel for the 2023 edition. We are seeking committed individuals with a proven interest in non-fiction cinema and this opportunity is suitable for those with some experience in film programming and moving image curation. There are currently 2 pre-selector positions available to join the existing panel.

Pre-selectors will be expected to watch 78 hours (across feature, mid-length, and short films) between January 2023 and July 2023. They will also be required to take part in one meeting per month with the Open City Documentary Festival Programming team to feedback on their viewing. Candidates can be based anywhere but should be fluent in English (written and verbal).

Based at the UCL Centre for Public Anthropology, Open City Documentary Festival creates an open space in London to nurture and champion the art of non-fiction cinema. The festival takes place in venues across London and consists of international contemporary and retrospective non-fiction film, audio and cross media, as well as filmmaker Q&As, panels, and workshops. The 13th edition of the festival will take place 6-12 September 2023.

As part of London’s Global University, we know diversity fosters creativity and innovation. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where we all belong. We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates currently underrepresented in UCL’s workforce and within the cultural sector. These include: people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, disabled people and LGBTQ+ people.

Dates: January 2023 – July 2023
Fee: £1000

Application must include the following:

  • CV
  • Covering letter
  • A short response to a non-fiction film you’ve recently seen (up to 200 words)

Please fill out this form and send the supporting documents to with the subject line 2023 PRE-SELECTOR APPLICATION

The closing date for this position is 12th December with a short interview to take place on the 19th December.