Open City Documentary Festival

Call for entries for the 2022 Open City Documentary Festival now open

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Entries for Open City Documentary Festival 2022 are now open.

The 12th edition of Open City Documentary Festival will take 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.

Early Bird Deadline
Fri 14 January 2022

Regular Deadline
Fri 22 April 2022

Late Deadline
Fri 13 May 2022

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.