Open City Documentary Festival 2018: Programme Revealed


We’ll open with Juliana AntunesBaronesa and close with Cyril ArisThe Swing, amongst a programme that includes: 75+ films from more than 30 different countries; 30+ UK Premieres; a true variety of form, region and subject; and an equal balance between male and female identified directors in the film programme.

This year’s focuses will be Kazuo Hara and Penny Lane, whose work will sit alongside retrospective feature selections from DJ, NTS presenter and producer Nabihah Iqbal and filmmaker Marc Isaacs, and special presentations of short work by Bogdan Dziworski and Laura Huertas Millán. Plus a number of other great special events, shorts programmesnew films and audio pieces including events with Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today, Radio Atlas + In The Dark and NANG.

Amongst the industry programme: sessions with Sierra Pettengill, Tadhg O’Sullivan, Iris NgSarah Geis and Emma Davie; events featuring Resident Advisor, Clear Cut Pictures, Together Films and The Whickers and others; and an all new Expanded Realities exhibition and symposium in partnership with Digital Catapult.

This year – through films, audio and immersive (VR/AR) projects, across screenings, special events, parties, panels, workshops and masterclasses – we will be celebrating the art of non-fiction. The 2018 festival will take place from the 4 – 9 September in a host of great venues across central London. Browse the full programme.