Open City Documentary Festival


Michael Stewart

Director, Open City Docs

Michael is responsible for sustaining and renewing the underlying vision that drives Open City Docs. He runs the Future Media Studio at UCL which works with Open City Docs School to deliver film training at all levels. He is an anthropologist and spent a number of years in Broadcast production (Everyman, Timewatch, BBC).


Oliver Wright

Director of Film Programme

Oliver is responsible for the festival’s film programme, as well as our year-round screening events. He has been involved with the festival since its inception and has been programmer since 2014. Oliver has also worked on a number of other film festivals including BFI London Film Festival, LSFF and Underwire Festival.


Lucy Wardley

Festival Producer

Lucy is the Festival Producer at Open City Documentary Festival. She has worked with the festival in a variety of capacities including on the guest and programming teams and holds an MA in Documentary Practice from Queen Mary University of London.


Open City Docs School Team

Angela O'Regan

Schools Manager

Angela is the first point of contact for students interested in studying on the Open City Doc Schools MA and MFA, and is responsible for assisting those who are studying.


Laurence Avis

Technical Manager

Laurence is the technical manager for the Open City Docs school. Recently, he has also worked in screening coordination and technical delivery for other festivals including BFI London Film Festival and London Short Film Festival.


Andrew Northrop

Technical Assistant

Andrew is the technical assistant for the Open City Docs school, and also a marketing assistant for the festival. He also writes regularly for MUBI Notebook, Kinoscope, Cineaste and other outlets.


Ripley Parker

Short Course Manager

Ripley is responsible for managing the Open City Docs School short courses, as well as assisting with the students studying on the MA and MFA.