Open City Documentary Festival


Early Bird Deadline
Mon 11 January 2021
Regular Deadline
Fri 23 April 2021
Late Deadline
Mon 10 May 2021
Submissions are closed
(via FilmFreeway)

Call for entries to Open City Documentary Festival 2021 is closed.

Submissions for Open City Documentary Festival 2021 closed on 10 May 2021. Please subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when we open our call for entries to the 2022 festival.

The 11th edition of the festival will take place between 8–14 September in London and online. We are currently working towards returning to our usual venues in central London and hope to stage all festival screenings in the cinema. Elements of the film programme will also be made available online to audiences unable to attend the festival in-person. We endeavour to organise a festival that is both inclusive and respectful of the current health situation.

Prizes are awarded in four categories: Open City Award, Emerging Filmmaker Award, the UK Short Award, and International Short Award.

Previous jurors at the festival have included: Karen Alexander (Curator), Erika Balsom (Scholar and Critic), Nelly Ben Hayoun (Designer & Filmmaker), Tessa Boerman (Curator/Filmmaker), Lucien Castaing-Taylor (Filmmaker), Katerina Cizek (Interactive Filmmaker), Charlotte Cook (Field of Vision), Greg de Cuir Jr. (Writer & Curator), Bec Evans (Dazed), Joseph Fahim (Critic and Programmer), Carmen Gray (Film Critic), Briony Hanson (British Council), Tabitha Jackson (Sundance Institute), Kevin B. Lee (Filmmaker & Critic), Lawrence Lek (Artist, Filmmaker and Musician) , Mads Mikkelsen (CPH:DOX), Chiara Marañón (MUBI), Lynn Nwokorie (Doc Society), Pawel Pawlikowski (Filmmaker), Cristi Puiu (Filmmaker), Jessica Sarah Rinland (Filmmaker), Julian Ross (IFFR, Locarno Film Festival), 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.

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