Open City Documentary Festival

7 – 13 September 2022
in London


Albert Millis

Expanded Realities Programmer

Albert is responsible for curating and producing the Expanded Realities programme strand at the festival. Previously, he produced the Expanded strand for the BFI London Film Festival, toured immersive works for the Philharmonia Orchestra and worked on Sheffield Doc/Fest's Alternate Realities Tour in Brazil, Argentina, and UK. Albert is the Co-Founder of Virtual Umbrella.


Huda Awan

Social Media Manager

Huda is the Social Media Manager at Open City Documentary Festival. She began working for the festival as a Digital Content Producer in 2021. She is also a writer focused on culture.


Laverne Caprice

Festival Marketing Manager

Laverne is the Marketing Manager at Open City Documentary Festival. She has worked on various UK film campaigns as well as film festivals such as Rianne Pictures’ Women X. She is also a writer and podcast host mainly focused on film and culture.


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.


María Palacios Cruz

Festival Director

María Palacios Cruz is a film curator, writer and educator. Before joining Open City Documentary Festival, she led the Film Curating course at Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola in San Sebastian (Spain). María has worked for many years as an independent curator for film festivals and cultural institutions worldwide. She has been a programmer for the Courtisane Festival since 2008 and was its Director between 2010 and 2012. She was Deputy Director of LUX, the UK agency for artists’ moving image, from 2015 to 2020.


Oliver Wright

Director of Programming

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 2015.


Siavash Minoukadeh

Festival Marketing Assistant

Siavash is the Marketing Assistant at Open City Documentary Festival. He has previously worked on festivals including BFI London Film Festival and BFI Flare and worked on projects with Watershed and the Barbican. He also works as a curator.


UCL Public Anthropology Team

Michael Stewart

Head of the Centre for Public Anthropology

Michael is a professor of anthropology and the academic head and founder of the UCL Centre for Public Anthropology. He established the Open City Documentary Festival in 2011 and has been instrumental in its continuing success. Michael also founded the Public Anthropology degree programmes and the Open City Docs Film School for short courses.


Rosi Hirst

Centre Manager for Public Anthropology

Rosi manages the UCL Centre for Public Anthropology, where the Open City Documentary Festival is located. She has over six years’ experience working in the university sector, and previously has worked in the UCL Institute of Education and for Imperial College London.


Eleonora Passelli

Short Courses Programming and Engagement Coordinator

Eleonora joined the Open City Docs team in 2022 to coordinate their nonfiction short courses programme. She has previously worked in marketing across distribution, film festivals, and filmmaking education. She holds an MA in Film Studies from King's College London.