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.
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, presenter and podcast host mainly focused on film and culture.
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 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.
Dieter is a filmmaker and lecturer on the MA in Ethnographic and Documentary Film and heads UCL Public Anthropology. He is also the co-director of Yarrow Films, a social enterprise that specialises in collaborative filmmaking practices to support local communities through filmmaking and is currently developing his next film that focuses on fictional companionship in Japanese culture.
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.
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.