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On its eleventh edition, the Open City Documentary Festival will run 8-14 September in London and 13-23 September online.

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Founded at UCL by Michael Stewart in 2010, Open City Docs is dedicated to developing and supporting non-fiction storytellers. This year there are several events in relation to Slade 150, the Slade's 150th anniversary.
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Open City Documentary Festival 2021: Programme

Following a successful digital iteration in 2020, this year’s hybrid approach will bring films, audiences and filmmakers together again in the cinema, while continuing to offer a chance to experience non-fiction cinema to audiences across the UK.

Open City Documentary Festival returns to its traditional venues – Bertha DocHouse, Curzon Soho and the ICA – and extends for the first time to the Genesis Cinema in the East and Ciné Lumière-Institut français and the Goethe-Institut in West London. The Festival Hub in Chinatown will host the free Expanded Realities exhibition and a programme of talks and workshops. Mimosa House, an independent non-profit gallery space in Holborn, will present Alia Syed’s exhibition Meta Incognita (1-11 September, free entry).

Open City Documentary Festival 2021 will celebrate the art of non-fiction through 47 new non-fiction films. The new film programme includes 10 world premieres and 26 UK premieres, and films from 26 different countries. 6 works in the programme are first or second features.

Festival accreditation
Tickets are now on sale for all screenings & events. We also offer discounted accreditations for UCL students and staff, since we're based at UCL Anthropology. Our delegates gain access to films, talks and networking opportunities.