Open City Docs Fest

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OPEN CITY DOCS exists to nurture documentary film in the UK, cultivating new audiences and filmmakers. We do so by celebrating documentary film culture in the global city of London. Based in a university, we are unique in the UK; drawing on the inspiration and energy of one of the world’s leading centres of research.


OPEN CITY DOCS delivers three projects: Open City Docs Fest, MyStreet and Open City Docs School. Our activities include training courses throughout the year, collaborative film projects, an online user-generated film community, screenings all over London, and outreach projects, all of which feed into our annual public festival each June.


OPEN CITY DOCS does not receive any government or BFI funding, and is indebted to the support of its partners and supporters, in particular UCL. The first two years of our work were aided by a philanthropic gift to UCL from the film director Christopher Nolan. Our festival is now largely supported by UCL faculties and other income-generating activity of our own. But each year we need to raise additional funds to support our training work in schools, community groups, creating a platform for documentary, and building the audience for this art form.


OPEN CITY DOCS needs your help in order to become established as a permanent feature of the London cultural scene.  


If you care passionately about the future of documentary film in the UK, and you would like to support our developing programme, please consider becoming a Founding Supporter


A Founding Supporter donates £500 for three years. In return, you will receive a full festival pass each year plus invitations to special events and galas, and a programme mailed to you in advance. We will acknowledge you as a Founding Supporter in our printed programme and on our website.


You can also become a Supporter by giving a donation from as little as £25 as a one-off gift or as a standing order.


Would you consider pledging a gift for one, two, or three years?


In return we will be delighted to acknowledge your gift as a Supporter on the website. Those giving over £100 will receive two tickets to that year’s Opening Gala and reception.


Your gift will make a huge difference to our early years. UCL has charitable status and all gifts can be gift aided. You can make your donation online: 






Or by sending a cheque payable to UCL (please write OPEN CITY on the reverse) to:

Open City Fund, Development & Alumni Relations Office, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT



Our current Founding Supporters are:

Pauline and Matthew Bickerton,  Mick Csáky,  Christopher Hird,  Richard Lilley,  Frances Pine



THANK YOU for sharing in our ambition.



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