The tenth edition of Open City Documentary Festival takes place on Sept 9th – 15th. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Open City Documentary Festival 2020 will take place as a digital edition. Festival Director Chloe Trayner says: “As a festival,
The tenth edition of Open City Documentary Festival takes place on Sept 9th – 15th. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Open City Documentary Festival 2020 will take place as a digital edition.
Festival Director Chloe Trayner says: “As a festival, bringing people together has always been at the heart of our activity. Although our understanding of what that means has shifted during the ongoing global pandemic, we’re hopeful that we can still create an open space with our new digital iteration for people to gather and celebrate the art of non-fiction together.
Our goal is to continue to enable connections between artists and filmmakers as well as audiences and industry delegates in a way that feels appropriate for our current reality. We look forward to celebrating our tenth edition by sharing a version of Open City Documentary Festival that will be accessible to a larger and wider audience than has been possible before.”
The Film Programme will present a curated selection of new work across 23 film events. These will be available to UK audiences as affordably priced video-on-demand rentals, with windowed access available during the festival period. Filmmaker Q&As will be included in the rental packages alongside complementary shorts selected by filmmakers or the festival programming team. A number of additional special events will also take place online, with full details to follow.
Savings made on the costs of arranging filmmaker travel and accommodation will be redirected towards granting an increased appearance fee to all filmmakers screening new work at the festival, in addition to the usual screening fees that are paid to each selected film.
The Industry Programme will be streamed live online during the week of the festival, and will be free to access worldwide. It will feature 20+ events involving leading non-fiction practitioners working across film, audio and cross-media.
The regular Expanded Realities programme has also been adapted for a digital format, with a number of selected and commissioned interactive projects accessible at home as in-browser experiences. These will also be free to access worldwide.
The festival print catalogue will still be published, but has been converted into an adapted form for those navigating the festival from home. It will contain information about our film programme, alongside specially commissioned essays from a selection of writers..
Open City Documentary Festival 2020 will have four film competitions, all with cash prizes attached. Feature films will compete for the Open City Award, and the Emerging Filmmaker Award. Shorts will be recognised through the UK Short Award and the International Short Award, new for this year.
Work #DirectedbyWomen in the program include:
The American Sector directed by Courtney Stephens & Pacho Velez + Q&A
Bird Island directed by Maya Kosa & Sérgio da Costa + Q&A
Bottled Songs 1 – 4 directed by Chloé Galibert-Laîné and Kevin B. Lee + Q&A
The Building directed by Tatjana Kononenko & Matilda Mester + Q&A
The Choice directed by Gu Xue + Q&A
Expanded Realities Exhibition – Confirmed Projects include: A Space Journey by Ingvild Isaksen, Iustitium / State Of Exception by Henrietta Williams, Merijn Royaards, They Call Me Asylum Seeker by Tamara Shogaolu, Voyages by Chandra Frank / Andrea Zarza Canova, The Song of the Shepherd by Andrea Zarza Canova, Beneath the Surface: Waterways, Circulation and Glimmers of Place, by Chandra Frank
Expedition Content: Livestream & Expanded Discussion directed by Ernst Karel & Veronika Kusumaryati
Faith directed by Valentina Pedicini + Q&A
Purple Sea directed by Amel Alzakout & Khaled Abdulwahed + Q&A
Seen and Heard: Selections from the Black Lives Matter Video Essay Playlist by Will DiGravio, Cydnii Wilde Harris, & Kevin B. Lee
Shorts: Absent Collaborators – including Spit on the Broom directed by Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich, Cloud Forest directed by Eliane Esther Bots, & Alice’s Four Stories directed by Myriam Jacob-Allard
Shorts: Between Generations + Q&A – including So They Say directed by
Ayo Akingbade, Sight Unseen directed by Alessandra Ferrini, This is an Address directed by Sasha Wortzel, Softer directed by Ayanna Dozier, The Way We Wait directed by Ji-Yoon Park, A Song About Love directed by Rikkí Wright, and Superheroes without Superpower directed by Beatrice Baldacci
Shorts: New Geographies + Q&A – including Erpe-Mere directed by Noemi Osselaer,
Songs of Repression directed by Estephan Wagner & Marianne Hougen-Moraga + Q&A
Terra Femme: Women and the Travelogue Archives – Filmmaker Courtney Stephens presents a selection of “home travelogues,” amateur films shot by women in the 1920s-40s.
Those That, at a Distance, Resemble Another directed by Jessica Sarah Rinland + Q&A
Victoria directed by Sofie Benoot, Liesbeth De Ceulaer, and Isabelle Tollenaere + Q&A
september 9 (Wednesday) - 15 (Tuesday)