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London's Open City Documentary Festival is offering free workshops for students


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Open City Doc Fest prides itself on celebrating creative documentary and non fiction filmakers, and with its dynamic new programme lined up for this year's festivities, there is an extensive amount for people to look forward to at venues across central London.

Among the schedule, 30 feature and 48 short films have been prepared to be released. This includes 2 world premiers, 3 European premiers and 26 UK premiers across both shorts and features from 30 different countries.

Celebrating the creators who have put their heart and soul into this category of the film industry - what better way to convey this appreciation than through multiple avenues of film, audio, exceptional VR/AR projects, special events, parties, master classes and workshops?!

Opening night will see a UK premiere of Baronesa (2017, Brazil), directed by Juliana Antunes with partnership from MUBI. The conclusion of this acclaimed festival for 2018 will be the UK Premiere of The Swing (2018, Lebanon), directed by Cyril Aris.

A new aspect of the festival will involve invitations for artists to present films that have informed their own practise, with special inputs from artists such as DJ and producer Nabihah Iqubal, as well as  filmaker Marc Issac- Furthermore, the festival's special events programme will be especially focusing on the film genre of short film for 2018.

The Industry Programme is key to the festival, allowing people from all walks of life to educate themselves on a range of topics within the film industry, such as documentary film making, marketing, funding, production and data. Alongside this, people can expect to see from Industry sessions an exploration of themes from cinematography to editing, the future of journalism to the challenges of biopic documentaries. These are only a few of many exciting sessions available!

Some of the film industry's most esteemed film makers will be sharing their knowledge and perspective across the festival with known names, such as Steven Eastwood, Rebecca Day, Simon Ball and Tadhg O'Sullivan, taking to the floor to speak to audiences.

Students attending the festival are in for a treat! Industry Bootcamp, which is aimed at both students and recent graduates, will help prepare them for the future and their next steps in entering the film making industry. Each event is £5, or FREE with student accreditation!

The bootcamp is enrolled into three seperate sessions- All of which have the aim of educating students on skills and techniques to enter the industry with confidence. The sessions available throughout the festival are as followed:

Getting Into Production- Thursday 5th September, 10:30am.

Meet the Gatekeepers: Getting Commissioned- Friday 6th September, 10:30am.

Surviving as a Freelance Filmmaker- Saturday 7th September, 10:30am.

For more information about the Industry Bootcamp, as well as other details about other festival events, be sure to look at the Festival's website-

Do not miss the fantastic opportunities available to you this September!

Open City Doc Fest runs from 4-9th September 2018.

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