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About Us

We believe in the power of Documentary to enlighten, challenge and inspire.

Our mission is:

  • To promote the very best independent, international documentary at all levels – in the cinema, online, via social networks and in collaboration with international broadcasters.
  • To develop new audiences; and to encourage further impact for the films we showcase.
  • To support and nurture new generations of independent documentary film makers.

Some of the ways we achieve this are:

  • A year-round festival showcasing UK and international documentaries at our six partner cinemas in London, supported by Q&As and panel discussions which are subsequently posted online for all.
  • One-off festivals, masterclasses and events.
  • Training opportunities for documentary makers to develop their craft and expertise, through courses, workshops, and mentoring.
  • Growing a community both in the cinemas and online for the appreciation and further impact of the documentary films we show.

Past:

Across ten years DocHouse has developed dedicated cinema slots for international documentary at The Other Cinema, The Ritzy, The Barbican, The Prince Charles Cinema, The Riverside, Tricycle Cinema, the ICA and Rich Mix. In education we have produced documentary courses in collaboration with The Tate Modern, The London Film School, Film London, the BBC and the National Film and Television School and hosted 12 ‘Best of British’ - DocHouse Masterclasses in the cinema sponsored by the Grierson Trust

Future:

Our goal is the establishment of an internationally renowned dedicated Documentary Centre and Institute which will be a hub and a home for all documentary makers to learn and develop their craft. The aim is to create an exciting social space for UK and international filmmakers to showcase their work and to provide a centre to support the development of audiences for the documentary form via a global network.


THE DOCHOUSE TEAM

ELIZABETH WOOD – DIRECTOR
Elizabeth Wood is the Founder and Director of DocHouse. She is a producer/director who was CEO of her own production company - Woodfilm Productions Ltd – from 1980. Formerly she spent six years in the United States as a freelance director at WNET and WGBH. She has lectured in film at the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University, The Royal College of Art and The National Film School. Currently, she runs the ‘Summerdocs’ course at the NFTS in partnership with DocHouse.

JENNY HORWELL – PRODUCER
After completing an MA in Documentary Research at University of the Arts London, Jenny worked as a researcher, coordinator and assistant producer for factual television and documentary films. She moved into the world of film festivals and event production in 2008 at the Branchage Film Festival, as well as producing several short promos and trailers, before joining DocHouse as producer in 2012.

EMMA BAILEY – ASSISTANT PRODUCER
Emma graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2008 with a degree in Film Studies. Whilst at University, she volunteered at the Sheffield Documentary Festival in 2007 where she developed a passion for documentary, and festivals! After University, she carried out a number of internships and started working at DocHouse in 2012.

JODIE TAYLOR – HEAD OF MARKETING AND RESEARCH
After graduating from Kings College London Jodie spent several years as Assistant Editor at Wallflower Press, while also assisting, marketing and coordinating many of the company’s various initiatives. Having written extensively on itinerant cinema Jodie set up Free Reel in 2009, a project that strives to deliver film activities to those who couldn't normally access such pursuits in the UK, West Bank and Romania. Jodie joined the DocHouse team in 2012.

The Bertha Foundation Statement
The Bertha Foundation believes that bright ideas, combined with resources and strong leadership, can create profound social impact. We believe in the power of social activism to generate social, political, economic and environmental change. We believe in passionate individuals and projects that can effect change on a local or global scale. We hope those touched by The Bertha Foundation will in turn be inspired and motivated to create meaningful opportunities for others.

Nick Broomfield Filmmaker
Brian Winston Author & Prof. of Communications, Lincoln University
Jane Balfour Jane Balfour Services
Alan Hayling Renegade Pictures
Peter Dale Founder of Rare Day
Alex Cooke Former Sheffield Documentary Festival Programmer, Renegade Pictures
Dick Fontaine Head of Documentary NFTS
Alan Fountain Former Commissioning Editor C4, Head of Studies EAVE
Nick Fraser Series editor, Storyville, BBC4
Roger Graef Executive Producer, Films of Record
Roger Crittenden Former Head of the full-time programme NFTS
Tony Dowmunt Head of Documentary, Goldsmiths College
Marie Louise Wright Oxford Documentary Festival

Amy Hardie
Andre Singer
Andrew Thompson
Angus Macqueen
Asif Kapadia
Ben Gibson
Ben Hopkins
Brad Butler
Carol Morley
Duncan Petrie
Emma Davie
Holly Aylett
Julien Temple
Kim Longinotto
Leslie Woodhead
Lucy Bailey
Marilyn Gaunt
Mat Whitecross
Maxine Baker
Michael Chanan
Mike Grigsby
Paul Watson
Peter Davis
Peter Symes
Peter Wintonick
Philippa Lowthorpe
Sam Green
Sandy Lieberson
Sylvia Stevens
Tim Miller
Tom Roberts
Tony Grisoni
Richard Melman
Richard Ray Perez