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DocHouse believes in the power of documentary to enlighten, challenge and inspire.

DocHouse is London’s only year-round festival of documentary film. We work much like a film festival - with film screenings and live post-screening discussions, as well as regular masterclasses and day-long events…  except that we do it all year round!

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 that we currently do this are…

  • Screenings
    Across twelve years DocHouse has developed our weekly flagship DocHouse Thursday slots at various independent cinemas across London. Our back catalogue of screenings can be seen HERE.

    DocHouse also regularly hosts day-long and weekend-long minifests on a range of topics and themes. Some of our favourites have been PUTIN’S PROGRESS, BETWEEN THE LINES and THE NUCLEAR QUESTION.
  • Education
    We provide training opportunities for documentary makers to develop their craft and expertise, through courses, workshops, and mentoring. In the past we have produced documentary courses in collaboration with The Tate Modern, the BBC and the National Film and Television School, as well as successful masterclasses with some of the true legends of the documentary world. Examples of this are our Best of British Masterclasses in 2003 and 2006 and out Craft of Documentary Masterclasses in 2012 and 2013.
  • Online
    In addition to our work in the cinema we are also dedicated to growing an online community for the appreciation and further impact of the documentary films that we show. Among other resources, all of our live Q&As and masterclasses are posted online HERE, as well as being available as a podcast (search ‘The DocHouse Podcast’ in iTunes). You can also follow up on your interest in a particular film on our GET INVOLVED page.

The future...

THE BERTHA DOCHOUSE SCREEN!
2015 will be a very special year for DocHouse as it sees us achieve our decade long dream of having our very own dedicated documentary centre! This will take the form of a 60 seat cinema screen plus meeting area at the Curzon Bloomsbury, where we will screen the very best in international documentary films, as well as hosting live post-screening discussions, masterclasses and events 7 days a week. The Curzon Bloomsbury and the Bertha DocHouse screen will open on 16th January 2015, and we will also continue our flagship DocHouse Thursdays in the venue’s main screen.

This unique space, the UK’s very first cinema screen dedicated solely to documentaries, is made possible by our partnership with the Bertha Foundation, who have been supporting our work since 2011.


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.

JOSHUA HUGHES – PUBLICITY AND MARKETING
Josh is a graduate of the University of the Arts London, with a BA Photojournalism. Through photography he developed an interest in documentaries, and has made films in Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Before joining the DocHouse team Josh worked in marketing and publicity as a freelancer on the picture desk of the Sunday Times Magazine and has worked for a number of other clients including Save the Children.

JODIE TAYLOR – ASSISTANT PRODUCER
After graduating from Kings College London Jodie spent several years as Assistant Editor at Wallflower Press, while also assisting on 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 and in her role as Assistant Producer is responsible for research, print traffic, education and archive material.

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