International Centre for Documentary and Experimental Film – DocWest – at The University of Westminster, London

Established in 2011, the centre brings together an interdisciplinary network of researchers, practitioners and students to foster creative conversations around documentary and experimental film practices. In our premises in Central London we host an exciting range of screenings, master-classes and conferences involving some of the most prominent practitioners in today’s documentary world.

Our activities involve teaching, film production, and academic research. We aim to redefine documentary and experimental film discourses by investigating the relationships between ideology, history, culture, and the apparatus of artistic production. We pay particular attention to the study areas of Visual Anthropology and Human Rights, Arts Documentary and the Documentary Archive, whilst extending the range of production and research into other fields of documentary study, such as the interactive documentary and the web-based documentary (fiction and faction).

We focus on international collaboration and we welcome proposals from, and partnerships with, other documentary centres throughout the world. We actively search to promote documentary work that goes beyond Western European and North American traditions. We collaborate closely with Westminster University’s India Media Centre, China Media Centre and Africa Media Centre, and we are currently developing partnerships in Central and Eastern Europe.

We have developed a thriving Ph.D. culture, with both theoretical and practice-based doctoral degrees focusing on a variety of contexts and referencing many different documentary and experimental film traditions.

We aim to provide a platform for initiating, funding and distributing creative documentary and arts projects conceived at the intersection between academia and the industry.

If you feel inspired by the above, we want to hear from you.