Christopher Small

Czech Republic

Christopher Small

vod representative, festival representative, curator

Christopher Small (b. 1994) is a writer, festival programmer, and filmmaker, born in Caerphilly, Wales and based in Prague, Czech Republic. After studying directing at film school at the University of South Wales in Newport, he got his start writing about movies online and in print for a number of well-known publications including Sight & Sound, Cinema Scope, MUBI, Film Comment, Cineaste, and IndieWire, a trade that gave him unfettered access to the world of film festivals for the first time. Now he works for several of those same festivals, including Sheffield Doc/Fest and Locarno Festival.

In 2019, he moved permanently to the Czech Republic, where he now also works for the festival association Doc Alliance, first helping to launch a new domain for their VOD platform in North and South America and later taking over the selection and curatorial responsibilities for the main platform in Europe. In 2020, he curated Sheffield Doc/Fest's retrospective "Reimagining the Land", built around films about land, rural life, and agriculture, and shown both via in-person screenings and online. He is also on the Selection Committee at Sheffield and was a key player in building the 2020 and 2021 programmes. Since 2017, he has run the Locarno Critics Academy, organising and hosting the respected 11-day workshop for young critics during the Swiss festival every August. His first feature film Communists! had its World Premiere in the Official International Competition at the 22nd edition of BAFICI in spring 2021 and is now embarking on a festival run. As a programmer at Doc Alliance, he has organised retrospectives of Ignacio Agüero, Roberto Minervini, Věra Chytilová, Daniel Kötter, and Radu Jude, large curated programmes on housing films and on Portuguese cinema in Czech and in English, and a wealth of weekly or bi-weekly live discussions with filmmakers and programmers on a variety of subjects, also in multiple languages.

As a writer on film, he has been translated into or written in English, Czech, German, French, Spanish, and Italian. He has served on juries at Ji.hlava IDFF (for First Lights) and in the Official Critics Jury at the Berlinale in 2020. He is, with Argentinian critic and editor Lucía Salas, the co-host of the podcast We Can’t Go Home Again. Christopher is an alumnus of Berlinale Talents and a member of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI).
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