The Leipziger Ring film prize returns to DOK Leipzig< >
Once again, the Stiftung Friedliche Revolution will reward films about human rights, democracy and civic action
After a one-year break, the Stiftung Friedliche Revolution (the Peaceful Revolution Foundation in Leipzig) will once again be awarding the Leipziger Ring film prize at DOK Leipzig. The 2,500 euro prize will honour a documentary film about human rights, democracy and civic action. From 2010 to 2015, the prize was awarded annually but the foundation had to break with this tradition last year because of a lack of funds. The response of dismay encouraged the foundation and DOK Leipzig to re-launch the prize. In its new form, the festival audience will decide on the winning film instead of a jury of experts.
"Thanks to the overwhelming reactions of Leipzig citizens, the international audience and the resolve of the Stiftung Friedliche Revolution, this significant prize has returned to DOK Leipzig," says festival director Leena Pasanen. "The response showed how important this award is for the city in which the Peaceful Revolution began. The prize is also extremely necessary at a time when political developments indicate that democracy and human rights are at stake all over the world."
The foundation chairman Prof. Dr. Rainer Vor says that he is "very grateful that it has been possible to revive the prize in time for this year's festival". The foundation, which was created in 2009 by Germans from both the east and west, used to organise its own event at the St. Nicholas Church in Leipzig to award the Leipziger Ring prize. In future, it will be awarded at the same time as the festival's other prizes. The idea behind turning the Leipziger Ring into an audience award is to underline how crucial audiences are "when it comes to democracy, civil courage and human rights," says Dr. Vor. The foundation and the festival director also want to reflect and reward the audience's enthusiasm.
DOK Leipzig will nominate five documentary films (at least 25 minutes long) from its Official Selection for the award, which will reward artistic documentary films that focus on the civic action of people all over the world and explore the non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights and participation in societal processes. The prize might also honour the achievement of directors who make films in a courageous way and with great personal commitment against the odds and despite a lack of freedom of speech and press.
The foundation's board has called for donations to fund the award. The foundation chairman would like to point out that the foundation, which is a recognised non-profit organisation and therefore allowed to issue donation receipts, is dependent on financial support. (Account number: IBAN DE35 8605 5592 1100 1111 11).
The 60th edition of DOK Leipzig will take place from 30 October to 5 November 2017.
You can find logos, picturers of the Leipziger Ring film prize and impressions of the festival here: http://www.dok-leipzig.de/en/dok/presse/download