DOK Leipzig has a new programmer and new selection committee members< >
The programmer Ralph Eue is also the new head of the film festival’s selection committee
DOK Leipzig is making some staff changes in the programming department in 2017, the year of its 60th edition. The curator, lecturer and film publicist Ralph Eue is taking over as programmer and head of the selection committee. In the past, he ran press relations at the Tobis Filmkunst distribution company and worked as an advisor for the Berlinale. He has been a curator and selection committee member at DOK Leipzig since 2007. Aside from his festival work, he also teaches film history and film theory at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie (DFFB). The selection committee will also be acquiring three new members this year: The filmmaker and media educator Leopold Grün ("Der Rote Elvis"), the curator and film educator Luc-Carolin Ziemann and another member yet to be confirmed will join André Eckardt, Zaza Rusadze and the new chair Ralph Eue to decide which films become part of DOK Leipzig's Official Selection. They will then all be screened in Leipzig's different cinemas between 30th October and 5th November 2017.
Ralph Eue is glad of the opportunity to shape the programme alongside festival director Leena Pasanen. "We want to pursue something that is key to DOK Leipzig, that is enabling audiences to feel tangibly that documentary and animated films really have the power to soak up and express present realities. The films that I envisage in the programme are ideally films with transformative power, that make a viewer into somebody different, films that absolutely had to be made and whose urgency comes across. For me, the traditions and attitudes associated with DOK Leipzig are precious. I am pleased that I will be co-responsible for developing the programme."
As the number of submissions expands – 2,900 productions were submitted for 2016 – DOK Leipzig's programming team is acquiring new tasks and responsibilities. The selection committee's work is being expanded by the newly-introduced principle of preselection. Staff members who have worked in programming for many years will become more actively involved in curatorial and conceptual activity. As in previous years, programme coordinators, international advisors and curators will join Leena Pasanen, Ralph Eue and the other members of the selection committee to work on the programme.
"Thanks to our new team members and organisational changes, we will consolidate the creative processes in programming and benefit from different voices to develop a coherent, pioneering programme that is expressed strongly," explains Leena Pasanen. "As the world's oldest festival for documentary and animated films, we always explore the trends in artistic documentary and animated film, in Germany and internationally. Therefore, we need the expertise of different specialists. I look forward to productive work with inspiring team members and to close cooperation with Ralph Eue, who has been enriching DOK Leipzig with his knowledge and creativity for years."
Grit Lemke, who has worked with DOK Leipzig for many years and took over as the head of film programme in 2014, will be leaving the festival at the end of February.
Films and interactive works for the 60th edition of DOK Leipzig can be submitted from 3rd March 2017.