Leipziger Ring film prize is back!
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 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.
The foundation's board has called for donations to fund the award.
For more information read the press release.