New Curator for Animated Film
DOK Leipzig has a new curator for animated film – and a new member of the Selection Committee. Our new animated film expert André Eckardt will replace Annegret Richter in these positions.
Annegret Richter has headed the main office of AG Animationsfilm, a German association for animated film, since 2015 and will continue to coordinate special events such as film nights or panel discussions for DOK Leipzig.
“We have gained an extremely active expert in André Eckardt,” enthuses festival director Leena Pasanen. “He is active in the sectors of both animated and experimental film work, as well as being a distinguished film historian.” André Eckardt was most recently employed as managing director of the German Institute for Animated Film (DIAF) in Dresden. He is currently co-ordinating the project “The Saxon Audiovisal Legacy” for the Filmverband Sachsen, a leading film association in Saxony. For many years he has been curating programmes in the fields of animated film, experimental film and video art.
“DOK Leipzig is a fantastic combination of two very different artistic approaches,” says Eckardt with regard to the film festival. “Whereas documentary film is immediate and reality-oriented, animated film can and must manipulate quite openly. Animated film creates distance due to its artificiality and is able to get closer to subjects in a completely different way. Together with the audience and the team here, I look forward to setting off on the path of discovery precisely at this interface where the two perspectives meet in a creative and provocative manner.”