Three DOK Leipzig films nominated for EFA Awards

Film stills of Austerlitz, Loving Vincent, Communion

The European Film Academy (EFA) has announced the nominations for the European Film Awards 2017. Three films from the last two festival editions are among the nominees.


A total of five documentary films were nominated in the category “European documentary”, among them two films that have been part of our 2016 festival programme:


Austerlitz by Sergei Loznitsa
Golden Dove International Competition / DOK Leipzig 2016


Communion (Komunia) by Anna Zamecka
Young Eyes Film Award / DOK Leipzig 2016


In addition, one film from the 2017 festival edition has been nominated for one of the European Film Awards, but in another category: Loving Vincent by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman is one of the candidates for the European Animated Feature Film Award. Loving Vincent was created using over 65,000 individual oil paintings. The film celebrated its German premiere in the frame of the Animation Night at DOK Leipzig.


The winning films will be announced at an official award ceremony on 9 December 2017 in Berlin. We wish all three films every success!

2017-11-16 14:09:00

Drei DOK Leipzig Filme nominiert für EFA Awards

Filmstills der nominierten Filme Austerlitz, Loving Vincent und Communion

Die European Film Academy (EFA) hat die Nominierungen für die European Film Awards 2017 bekannt gegeben. In der Kategorie „European Documentary“ sind insgesamt fünf Dokumentarfilme nominiert, darunter sind zwei Filme, die 2016 bei uns im Festivalprogramm liefen:


Austerlitz von Sergei Loznitsa
Goldene Taube im Internationalen Wettbewerb bei DOK Leipzig 2016


Communion von Anna Zamecka
Young Eyes Film Award bei DOK Leipzig 2016


In einer weiteren Kategorie ist auch ein Film aus der Festivalausgabe 2017 für einen der European Film Awards nominiert: Loving Vincent von Dorota Kobiela und Hugh Welchman ist im Rennen um die Auszeichnung als European Animated Feature Film. Loving Vincent, der erste vollständig aus Ölgemälden entstandene Animationsfilm, feierte im Rahmen der Animation Night bei DOK Leipzig seine Deutschlandpremiere.


Die European Film Awards werden am 9. Dezember 2017 in Berlin vergeben. Wir wünschen allen drei Filmen viel Erfolg!

2017-11-04 20:46:00

"Licu, a Romanian Story" wins Golden Dove in International Competition

The Romanian-born filmmaker Ana Dumitrescu has won the prestigious Golden Dove in the International Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film, granted by the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR). In Licu, a Romanian Story, the former photojournalist films Liviu Canţer, aka Licu, as he shares his memories of the 20th century and all its extremes. In an intimate atmosphere, the 92-year-old talks of the war, expulsions and the post-communist era. During the course of the film, the director becomes more of a visitor than an observer and a relationship based on trust develops between her and her protagonist. The jury praised her approach: “This way goes directly to our hearts, creating a filmic journey which lasts only 86 minutes but for us it is a life lesson.”

The Golden Dove in the German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film was awarded to the Israeli-German coproduction Muhi – Generally Temporary by Rina Castelnuovo-Hollander and Tamir Elterman. Muhi, a six-year-old boy was born in the Gaza Strip. He has an auto-immune disease and has spent most of his life in an Israeli hospital, accompanied by his grandfather. Even when his hands and feet are amputated, he demonstrates strength and optimism. The film was co-produced by the Leipzig-based production company Neue Celluloid Fabrik.


The South Korean director Boram Kim won the Golden Dove in the Next Masters Competition for Baek-gu. With the help of an old limping dog, the filmmaker becomes acquainted with the inhabitants of a calm district of Seoul, who all seem to live in separate worlds. The 20-year-old Norwegian filmmaker Maja Arnekleiv won the Golden Dove for the best animated documentary film for her debut Mum’s Hair. She captured the physical transformation of her mother – diagnosed with cancer – over two years. She then compiled over 2000 images to create a playful and personal montage of positive memories.


In the International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film, the Portuguese filmmaker Mónica Martins Nunes won the Golden Dove for best short documentary for The Ashes Remain Warm, while Ehsan Gharib won the Golden Dove for best animated short film for Deyzangeroo, a Canadian production. Both can qualify for an OSCAR® (in the categories ‘Short Film’ and ‘Documentary Short Subject’) if they fulfill the Academy’s formal criteria.


The Golden Dove for the best German short documentary and animated film went to Mega Trick by Anne Isensee.


Wild Heart by Charly Hübner and Sebastian Schultz won four prizes (the most of the evening). The film is about the northern German punk band “Feine Sahne Fischfilet” and their campaign against right-wing extremism. It is due for release in Germany next April.


An overall total of 21 awards (comprising 73,500 euros) were awarded at this year’s International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film. Tomorrow (5 November), most of the award-winning films, as well as the audience favourites, will be screened again.


Read more about the award winning films

2017-11-04 20:28:00

Award screenings on festival sunday

Award screenings on festival sunday On our last day of the festival we screen our award winning films once again on big screen.

On our last day of the festival we screen our award winning films once again on big screen.


Here is the timetable for our four award screenings on 5 November at Passage Kino Universum:



Before the Bridge (Healthy Workplaces Film Award)

Turtle Shells (Healthy Workplaces Film Award)

Mega Trick (Golden Dove German Competition Short Film)

Mum's Hair (Golden Dove International Competition Animated Documentary)

Deyzangeroo (Golden Dove for best animated film in the International Competition Short Film)

The Ashes Remain Warm (Golden Dove for best documentary in the International Competition Short Film)

Get your tickets for award screening 1



Silent War (Film Prize Leipziger Ring)

Get your tickets for award screening 2



Licu, a Romanian Story (Golden Dove International Competition)

Get your tickets for award screening 3



Wildes Herz (DEFA Sponsoring Prize, Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, ver.di Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness, Gedanken-Aufschluss Prize)

Get your tickets for the ver.di award screening


The other award winning films will be screened at the following cinemas:


11.00 Uhr

Baek-Gu (Golden Dove Next Masters Competition) at Cinémathèque Leipzig


13.15 Uhr

Muhi – Generally Temporary (German Competition) at CineStar 5


14.00 Uhr

F32.2 (Young Eyes Film Award) at Schaubühne Lindenfels


15.30 Uhr

Love is Potatoes (Prize of the Interreligious Jury) at Passage Kinos Wintergarten

2017-11-04 19:26:00

Preisträgerscreenings am Festivalsonntag

Preisträgerscreenings am Festivalsonntag Am letzten Tag des Festivals zeigen wir unsere Preisträgerfilme nochmals im Kino.

Am letzten Tag des Festivals (5. November) zeigen wir auch unsere Preisträgerfilme nochmals im Kino.


Hier ist die Programmierung der Preisträger-Vorführungen im Passage Kino Universum:


10.30 Uhr

Before the Bridge (Healthy Workplaces Film Award)

Schildkröten Panzer (Healthy Workplaces Film Award)

Megatrick (Goldene Taube im Deutschen Wettbewerb für kurze Dokumentar- und Animationsfilme)

Mum's Hair (Goldene Taube im Internationalen Wettbewerb animierter Dokumentarfilm)

Deyzangeroo (Goldene Taube für den besten kurzen Animationsfilm)

The Ashes Remain Warm (Goldene Taube für den besten kurzen Dokumentarfilm)

Tickets für Preisträgerscreening 1


13.30 Uhr

Silent War (Filmpreis Leipziger Ring)

Tickets für Preisträgerscreening 2


16.00 Uhr

Licu, a Romanian Story (Goldene Taube im Internationalen Wettbewerb)

Tickets für Preisträgerscreening 3


19.00 Uhr

Wildes Herz (DEFA Förderpreis, Dokumentarfilmpreis des Goethe-Instituts, ver.di Preis für Solidarität, Menschlichkeit und Fairness, Gedanken-Aufschluss Preis)

Tickets für Preisträgerscreening 4


Auch alle weiteren Preisträgerfilme sind am Festivalsonntag bei DOK Leipzig zu sehen:


11.00 Uhr

Baek-Gu (Goldene Taube Next Masters Wettbewerb) in der Cinémathèque Leipzig


13.15 Uhr

Muhi – Generally Temporary (Deutscher Wettbewerb) im CineStar 5


14.00 Uhr

F32.2 (Young Eyes Film Award) in der Schaubühne Lindenfels


15.30 Uhr

Love is Potatoes (Preis der Interreligiösen Jury) im Passage Kino Wintergarten