62. Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm
DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
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DOK Film Market FAQ

DOK Film Market


What kind of films are shown in the DOK FIlm Market?

DOK Film Market presents all documentary and animated films featured in the Official Selection of the festival. Additionally, we showcase more than 150 further new documentaries with international sales potential, recommended by the selection committee and our partners. All presented films have been produced within the last 12 months and they reflect the philosophy of DOK Leipzig: They have a unique access to their subject, they prove the critical point of view of the director and they stand out for their aesthetic quality. Films that are only available in the DOK Film Market are not open to the public, therefore you don't risk to lose any premier status for your further festival strategy.


Why is marketing important for my film? What can I do?

Every film needs to envision its own marketing and distribution strategy, beyond the tried and true. Our aim for the DOK Industry is to connect you to other industry professionals, to encourage knowledge and experience exchange, to learn from each other and to create space for inventive distribution and marketing strategies. Therefore, we highly recommend you to be personally present in Leipzig for some days during the Festival in order to take maximum advantage of the DOK Industry offers. To be here at DOK Leipzig is a marketing tool which film professionals should capitalize and enjoy.  


What are my advantages?

As a market participant you will receive a 50 % discount on your festival accreditation. As an accredited guest you will have access to the entire festival and can additionally attend the wide variety of DOK Industry activities, such as the daily Get Togethers, DOK Lounges, DOK Industry Talks, Panels and much more. Getting to know the film industry and each other is a very efficient way to approach the film sector and to succeed within.


Starting on the first day of the festival you will have online access to the screening report of your film in the video library to get the evaluations contact details of the buyers, programmers, distributors etc. who watched your film. We highly recommend to contact those who are interested in your film immediately in order to schedule a meeting while still being in Leipzig.


After the festival decision makers will have the opportunity to continue viewing films through the password protected video library system for six months. This enables potential buyers, festival programmers and other film professionals to continue discovering your films. Another feature of joining the DOK Film Market with your film is the promotion in the DOK Film Market catalogue and the possibility to bring posters and promotion material with you that will be displayed at the video library.

Who is attending DOK Leipzig and the DOK Film Market?

Check out our online guest list regularly. As an accredited guest you will have access to the Industry Guide as well which provides you with additional information about attending professionals and contact info.


How can I meet some of the decision makers?

Please check the different industry events and the market activities on our website as well as the Pocket Guide available during the Festival week. There are many networking opportunities, panels, Get Togethers, Lounges, Talks, and Face to Face meetings where experts and industry members are present to talk about their work and exchange experiences. Moreover, we recommend you to schedule meetings in advance with the professionals you wish to meet in Leipzig. Please check the guest list and industry guide to research on attending professionals.  


Can I submit my film to the DOK Film Market?

To submit your film, please use the festival online entry form and make sure to express your interest in entering your film in the DOK Film Market, even in the case it’s not selected for the festival programme, in the dedicated field. Before submitting your film please make sure that your film is eligible for DOK Leipzig (Please refer to our Rules & Regulations).

If you missed the festival entry deadline but would still be interested in submitting your film to the DOK Film Market please write to no later than August 31. DOK Film Market is showcasing a curated selection of international documentaries, which means that not every film suggested will be included. Submitters of selected films will receive an official confirmation by the beginning of September.


If your film is selected for DOK Film Market only (no festival selection), a participation fee applies: 


Feature-length films: 120 € (excl. VAT)
Short and Mid-length films up to 39 min: 80 € (excl. VAT)


(The fee is not required for films included in the official festival programme.) 


What DOK Film Market is not:

DOK Film Market is not a platform with sales stands, a trade show or pitching forum. The films are available exclusively at DOK Film Market during the festival week and online on the DOK Leipzig website after the festival for a period of six months. DOK Film Market offers a film additional publicity, but no sales guarantee.




An initiative of DOK Leipzig and the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM) with the support of the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the Federal Government Commissionier for Culture and the Media upon a Decision of the German Bundestag (BKM) and Computer Leipzig.



DOK Film Market

Roland Löbner

film-market [at]