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The Call for Entries for the 63rd edition of the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Films is now open. 


You can submit creative documentaries and animated films as well as animated documentaries of all lengths and interactive works like VR, AR, XR, installations, media art and other formats. Please find all answers to your questions in our FAQ.

From now on, our 16th DOK Co-Pro Market is also open for submissions.

Ready to set off? We are looking forward to your submission.

Call for Entries
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Tue, 07 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +0200
What’s happening?

DOK Industry Programme 2020 moves online

DOK Leipzig’s Industry Programme will be held online this year. We will present all key events of DOK Industry in virtual form in late October: The DOK Co-Pro Market, as will the presentations of DOK Preview, the DOK Short n’ Sweet short film pitch, the DOK Interactive Conference, networking events and talks.

A new chapter in the future of film markets

This decision is a clear reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated travel restrictions and hygiene measures. But these new circumstances create room for innovation on a sustainable basis, explains Head of DOK Industry Brigid O’Shea: “Our work as we know it, and by extension, the work of the whole audiovisual sector, will never be the same again. We are acutely aware of the challenges facing film professionals in these times. Nonetheless, we look forward to writing a new chapter in the future of film markets: greener, more efficient, more inclusive.”

Interactive offers for submitters

As the festival approaches we will be releasing more and more information here on our website and on our Social Media about how accredited guests can join us for this digital edition.

In the coming weeks, we will begin offering a series of webinars that will give filmmakers the opportunity to get to know our festival team and inform themselves about submitting films and projects to DOK Leipzig. Dates and topics of the webinars will be announced soon.

DOK Leipzig 2020 goes hybrid

Festival director Christoph Terhechte adds: “DOK Leipzig will be putting forward a versatile and innovative hybrid version of its programme in 2020, which will combine online activities and presentations on location in cinemas in Leipzig. In 2021, we plan to welcome filmmakers back to Leipzig in person. In the coming weeks, we will also be announcing corresponding new features of the film programme.”

Want to know more? Read the full press release.

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Co-Pro Market 2020: Submit your projects now!

The 16th DOK Co-Pro Market is now open for submissions!

We are looking for creative documentary projects from all over the world in development or early stage of production.

An online edition will take place on 26 & 27 October 2020. We may not meet in person in Leipzig, but still, high-quality networking and co-financing partners will be waiting for you in a digital offering.

Want to know how to submit a project to the DOK Co-Pro Market? Click here for more information.

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Ongoing festival preparations

Dear filmmakers, audience members and culture lovers,

At the moment we assume that DOK Leipzig will take place in 2020. While we continue to work on the festival programme, we are of course keeping a close eye on the coronavirus situation, and we will inform you of any news about the festival as soon as possible.

The call for entries for our 63rd festival edition is currently open. Filmmakers and creative people, send us your work — it’s a source of hope and inspiration. We firmly believe that creative exchange and the promotion of film must continue, even in these challenging times, and we want to make our contribution to this as a festival.

At the same time, we want to express our deep solidarity with all of festivals that cannot be held in their usual form at the moment due to the spread of the coronavirus. We want to enter into an open exchange about how to support cultural endeavors at this time. The AG Filmfestival assocation, of which we are a member, has issued a statement on the situation for festivals. Read the text here (in German).

The majority of our staff is currently working from home, but you can still contact us by phone or email and we will be happy to answer your questions about DOK Leipzig.

We wish you all strength, steady nerves and good health!

Your DOK Leipzig Team

Online, online, online

A number of our festival films are currently circulating around the internet that are not to be missed. A handful of them are also available in English, like Toomas Beneath the Valley of the Wild Wolves, an animation about a sexy wolf (oh, yes!) who loses his job and becomes a gigolo to support his family.

Also check out the documentary All Creatures welcome about people who meet at camps and international conventions under the umbrella of Europe’s biggest hacker association, the Chaos Computer Club.

And there is so much more to discover. Have a look at our DOK 365 page for all the most current listings. This way to DOK 365

Read more about the award winners 2019 in our archive.

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