2019 Festival Review

2019 Festival Review

vollbesetzter Kinosaal, Blick über über die Köpfe der Zuschauerinnen und Zuschauer auf die überstrahlte Leinwand
© Susann Jehnichen
What were the highlights of DOK Leipzig 2019? And which films have been awarded with a Golden Dove? Take a look back with us and dive into the past festival edition.
DOK Leipzig 2019

The 62nd edition of DOK Leipzig ended with a bustling turnout. A total of 48,000 filmgoers and visitors came to the cinemas and events during the festival week. 310 films and interactive works have been presented, many of them were shown for the first time in public. About 300 film directors, crew members, and protagonists travelled to Leipzig to discuss their works with the audience and to join the networking platform of DOK Industry.

Symposium Who Owns the Truth?

The symposium held during DOK Leipzig for the first time was very well received. Some 900 people came to Leipzig’s Kupfersaal on two separate days to focus on the question Who Owns the Truth? Filmmakers such as Thomas Heise and Tamara Trampe as well as artists such as Helene Hegemann discussed with the audience the questions of how one can use the means of cinema to approach contentious individuals, whether there is a truth in narrative, and how power decides who is able to be heard in public. 

A room full of tables, chairs and applauding people
Susann Jehnichen
DOK Industry: More industry representatives than ever

More industry representatives than ever before attended the festival during the week of 28 October to 3 November to advance their film projects, expand their professional network and find ways of distributing their films worldwide. The industry section DOK Industry attracted around 2,000 film professionals from around the world.

More facts and figures

Country Focus Croatia

A delegation from Croatia came to the festival. Eleven Croatian filmmakers were here, participating in panel discussions, networking and presenting films. 


DOK Neuland

For the first time, the interactive exhibition DOK Neuland was located in the Museum of Fine Arts. Some 2,800 attendees, including film fans as well as filmmakers from the region, discovered VR experiences and 360° films during the week of the festival.


Festival screenings in the railway station

On six evenings, DOK Leipzig attracted some 2,500 people to film screenings in the East Wing of Leipzig’s main railway station. 


Cinema for young film fans 

DOK Leipzig also attracted numerous young film fans. Not only the Kids DOK programmes drew crowds; as part of DOK Education, a school screening was held during the festival. 


And the winner is ...

A total of 24 prizes were awarded at DOK Leipzig 2019.

Prizes awarded within the frame of DOK Industry

Two women on a stage: the black woman on the left side is the director of the awarded film "Black women and sex" and is holding a certificate and flowers. The woman standing next to her is the state minister for art and culture.
Black Women and Sex
by Godisamang Khunou

Development Prize for the best female Director of the Saxon State Minister for the Arts

along with 5,000 €

Four persons smiling into the camera, holding a certificate.
Giedrė Žickytė

Current Time TV Development Award

for an outstanding project from Central or East Europe in the DOK Co-Pro Market

endowed with US$ 2,000

Three women standing side by side, the woman in the middle receives a certificate.
Between Two Wars
by Alina Gorlova

EWA Women’s Talent Development Award 

for the best project in the Circle Women’s Doc Accelerator at DOK Co-Pro Market, endowed with 1,000 €

Two women are looking at a woman standing next to them and speaking into a microphone.
72 Hours
by Anna Savchenko

EWA Women’s Talent Development Award

for the best project in the Circle Women’s Doc Accelerator at DOK Co-Pro Market, endowed with mentoring from EWA members and DOK Leipzig

Three women standing side by side, the woman in the middle holds a certificate in her hands and is smiling into the camera.
Black Women and Sex
by Godisamang Khunou

Zonta Club Leipzig Elster Female Talent Development Prize

a travel and accommodation bursary awarded in the DOK Co-Pro Market and valued at 1,000 € to help a female talent develop her network and skillset

Who Owns My Village
by Christoph Eder

DOK Preview Germany: D-Facto Motion Works-in-Progress-Prize 

post-production services amounting to 10.000 € for an outstanding project from DOK Preview Germany

Female cinema visitors reading the DOK Leipzig programme brochure.
Susann Jehnichen
More films to discover

You want to know more about the films we screened in 2019? Or are you looking for one specific film you've seen during the festival two years ago? Our film archive offers information about all films we presented in our programme since 2012. 

Have a look into our film archive.

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