Our aim is to enable people with very different living situations and conditions to be able to watch and discuss films together. That is why we are working to make DOK Leipzig as barrier-free as possible.

This page gives you an overview of the accessibility of our venues and the parts of the programme that are accessible. We are aware that parts of the festival are not fully accessible and that we are not yet able to address every need for accessibility. We invite you to come along with us on this journey and look forward to seeing you at the festival!

As soon as we announce our festival programme beginning of October, you will find details on venues, tickets, barrier-free film versions and more accessibility information in the following.

Blick über die Schulter einer Person auf ihren Laptopbildschirm, in der Hand hält sie ein Smartphone mit der App Greta.
© Susann Jehnichen

Many of our cinemas have wheelchair access. We’ll add detailed information on the accessibility of our venues beginning of October.

Getting to the Festival within Leipzig


This open-source map includes information on the accessibility of individual locations and stops. As the map is maintained by volunteer users, the information may not always be complete.


Most of our venues and event locations are rated at, a map for searching for and finding wheelchair-accessible locations. Wheelmap can be accessed via your Internet browser and is also available as a smartphone app.

LVB network map

LVB (Leipzig’s public transport) provides a map showing all connections and stops within Leipzig. It can be downloaded as a PDF.

Accessible Films

Certain selected films in our programme are screened with audio description and/or extended subtitles – both of which are in German. In addition, selected film talks at the festival will be interpreted into German Sign Language. We are currently unable to offer an accessible programme of films in English.

Why aren’t all the films accessible?

Some of the films at DOK Leipzig have never before been screened in cinemas. Many are completed only a short time before the festival begins and have their premieres here. Others are retrieved from the archives and are decades old, so that accessible versions of most of them do not yet exist. The German audio descriptions and SDH versions found in our programme of accessible films are ones we have created specifically for the festival.

Audio Descriptions

For several films in our programme we offer Audio Descriptions in German via the app Greta. The app is available free of charge for both iOS and Android, and it is useful to install it before the screening already. You can find our films in the app under “Preview – Events”. 

German Subtitles and Subtitles for the Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing (SDH)

Most films at DOK Leipzig are shown in their original version with English subtitles. For a selection of films we also provide German subtitles and subtitles for the deaf or hard-of-hearing on screen. Please note that SDH subtitles will be provided in German and enable viewers who do not understand the film's original language or English to access German subtitles. The subtitles will be shown on screen, you don’t need an app or device in the cinema.

Photosensivity Advisories

A few films may contain flashes of light that may trigger seizures in people with visual sensitivities. We indicate this with an icon (in form of a flash) that you will find in the film programme search on the respective film pages and in the calendar.


The barrier-free offer is supported by the Saxon State Ministry of Science and Art. This measure is co-financed with tax revenues on the basis of the budget approved by the members of the Saxon State Parliament.

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