DOK Film Market

DOK Film Market

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The festival’s video library provides filmmakers and rights holders the opportunity to promote and sell their film(s), as well as grab the attention of distribution partners and decision makers looking for the best new films for their TV slots, festival programme or slate.

More than 200 new documentary films are available to view in our DOK Film Market Online. All documentary and animated films in the festival’s competitions are included.

Additionally, we showcase handpicked new and outstanding documentaries with international appeal exclusively available in the DOK Film Market. These come recommended by the DOK Leipzig Selection Team or are curated by our partner organisations as well as submitted by renowned world sales companies. Last year’s partners included ADAMI Media Prize, Chiledoc, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, East Silver & Institute of Documentary Film, Krakow Film Foundation & Polish Docs, Lithuanian Film Centre, Taiwan Docs, Visions du Réel & Swiss Films.

All presented films have been produced in the course of the past year.

Our video library is available from the first day of DOK Leipzig and for six months after the conclusion of the festival. Around 300 buyers, sales agents, festival programmers, commissioning editors, and VOD platforms have access to the DOK Film Market, to help rights holders spread their creative documentaries all over the globe.

DOK Film Market Coordinator

Roland Löbner
film-market [at] dok-leipzig [dot] de
+49 (0)341 30864-1091

Can I view films in the video library?

Access to the DOK Film Market video library is available for professionals from the following fields: TV/VOD buyers and commissioning editors, festival programmers, curators, cultural institutes, funding institutions, distributors and sales agents.

Please request the accreditation including Film Market Access which costs 200 € (incl. VAT). Find more information on how to get accredited here.

What kind of films are eligible?

Films must have been produced within the last 12 months. They should have unique access to their subject, a critical point of view and have an outstanding aesthetic quality.

How do I submit my film to the DOK Film Market?

Please use the festival entry form (only available until the official submission deadline) to submit your film to the DOK Film Market. If your film is selected for a competition, you can choose to include your film in the video library free of charge.

If your film isn’t selected for the festival, DOK Film Market also selects more titles with international appeal from the festival submissions. Please indicate in the submission form if you would like to be considered also for this selection. You will receive a confirmation letter if selected.

If you don’t want to submit your film to the festival selection process but only to the DOK Film Market please write to us until 1 Septemberfilm-market [at] dok-leipzig [dot] de.

How much is the registration fee and when does it apply?

All films selected in the Official Selection of the festival are included free of charge. If your film is not selected for the festival programme but exclusively for the DOK Film Market, the following registration fees apply. 

Feature-length films: 100 € (excl. VAT)
Short and mid-length films up to 40 min: 90 € (excl. VAT)

The fee is charged only once you have accepted the invitation and agreed to register your film in the video library.

Is the premiere status of my film affected if itʼs presented in the DOK Film Market?

No. Films that are only available in the DOK Film Market and not part of the official festival programme are not open to the public, therefore you don't risk to lose any premiere status for your further festival strategy.

What else does the DOK Film Market participation offer me?

  • 50% discount on your festival accreditation. We recommend rights holders attend the festival and DOK Industry Programme to network and promote your film[s] as it increases visibility and raises the chances of a successful market experience.
  • Access to the online DOK Industry Guide with profiles and contact details of decision makers and festival programmers.
  • Priority access to the DOK Industry Services
  • Online access to your film’s screening report including evaluations, comments and contact details of buyers, programmers, distributors etc. We highly recommend to get in touch with those who are interested in your film immediately to schedule meetings.
  • Promotion of your film in the DOK Film Market Catalogue online with its own page including film still, synopsis, credits and trailer (if available).
  • After the festival decision makers will have the opportunity to continue viewing films through the password protected video library platform for six months. This enables potential buyers, festival programmers and other film professionals to continue discovering your film(s).

How can I best promote my film and access decision makers attending the festival?

We recommend to get a festival accreditation and prepare your attendance in advance. Find out more about the DOK Industry events and services on our website. There are many networking opportunities, panels and Meet the Experts meeting sessions where experts and industry members are taking part.

We recommend to schedule meetings in advance with the professionals you wish to meet online during the festival. You can check the Industry Guide to research on attending professionals. And if in doubt, book a slot at DOK Industry Helpdesk for more information and advice.

Why is marketing important for my film and what can I do?

Our aim at DOK Industry is to connect you to other industry professionals, encourage knowledge and experience exchange, learn from each other and to create space for inventive distribution and marketing strategies.

We highly recommend to attend and take maximum advantage of the DOK Industry offerings. We hope your presence at the DOK Industry Programme will capitalize the marketing and promotion and thus distribution possibilities for your film and provide an enjoyable experience for you. Every film needs its own marketing and distribution strategy and in this moment of disruption and crisis, experimentation and leaving the beaten path is the only way forward.

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 the DOK Film Market video library for a period of six months starting with the first day of the festival. DOK Film Market offers a film additional publicity, but no sales guarantee.

DOK Industry is realised with the support of Creative Europe MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM) and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media upon a Decision of the German Bundestag.
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