DOK Industry

DOK Industry

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Every year, more than 1,800 professional guests from more than 60 countries come to Leipzig to participate in over 50 events under the umbrella of DOK Industry.

Up-and-coming filmmakers gaining their first experiences as well as award-winning, veteran filmmakers from across the globe mingle with the highest-quality German and international decision makers and funders in a cosy, laid back atmosphere. This is the meeting place for artistic documentary and a growing hub for interactive and immersive arts practitioners and experts.

  • 120+ festival programmers
  • 300+ commissioners, buyers, distributors, sales agents and funders
  • 350+ producers
  • More than 1,100 scheduled individual meetings at the Co-Pro Market and Meet the Experts Meetings
  • Daily networking Get Together cocktails and parties
  • Over 20,000 € in services and prizes to win
  • Interactive Conference Day with 80 immersive artists and experts
What’s happening at DOK Industry?
A room full of people sitting in groups at tables. In the middle on big projection is written: 34 projects from 39 countries

Selection process begins for the DOK Co-Pro Market 2020

Over 300 projects were submitted to participate in the online DOK Co-Pro Market. Interestingly it is a similar amount of project submissions as in past years, before the COVID-19 crisis affected the film industry heavily in regards to production opportunities and distribution options.

“We want to thank all submitters who again trusted us with their creative documentary projects in a year, where nothing is normal but we all find ourselves in a disrupted and changing world. Together with the Co-Pro selection committee we are taking the next weeks to have a concentrated look at all proposals and decide, for which projects we can be the best support with our platform and network, to help them move forward despite a wide-ranging production halt and particular challenges. As much as we miss having the project teams and our guests in Leipzig in October, we are excited about connecting with them online in a reimagined DOK Co-Pro Market programme!” says the DOK Co-Pro Market Coordinator Ulrike Schmidt.

Meet our DOK Co-Pro selection committee

For the selection of the final 35 projects participating in the DOK Co-Pro Market in October, the DOK Industry team receives support from two experienced documentary professionals - the producer and industry programmer Selin Murat (Parabola Films & RIDM, Canada) and producer Alex Tondowski (Tondowski Films, Germany). Read more about our DOK Co-Pro selection committee

August is the month of intensive project evaluation for the selection committee, before they make the final decisions in early September. We will announce the 2020 project selection in mid-September here on our website.

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!

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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Meet us at Berlinale’s EFM DocSalon

DOK Leipzig returns to Potsdamer Platz with a new festival director, Christoph Terhechte, as official partner again at the European Film Market's DocSalon.

Christoph Terhechte will be present at the SalonTalk Documentary Community: A Ghetto or Necessity? on Monday, 24 February at 17:00, together with Emilie Bujès (Visions du Réel), Tine Fischer (CPH:DOX) and Orwa Nyrabia (IDFA).

Please join us for a drink afterwards at 18:00 at the DocSalon stand. All guests with a festival accreditation or market badge are welcome at the Happy Hour.

As of 21 February, you can meet our Programme Department at Meet the Festivals speed dating:

21 Feb, 12:00-13:00
22 Feb, 11:00-12:00
23 Feb, 12:00-13:00
24 Feb, 11:00-12:00
25 Feb, 11:00-12:00

at DocSalon Stand #201, Martin Gropius Bau, 2nd floor.

Read more about the complete DocSalon programme

Individual Meetings

For programme-related meetings and inquiries please contact: programm [at] dok-leipzig [dot] de
For strategy and partnership-related meetings please email: info [at] dok-leipzig [dot] de

Wishing you all productive days in Berlin!

Don't miss our key dates!
We don't want to miss your projects.
Call for DOK Co-Pro Market Projects
Final Entry Deadline for Films and Interactive Works
Final Entry Deadline for DOK Co-Pro Market Projects
Accreditations now open for DOK Leipzig 2020
63rd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film

Discover what the DOK Industry Programme has to offer.

This is your starting point to dive into all of our different events.
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DOK Co-Pro Market

35 extraordinary new creative documentary projects in development meet decision makers and potential co-financiers over two days at this exclusive networking event. The Call for Projects is open until 1/8/2020!

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DOK Film Market

Discover more than 200 new documentary and animation titles ready for international circulation and distribution in our curated video library. Rights holders can also take advantage of priority access to the DOK Industry Services.

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Interactive Conference Day

Take a day for inspiration and community at the DOK Interactive Conference Day if you are curious about new ways of telling stories and forms of artistic expression. Look here for connection with peers also working in the fields of immersive arts!

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DOK Short n’ Sweet

3 minutes to convince a panel of experts to finance your next short! Open for animation, documentary and whatever border-pushing format you can dream of.

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DOK Preview

Get a sneak peek into new artistic documentaries ready for distribution and circulation at our two works-in-progress presentations. Mingle with your colleagues at their exclusive networking receptions after the screenings.

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Meet the Experts

Not all meetings require a formal introduction, but we love to share our network with you! Join a "Meet the Experts: Talk" for up-to-date information and new sources or inspiration, or sign up for "Meet the Experts: Meetings" to expand your network and find new partners for your projects and films.

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Discover the secrets of master filmmakers as they discuss their artistic and professional development throughout their careers.

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Industry Services

Accessible to all accredited festival guests, DOK Industry Services will help you connect with our expert international network. Make the most of your time at the festival and take advantage of our insider tips.

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Get Togethers and Lounges

Mingle over a drink and a snack, discuss what you’ve seen in the cinema or at a panel, make dinner plans or dance the night away at our daily social events.

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