DOK Industry

DOK Industry

Ein raum voller Menschen, zwei Frauen im Vordergrund unterhalten sich angeregt
© Susann Jehnichen
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?
Das vierköpfige Filmteam von dem Gewinnerpreis von DOK Preview Germany posiert vor der Kamera und hält die Urkunde

DOK Preview Germany award winner

Seven new and unusual German creative documentaries were presented at DOK Preview Germany in cooperation with German Films. Each film has a unique and ambitious style and our charming moderators Simone Baumann and Tanja Georgieva gave a sneek peak into the new titles. All projects were presented in more detail by their film teams.

This year we welcome our new partner D-Facto Motion. For the first time the “DFM Work-in-Progress Prize” valued at 10,000€ is given out to one of the selected German documentary project. The prize is awarded to the film deemed most prospective for distribution.

This year’s winner is the project Who owns my Village by Christoph Eder. With the curious eyes of a child from years gone by, Eder returns to the village where he was born, on the shores of the Baltic, to watch the inhabitants awaken from their political lethargy and battle for the fate of the popular tourist destination. The film is currently in post-production and planned to premier in 2020.
More info about DOK Preview Germany

Godisamang Khunou laughs and holds the Art Minister Prize and flowers. Dr. Eva-Maria Stange is standing next to her.

Art Minister’s prize awarded

The festival has only just launched and we already have a prize winner! The Development Prize for the Best Female Director by the Saxon State Minister for the Arts was awarded at our opening event on 28 October at the CineStar 8 cinema before an audience of some 700 invited guests. Dr. Eva-Maria Stange, Saxon Minister for Science and the Arts, presented the 5,000-euro prize to South African director Godisamang Khunou for her project Black Women and Sex.

The jury, which included Toni Bell, Anca Paunescu and Katja Wildermuth, decided on the winner in the run-up to the festival. Their jury statement reads:

“We on the jury were so proud to review the 20 projects that were selected for the inaugural Female Director Prize for the DOK Co-Pro Market. The projects spanned the globe and truly demonstrate the uniqueness and universality of female driven stories. The project selected showcases black female sexuality in Nigeria, South Africa, and Zambia, through the eyes of a trans woman, an entertainer, and a mother who has the audacity to believe and teach that God meant for sex to be equally pleasurable for both men and women. For her unique and brave voice, and for tackling a topic that will certainly resonate with women throughout the African diaspora, we award this inaugural prize to Godisamang Khunou for Black Women and Sex.”

The South Korean project My Missing Aunt by director Juyeon Yang received an honourable mention.

Projects by female directors selected for the DOK Co-Pro Market were eligible for the award, which was donated by the Saxon State Ministry of Science and the Arts.

Collage made out of stills from the Co-Pro projects 2019

DOK Co-Pro Market project selection 2019

The selection of projects for the 15th DOK Co-Pro Market is now complete. 35 film projects from 40 countries have been selected out of 309 submissions. They will now have the chance to find international co-production and financing partners at the beginning of the festival in Leipzig.

“For the last years we've put the priority on looking for and engaging with filmmakers not to fill diversity quotas, but more because our curiosity drives us to crave different perspectives and voices. We choose to work with professionals whose points of view challenge the status quo,” says Brigid O’Shea, head of DOK Industry. “Without exaggeration, the overall quality of the 309 submissions for the DOK Co-Pro Market was incredibly high this year, and we had tough decisions to make.”

The selected film projects present a great variety of visual languages, narrative perspectives and thematic approaches. These include film projects that deal with the realities of living in a diaspora or accompany people who, due to current social or political upheavals, have had to shift their centre of life. Other directors provide intimate insights into personal family stories.

Ukrainian producer and programmer Darya Bassel (Docudays UA) and Jamila Wenske, managing director of the production company Achtung Panda!, are jointly responsible for the project selection.

On the first two festival days, 28 and 29 October 2019, around 900 individual meetings will take place at the DOK Co-Pro Market, where producers will encounter potential partners. These include international financiers and co-producers from broadcasters ARD, SVT, SRF, ORF, ARTE France and RAI. New partners such as Mubi, Vice, Ryot Films and other representatives of leading online platforms will also be taking part.

Four prizes will be awarded as part of the DOK Co-Pro Market.

Brigid O'shea and Godisamang Khunou are standing next to each other, Godisamang is holding a certificate

Five projects selected for DOK Co-Pro Market accelerator prizes

Throughout the year, DOK Industry Programme staff, as well as the festival director Leena Pasanen, travel the world looking for extraordinary projects to take part in our DOK Co-Pro Market. Through partnerships with different international organisations, we select 5 projects to participate in the DOK Co-Pro Market with automatic selection. This year we are happy to welcome:

BDC Discoveries:

No place for you in our town Nikolay Stefanov and produced by Ralitsa Golemanova, Bulgaria

Doc Lab Poland:

Together by Marek Kozakiewicz and produced by Agnieszka Skalska, Poland

Doc Montevideo Pitching:

Roaring Lambs by Andrés Ramírez Pulido and produced by Johana Agudelo Susa, Colombia

Durban Cinemart:

Black Women & Sex by Godisamang Khunou, South Africa

Ex Oriente/East Doc Platform:

The Pit by Nikolay Bem and produced by Uliana Beletskaya, Russia

Additionally, 8 projects will be selected also via partners for our DOK Preview Training works-in-progress presentation. Check back in September to find out who will be joining us in Leipzig to showcase their new creative documentaries.

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
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.
Zwei Personen sitzen an einem Tisch im Co-Pro Market und scheuen konzentriert auf einen Bildschirm.
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!

Eine Frau mit gelber Jacke sitzt mit dem Rücken zur Kamera vor einem Computer und schaut einen Film
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.

Zwei Männder und eine Frau schauen gemeinsam in ein Programmheft zu DOK Exchange
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!

A man standing at a podium talking into a microphone
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.

A man in front of a screen is talking into a microphone
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.

A man standing in front of blurred audience is speaking into a microphone
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.

Jay Rosenblatt is sitting at a round table with Ralph Eue and speaks, on the right side of the image the audience can be seen listening intently

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

Two men look into one macbook over a counter
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.

Eine Frau und ein Mann stoßen mit Bierflaschen in einem dunklen Raum voller anderen Menschen an
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.