DOK Industry celebrates its tenth anniversary
With its DOK Industry section, DOK Leipzig has developed into an international meeting place for the documentary film industry. Since its launch in 2005, the number of professional visitors has doubled to more than 1,700. DOK Industry events help connect professionals, develop and finance new film projects, improve rough cuts and find international distributors for finished productions. In addition, various discussion formats address the latest trends in the documentary film industry.
Establishing DOK Industry was one of the first and perhaps the most far-reaching innovation introduced by festival director Claas Danielsen after he took over the Festival:
“The response to our industry events has been excellent”, says Danielsen. “They make DOK Leipzig much more than a film festival – it’s a vibrant market place where people from all over the world whose hearts beat for documentary and animated films meet. This is also where new projects are generated which come back to us later as finished films to enrich our programme.”
This year’s focus is on innovative cross media and cross genre narrative formats. In co-operation with the renowned Tribeca Film Institute in New York, DOK Leipzig will organise a Hackathon – a composite word consisting of “hacker” and “marathon”. It will bring together software developers, documentary filmmakers and web designers to develop new interactive projects within a two-day timeframe. The prototypes created in the Hackathon will be presented to industry visitors on 30 October. The Cross Media Screenings, presented on the big screen at DOK Leipzig, are geared towards a broad audience. These interactive projects were originally created for Internet users. At DOK Leipzig, the producers present their stories like an exhibition through which they give the audience a guided tour. An audience that as a rule is young – and thrilled.
In 2006, DOK Leipzig was the first documentary film festival in the world to introduce a completely digitised film market. This year, accredited festival visitors will for the first time be able to stream the films in the DOK Market for a period of six months after the Festival. The International DOK Leipzig Co-Production Meeting was also introduced ten years ago. Every year, this event connects 35 producers with potential financing partners for their new documentary film projects. The majority of the approximately 350 projects have by now been realised.