DOK Leipzig ends with audience record
The 57th edition of DOK Leipzig ended with a new audience record. The cinemas of the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film counted a record 42,000 entries over the Festival week.
For Festival director Claas Danielsen, the great public interest reflects the growing importance of DOK Leipzig: “In Leipzig we have experienced a true documentary film boom; the number of entries increased every year. We have now reached the limits of our capacity: almost 80 screenings were sold out.”
The Festival also strengthened its position as an international industry platform, with the number of accredited visitors reaching another record high at 1750. Danielsen introduced DOK Industry ten years ago. “I’m very pleased that DOK Leipzig meets with such positive response on all levels, from industry visitors and the public alike.”
In his ten years as director, Danielsen modernised DOK Leipzig from the ground up and returned it to the first league of international documentary film festivals. At the award ceremony at the Schauspiel Leipzig, the audience honoured the outgoing festival director with several minutes of standing ovations.
From 1 January, Finnish-born Leena Pasanen will take over as director of DOK Leipzig. “Claas Danielsen did a wonderful job in Leipzig. It’s a very personal and warm-hearted festival and I’m looking forward to my new job very much,” Pasanen said at the closing night ceremony on Saturday.
Next year, the Festival will take place from 26 October to 1 November.