62. Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm
DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
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Panels & Talks


DOK Panels 2015

König ohne Land? - Zu den Chancen des langen Dokumentarfilms im Deutschen Fernsehen

Die ARD feiert den Dokumentarfilm seit einigen Jahren mit einer eigenen Ausschreibung und mit der Veranstaltung „Top oft he Docs“, der SWR würdigt ihn zusammen mit der MFG Baden-Württemberg durch einen „Deutschen Dokumentarfilmpreis“. „Königsdisziplin“ hat SWR-Fernsehdirektor Dr. Christoph Hauser den langen Dokumentarfilm genannt. mehr 



  • Ingrid Gränz, ZDF/3sat, Mainz
  • Nicole Leykauf, Leykauf Film, München
  • Claudia Tronnier, ZDF/Das Kleine Fernsehspiel, Mainz
  • Martina Zöllner, SWR, Stuttgart



  • Vera Linß, Medienjournalistin (u.a. Deutschlandradio Kultur)



  • Thomas Frickel, AG DOK, Rüsselsheim


Doc Tales: Producing True Stories for Kids

Documentaries and true stories present us with the opportunity not only to open windows into worlds that might otherwise be unseen, but also to change and influence those who view them. Where better to start with the next generation! Doc Tales will give you an in-depth look at storytelling for junior audiences, from the perspectives of the filmmakers creating the films, the commissioning editors responsible for the content and the exciting world of digital and interactive storytelling.


  • Panelists
  • Paulien Dresscher, Cinekid, Amsterdam
  • Claudia Marschal, director, Paris
  • Saskia Wielinga, IKON, Hilversum
  • Nadine Zwick, Arte Junior, Strasbourg


No Man Is an Island: ARTE Case Studies

From a director’s first ideas to a film’s world premiere, there are many partners involved in seeing a creative documentary to completion. Local, international, language, religious and cultural interests all have to be managed before you even start thinking about budgets and revenue splits or the requirements of your international broadcasting partners. Long-time international collaborative partner ARTE walks us through two recent co-productions, exploring the production process on a human scale, beyond the financing plan.



  • Pierre-Olivier Bardet, Idéale Audience, Berlin
  • Lutz Dammbeck, director and producer, Berlin
  • Sabine Lange, ARTE G.E.I.E., Strasbourg
  • Catherine Le Goff, ARTE G.E.I.E., Strasbourg
  • Thomas Kufus, zero one film, Berlin
  • Søren Schumann, RBB/ARTE, Potsdam



  • Daniel Saltzwedel, Filmproduktion, Berlin


  • Overgames by Lutz Dammbeck (Germany)
  • Francofonia by Alexander Sokurov (France, Germany, Netherlands)


The Art of Criticism

Have recent developments in marketing strategies brought about a shift in how film criticism is practiced and perceived nowadays? Is criticism still an art form or has it become a part of the public relations branch of the film industry? There are very few platforms for insightful and opinionated criticism today especially for the non-fiction genre. We invite freelance journalists, bloggers and theorists to tell us more about the obstacles of their trade and share their views on where this art form is headed.



  • Mark Adams, Edinburgh International Film Festival, London
  • Christopher Campbell, nonfics, Atlanta
  • Barbara Wurm, senses of cinema, TAZ, Berlin
  • Barbara Schweizerhof, epd Film, Frankfurt am Main



  • Stefano Tealdi, Stefilm International, Torino
  • Nadine Zwick, Arte Junior, Strasbourg


DOK Talk Special Danger Zone. Art and Censorship
It seems that more and more filmmakers are working in a mine field. Not only due to the many conflict zones worldwide but also due to the diverse mechanisms of prohibition of film production and distribution. Still, many filmmakers take the risk to lose their work, homeland, freedom or even more and search for creative ways to undermine such restrictions. What is the relationship between censorship and art? Read more



  • Annaida Orosz, MaNDA Film Archive, Budapest
  • Ayşe Çetinbas, Surela Film, Istanbul
  • Inna Denisova, director, Moscow
  • Maik Baumgärtner, author, Berlin
  • Vitaly Mansky, Vertov, Moscow



  • Dr. Grit Lemke, DOK Leipzig


DOK Talk Special Rebels Don’t Wait for Permission: Women in Documentary

A session born of the fact that there shall only be one female-directed film represented in the German Competition of DOK Leipzig in 2015. Of the 116 new feature docs selected for the festival, only 45 are directed by women and 10 of those 45 by a male co-director. A crisis is on our front doorstep, one we have failed to see. It's time for change! Join us for an open panel discussion discussing the challenges standing between female directors and producers completing feature length films.



  • Rita Bakacs, Filmblick, Berlin
  • Karoline Leth, DR Drama Series, Copenhagen
  • Francine Raveney, Eurimages, Strasbourg
  • Manfred Schmidt, MDM, Leipzig
  • Yvonne Welbon, Chicken+Egg Pictures, New York



  • Grit Lemke, DOK Leipzig
  • Brigid O’Shea, DOK Leipzig


Audio: Women in Documentary [80.7MB/mp3]
AniDox:Lab Presentation & Talk

AniDox:Lab is an international workshop and laboratory where documentary and animation filmmakers join forces. The focus of the lab is to develop new approaches and directions by sharing the knowledge of these two genres. In Leipzig, you can meet the filmmakers participating in this year's lab. After each presentation, there will be time for Q&A with the directors. AniDox:Lab instructor Uri Kranot will talk about the learning process and the results of the previous labs.


Additionally we will widen the focus and talk with experts about the adventure of producing mixed genre films and take a chance to have a closer look at dos and don’ts of animated documentaries.



  • Klara Grunning-Harris, Swedish Film Institute, Stockholm
  • Uri Kranot, AniDox:Lab, Viborg

Audio: Anidox Lab Presentation [80.2MB/mp3]
DOK Talk Special Moving Borders – A Reading With Ingo Schulze

‘My problem was and is not the disappearance of the East but (…) of a West with a human face’, Ingo Schulze writes in his volume of essays Was wollen wir? A critical observer of reunited Germany, his recurrent theme is how history is inscribed into people’s lives. On the occasion of the retrospective he reads printed and unpublished texts.