1. Official Selection
2. Premiere Rules and Regulations
3. Award Regulations Healthy Workplaces Film Award
4. Film Selection
5. Interactive Works Selection
6. Submission Procedure
7. Submission Procedure for Interactive Works
8. Screening formats
9. Transportation of Screening Prints and digital transmission
10. Language Versions
11. Language Versions for Interactive Works
12. DOK Film Market
14. Final Provision
1. Official selection
- International Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film
(min 41 min)
- International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film
(max. 40 min)
- German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film
(min 41 min)
- German Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film
(max 40 min)
- Next Masters Competition
(min 41 min)
- International Competition Animated Documentary
- International Programme Documentary and Animated Films
- DOK Neuland (interactive works)
An overview of all awards given at DOK Leipzig you will find here.
2. Premiere Rules and Regulations
The selection for any of the competition sections requires a first screening in Germany at DOK Leipzig. World, International or European premieres will be favoured.
Films of directors who have not completed more than three documentary or animated films (41 min and longer) (excluding their works during education and/or the professional training) so far will be eligible for the Next Masters Competition.
For the International Competition Animated Documentary Film films will be selected which combine elements of documentary and animated film in an imaginative, creative and artistically independent way and thereby create a new cinematic quality.
The festival is responsible for the nomination of films for all other special awards.
We accept documentaries, animated films and animated documentaries of all lengths from 2016 and 2017, which have not been screened publicly before 1 October 2016.
Films that have been publicly screened in Germany before the end of DOK Leipzig 2017 (f.e. TV broadcasts, cinema release and/or public streaming/download options etc.) are not eligible.
The party submitting a film shall inform the festival about any scheduled screenings and broadcasting dates well in time. If any such screening/broadcasting event scheduled for a date prior to the end of the festival becomes known, the film accepted for the festival will be immediately disqualified and excluded from the Official Selection. In such case, the festival reserves the right to claim damages.
On submitting a film, the applicant accepts that the film can be selected for any of the competitions or for another programme section.
3. Award regulations:
Healthy Workplaces Film Award
The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) will present the Healthy Workplaces Film Award with a prize money of € 5 000 at DOK Leipzig. Documentary films competing for the Healthy Workplaces Film Award will be nominated by the festival management from the films selected for the Official Selection of DOK Leipzig. The winner of the Healthy Workplaces Film Award shall grant EU-OSHA the right, free of charge, to
- place a trailer or an excerpt of the winning film of up to five minutes and stills (pictures) on the EU-OSHA website, in press releases or in the EU-OSHA newsletter (osha.europa.eu).
- show and present the trailer or the winning film in its entirety at non-public and non-commercial events organised by EU-OSHA and its network of Focal Points in EU 28, EEA, and candidate and potential candidate countries.
- produce 1,000 DVDs including subtitles in a selection of European languages of the winning film and to grant EU-OSHA the non-exclusive, non-commercial and non-theatrical license right to distribute the DVDs in the above mentioned network and to other official partners. In return, the rights for the subtitles can be obtained by the filmmaker/rights holder of the winning film free of charge for further use. Among the 1,000 DVDs produced, 200 will be reserved for the filmmaker/rights holder for their own promotion needs. Further details shall be discussed between EU-OSHA and the award winner.
4. FILM SELECTION
A Selection Committee will decide about the selection of films for the festival programme as well as their allocation to the individual competition sections or to the International Programme.
All films submitted up until 5 May 2017 will receive a binding feedback regarding the selection status by end of June. This can either be an invitation of the film to the official selection, a rejection or the information that the film has been shortlisted for the final decision round.
The final decision for films submitted afterwards will be announced by mid September.
In exceptional cases a binding feedback and decision can be given independently from these dates. This applies for example if another festival is interested in your film or the premiere status given in the submission form could change before DOK Leipzig. Please get in touch with the programme department in these cases (email@example.com
All parties submitting a film to the festival will be informed by email by 15 September 2017 at the latest, whether their entry has been included in the festival programme. Please refrain from inquiries by phone or by e-mail.
5. INTERACTIVE Works SELECTIONS
A Selection Committee will decide about the selection of interactive works for the festival programme.
All parties submitting a film to the festival will be informed by e-mail by 30 September 2017 at the latest, whether their entry has been included in the festival programme. Please refrain from inquiries by phone or by email.
6. SUBMISSION PROCEDURE for Films
The Official Selection of 2017 is open to
Only films from 2016 and 2017 (year of production) are eligible for submission that must not have been publicly screened prior to 1 October 2016.
- Documentary Films of any length
- Animated Films of any length
- Animated Documentary Films of any lengths
Films completed before 1 May 2017 need to be submitted by 5 May 2017. Later completed films need to be submitted to the festival office by 7 July 2017 (Completion of the online entry form). A service charge of € 35.00 (incl. 7 % VAT) will become due when submitting a film.
The entry fee has to be paid within 10 working days after submitting the film. A later payment of the entry fee can cause the rejection of the film.Unfortunately, payments in any other form and currency cannot be accepted. Please note that this charge is not refundable.
For any payment it is very important to use the predetermined reason for payment. This consists of the submission ID (see your confirmation email) and the English film title, f.e. “12345, The Example Film”. If your reason of payment is not according to this requirement, the payment cannot be assigned to your film and the film submission will be rejected.
If the transfer of the entry fee does not have the correct reason of payment, the fee cannot be assigned to the film and will not be refunded.
If an entry fee is paid twice or more, the additional payments cannot be refunded.
If a film submission is retracted, the submission fee cannot be refunded.
If a film is not selected for DOK Leipzig, the submission fee cannot be refunded. Films submitted by film schools or that originating from an educational background are exempt from the fee (after consulting the programme department, proof required). Furthermore submissions from some countries are exempt from the fee (= country of production and not shooting location!). You will find a list of these countries here. All filmmakers are asked to get in touch anytime in case of questions or problems regarding the submission fee.
In order to submit a film to the festival first you will be asked to log in to your existing account or to open a new MYDOK user account. After registration you will be able to enter the data of your film. You can log in anytime to your account in order submit new films.
When making a submission, the following documents and materials will be required:
- an English synopsis (max. 200 words)
- a curriculum vitae as well as a filmography of the director
- a portrait photograph of the director (300 DPI, JPG)
- still photographs of the film (300 DPI, JPG)
For the preview of submitted
films only mp4 film files that have been uploaded to our FTP server are accepted.
We do not accept any other formats, screening or streaming links, download links, DVDs etc.
Trailers and film excerpts are not accepted as preview screeners.
The submitter will receive an instructional email on the transfer after submitting the online entry form through our MYDOK area
7. submission procedure for
In order to submit interactive works to the festival first you will be asked to log in to your existing account or to open a new MYDOK user account. After registration you will be able to enter the data of your interactive work. You can log in anytime to your account, but cannot change your submission data once you have sent the entry form. You can submit additional works though.
When making a submission, the following documents and materials will be required:
- a synopsis (max. 200 words/ 1200 characters)
- a curriculum vitae of the key team member(s) as well as a production company profile or work samples via hyperlink
- technical requirements needed for the implementation inside the festival
For the preview of the interactive work a digital file or hyperlink with the key elements of the work is required and has to be transferred digitally. You will receive information that is more detailed by email once the entry data of your submission is completely registered in our database.
8. sCREENING FORMATS
The festival accepts DCP. All other formats (35mm prints, BluRay Discs as well as all videotapes such as Beta Digital PAL, Beta SP PAL 16:9 or HDcam (25p/50i) can only be accepted in special cases and after consulting the programme department (firstname.lastname@example.org).
HDcam SR and DVD will not be accepted as screening format.
The festival accepts DCP and HD video files for playback from our video servers.
HD Videofiles will only be accepted in the following format settings:
1. Quicktime MOV, Prores 422 HQ 1080p 24/25/29,976 - Audio: PCM / 5.1 Stereo 48KHz, 16 oder 24bit
2. Quicktime MOV, DNXHD 1080p 24/25/29,976 - Audio: PCM / 5.1 Stereo 48KHz, 16 oder 24bit
We do accept progressive digital video files only. Interlaced material (50i/60i) will be rejected. 35mm prints and BluRay Discs are only accepted in special cases and after consulting the programme department (email@example.com
). DVDs are not accepted as screening format. Any copy for screening purposes must have arrived in Leipzig by 1 October 2017.
The screening film prints have to be sent to the following postal address:
Please note that DOK Leipzig will digitize and encode all films as DCPs that have been provided as videotapes after consulting the programme department. DOK Leipzig agrees on eliminating these files two weeks after the festival latest. The production of these DCPs is only for festival screening purposes use and they cannot be made available for the right holder of the film or for any other purposes after the festival.
The film might also be transmitted via FTP to DOK Leipzig. Further information on this will be provided once your film is selected. Interactive Works
Please do not send in physical material before the DOK Interactive team gets in contact with you and approves this action. The festival organiser cannot assume any shipping costs, customs duties or other charges arising in connection with the submission of productions. Documents, materials and DVDs submitted to the festival cannot be returned.
9. Transportation of Screening Prints
and digital transmission
The shipping costs to the festival to Leipzig shall be borne by the sender. A pro-forma invoice must be attached to shipments from abroad. Since the entries to the festival do not represent a commercial value as such (i.e. the goods are not intended for sale and no profit is made), keep the amount as low as possible when declaring the shipment value, so that any customs duties possibly charged are kept to a minimum. Shipments with prints, tapes and any data storage media will have to be endorsed as follows: „NO COMMERCIAL VALUE, FOR CULTURAL/festival PURPOSES ONLY“
The festival organiser takes care of the return costs for exportation and shipping, excluding fees for re-imports storage etc. The sender will have to bear the insurance costs for the shipping to Leipzig as well as from the delivery to the first forwarder during the return shipment. Prints, tapes and data storage media will be returned through the festival’s courier service.
All copies will be insured by the festival for the replacement costs of the screening print, tape or data storage media of the same type and quality from the moment they are received by the organisers until they are handed over to the first forwarding agent for the return shipment. The insurance coverage will be limited to the costs for making a new film copy or displacing the damaged reel, in case of videos and data storage media, for copying a new screening tape/file. The assessed costs have to be proven by supporting documents and must not exceed current laboratory or service provider prices in Germany. The liability of the festival shall exclude any potential expenses for (intermediate) negatives or positives, master videotapes or other postproduction costs. In case of a faulty screening the festival cannot be held responsible for any immaterial damage. Compensation claims shall be filed in writing within 6 weeks after the festival. Later claims cannot be taken into consideration.
Screening copies that have been provided by digital data transfer DOK Leipzig agrees on eliminating these files two weeks after the festival latest.
10. Language versions of films
Each submitted preview screener and each screening copy has to have an English language version and/or English subtitles. Also films with German and/or French language versions have to have English subtitles.
If a film is selected an English dialogue list including timecodes has to be provided to DOK Leipzig.
11. Language versions for interactive
If the interactive work uses language (audio track or visually), the work has to have a German or English original version or has to be subtitled in German or English.
12. DOK FILM MARKET
All documentary and animated films selected for the Official Selection and for selected special programmes will be included automatically and free of charge to the DOK Film Market and entered in the separate DOK Film Market catalogue.
With its DOK Film Market video library, DOK Leipzig offers a platform for the distribution and promotion of all productions of this year’s Festival programme as well as for approximately 150 additional documentary films selected out of all entries. The DOK Film Market video library is accessible for international TV buyers and commissioning editors, festival programmers, distributors and sales agents during the festival online via their personal devices and at screening booths in the festival centre. The video library remains accessible online for 6 months after the festival.
When making an entry to the Festival and to the DOK Film Market, an HD video file (to be transmitted via FTP to DOK Leipzig) with the film’s final version will be required in English (English subtitles if the spoken language is other than English).
The parties submitting a film to the Festival shall be responsible for the update of all information that is relevant for the distribution. The Festival management assumes that the approval to digitize the films has been granted on submitting them. If the admission to the DOK Film Market of a film that is part of the Official Selection is not desired, it is possible to refuse the inclusion in the video library by indicating it in the according field when confirming the participation after the invitation of the film to the Festival or in writing to the DOK Film Market office. (Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The admission of additional films to the DOK Film Market (that are not part of the Official Selection of the Festival) depends on the decision of DOK Leipzig. Additional films selected for the DOK Film Market will receive an official invitation. If you accept the invitation and want to enter your film in the video library an additional fee applies: 120€ for one feature-length film, 60€ for a film up to 39 min and 40€ for a short film up to 10 min (all prices excl. VAT). Requests for having the film admitted to the DOK Film Market should be indicated in the relevant field in the entry form, by which the applicant also grants his permission to have the film digitized for the DOK Film Market.
By submitting a work the presenting party declares to be the owner of the rights in the work submitted. "Owner of the rights“ in accordance with these regulations is deemed to be the author (originator) of the object to be protected or any other natural person or legal entity, or group of persons, having gained an incorporeal property right in this object which covers the activities referred to in these regulations and which makes it possible to grant rights of usage, or to transfer it, to third parties.
The presenting party shall assure that the materials provided are free of third-party rights. Should third parties assert any claims against DOK Leipzig that concern the materials and works provided, the presenting party shall indemnify DOK Leipzig from any such claims and assume the legal costs incurred by DOK Leipzig for the necessary defence against such claims. DOK Leipzig shall inform the presenting party immediately, should third parties assert such claims against DOK Leipzig.
Films selected for the official festival programme will be shown in up to five public screenings.
Interactive works selected for the official festival programme will be shown in public via screenings and/or exhibition.
DOK Leipzig writes the texts for the festival catalogue, programmes and flyers. Submitted synopses are used in the DOK Film Market catalogue.
No film or interactive works selected may be withdrawn from the DOK festival programme after its publication.
The festival shall be granted, free of charge and unlimited in terms of time and space (for the duration of the protective right in the object to be protected), the right to use footage of the audiovisual content with a maximum length of three minutes as well as advertising material, such as trailers, images and film stills provided by the owner of the rights in the course of reporting about, and promoting, the festival as well as the relevant film concerned, and to pass on such footage and material to the reporting media (such as radio & television, the press, Internet, Podcast, social media and other multi-media formats) as well as to cooperation partners in the media for non-commercial purposes and to put such footage and material online on its website www.dok-leipzig.de
During the festival and six months after the festival, films can be viewed by professional guests in the DOK Film Market, the digital video library of the festival as well as online for six months afterwards through the password secured MYDOK login on the DOK Leipzig homepage. DOK Leipzig is entitled to digitize the submitted production for this purpose.
The festival reserves the right to archive selected viewing cassettes and DVDs for internal purposes as well as for non-profit-making and non-public educational work. Any commercial exploitation by the festival shall be excluded.
14. Final Provision
The registration to participate in the DOK Leipzig 2017 will be taken as acknowledgement of the above regulations. The festival management reserves the right to take a decision on all those matters that are not specifically covered in the regulations and to permit exceptions in extraordinary and justified cases. The right to decide on matters not explicitly covered in these regulations rests with the festival management.