DOK Leipzig 29. Oktober – 4. November 2018
61. Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm
DOK Leipzig 29 October – 4 November 2018
61th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
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Press Releases 2015

16/2014, 17.12.2014

DOK Leipzig Animation Winners eligible for OSCARs®

The best animation films at DOK Leipzig can qualify for an OSCAR® from now on. DOK Leipzig has been placed in a further category as an Academy qualifying festival by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles. (...)


15/2014, 02.11.2014

DOK Leipzig ends with audience record
Number of accredited visitors also at a record high / Festival bids farewell to its director


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. (...)


14/2014, 01.11.2014

DOK Leipzig honours 17 award winners

The Golden Dove in the International Competition goes to “Les règles du jeu”


DOK Leipzig awarded the prestigious Golden Doves on Saturday night. 17 prizes worth a total of 66,500 Euros were presented at the 57th edition of the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Films. This makes DOK Leipzig the most highly endowed documentary film festival in Germany. The biggest German documentary film festival has been screening 368 films during the festival week which ends tomorrow. (...)


13/2014, 30.10.2014

“Leipziger Ring” awarded to documentary film about whistleblower Edward Snowden
Film Prize of the Peaceful Revolution Foundation goes to US American filmmaker Laura Poitras


The documentary film CITIZENFOUR about the NSA scandal and Edward Snowden’s revelations was awarded the “Leipziger Ring” on Wednesday night. US American filmmaker Laura Poitras received the film prize of the Peaceful Revolution Foundation, which is endowed with 5,000 Euros, in the Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas Church) in Leipzig. (...)


12/2014, 28.10.2014

Snowden honours the Peaceful Revolution in Leipzig

The whistleblower sends a video message for the opening ceremony of DOK Leipzig


Edward Snowden sent a personal video message to DOK Leipzig for the Festival’s opening ceremony yesterday (Monday). In the opening film CITIZENFOUR, the US-American filmmaker Laura Poitras revealed the unfolding of the NSA scandal, following Edward Snowden closely from the first disclosures. (...)


11/2014. 27.10.2014

Leipzig opens a window to the world for the 57th time
Festival opens with the German premiere of CITIZENFOUR / Claas Danielsen says farewell


The International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film will celebrate its opening tonight (Monday, 27 October). The 57th edition of DOK Leipzig offers a few surprises with exceptionally topical films dealing with the crises in Syria and Ukraine. Another highly newsworthy and politically explosive work is the opening film that will be screened tonight. (...)


10/2014, 21.10.2014

Danielsen brought DOK Leipzig into the 21st century

Festival director Claas Danielsen leaves the Festival after ten years


After ten successful years, festival director Claas Danielsen says farewell to the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film. Since he took over in 2004, the 48-year old Danielsen has rapidly modernised the long-established Festival and brought it back into the first league of international documentary film festivals. (...)


09/2014, 21.10.2014

DOK Industry celebrates its tenth anniversary

Film festival has developed into a key meeting place for the industry /

number of industry visitors doubled since 2005


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. (...)


08/2014, 16.10.2014

Leena Pasanen confirmed as new festival director of DOK Leipzig


The Finn Leena Pasanen will take over as festival director of DOK Leipzig on 1 January 2015, a decision taken by the Leipzig Municipal Council on Wednesday. The 49-year-old documentary film expert will have a five-year contract as festival director of the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film and also serve as managing director of the municipal Leipziger Dok-Filmwochen GmbH (limited company). (...)


07/2014, 07.10.2014

Festival Director thanks supporters for longstanding loyalty


A decade of growth and development is behind DOK Leipzig. On the occasion of his departure at the end of this year, Festival Director Claas Danielsen acknowledges the continuing involvement of all supporters of the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film. DOK Leipzig 2014 sees 19 sponsors, 15 funders, and many other partners involved - including by funding awards. (...)


06/2014, 07.10.2014

DOK Leipzig screens 41 world premieres
The Leipzig Film Festival announces its Official Programme


41 films will see their world premiere at this year’s DOK Leipzig festival, 29 documentaries and 12 animations. The Official Programme, which comprises five competitions and the International Programme, will also feature a number of international premieres. All 80 films in competition will be presented for the first time in Germany. (...)


05/2014, 22.09.2014

Laura Poitras Film about Edward Snowden to open DOK Leipzig 2014


The 57th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film will open on 27 October 2014 with the long-awaited film “CITIZENFOUR” by Laura Poitras. In the last instalment of her 9/11 trilogy, the multiple award-winning director shows how the United States’ so called “War on Terror” is directed against their own citizens. (...)


03/2014, 05.09.2014

Leena Pasanen proposed as new festival director of DOK Leipzig

City Council to confirm appointment on 15 October


Leipzig Mayor Burkhard Jung is proposing the Finnish documentary expert Leena Pasanen (49) to become the next director of DOK Leipzig. The City Council will decide on the appointment on 15 October. A selection committee composed of industry professionals chose Pasanen from 33 candidates. Her years of experience and excellent international network were among the deciding factors. (...)


02/2014, 26.08.2014

Filmmakers from around the world set sights on DOK Leipzig

Festival received submissions from 119 countries


2,350 film productions from 119 countries have tossed their hat in the ring for this year's International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film. The submissions came from all five continents. In addition to major film-producing countries like France, the US and Poland, the selection committee also received productions from Trinidad and Tobago, Benin and the Central African Republic. (...)


01/2014, 30.04.2014

DOK Leipzig goes OSCAR®


DOK Leipzig has been recognised by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles as an Academy Qualifying Festival. Recipients of the Golden Dove in DOK Leipzig’s International Short Documentary Competition will, qualify for consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category of the annual ACADEMY AWARDS® without the standard theatrical run, provided that the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules. (...)