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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16/2016, 06.11.2016

DOK Leipzig experienced major visitor turnout once again
More visiting professionals came to the festival than ever before


The 59th Edition of DOK Leipzig came to a close with a brisk turnout of visiting crowds. 48,000 viewers and visitors were attracted to the cinemas and events at the film festival in the course of the past festival week. As a result DOK Leipzig was able to maintain the record-setting level from last year, despite fewer screenings. As in previous years, about 100 screenings were sold out, while the use of online advance ticket sales was embraced better than ever before. Not only the movie theatres were full: both Leipzigers and visiting professionals eagerly attended the free, popular and publicly accessible added events, too. (...)


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15/2016, 05.11.2016

DOK Leipzig awards 7 Golden Doves at festival’s closing
Film festival offered a total of 21 prizes amounting to 77,000 euros


Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa won the prestigious Golden Dove in the International Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film with the film “Austerlitz” at DOK Leipzig, a prize sponsored by the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk broadcasting network. In this work set in black & white scenes the renowned filmmaker observes people visiting concentration camps. Among other reasons, the jury substantiated its choice with the words: “The intrinsic tranquility and beauty of his images along with the remarkable sound editing allow plenty of time to think back once again on what occurred not so long ago in the middle of Europe.” (...)

14/2016, 31.10.2016

Grand opening of DOK Leipzig

Festival director Leena Pasanen was pleased about the increased number of world premieres/ Saxony's Minister for Culture Dr. Eva-Maria Stange announced the patronage of a new award to promote female directors

DOK Leipzig opened with grand pomp on Monday (31 Oct.) in the presence of some 700 guests at Leipzig's CineStar cinema. Apart from the festival director Leena Pasanen, Saxony's State Minister for Science and the Arts Dr. Eva-Maria Stange and Leipzig's mayor and councilor for culture Dr. Skadi Jennicke also made speeches.(...)

13/2016, 27.10.2016

DOK Leipzig awards prizes amounting to 77,000 euros

DOK Leipzig is awarding seven Golden Doves and two Silver Doves this year. And the funds for prizes have risen in comparison to the previous year: a sum total of 77,000 euros apportioned to 21 prizes to be awarded at DOK Leipzig. A new Silver Dove has been added to the International Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film. This new prize will go to the best film on the topic of democracy and human rights.(...)

12/2016, 25.10.2016

DOK Leipzig awards new democracy prize

After discontinuation of the Leipziger Ring film prize, donation from well-known actor and cabaret artist Uwe Steimle makes award possible


DOK Leipzig is to award a new prize to a film on the subject of democracy and human rights. After the Stiftung Friedliche Revolution (Foundation of the Peaceful Revolution) ended its commitment to donate the Leipziger Ring film prize this year, the prize is now to be awarded in a different form. The new Silver Dove for the best film on the subject of democracy and human rights will be awarded in the International Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film and has prize money of 5,000€.(...)

11/2016, 14.10.2016

DOK Leipzig improves accessibility with technological innovation

Festival launches new cooperation: German subtitles via app for the first time, enhanced subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH) for the first time


DOK Leipzig has launched a partnership with the app developer Greta & Starks to provide audiences with German subtitles on films that are likely to be a big draw. As usual, all the festival films will be shown with English subtitles but this new cooperation is an extra feature. (...)

10/2016, 10.10.2016

DOK Leipzig sets record for premieres

Official Selection 2016: Big names, promising talent, and a greater number of female directors


This year 100 films are celebrating their world and international premieres at DOK Leipzig. With 34 more than last year, the number has risen to set a new record. A total of 179 films and 6 interactive projects have made it into the Official Selection at the festival in Leipzig, which takes place from 31 October to 6 November. (...)

09/2016, 06.10.2016

DOK Leipzig convenes Interreligious Jury for the first time

Opera director Achim Freyer and David Sproxton, co-founder of the Aardman Animation studios, are also among the total of 43 jurors


World-famous opera director and painter Achim Freyer is coming to DOK Leipzig as a member of a jury. Since 2015 film professionals are not the only ones making the decisions regarding documentary and animated films nominated at the festival: they have been joined by artists from other genres. Freyer is one of 43 jurors who constitute a total of 11 juries at DOK Leipzig. David Sproxton, co-founder of the Aardman Animation studios and the maker of claymation characters such as Wallace and Gromit or Shaun the Sheep, is also voting on the films in the Official Selection. The joint decision-makers on prize-winning films will equally include filmmaker Lutz Dammbeck (“Das Netz”) and Sewan Latchinian, recently relieved from his post as artistic director at the Volkstheater in Rostock due to his dissenting stance. (...)

08/2016, 04.10.2016

DOK Leipzig opens with animated feature film for first time

"My Life as a Courgette" by Claude Barras to be shown at Leipzig Central Station in parallel to screening at official Opening Ceremony


The animated film "My Life as a Courgette" ("Ma vie de courgette") by director Claude Barras will open this year's DOK Leipzig festival on 31 October.


Using stop-motion animated puppetry, the film tells the story of 9-year-old Icare, nicknamed Courgette, who ends up in a children's home after his mother dies. There he meets a group of children in whom he comes to find a new family. The film is based on the novel "Autobiographie d’une courgette" by Gilles Paris and the screenplay was written by Céline Sciamma ("Tomboy", "Girlhood"). The film's music was composed by Swiss musician Sophie Hunger. (...)

07/2016, 22.09.2016

DOK Industry 2016: Projects chosen for Co-Pro Market

New networking event for interactive storytelling is also part of the industry programme


During the DOK Leipzig festival from 31 October to 6 November an expected 1800 professionals will attend around 80 events in the DOK Industry Programme. These events cover the financing, production and distribution of new documentary films, the expansion of international professional networks across genres and provide the latest information on the non-fiction sector. The 12th DOK Co-Pro Market will welcome 36 projects from 28 countries, 18 of which are competing for the development prize for the best female-driven documentary, jointly awarded by EWA - European Women’s Audiovisual Network. (...)

06/2016, 14.09.2016

Record number of films submitted to DOK Leipzig             
Film festival receives submissions from 133 countries


DOK Leipzig has viewed around 3,300 films for this year's festival. In the past months the Selection Committee and scouts have been travelling to film festivals the world over. Just under 2,900 productions from 133 countries were officially submitted. With 300 more films than last year being entered, the number of submissions reached a new record. Among the works viewed, interactive works also featured for the second time, alongside documentary films, animated films and animated documentary films. (...)

05/2016, 07.09.2016

Film Selection for Special Programmes 2016:                 
Disobedience in form and content


The films in this year’s Special Programmes at DOK Leipzig have been chosen. The festival motto Disobedience weaves its way through a total of seven film series which, alongside the Official Selection, constitute the film programme for the festival. 125 films that originated between 1919 and 2016 are going to be screened as part of the Special Programmes. A large number of the filmmakers will be attending the festival which takes place from 31 October to 6 November. (...)

04/2016, 26.07.2016

DOK Leipzig supports female directors in developing film projects
For the first time a prize will be awarded at the DOK Co-Pro Market


DOK Leipzig is taking practical steps to boost the position of women in the film industry. Together with the European Women's Audiovisual Network (EWA), for the first time DOK Leipzig is awarding a prize at its international co-production meeting, the DOK Co-Pro Market. The award will go to the best female-driven film project and includes both financial support and a year of mentoring from festival director Leena Pasanen and head of DOK Industry Brigid O’Shea as the project moves into further development. (...)

03/2016, 20.04.2016

“Disobedience” is the leitmotif for this year’s festival

Motto a recurring theme in Special Programmes / André Eckardt new curator for animated film


This year’s edition of DOK Leipzig, which runs from 31 October to 6 November, stands under the motto “Disobedience”. The term acts as an integral aspect throughout the Special Programmes. For instance, the Retrospective explores the styleshaping and courageous Polish documentary, which has ensured heated discussion at DOK Leipzig time and again due to its proximity to feature films. (...)

01/2016, 11.02.2016

Country Focus on Turkey at DOK Leipzig 2016


Kurdish films also constitute part of the Special Programme


The Country Focus at this year’s edition of DOK Leipzig lies on Turkey. The film festival will be taking place from the 31st of October to the 6th of November. The films from Turkey take on a wide variety of artistic viewpoints as they illustrate the nation’s current political and social developments. The works deal with such themes as freedom of opinion, urbanisation and protest movements. Films by Kurdish directors shall also be an integral component of the Special Programme. (...)