DOK Leipzig 29. Oktober – 4. November 2018
61. Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm
DOK Leipzig 29 October – 4 November 2018
61st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
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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. There will be a mini-focus on co-producing with France and new director of the ARTE G.E.I.E. Culture Department, Claire Isambert, will present insights into the broadcaster’s future programme strategy. Among the guests at the 12th DOK Co-Pro Market will be representatives from the Tribeca Film Institute, from PBS/POV, from Impact Partners and BRITDOC, as well as distributors from 15 countries.


In addition, this is the first time that the DOK Previews events will be taking place, in which a total of 14 German and international film projects will be presented that are in the final stages of completion. Equally new is DOK Exchange, a one-day conference which reinforces the networking of professionals from the interactive, animation and documentary areas.


For several years now DOK Leipzig has actively supported non-fictional interactive storytelling alongside documentary and animated film. The new networking rendezvous DOK Exchange is targeted towards filmmakers and creative talent looking for new possibilities in designing, producing and distributing their stories. Besides David Sproxton, one of the founders of Aardman Animation studios, international keynote speakers include Mike Robbins from Helios Design Labs in Canada and Nicole Smith from Influence Film in Great Britain. DOK Exchange is supported by Creative Europe Desk Berlin-Brandenburg. The DOK Hackathon will be taking place for the third time and this year for the first time together with the Belgian organisation iDROPS. The participants are presenting their prototypes at a concluding pitching session on the Wednesday of the festival.


Finally, the DOK Industry Panels and Meet the Expert sessions will make current trends in documentary and animation open to film professionals attending the festival. Jørgen Leth, who is regarded as one of the most well-known representatives of experimental documentary film and who collaborated with renowned filmmakers such as Lars von Trier, will provide a glimpse into the work done by his artistic family along with several family members. Visual researcher Elisabeth Klinck and other archive specialists will shed light on the legal situation pertaining to archive materials and footage. Klinck was most recently involved in the creation of Werner Herzog’s film “Into the Inferno”. One film from the Official Selection will feature in the ARTE Co-Production Case Study and Meet the Expert sessions will cover topics like VOD, festival strategies and EU training initiatives.


You can find the projects selected for the 12th DOK Co-Pro Market here.


Registration for DOK Exchange is still possible until 14 October. More information here.


You can find logos, impressions of the festival and this years festival motif here.