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 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. In 2016 it is being endowed by Uwe Steimle, an actor and cabaret artist. In addition, the best film project by a directors is going to be selected for the first time in the course of this year’s edition of the festival in co-operation with the European Women’s Audiovisual Network (EWA). The prizewinner shall be determined as a part of DOK Co-Pro Market. A prize is also going to be awarded for the first time by the Interreligious Jury (formerly: Ecumenical Jury), which has been convened for the first time in this configuration. The prize money was able to be increased due to a supplementary donation by the Interreligious Round Table Leipzig organisation, and is being endowed together with the firm VCH-Hotels Deutschland GmbH – in association with the Verband Christlicher Hoteliers e.V. group, including Hotel MICHAELIS in Leipzig. Since 2013 DOK Leipzig has screened a selection of films at the JSA Regis-Breitingen Juvenile Detention Centre within DOK im Knast, i.e. documentaries in prison. This year a jury comprised of juvenile and young adult inmates from the centre is awarding the prize entitled Gedanken-Aufschluss to its favourites for the first time.

At 10,000 euros, the best-endowed prizes are the Golden Dove in the International Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film, funded by the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk broadcasting network, the Golden Dove in the German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film, and the Golden Dove in the Next Masters Competition, funded by the Media Foundation of the Sparkasse Leipzig bank.

“The donators of prizes and sponsors contribute decisively to the festival’s success,” says Leena Pasanen, the festival director. “We are grateful to all of our long-standing supporters for their loyalty and are pleased to welcome new partners such as Nasdaq, for example, whose media monitoring helps us to assess the festival’s reach on an international scale.”

The total budget allocated for DOK Leipzig lies at close to two million euros. The largest financial backers are the City of Leipzig, followed by the Free Federal State of Saxony. The festival is furthermore decisively supported by the Creative Europe programme from the EU, by Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, as well as by various federal ministries. The ZDF broadcasting network is equally among the generous supporting organisations. Above and beyond those stated, this year 14 sponsors, numerous supporters and many other partners are all contributing significantly to the festival’s success in the form of funding and contributions in kind.


This year HL komm is featured once again among the firms in the sponsoring category DOK Partner. The telecommunications service provider will be equipping the venues at DOK Leipzig with high-performance WLAN, which will be free of charge for accredited visitors to the festival. The printing service provider MaXxPrint, the second DOK Partner, is implementing nearly the whole outward appearance at DOK Leipzig.

As in recent years, the media partner and donor of not one but two prizes is the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk broadcasting network. The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) is another dependable supporter this year, too. The Franco-German cultural channel ARTE has broadened its commitment and decisively supported the forward-looking DOK Neuland project. An expanded commitment on the part of the PROMENADEN Hauptbahnhof Leipzig mall is enabling films to be shown daily in the eastern hall of the central railway station during the festival week.


Nasdaq is supporting the festival for the first time and is taking over media monitoring. For years now the list of loyal sponsors at DOK Leipzig has included companies such as Computer Leipzig, Xchange Technology Rentals and TELEPOOL GmbH. The major contributors to the successful digitalisation process over the last few years have been BIG Cinema and TFD Technischer FilmDienst. Deservedly noteworthy for standing at DOK Leipzig’s side for years: CineStar, modulbox mo systeme and ver.di FilmUnion.