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 launches short film pitch for first time

Panelists at pitch to include representatives from The New York Times Op-Docs and The Guardian | Around 75 industry events in total

DOK Industry will present some 75 events at this year's festival. In the week from 30 October until 5 November we are expecting around 2000 industry professionals, developing and financing new film projects as well as seeking out distribution partners and networking opportunities.


One new development is the short film pitch DOK Short'n'Sweet. Accredited filmmakers will have the chance to present their short documentary film projects to renowned commissioning editors and financiers. Lindsay Crouse (The NYT Op-Docs), Charlie Phillips (The Guardian), Georg Gruber (MAGNETFILM) and Maike Mia Höhne (Berlinale Shorts) form the panel. Short film ideas can be submitted in concise form (no more than 140 characters, or the length of a tweet) until 15 October via the website.


The D-Word, the leading online community for the international documentary film industry, will live-blog and capture impressions from the DOK Industry programme, available to registered users. Their activities will include reports from the 13th DOK Co-Pro Market, for which 35 film projects have been selected, all of them looking for international financing opportunities.


Thursday 2 November will focus in interactive media. The one-day conference DOK Exchange will be taking place for the second time, this year in partnership with Drefa Media Holding for the first time. The event gives documentary and animated filmmakers as well as industry professionals from the trans- and interactive media sectors the opportunity to look beyond the boundaries of their own industries and network to widen their perspectives and develop new project ideas. International consultants include Ranell Shubert from the IDA (International Documentary Association) and filmmaker Milton Guillén. Creatives planning an interactive project can make further contacts in the evening at the DOK Interactive Drinks event. Finally, there will be a cross media screening of "The Maribor Uprisings – A Live Participatory Film" by directors Maple Razsa and Milton Guillén, during which the audience decides as a group on the progress of the action at various stages.


Two DOK Masterclasses will cover the topic of archival footage given by world-renowned directors. Sergei Loznitsa will introduce his personal way of working with found footage, talk about the power of montage to shape a film, and discuss how he deals with the boundary between documentary film and fiction. This event is taking place in cooperation with ARTE. Experimental short filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt, to whom the festival dedicates its homage this year, will explain how he assembles his collage and essay films. For his sometimes highly personal films he uses, for example, excerpts from educational, amateur and corporate films.


Various discussion formats address current trends and pressing issues of the documentary film industry. The Industry Talk "North American Distribution Expanded" will explore the distribution opportunities and strategies that the North American market has to offer. Panelists include Orly Ravid (The Film Collaborative, Los Angeles) and Robin Smith (Kinosmith, Toronto). The risks to filmmakers, protagonists and funders when shooting documentary films will be addressed in the talk "Protecting Yourself, Protecting your Protagonists" with Mike Lerner (Nutopia Films; work includes "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer"), Zeynep Güzel (Yeni Film Fund, Istanbul) and Yulia Serdyukova (producer of "All Things Ablaze" among others).


As part of the rough cut presentations "DOK Preview Germany" and "DOK Preview Training" (in cooperation with seven European training initiatives) 13 film projects are set to be presented, all of which are ready for international distribution. Around 80 decision-makers from 30 countries will be present.


You can register for DOK Exchange and DOK Short'n'Sweet until 15 October. More info here


You can apply for accreditation until 20 October. You can find more information here: