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 has a new supporter: DREFA

21 prizes will be awarded in the closing ceremony | prize money amounts to 73,500 euros

DREFA is supporting DOK Leipzig for the first time. The firm will help to implement DOK Exchange, an event that connects the makers of documentary and animated films with people from the transmedial sector in order to develop new projects. DREFA Media Holding GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of MDR. The Deutsche Bahn is also supporting DOK Leipzig for the first time. Alongside the ECE Promenaden Hauptbahnhof they are crucial for the festival screenings in Leipzig train station’s Osthalle.  

What’s also new this year is that the DOK Talks will be carried out with our partners, which include the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe, the German Film Critics Association, MDR Kultur, ARTE and Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. This year, the matinees have been incorporated into the Retrospective and were organized in conjunction with the Saxon State Archives and the DEFA Foundation.

 “Without our partners, funders, sponsors and prize donors, our festival would not have the international profile that it is known for,” says festival director Leena Pasanen. “I expressly thank all those who have been supporting us for years and am pleased that we’ve managed to form many promising new partnerships this year.”

DOK Leipzig has many prize donors. The Leipziger Ring Film Prize is making a comeback after a year’s break because the Stiftung Friedliche Revolution did not have enough funds to support it in 2016. It goes to documentary films on the subject of human rights, democracy and civic action. This year, the audience will decide on the winner. For the first time this year too, the Stadtbau AG will donate the prize money for the Young Eyes Film Award. There is also a new award in the DOK Industry section. One of the female directors participating in the DOK Co-Pro Market will receive a stipend to support her travel costs. Zonta Club Leipzig Elster e.V., which promotes women in their professional life, will donate the money.

At 10,000 euros, the best-endowed prizes are the Golden Doves in the International Competition for Long Documentary and Animated Film (donated by the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk), in the German Competition for Long Documentary and Animated Film and in the Next Masters competition (donated by Sparkasse Leipzig). The Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, which is also a media partner, is the donor of the MDR Film Prize. The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) is another generous supporter of the festival and has donated the prize money for the Healthy Workplaces Film Award once again. The Goethe Institute is not only a prize donor, but also a valuable provider of funds for travel costs. In total, 21 prizes worth 73,500 will be awarded at DOK Leipzig.

The festival’s total budget comprises some two million euros. The City of Leipzig is the main backer and has this year raised its funds exceptionally from 421,300 to 651,300 euros. Next year, it will raise the funds from 421,300 to 521,300. “We’re very pleased about this,” says Leena Pasanen. “The city is clearly affirming the importance of the festival.”

The state of Saxony is another vital backer. As well as providing funds for the festival, the State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts has donated money to cover the festival’s disability inclusion projects, such as the provision of audio descriptions on 12 films so that people with visual impairments can “watch” them via app.

The EU programme Creative Europe, the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung and the Commissioner for Culture and the Media are also important sources of support. This year, the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship is giving the Retrospective significant support. ZDF has also been supporting the festival generously for years. The Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen (Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony) and the Foreign Office of Germany are also crucial supporters. This year, the US Consulate General Leipzig, the Embassy of the Netherlands and the Embassy of Israel in Berlin are also supporting the festival.  

The SLM (Sächsiche Landesanstalt für privaten Rundfunk und neue Medien) has once again agreed to be a festival partner and will particularly be supporting the programmes for young people, such as the Next Masters’ competition, the master classes, DOK Spotters, school screenings and DOK Neuland.

Apart from the prize donors and funders, there are many other sponsors and partners who all contribute to the festival’s success by providing money and/or services. The telecommunications firm HL komm is sponsoring the festival again this year and providing wi-fi for accredited festival guests in the various venues. MaXxPrint is implementing nearly the whole outward appearance at DOK Leipzig. The Franco-German TV station ARTE is supporting the trend-setting project DOK Neuland for the third time. Thanks to the renewed participation of the PROMENADEN Hauptbahnhof, the festival can screen films daily in the train station’s Osthalle. Long-time loyal sponsors of DOK Leipzig also include Computer Leipzig and Xchange Technology Rentals. BIG Cinema and Technische FilmDienst have provided vital support for the festival’s successful digitalisation processes of recent years.

Some 340 films from all over the world will be screened during DOK Leipzig, which opens officially on 30th October with the documentary crime thriller “Betrug” by the Munich-based film director David Spaeth.

You can find stills from the opening film as well as logos, impressions of the festival and this year's motif here: