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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Press Releases

09/2018, 19.09.2018

DOK Co-Pro Market 2018: Perspectives from Around the World


35 projects from 30 countries: documentary film projects of the 14th DOK Co-Pro Market look at the social and political circumstances defining our contemporary life, focusing often on Russia and Europe in the process.


For the 14th year running, international new documentary projects in development have the opportunity to find potential co-production and funding partners at the DOK Co-Pro Market in Leipzig, Germany. Around 270 projects applied to attend the market this year, 35 of which have now been selected for participation. Hailing from a total of 30 countries across the world, from Sweden to Montenegro, Argentina to Ukraine, Lebanon to Hungary. (...)


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08/2018, 11.09.2018

The Films of the Nine Special Programmes at DOK Leipzig 2018


From Werner Herzog to Ruth Beckermann, from animated films to personal essays. The around 150 films look to the past and to the future in equal measure – and take their bearings from this year’s festival motto: demand the impossible!


The Special Programmes of the 61st edition of DOK Leipzig demand the impossible in a range of different ways. In keeping with this year’s festival motto, they each revolve around films which seek to bring about change or depict processes of transformation. The around 150 films in the Special Programmes to be shown during the week of the festival from October 29 to November 4, 2018 have now been selected. Numerous filmmakers from the Special Programmes will present their films in Leipzig in person. (...)

07/2018, 28.08.2018

Distinguished Figures Join Juries for DOK Leipzig 2018


Jury for Next Masters Competitions to feature three members for the first time: Ruth Beckermann, Adina Pintilie and and Thierry Garrel. Mika Kaurismäki and Helene Hegemann are also among the members of the ten juries.


This year, in addition to the Next Masters Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film there will be a separate dedicated competition for short films. For this reason, the Next Masters Jury, which will preside over both competitions for up-and-coming young filmmakers, has been expanded to include two additional members. Austrian director Ruth Beckermann, who is being honoured at DOK Leipzig 2018 in the Homage section, will be teaming up here with Romanian colleague Adina Pintilie. Both filmmakers were awarded for their most recent works at Berlinale 2018: Beckermann for “The Waldheim Waltz” and Pintilie for “Touch Me Not”. DOK Leipzig is showing Pinitilie’s debut film “Don’t Get Me Wrong” (2007) in the special programme Re-Visionen. The two directors will be joining third jury member Thierry Garrel, producer and former director of the documentary film department at ARTE France. (...)

06/2018, 24.07.2018

A Man of Transformative Change

“Meeting Gorbachev” by Werner Herzog and André Singer to Open DOK Leipzig 2018

The 61st edition of DOK Leipzig will open on 29th October 2018 with a screening of “Meeting Gorbachev” by Werner Herzog and André Singer. The two directors, who collaborated previously as producers for the successful documentary film “The Act of Killing”, will be on hand for the event. “Meeting Gorbachev”, a Spring Films and Werner Herzog Film Production presented by HISTORY Films in association with MDR and Arte, will be celebrating its European premiere at DOK Leipzig. Aside from attending the screening on opening night, Werner Herzog will also be present to answer audience questions in the scope of an additional special talk. The festival is also devoting an homage to the idiosyncratic filmmaker, who has created pioneering work both in the realm of documentary filmmaking (...)

05/2018, 19.07.2018

DOK Co-Pro Market Introduces New Award for Documentary Film Projects from Central or Eastern Europe


Prize To Be Presented in Co-Operation with Current Time Network


DOK Leipzig and the Russian-language network Current Time are teaming up to present a new award together. The prize, honouring an outstanding documentary film project from Central or Eastern Europe, will be awarded during the 14th edition of the DOK Co-Pro Market, which is to take place at the beginning of the festival on 29th and 30th October. The Current Time TV and DOK Co-Pro Development Prize is endowed with prize money in the amount of 2,000 US dollars (...)

04/2018, 28.06.2018

Documentary Feature Film Winner in DOK Leipzig International Competition Now Eligible for Oscar Consideration


DOK Leipzig has been designated as an ‘Academy Qualifying Festival’ in a further category by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles. Starting this year the festival will be included on the Academy’s newly introduced ‘Documentary Feature Qualifying List’.

As a consequence, from now on the winner of the Golden Dove in the International Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film will automatically become eligible for Oscar consideration (...)

03/2018, 23.05.2018

The DOK Leipzig Sets Quota for Female Directors in German Competition


Selection Committee for 2018 Predominantely Composed of Women


During last year’s festival opening, festival director Leena Pasanen announced the introduction of a quota for female directors in the German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film. Pasanen and programmer Ralph Eue have now arrived at the ultimate form this quota is to take. Valid for an initial period of two years, the quota will be derived from the submission ratio between male and female directors whose films are considered for the German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film. (...)

02/2018, 24.04.2018

The Motto for DOK Leipzig 2018 is 'Demand the Impossible!'


Special Programmes: Retrospective on 1968, Homage to Ruth Beckermann


Demand the Impossible! is the motto of this year’s edition of DOK Leipzig. In 2018, the festival’s Special Programmes will revolve around films that seek to bring about changes or depict processes of transformation, with the focus firmly on the emancipatory power of art. “We see the festival motto as a compass that helped us create our Special Programmes. The phrase Demand the Impossible! served as an inspiration to us when working on the conception of this year’s edition”, explained programmer Ralph Eue. (...)

01/2018, 05.03.2018

DOK Leipzig 2018 is open for entries


From now on documentaries, animated films and animated documentaries of all lengths as well as interactive works can be submitted to the 61th edition of DOK Leipzig. The submitted films may be nominated for one of the festival’s six prestigious competitions and several special awards with a total prize money of up to 75,000 euros. Additionally, DOK Leipzig is a qualifying festival for the ACADEMY AWARDS© and the European Film Awards. (...)