62. Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm
DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
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19/2018, 16.11.2018

2019 Will Be the Last Edition of DOK Leipzig with Leena Pasanen


Festival director Leena Pasanen will not extend her contract with DOK Leipzig. She plans to move on to Biografilm Festival in Bologna, Italy, where she will serve as new festival director from 2020.


As previously announced by the City of Leipzig on 13 November 2018, upon completion of her agreed five-year tenure as festival director, Leena Pasanen will be bidding farewell to the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film following the 2019 edition of the festival. Since taking the helm at DOK Leipzig in 2015, the cinephile Finn has cemented the position of the tradition-rich festival on the international scene and further expanded its appeal as an audience festival. Roughly 47,000 visitors now attend the festival and its events every year. (...)


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18/2018, 05.11.2018

The successful 61st Edition of DOK Leipzig comes to an end


Roughly 47,200 visitors came to this year‘s festival | DOK Neuland as an integral part of DOK Leipzig‘s programme.

The 61st edition of DOK Leipzig has come to a close. The festival was a great success, with 47,155 visitors attending film screenings and events over the week.
Six evenings of screenings in the Osthalle of Leipzig’s main train station, which were coordinated in conjunction with Promenaden Hauptbahnhof and the Deutsche Bahn, drew about 3,600 visitors. (...)

17/2018, 03.11.2018

“I Had a Dream” wins the Golden Dove in the International Competition (Long)


“Lord of the Toys” wins German Competition. | Three prizes for “I Had a Dream”.


“I Had a Dream” by Claudia Tosi has won the prestigious Golden Dove in the International Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film, granted by Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR). In the long term observation of the last political decade in Italy, Claudia Tosi and her two protagonists pose the brutal question whether democracy and politics are still alive at all.
Goran Dević received an honourable mention for “On the Water” – a poetical and political study of people on the water. (...)

16/2018, 29.10.2018

The 61st Edition of DOK Leipzig Opens in Style


Managing and Artistic Director Leena Pasanen: the quota has been a great success. | Burkhard Jung emphasises the significance of the festival for the history of the city.


DOK Leipzig opened in style on Monday (29 October) with the screening of “Meeting Gorbachev”, the new documentary by Werner Herzog and André Singer, before an audience of around 700 people at CineStar Leipzig. Simultaneously, the film was screened at the Osthalle of the Central Station for Leipzig audiences. Alongside festival director Leena Pasanen, State Secretary at the Ministry for Science and Art Uwe Gaul and Leipzig mayor Burkhard Jung were on hand to welcome those in attendance. (...)

15/2018, 24.10.2018

Prizes worth more than 78,000 Euros in total


Many of the 22 prizes awarded at DOK Leipzig 2018 are sponsored by DOK Leipzig‘s partners, with the total monetary value of more than 78,000 Euros.


PŸUR (HL komm Telekommunikations GmbH) is to remain a DOK Partner. Over the coming three years, the Leipzig telecommunications service provider will continue to supply the DOK Leipzig event locations with high-performance Wifi, which is free of charge for accredited festival guests. (...)

14/2018, 16.10.2018

DOK Leipzig’s Themes for 2018


Featured Soon at DOK Leipzig: Political Roots, Digital Spaces, Young Folks & Big Screens


The 61st edition of DOK Leipzig is set to kick off on 29 October. This year’s festival features films that depict transformational processes or aim to spark change, honours Austrian documentary filmmaker Ruth Beckermann and living legend Werner Herzog, provides exciting insight into Lithuania’s film scene in the Country Focus and showcases the cinematic work of Leipzig artist Lutz Dammbeck. On top of all that, fascinating creations from the realm of animated film get their moment in the spotlight too, as well as further works for the big screen which take a look at the legacy of the Soviet Union, at strong women and perception of women, at architectural masterpieces and deep into the abyss – while getting to the roots of current political trends in Germany, Europe and beyond (...)

13/2018, 10.10.2018

It’s Official! Presenting the Full Programme for DOK Leipzig 2018

A new quota introduced to achieve greater gender parity in the festival’s German Competition has actually been exceeded on the first outing. All in all, a full 50% of the films of the Official Selection come from female directors.


From Argentina to Egypt, Lebanon to Latvia, Montenegro to Madagascar, Sierra Leone to Saudi Arabia – this year, DOK Leipzig is presenting a grand total of 306 films from 50 different countries. Of the 3,150 works viewed by the selection committee over the course of the last year, 160 have now made it into the Official Selection for 2018. (...)

12/2018, 04.10.2018

Interactive Exhibition:

DOK Neuland


DOK Neuland is showing a total of twelve pieces in a new exhibition space this year. Room-scale experiences, 360° films and a smartfilm will enable viewers to become deeply immersed in the action around them.


DOK Leipzig is perhaps best known for its rich programme of exciting documentary and animated films, but the festival will also be presenting current trends in the field of interactive audio-visual artwork for the fourth consecutive year in the scope of DOK Neuland. The exhibition demonstrates the full potential of the virtual realm and enables viewers to slip into fully realised, immersive narrative worlds. (...)

11/2018, 01.10.2018

DOK Industry 2018: It’s All About Connectivity


More than ever, DOK Industry aims to give industry professionals a wide range of chances to cultivate new connections and pitch their projects in face-to-face meetings and discussions.


Around 1,900 film professionals are expected to travel to Leipzig to take advantage of the networking opportunities on offer at DOK Industry from 29 October to 4 November 2018. In the scope of a programme featuring roughly 70 individual events, participants can develop and discuss their film projects and forge creative connections with like-minded partners from the worlds of film financing and distribution. (...)

10/2018, 27.09.2018

Introducing "Late Harvest": DOK Leipzig Unveils New Section


New programme section will feature highlights from the 2018 festival season, including films by Adina Pintilie, Barbara Miller, Vitaly Mansky and Victor Kossakovsky. The filmmakers will all attend the festival in Leipzig to present their work in a series of talks.

In anticipation of the unveiling of the complete Official Selection for DOK Leipzig 2018, the festival has revealed a little taste of what guests can expect at this year’s edition. In introducing a new programme section, the festival aims to draw attention to important films from the current season, works which have managed to capture the cinematic and political spirit of this year – by winning awards at other festivals, serving as catalysts for heated debate, or making echoing contributions to social and cinematographic discourses which complement and enhance DOK Leipzig’s themes and perspectives. (...)

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. (...)

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. (...)