Weltkino is donating the Golden Dove in the German Competition of DOK Leipzig< >
DOK Leipzig has a new prize donor. For the 62nd edition of the festival, film distributor Weltkino is donating the 10,000-euro Golden Dove in the German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film. Each year from among the films submitted, the festival selects some ten outstanding German productions for this prestigious competition, all of them contending for this award.
“We love good films and we love Leipzig. For this reason, supporting DOK Leipzig is a particular delight,” says Michael Kölmel, who manages Weltkino along with Dietmar Güntsche. “Documentaries and animated films are both very important to Weltkino’s selection of films, so we are eagerly looking forward to this year’s competition.”
In recent years, DOK Leipzig has continually shown films that Weltkino has subsequently brought to cinemas. These have included, for example, the documentaries ZWISCHEN DEN STÜHLEN by Jakob Schmidt and NEO RAUCH – GEFÄHRTEN UND BEGLEITER by Nicola Graef (both German Competition DOK Leipzig 2016) as well as the animated film LOVING VINCENT by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman.
DOK Leipzig’s director, Leena Pasanen, is excited to have Weltkino on board as a new prize donor: “We are tremendously pleased about this excellent commitment by Weltkino and are very grateful to Michael Kölmel and his team. In donating this award, the distributor underscores the fact that our competition films are just at the start of an eventful journey. A remarkable number of films that premiere at DOK Leipzig find a distributor and then public appraisal in cinemas.”
The independent distributor Weltkino, headquartered in Leipzig, brings about 12 films a year to German cinemas, including such international productions as PATERSON by Jim Jarmusch and FAHRENHEIT 11/9 by Michael Moore. This year, Weltkino is putting the animated film FRITZI – EINE WENDEWUNDERGESCHICHTE, Olivia Wilde’s debut film BOOKSMART and the documentary ARETHA FRANKLIN: AMAZING GRACE, among others, on the big screen.
The 62nd edition of DOK Leipzig will be held this year from 28 October to 3 November. DOK Leipzig will present a total of seven Golden Doves along with further festival awards at the award ceremony on 2 November 2019.
This year, DOK Leipzig will be showing a total of more than 300 films and interactive works from around the world.
DOK Leipzig will announce the Official Selection of films — and thus the films in competition — on 10 October.
You’ll find impressions of the festival, the 2019 festival motif and logos here.