New prize for female filmmakers
Great news! Female directors will have the chance to win a new prize at DOK Leipzig, in the form of financial support for the development of their film projects. Together with the Saxon State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts (SMWK), DOK Leipzig will award an outstanding documentary film project selected for the DOK Co-Pro Market, further expanding the festival’s commitment to women in the documentary industry. The Development Prize for the Best Female Director of the Saxon State Minister for the Arts is endowed with 5,000 Euros. The DOK Co-Pro Market is the central event of the DOK Industry Programme and takes place annually on the first two festival days.
The Saxon State Minister for Science and the Arts, Dr. Eva-Maria Stange explains her commitment: "I am delighted to be able to contribute to the targeted support of women in the film industry in 2019 with The Development Prize for the Best Female Director of the Saxon State Minister for the Arts. Thanks to the commitment of DOK Leipzig, last year already half of the festival’s Official Selection were productions by women directors. Films made by women are neither qualitatively better nor worse than their male counterparts, yet in most countries there is still a significant underrepresentation of female filmmakers, that is unjustifiable. Equality and diversity benefit not just those currently underrepresented but our society as a whole."
Filmmakers and producers are welcome to submit documentary film projects for the DOK Co-Pro Market until 1 August.
"We are incredibly grateful that our Minister for Higher Education, Research and the Arts wants to work with us on closing the gender gap, not only because it is urgently needed within the cultural industries, but also more broadly as a human rights issue" says the head of DOK Industry Brigid O'Shea. She continues: ”We are very happy that together with Dr. Stange we can continue to support women documentary filmmakers from all over the world." For more information read our press release.