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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Profile DOK Leipzig

Profile DOK Leipzig

DOK Leipzig is one of the leading festivals for documentary and animated film. The festival, being the first in the world to combine these two genres, is built on more than 60 years of history and tradition. The festival is a celebration of films with the highest artistic and innovative approaches to storytelling, embodying our values of peace, tolerance, human dignity and freedom of expression.


Historically, DOK Leipzig has always been a meeting place for East and West. The open atmosphere of the festival is transmitted to filmmakers and the visiting industry guests via our famous enthusiastic local audience. 


As an audience-driven festival, we screen contemporary films from all over the world; the most exciting artistic works by German and international filmmakers, often world premieres; in the competitions as well as high-quality special programmes and retrospectives. The festival has always promoted young talent, regardless of gender, origin and point-of-view. Films compete in six competitions for 14 awards and more than 75.000 € in prize money.


 A curated exhibition of interactive works, DOK Neuland, is open free of charge during the festival week. Each year a new location and exhibition is built  to immerse viewers in new media-mediated spaces and in-depth stories - via VR experiences, AR, XR, 360 ° films and media art.


DOK Industry Programme supports the creation and circulation of new creative documentary films from all over the world and is an important yearly meeting place for the professional industry. DOK Industry Programme also offers B2B and knowledge exchange platforms for entrepreneurial professionals from the non-fiction sector. DOK Industry Programme offers unparalleled access to the high-quality German market players as well as the finest international funders, commissioners, distributors, online platforms and producers. Exceptional projects are presented every year in a relaxed, friendly and open environment.

Facts and figures (2019)


  • about 48,000 festival visitors
  • about 2,000 accredited guests
  • about 130 accredited journalists
  • 310 films and interactive works from 63 countries
  • More than 50 percent of the filmmakers in the Official Selection are female
  • about 50 industry events
  • prize money in the amount of 82,000 Euro
  • 24 prizes
  • 63 world premieres, 27 international premieres, 12 European premieres and 50 German premieres
Leipzig in the autumn

Essay on Festival History


On the occasion of DOK Leipzig's 60th edition in 2017, Andreas Kötzing takes a look back on the festival history in his essay Leipzig in the autumn. 

Read the essay