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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DOK Leipzig's Programme

DOK Leipzig's Programme

DOK Leipzig’s programme consists of the films in the Official Selection (which are selected from submissions), a series of curated Special Programmes, the interactive exhibition DOK Neuland, the DOK Industry activities for film professionals and further events and debates.


The festival’s 61st edition will take place between 29 October and 4 November 2018. We will announce the themes and films of this year’s Special Programmes in September, while the Official Selection films will be revealed on 10 October.


All key dates and deadlines for DOK Leipzig 2018 




The Official Selection is comprised of the following programme sections:


  • International Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film
  • International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film
  • German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film
  • German Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film
  • Next Masters Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film
  • Next Masters Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film
  • International Programme Documentary and Animated Film


Prizes, that will be awarded in the Official Selection in 2018



Apart from the Official Selection films, DOK Leipzig also presents a series of curated Special Programmes, for example a retrospective, hommages, a country focus, children and youth programmes (Kids DOK) as well as other events and screenings.


Special Programmes 2018:




Exhibition of interactive and immersive works (which are selected from submissions)




Taking place at the same time as the festival, DOK Industry comprises about 70 events and screenings for German and international professionals and specialists in documentary, animation and interactive works. These include the annual DOK Co-Pro Market, pitching events, masterclasses, panels, networking events and also the DOK Film Market library.


Some 1,800 accredited guests from 65 countries attended the festival in 2017, including over 250 producers and 150 sales and distribution specialists, some 260 commissioners and funders and about 100 festival programmers.


DOK Industry has established itself as an international platform where professionals can meet and network and find funds and distributors for their projects.


The call for accreditations for DOK Leipzig 2018 is now open.

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Apart from films, DOK Leipzig also organises a series of parallel events where audiences and filmmakers have a chance to exchange ideas and experiences. These include the DOK Talks, with programme-related debates, and our now legendary Animation Film Night where globally successful filmmakers give an insight into their work. In 2017, we had a Breakthru Films special with Hugh Welchman talking about the OSCAR®-nominated Loving Vincent, in 2016, there was an Aardman Night with David Sproxton and in 2015 a Simpsons Night with David Silverman. .



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about DOK Leipzig and DOK Industry in our Profile.



The call for film entries for DOK Leipzig 2018 is closed. We will be accepting submissions for the Official Selection 2019 from March 2019 onwards. Please go to Submissions for further information.