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The 2020 film programme will be a hybrid

The big screen, films streamed live and on demand, audience voting in cinemas and online: DOK Leipzig will offer a hybrid film programme this year.

In recent weeks, we’ve given a lot of thought to how, in these uncertain times, we can put together a festival that delivers the best to both audiences and filmmakers. “Our aim is to present an artistically multifaceted hybrid festival that continues to thrive on audience participation, that is based on the idea of solidarity and that preserves the character of a film festival,” says our festival director, Christoph Terhechte.

120 films to watch in cinemas and online

This year we aim to screen all the films in selected Leipzig venues during the festival week, naturally in compliance with the applicable hygiene regulations and provided that these regulations permit this in late October. The majority of the films will also be available to audiences across Germany to watch online. We will be presenting competitions as well as special programmes. Overall the programme will include some 120 films. Furthermore, audiences in Leipzig will be able to attend the DOK Neuland interactive exhibition.

In view to the uncertain situation, we have decided not to invite any guests this year. “The fact that filmmakers won’t be able to celebrate their premieres in person with audiences in Leipzig in 2020 is extremely painful,” says Christoph Terhechte. “It’s all the more reason for us to establish a productive dialogue between filmmakers, the audience and our programme team.” This year we will thus be presenting a mixture of pre-recorded and live film talks. We are also planning to interlink online and offline offerings.

New Audience Competition

The audience will also be asked to judge films. The prizes in a newly introduced competition for long and short documentary and animated films called “The Golden Section” will be awarded by a jury comprised of audience members from Leipzig who will watch the films in a cinema on the big screen. The general audience will also be able to vote in all competition programmes online.

See you in the cinemas and on the Web!

For more information on the 2020 film programme, please see our press release.