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45,500 attendees at DOK Leipzig 2023

We are looking back upon an eventful and intense festival week with packed cinemas and lively discussions. 225 films and XR works from around 60 countries were screened in our eleven venues. In addition, one film a day was available online for 24 hours throughout Germany in the DOK Stream.

DOK Leipzig Key Figures

A total of 45,500 people attended the festival. The films in the Audience Competition and the opening film, “White Angel – The End of Marinka”, which opens in cinemas across Germany on 19 October, were particularly well received. Audiences were also very enthusiastic about the short films in the International Competitions and the Animation Night with Tess Martin. The Animation Perspectives event as well as both matinees related to the theme of the Retrospective “Film and Protest – Popular Uprisings in the Cold War” were filled to capacity.

The free screenings at the main station attracted more than 2,000 people. DOK Neuland was also at capacity. About 1,000 people came to see the exhibition of immersive XR works at the Museum der bildenden Künste.

Festival Review

Festival director Christoph Terhechte: “The cinemas were packed, and there were many excellent discussions about film in which the audience was very involved. Although the week was overshadowed by the recent massacres, expulsions and bombings in Israel and Palestine, Nagorno-Karabakh and Ukraine, many of our attendees used the festival as an opportunity to exchange views on those issues and current events.”

The DOK Industry events also met with great interest. At the second edition of the DOK Archive Market, in comparison to the previous year, more international archives and archive material providers presented their collections. A total of some 1,700 international film professionals attended the festival.

During the week of the festival, 24 awards were presented, including the nine Golden and Silver Doves. Browse the overview of all winners

We would like to thank our audience, guests and filmmakers for many intensive conversations and for numerous great encounters – and we are looking forward to the 67th edition. Save the date: 28 October – 3 November 2024!

Read more in our press release