Eine Frau steht an einer Kinokasse, die großflächig von DOK Leipzig Plakaten umrahmt ist.

DOK Leipzig returning to cinemas!

Last year, we went hybrid – what’s to come this year? We are happy tp share some first insights into our programme with you:

We will return to big screens in the fall! For our 64th edition taking place from 25 to 31 October, we plan to air the complete film programme in selected Leipzig venues, and to celebrate a week of documentary and animated film with our audience on-site in Leipzig.

“This year's film programme is primarily intended to happen in the cinemas. With this, we are promoting a physical fresh start after a cultural dry spell,” festival director Christoph Terhechte says, adding that directors who visit Leipzig will discuss films in person with the audience in the movie theatres.

More to discover online: Welcome to the DOK Stream

After the festival week, our “DOK Stream” will launch online to serve those who wish to either deepen their festival experience or visit DOK Leipzig wholly online. The VoD film programme will feature a selection of festival films accessible to the German public during the first two weeks of November.

“Unlike in 2020, the online and offline film programme will not take place in parallel, because in 2021 we want to give priority to the cinemas. Nevertheless, we will include the best parts of last year’s hybrid offerings, as we assume that not all directors will be able to travel internationally,” Terhechte says. Our audience will once again have the option of viewing recordings of talks and other online formats to whet their appetites for the films.

DOK Industry goes hybrid

Taking the festival’s evolution a step further, the DOK Industry Programme for film professionals as hybrid will combine the best of both worlds, taking place in-person and online in 2021. “With a hybrid offering, we want to facilitate the industry's great desire to meet in person again, while ensuring that everyone can participate regardless of possible travel restrictions or other hurdles,” says Nadja Tennstedt, who took on leadership of DOK Industry's offerings this year.

The industry formats include the DOK Co-Pro Market, the short film pitch DOK Short n' Sweet, the rough-cut presentations DOK Preview, the DOK Film Market, the XR conference DOK Exchange, Meet the Experts, and talks. Partner presentations and podcasts will also be in the mix.

Please read more about our plans for DOK Leipzig 2021 in our Press Release.