Porträt Festivalleiter Christoph Terhechte
Christoph Terhechte
DOK Leipzig 2023 | Susann Jehnichen

Christoph Terhechte has been confirmed in his position managing and artistic director as of the DOK Leipzig film festival. At its meeting last week, the Leipzig City Council agreed to extend his contract for three years. This means that Christoph Terhechte, who has headed DOK Leipzig since 1 January 2020, will continue to direct the festival until January 2028. The mayor was authorised to take the appropriate decision at the shareholders’ meeting of Leipziger Dok-Filmwochen GmbH.

For 25 years, Christoph Terhechte has been a major player in the international film festival scene. From 2001 to 2018, he headed the International Forum of New Cinema at the Berlinale and made it a global trendsetter in independent arthouse cinema. Before taking over the helm at DOK Leipzig, he was the artistic director of the International Film Festival in Marrakech. Prior to his involvement in film festivals, Terhechte, who had studied political science and journalism, was a film critic in Paris and Berlin for a number of years.

Following a successful festival this autumn, which featured more than 200 documentary and animated films and extended reality experiences, the next edition of DOK Leipzig will be held from 28 October to 3 November 2024.