With contemporary international films, unique special programmes and a rich programme for children and adults, our competition categories give exciting artistic works a place to celebrate their premieres. This year, as response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects, we will present our film programme in selected Leipzig venues and online as Video on Demand available to audiences in Germany and to accredited industry professionals.
Audiences in Leipzig will be able to attend the DOK Neuland extended reality exhibition. Each year this creates a world where visitors can experience profound stories in unexpected virtual spaces.
We will release the full film programme including details about all films, talks and events online on 8 October.
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 and to our international accredited industry professionals to watch online.
We will be presenting competitions as well as six curated Special Programmes.
DOK Leipzig 2020 presents six competitions:
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
“Golden Section” – Competition for the Audience Award Long Documentary and Animated Film
“Golden Section” – Competition for the Audience Award Short Documentary and Animated Film
Our main prizes, the Golden and Silver Doves, will be awarded within these competitions, along with further prizes presented by our partners. Read more about the awards and juries.
The introduction of a competition for long animated films announced earlier this year is postponed until 2021.
At DOK Neuland, audiences and filmmakers can discover and define new boundaries in film with interactive works, virtual and augmented reality, games, 360° films and media art in a completely new form. Take a step into uncharted territory.
Further prizes are presented by our partners within the festival. Find an overview of all Partner Awards here.