Voller Kinosaal im CineStar
© Susann Jehnichen

With contemporary international films, unique special programmes and a rich programme for children and adults, our six competition categories give exciting artistic works a place to celebrate their premieres. As a platform, DOK Leipzig aims to promote young talent regardless of gender or origin.

With DOK Neuland, the festival presents the public with a curated exhibition of interactive and immersive works. Each year this creates a world where visitors can experience profound stories in unexpected virtual spaces — via new media such as X Reality, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, games, installations, web documentaries, 360° films and media art. 

  • 48,000+ filmgoers and visitors
  • 2,000+ film professionals from around the world
  • 300+ films and interactive works from 62 countries
  • 50% female filmmakers in the Competitions

This year's subjects and films for the Special Programmes, along with the films nominated for our Competitions, will be announced in autumn. 


Golden Doves at the prize ceremony
Susann Jehnichen

DOK Leipzig 2020 presents five 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

  • Audience Competition “The Golden Section” for Long and Short Documentaries and Animated Films

Our main prizes, the Golden and Silver Doves, as well as the two Audience Awards will be awarded within these competitions, along with further prizes offered by our partners. Read more about the awards and juries here.

The introduction of a competition for long animated films announced earlier this year is postponed until 2021.

Film projector with an old 35 mm Film spool
Susann Jehnichen
Special Programmes

In addition to the competitions, DOK Leipzig also presents several curated special programmes annually. These include a retrospective, homages, programmes for children and young people (Kids DOK) and other special thematic series and matinees. 

DOK Neuland visitor with VR glasses in the interactive exhibition
Susann Jehnichen
DOK Neuland

At the interactive exhibition 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.

DOK in Dialogue

Let's Come Together – Our Audience Events
Eine sehr große Menschenmenge sitzt im Hauptbahnhof auf dem Boden und schaut in eine Richtung
Main Station

Cinema for all! Together with the PROMENADEN shopping centre at Leipzig’s main station, every evening during the festival we show selected films from the programme free of charge. This popular format not only attracts thousands of guests to the Osthalle each year, it’s also extremely popular with filmmakers. Our tip: Snuggling up under blanket with a thermos is rather cozy here, even without the classic movie seat.

The artists of animated film Brothers Quay in the Schaubühne Lindenfels.
Animation Night

And then there’s the legendary long Animation Night, where artists present their outstanding animated films and describe the complicated process of making works such as Loving Vincent or The Breadwinner. The evening traditionally takes place on the festival Friday at the Schaubühne Lindenfels.

The artists of animated film Brenda Lien and Max Colson are standing in front of the screen and speak about their works.
Animation Perspectives

In the new programme format Animation Perspectives, DOK Leipzig gives multidisciplinary artists the stage. Here, they can take their unique and idiosyncratic work out of their individual creative bubbles and into a lively dialogue with festivalgoers.

Female Filmmaker in the talk event Which passport for a film?

Perhaps a film hasn’t left your mind since the screening, or the discussion afterwards only piqued your curiosity further? For anyone who’s hungry for more, our free talks unpack the latest developments in the industry, tell the stories of filmmaking greats, and explore national film cultures around the world.

A moderator is standing in front of a red curtain on stage of a cinema hall. She bows forward and hands the microphone to a visitor in the first row
School Screenings

Bringing lessons out of the classroom and into the cinema, our school screenings use selected documentaries and animated films to complement and illustrate topics that students are learning about. Each screening is followed by an in-depth discussion with the filmmakers. 


Awards & Juries

Seven Golden and Silver Doves will be awarded at DOK Leipzig 2020, as well as two Audience Awards.
Cinema full of visitors looking to a white screen.
International Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film

The five-member international jury for this competition awards a Golden Dove for a long documentary or animated film.

Großer Kinosaal voller Menschen zur Eröffnungsveranstaltung von DOK Leipzig 2019.
International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film

The three-member international jury for this competition awards one Golden Dove each for a short documentary and a short animated film.

Golden Dove award in the stage light
German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film

The three-member jury of the two German competitions awards a Golden Dove for a German long documentary or animated film.

Audience in a fully packed cinema
German Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film

The three-member jury of the two German competitions awards a Silver Dove for a German short documentary or animated film.

Mehrere mit Popcorn gefüllte Becher
Audience Competition “The Golden Section” for Long and Short Documentaries and Animated Films

The prizes in this newly introduced audience competition for long and short documentaries or animated films will be awarded by a jury comprised of Leipzig audience members.

Further Awards and prizes

Further prizes are awarded by our partners within the festival. In summer you will find more updates about our juries, about our Doves, and the further prizes.

Last year, 24 prizes were awarded at DOK Leipzig, with a record total in prize money at 82,000 Euros. Find out all about the 2019 winning films in our archive.

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