Programme Overview

Programme Overview

DOK Leipzig is an international festival for documentary and animated film, being the first in the world to combine these two genres. DOK Leipzig is built on more than 60 years of history and takes place every year in autumn.
Viele Menschen mit Mund-Nase-Bedeckung im Kinosaal bei der Eröffnung von DOK Leipzig 2021
Festival Opening 2021
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About DOK Leipzig 2022

With contemporary international films, unique curated programmes and a rich programme for children and adults, we invite our audience to discover the range of contemporary documentary and animated film. Our competition categories give exciting artistic works a place to celebrate their premieres. 

With DOK Neuland, we present the public with a curated exhibition of Extended Reality works. Each year this creates a world where visitors can experience profound stories in unexpected virtual spaces.

This year, DOK Leipzig will celebrate its 65th edition. We look forward to welcoming you to the festival from 17 to 23 October. A few topics of the festival have been already announced. Read more about our plans for this autumn in our news section.

The selection committee is currently watching the submissions for this year’s competitions. The films will be revealed from September onwards.

The Film Programme

The Competitions

We present six competition categories and one category out of competition at DOK Leipzig:

  • International Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film
  • International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film
  • Camera Lucida – Out of Competition
  • German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film
  • German Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film
  • Competition for the Audience Award Long Documentary and Animated Film
  • Competition for the Audience Award Short Documentary and Animated Film

Discover all films that were running in the 2021 competitions

More Film Series

In addition to the competition categories, we also present several curated series within our programme. With these formats we focus on film historic topics or honour the work of outstanding film artists. These include a retrospective, homages, matinees and programmes for children and young people (Kids DOK). Take a look back at all programme series at DOK Leipzig 2021

Awards & Juries

The winners of the festival awards – the Golden and Silver Doves – are selected by independent juries. Additionally, further prizes are presented by our partners within the festival. Find out about all winning films at DOK Leipzig 2021 here.

Extended Reality: DOK Neuland

Our Extended Reality exhibition DOK Neuland opens its doors to the public during the festival week. Audiences and filmmakers can discover and define new boundaries in film with immersive works, virtual and augmented reality, games, 360° films and media art in a completely new form. XR Submissions to DOK Neuland are open until 1 July 2022.

Take a step into DOK Neuland

DOK Industry

Our film branch networking programme is tailor-made for accredited trade visitors (filmmakers, XR creatives, producers, editors, decision makers and distributors). Each year we welcome around 1,600 accredited guests at DOK Leipzig. Find out more about DOK Industry 

DOK in Dialogue

Blick über die bis auf den letzten Platz gefüllten Sitzreihen im Pop-Up Kino in der Osthalle vom Hauptbahnhof. Auf der Leinwand, die über der großen Bahnhofstreppe hängt, ist ein Still aus dem Festivaltrailer zu sehen: Zwei Hände schlagen eine Filmklappe zusammen.
Film Screening at the Main Station

Cinema for all at a very special Leipzig venue! Together with the PROMENADEN shopping centre at the main station, we show selected films from the programme free of charge during the festival. This popular format not only attracts hundreds 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.

Ein Veranstaltungssaal bei einem Talk von DOK Leipzig: Fünf Personen sitzen auf dem Podium, die Zuschauer*innen blicken aufmerksam Richtung Podium.

Perhaps a film hasn’t left your mind since the screening, or the discussion afterwards only piqued your curiosity further? For anyone that’s hungry for more, our talks unpack the latest developments in the industry, tell the stories of filmmaking greats, and explore national film cultures around the world. In our media library you can still dive into the recorded discussions of our 2021 festival. 

Zwei jugendliche Zuschauer*innen klatschen im Kinosaal Applaus.
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.

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