Programme Overview

Programme Overview

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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. 

Browse through the complete film programme here.

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The 2020 film programme will be a hybrid

This year we will screen all films in selected Leipzig venues during the festival week and make  the majority of the films also available to audiences across Germany and to our international accredited industry professionals to watch online.

Plan your own festival week!

Here, you can download our programme and page down through the entire timetable of the festival week and information on our films and events.

DOK Leipzig 2020 Programme

 

Questions? 

Is there an opening film? Or an award ceremony? Which events are free of admission, how do I get tickets and where can I watch the films after all? 

This year's festival edition will be a bit different from what we know. To help you navigate through the festival and make the most of our time together, we've collected the answers to the most pressing questions: Check out our FAQ.

Competitions

DOK Leipzig 2020 presents six competitions and a new section out of competition
Nahaufnahme von zwei Mädchen, eine trägt ein Kopftuch, die andere hat lange blonde Haare, sie tragen Kopfhörer und sprechen zusammen in ein Smartphone
International Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film

As diverse as the circumstances in which people live, as different as their perspectives, are the various cinematic tools filmmakers use to examine and pass them on. DOK Leipzig’s international competitions generate productive encounters: between a young generation eager to experiment and those who remain true to the curiosity and creativity of their beginnings.

A woman is standing on a field and is looking past the camera, she is wearing a melon on her head, behind her the moon can be seen
International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film

As diverse as the circumstances in which people live, as different as their perspectives, are the various cinematic tools filmmakers use to examine and pass them on. DOK Leipzig’s international competitions generate productive encounters: between a young generation eager to experiment and those who remain true to the curiosity and creativity of their beginnings.

A black man is standing in front of a tree leaning on a stick, behind him a bonfire burns in a tree
Camera Lucida – Out of Competition

Our new section in this year.
The ”camera lucida” revolutionised painting by means of optics. It anticipated the realism of photography and ultimately of cinema and inspired Roland Barthes to an essay dedicated to the intangible and therefore all the more captivating effect of a photographic image. It also provided the title for a selection of captivating documentaries that challenge cinematic conventions and reality in a particularly lucid way.

Ein Mensch in roter Schutzkleidung säubert stählerne Konstruktionen
German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film

Perspectives intersect in the German competitions of DOK Leipzig: Those of an emerging generation looking for its own forms of expression and those of established filmmakers who have retained their spirit of departure and contradiction. Their films illuminate familiar regions or cross borders to demonstrate a wide range of forms and themes, of close-ups and distant views.

Ein animiertes buntes Pferd läuft durch einen Mauergang
German Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film

Perspectives intersect in the German competitions of DOK Leipzig: Those of an emerging generation looking for its own forms of expression and those of established filmmakers who have retained their spirit of departure and contradiction. Their films illuminate familiar regions or cross borders to demonstrate a wide range of forms and themes, of close-ups and distant views.

Eine Menschenmenge in einem Raum voller Lampen, links steht ein grinsender Mann auf einer Bühne und spoelt Geige
“Golden Section” – Competition for the Audience Award Long Documentary and Animated Film

Our newly introduced competition: In geometry the Golden Section represents harmonic proportions. This section brings together films that arouse emotions, that take the subjective point of view, that can be humorous, surprising and warm-hearted. Like the whole DOK Leipzig line-up, they compete for the audience’s favour. Here, however, an audience jury will also award the prizes.

View from under the water, a man is leaning down to the water and reaches hin arms into the water
“Golden Section” – Competition for the Audience Award Short Documentary and Animated Film

Our newly introduced competition: In geometry the Golden Section represents harmonic proportions. This section brings together films that arouse emotions, that take the subjective point of view, that can be humorous, surprising and warm-hearted. Like the whole DOK Leipzig line-up, they compete for the audience’s favour. Here, however, an audience jury will also award the prizes.

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Special Programmes

Six curated Special Programmes will be shown at the 63rd edition of DOK Leipzig.
Black and White Filmstill: a house entrance in the shadow, the passage is built with bricks.
Stopping Times, Moving Places. Homage Annik Leroy

This year’s Homage is dedicated to director, photographer and cinematographer Annik Leroy. Her meditative works situated between film, video art and installation invite the audience to reflect on European history and the human condition. During the week of the festival, there will also be a master class held online in which Leroy will share her personal view of her work with the audience.

Animation of an artificial face
Animation Perspectives: Patrick Buhr_Aaron Jablonski

In “Animation Perspectives”, media artists Patrick Buhr and Aaron Jablonski exchange ideas about their animated miniatures in a virtual setting. The two artists share a fascination with artificial identities as an extension of reality, such as through 3-D animations or Instagram face filters.

Still of an animated film: A man and a child in front of a bath tub, the man ist yelling at the child.
Re-Visions: animation@DOK 25aus25

The “Re-Visions” programme celebrates the 25th anniversary of our animated film competition with 25 films made using the most diverse animation techniques and narrative styles in the festival years since 1995.

 

Still from an animated film: A man with a pipe and a girl with red hair and blue glasses are laying on the floor, looking up to the camera.
Kids DOK

In the “Kids DOK” programmes, the festival presents documentary and animated films for audiences as young as age 5, 8, 10 and 14 — in cinemas as well as online. The protagonists of the documentary films are all children and adolescents who invite the audience to enter their worlds.

Many people arrive in the east hall of the central station and choose seat on the stairs.
Genius Loci: Train Stations, Films and Progress
Special Programme at Leipzig’s main railway station

In the East Wing (Osthalle) of Leipzig’s main railway station, and in collaboration with the Saxon State Archive, we present films from the 1960s to the 1980s that revolve around railway stations and railways — including amateur films, musicals and promotional films.

Still: An older man with a felt hat in front, looking at the camera with a sceptical face, in his background a house in ruins. steht vor den Trümmern eines Hauses und blickt mit kritischem Gesicht in die Kamera.
DEFA in Person: Kurt Tetzlaff, Preserver of the Present

The Leipzig region is also topic of another Special Programme. Together with the DEFA Foundation, the festival is screening Kurt Tetzlaff’s documentary film Memories of a Landscape — to Manuela, which was restored in 2018. In this 1983 film, the director followed the lives of a number of people south of Leipzig for several years, whose villages had to make way for lignite mining.

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

Nine Extended reality works have been selected for this year's DOK Neuland exhibition. 360° films, virtual reality experiences and sound installations - here, audiences and filmmakers can discover and define new boundaries in film. Take a step into Resonating Spaces.

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. Our tip: Snuggling up under blanket with a thermos is rather cozy here, even without the classic movie seat.

Please note that special pandemic protection measures apply at our main station cinema. Read our FAQ.

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

Perhaps a film hasn’t left your mind since the screening, or the discussion afterwards only piqued your curiosity further? Our curated dialogue series invite for moderated round table discussions with filmmakers that address these dominant subjects in the competitions of the current festival edition - online and for everyone!
 

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. This year, the school screenings take place in the schools. 

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Awards & Juries

Eight Golden and Silver Doves will be awarded at DOK Leipzig 2020.
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 as well as a Silver Dove for the best long documentary or animated film by an up-and-coming director (with up to three directorial works after completing their education).

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.

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“Golden Section” – Competition for the Audience Award Long Documentary and Animated Film

The Golden Dove in this newly introduced competition for long documentary and animated films will be awarded by a jury comprised of audience members.

Cinema audience gives applause
“Golden Section” – Competition for the Audience Award Short Documentary and Animated Film

The Silver Dove in this newly introduced competition for short documentary and animated films will be awarded by a jury comprised of audience members.

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Partner Awards

Further prizes are presented by our partners within the festival. Find an overview of all Partner Awards here.

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