DOK Short n’ Sweet

DOK Short n’ Sweet

5 Panelteilnehmer sitzen auf einer Bühne vor dem Publikum
© Susann Jehnichen

“Many people say the long film is the novel and the short film is the short story. For us the short film is a poem.”

Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck (Head of Berlinale Shorts)
Short n’ Sweet Panelist 2019
About DOK Short n’ Sweet

DOK Short n’ Sweet is a short film pitch focusing on the financing and distribution of short documentary, animated documentary and animated films. Accredited film professionals are invited to pitch their short film project in front of an international panel of buyers and distributors and an engaged audience of producers and peers.

DOK Short n’ Sweet takes place on Wednesday, 27 October 2021, as part of the hybrid edition of DOK Industry.

Hone your pitching skills, present your ideas and see what can happen. Each presentation lasts 7 minutes: 3 minutes to pitch the idea and 4 minutes to answer questions of the panellists.

No prizes, no promises, but a great opportunity!

The Call for short film projects is now closed. Thanks to all submitters! We will go through your submitted projects and will get back to you within the next weeks. 


When and where does the event take place?

The pitch is taking place onsite in Leipzig and seven selected filmmakers will present their project in front of an audience of film professionals and peers. Project teams that cannot travel to Leipzig due to travel limitations will receive the chance to join us onstage via Zoom.

We’d prefer to welcome you in Leipzig, but the hybrid format allows filmmakers internationally to participate, independent of travel limitations in a year that is marked by COVID-19.

What does the participation entail for a selected project team?

The representative(s) of the selected projects receive the opportunity to pitch their short film project in front of an international panel of buyers and distributors and an engaged audience of producers and peers. Additionally, they meet the panellists in short individual meetings for more concrete feedback and networking.

Additionally, the selected projects will be invited to participate in a special workshop to help you prepare your pitch and connect with your colleagues. The workshop takes place around 2 weeks before the festival, around mid-October.

If selected, how much time do I have to pitch?

Each presentation consists of 3 minutes pitch, and 4 minutes are reserved for questions from the panelists.

Can I show visual materials as part of my pitch?

Yes, if you have first materials to show, you are welcome to integrate them into your pitch. This can be a still, a mood board or a short teaser or scene. We are happy to advise you on how to make best use of this option, once you’re selected.

Can I come as an observer and listen?

Yes, please do. DOK Short n’ Sweet is open to all holders of a festival accreditation. You can join the live event on Wednesday, 27 October 2021, or watch the recording at another time.


Who are the panelists?

The panelists are international short film funders, curators, film buyers and distributors and will be announced in good time before the event.

DOK Industry is realised with the support of Creative Europe MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM) and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media upon a Decision of the German Bundestag.
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