DOK Short n’ Sweet

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.

With DOK Short n’ Sweet, we aim to bring together short film experts and creative new ideas. We invite selected film professionals to pitch their short film project in front of an international panel of buyers and distributors and an engaged audience of producers and peers.

Projects pitched at Short n’ Sweet have been nominated for prestigious awards such as the European Film Award and premiered at A-List festivals including Festival de Cannes, Berlin International Film Festival, Locarno and DOK Leipzig.

Call for Projects now open

We are excited to launch the Call for Projects for short form documentary and animated film projects to pitch live at the 6th edition of Short n’ Sweet.

What we are looking for in a nutshell:

  • short film projects in all stages from development to post-production
  • all forms of documentary, animated documentary and animated film
  • shorts with a strong point of view and creative vision
  • lengths of maximum 30’
  • short film series are also welcome to apply

The deadline for submissions is 7 September 2022. Read the Short n’ Sweet submission guidelines and FAQs (PDF) and start the submission process here. Please note that you need to login to your myDOK account – or register for a new one – to access the submission area.  

Hone your pitching skills, present your ideas and see what can happen!

Submit your short film project until 7 September.

Short n’ Sweet 2022 at a glance

A pitch at DOK Industry: Three persons present on stage in front of a four-person panel. Moderator Elisabeth Klinck  sits at the left side of the stage while listening.

Each presentation lasts 7 minutes: 3 minutes to pitch the idea and 4 minutes to answer questions by the panellists. Additionally, you meet the panellists in short individual meetings for more concrete feedback and networking. In a special workshop prior to the festival we help you prepare your pitch and connect with your Short n’ Sweet peers.

Two participants of the Short n’ Sweet pitch are presenting their project on stage. One is looking down with concentration, the other one holds a microphone and is talking to the audience.
When and Where?

The 6th Short n’ Sweet takes place on 19 October as part of the DOK Leipzig festival. The event will be on-site at the venue Zeitgeschichtliches Forum in Leipzig’s picturesque city centre.

A tripod camera in the foreground. In the background, three people present on an event stage.
How to Participate?

Submit your project until 7 September 2022 for a chance to pitch your project or come and watch: the event is open to all of DOK Leipzig’s accredited guests.

Audience applauding at a DOK Industry talk.

One of the presented projects will be awarded the Square Eyes Festival Consultation Award: The winning project receives a tailor-made consultation on festival strategy.

“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

Want to discover the short film projects that have been presented at the latest DOK Short n’ Sweet editions?

Browse the Project Archive

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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