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
DOK Leipzig 2019, Short n’ Sweet Panelist

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.

Hone your pitching skills, get your ideas out there and see where it leads. Each film idea will have 7 minutes to be presented: 3 minutes to pitch the idea and 4 minutes are reserved for questions of the panelists.

No prizes, no promises, but a great opportunity if done right!

DOK Short n’ Sweet takes place on Friday, 30 October 2020, as part of the online edition of DOK Leipzig. The Call for submissions is already closed. You will be notified by e-mail about the decision in early October. 

DOK Industry Coordinator

Ulrike Schmidt

u [dot] schmidt [at] dok-leipzig [dot] de
+49 (0) 341 30864-1081

All about the regulations in the Short n’ Sweet pitch

How can I submit a project?

You can submit a project via myDOK. Please log in or register a new account for myDOK and go to the DOK Short n’ Sweet submission form. The call for submissions is open from 18 August to 16 September 2020 (midnight UTC +2).

What kind of projects are eligible?

We accept short film projects of up to 30 minutes that are in any stage from development to post-production. We are looking for documentaries, animated documentaries as well as animated film. Short film series are also welcome to apply.

Is there a fee for participation?

There is no participation fee involved in pitching your selected project. But each project team member needs to be a holder of a festival accreditation, as DOK Short n’ Sweet is part of the online DOK Industry Programme. The accreditation can be obtained after selection but latest before the preparatory workshop.

Do I need an accreditation?

Whether you want to watch the pitches or are presenting a project yourself, an online festival accreditation is required to receive access to DOK Short n’ Sweet, which is part of the online DOK Industry Programme.

When and where does the event take place?

The event takes place as a digital offering as part of the online DOK Industry Programme. Although we’d much rather welcome you in Leipzig, the online 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 panelists in short individual meetings for more concrete feedback and networking.

This year, 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 Friday, 30 October 2020, 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 Programme is co-funded and supported by the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme of the European Union.
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