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Golden Doves Awarded at DOK Leipzig

Prize Money at Record 79,000 Euros   The Golden Doves of the 55th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film were presented on Saturday night. A total of 16 prizes were awarded during the closing festivities in Leipzig’s Central Theater, with a record 79,500 euros of prize money having been awarded during the festival week.   The prestigious Golden Dove in the International Competition Documentary Film went to COLOMBIANOS by the Swedish filmmaker Tora M&...

The 55th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary Celebrates Opening

 The 55th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film was officially opened on Monday. The Saxon State Minister of the Arts, Sabine von Schorlemer, and Leipzig Mayor Burkhard Jung welcomed 750 guests from around the world to the sold-out CineStar theater. Festival director Claas Danielsen delivered the opening address, in which he laid out urgent media policy goals.   Arts Minister Schorlemer praised the festival as a meeting place. “As a special art form t...

DOK Leipzig 2012 almost reached last year's record at 2,850 submissions

  Some 2,850 films from 77 countries were submitted to this year's International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, among them 2,200 documentaries and 650 animated films. The number of entries is down slightly from last years, when DOK Leipzig received a record 3,012 entries. The 55th edition of DOK Leipzig will take place from 29 October to 4 November 2012.   Around 75 films will be selected from among the entries to compete for the Golden Dove awards i...

DOK Leipzig participates in Solidarity Screenings for Syrian documentary film festival

On 15 March 2012, DOK Leipzig participates in a global show of solidarity with the Syrian DOX BOX Documentary Film Festival. The organisers in Damascus have cancelled today's most important Arab documentary film festival in the face of the civil war-like situation in their country. In its place, they have launched the "DOX BOX Global Day" initiative in which DOK Leipzig and around twenty other documentary film festivals across the globe are taking part.   On "DOX ...

DOK Leipzig attendance figures hit new recoàrd at 37.000

  37,000 visitors were on hand at DOK Leipzig this year - a new record. The 54th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film proved yet again to be an audience magnet - the attendance numbers have now risen for seven consecutive years. "The quality of this year's programme was extremely high, the cinemas were full and the industry events were very productive. We tried out innovative event formats and successfully introduced the new DOK Training platform. Industry p...

DOK Leipzig Film Festival Celebrates New Records

Various new records are being announced by the organizers of the 54th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, which is now coming to a conclusion. The record attendance is particularly impressive. At least 38,000 viewers will have watched films at DOK Leipzig before the week-long festival comes to a close. Many screenings were sold out, including several in the largest festival cinema, which can accommodate more than 700 viewers. The growth trend in attendance thus also...

Focus on Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film

The 54th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film began this Monday with a festive opening. In the sold-out CineStar movie theater State Minister of Culture Bernd Neumann, Saxon’s State Minister of Culture Prof. Sabine Schorlemer and festival director Claas Danielsen welcomed 750 guests from all over the world and made clear media-related and political demands in their speeches. From the very beginning Bernd Neumann emphasized the importance of the genre. “Documentar...

Leipzig Festival to focus on Documentary Films from the Arab World

    The Reality of a Revolution - Documentary Films from the Arab World   In its focus on the Arab world, DOK Leipzig features films from Tunisia and Egypt The upheaval in the Arab world is far from over, yet the 54th DOK Leipzig will be presenting the first documentary films from Tunisia and Egypt. Six films will be shown in the Focus on the Arab Spring which is part of the Official Programme. Most of the films will come to Leipzig straight out of the cutting room....

Leipzig Festival presentation

The International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film - DOK Leipzig - is the largest German and one of the leading international festivals for artistic documentary and animated films. It was founded in 1955 by the 'club of film-makers of the German Democratic Republic' (Club der Filmschaffenden der DDR) under the title "All-German Leipzig Week for Cultural and Documentary Film", as the first independent film festival of the GDR. During the Cold War, the festi...

Honouring Democracy Award in Leipzig

Daring to Be Democratic, Honouring Democracy - under this motto the Peaceful Revolution Foundation will be presenting a new award at DOK Leipzig.With the Award of the Peaceful Revolution Foundation, which includes a cash prize of 5,000 euros, the foundation would like to honour an artistic documentary film that demonstrates a commitment to democracy and human rights in an exemplary manner or that was created in the face of resistance and limitations to freedom of the press and opinion due to gre...

Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film drew (a record) 34,200 visitors

The 52nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film has closed with a new audience record: 34,200 visitors saw 330 productions in twelve cinemas, attended the industry events and took part in intensive discussions about the presented works as well as the future of documentary and animated film. In comparison to 2008, when 28,000 visitors came to the festival, DOK Leipzig can, therefore, report an increase of 22 percent. With this number, even the final visitor figure o...

DOK Leipzig announces program and events

DOK Industry:DOK Leipzig International Documentary Industry Gathering 2009In the past three years, DOK Leipzig has developed into the central German documentary film industry meeting place with a major international aura. An important function of DOK Leipzig is to offer the documentary film industry a lively platform for current debates, financing new projects and the distribution of finished works. DOK Leipzig offers international industry professionals both a window on the world of German docu...

Dok Leipzig - International Festival For Documentary And Animated Film


established in 1955, competition for documentary and animated films, prizes with a total value of Euro 58.500, competitions, retrospectives and special programmes as well as industry offers (co-production meeting, digital market, discussions).



The International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film - DOK Leipzig – is the largest German and one of the leading international festivals for artistic documentary and animated films.

It was founded in 1955 by the 'club of film-makers of the German Democratic Republic' (Club der Filmschaffenden der DDR) under the title “All-German Leipzig Week for Cultural and Documentary Film”, as the first independent film festival of the GDR. During the Cold War, the festival was a unique place of encounter and exchange for film-makers from East and West. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Leipzig Festival has developed into one of the most dynamic festivals for documentary and animated film, providing a high-quality programme and – since 2004 – additional industry offers.

Artistic animated film is an integral part of the festival for decades and is represented with its own, independent competition since 1995. This ‘twin-track character’ makes Leipzig unique in the festival landscape.

Traditionally, the Leipzig Festival stands for films advocating peace and human dignity. In view of its varied and exciting history, it celebrates freedom of mind and speech, as well as pointedly illustrated images. High-quality art house cinema, superbly narrated stories, a critical eye, subtle observation, tracing back history and scrutinizing the "memory of images" shape the Leipzig Festival’s character and diversity.

The DOK Festival’s film programme includes:

* International Competitions Documentary and Animated Film
* German Competition Documentary Film
* International Young Talent Documentary Competition
* Information and Special Programmes
* Retrospectives

DOK Industry Offers

Alongside the festival, DOK Leipzig organises a number of industry offers for film-makers, producers, commissioning editors, theatrical exhibitors, distributors, journalists and documentary newcomers. Under the title "DOK Industry" the festival provides networking opportunities for film-makers, producers and international industry professionals, financing opportunities for new film ideas, arranges co-productions and presents recently completed productions to festival programme organisers, distributors and TV buyers.

DOK Industry offers include:

* DOK Market Digital
* International DOK Leipzig Co-production Meetings
* DOK Summit – Panel Discussions
* Leipzig Screening
* Workshops and Master Classes

Kurzsuechtig - Das Leipziger Kurzfilmfestival

"Kurzsuechtig - das Leipziger Kurzfilmfestival" zeigt Animations-, Dokumentar- und fiktionale Filme von Filmemachern aus Leipzig und der Region Mitteldeutschland. Regularien, Anmeldeformulare und alle Infos rund um das Festival -> !

"Kurzsuechtig" is a short film festival specifically for Middle Germany, i.e. for the states Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. "Kurzsuechtig" shows on three days short films from the categories animation, documentation and fiction. For more information check !

DOK Leipzig wrapped with an Audience Day

the 51st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film came to an end on Sunday with an Audience Day when all of the prize-winning films were shown once more. Festival director Claas Danielsen is very satisfied despite lower admission figures compared to the jubilee edition in 2007: „Both the cinemas and the digital DOK Market were very well attended. Our special programme „Afghanistan – From Inside“ was practically always sold out, there was an outstanding acceptance ...

DOK Leipzig: The Award Winners!

Crowded cinemas, many international filmmakers and industry guests, lively discussions and a fantastic atmosphere all over the place are characteristically for the 51st edition of the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film. The final audience statistics are not available, yet. However, according to the present data, festival director Claas Danielsen anticipates a slight decline of audience numbers compared with last year's 50th anniversary of DOK Leipzig (31.000 viewers...

The Talent Dove goes to Ilian Metev for his shortfilm „Goleshovo“

The Talent Dove goes to Great Britain: Quiet story has convinced the jury.Tonight, the International Young Documentary will take the centre stage of DOK Leipzig:The jury of the International Young Documentary Talent Competition „Generation DOK“ Tamara Trampe (filmmaker and dramatic adviser, Germany), Thomas Wallner (filmmaker and producer, Canada) and Erkko Lyytinen (festival director und filmmaker, Finland) will decide who will be awarded with the Talent Dove of the Media Foundation of th...

DOK Leipzig 2008 will screen 114 films from 29 countries

51st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film27 October - 2 November 2008DOK Leipzig 2008 will be presenting an exciting and top-quality animated film programme. 114 films from 29 countries – a cross-section of the current artistic work - were selected from some 600 submissions. The two-genre festival places a particular focus on, among other things, its border-hoppers, the animated documentaries and presents the special programme „Animadok – More Than Just Reality...

DOK Leipzig awards The "Talent Dove"

The new international generation of young documentary filmmakers is being honoured this evening at DOK Leipzig: The International Jury (Don Edkins, Day Zero Film Production, South Africa; Boris Karadshew, VGIK/ Moscow, Russia; and Sigrid Dyekjær of Tju Bang Film in Denmark) are presenting the "Talent Dove" (endowed with €10,000) and two honorary mentions. 18 films from 13 countries were nominated for the Young Talent Competition, and over half of them were by young women directors. And the th...

DOK Leipzig celebrates its 50th anniversary

This year, DOK Leipzig celebrates its 50th anniversary! It’s the right time to look back and experience once again the most important, disputed and beautiful films in our retrospective; the right time also to invite and celebrate with all those, who have followed and shaped the festival over the years. And it is the right time to recall experiences and events that were not in the spotlight, but took place ‘behind the scenens’. Over the past 50 years the festival saw enthusiastic as well as...

Dok Leipzig 2007 prepares to celebrate the 50th edition

DOK Leipzig, the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary und Animated Film, celebrates its 50th edition with numerous innovations from 29 Oct. to 04 Nov. 2007. You can submit all new documentary and animated films for the official festival programme and the DOK Market until 28 July.Founded in1955, DOK Leipzig is the biggest German and one of the leading international festivals for documentary and animated film. It offers a top-class programme with the best new productions from all over th...

Explosion of Documentary-Only Film Festivals

Thursday, November 30----While it is true that most major international film festivals do showcase important documentary films, the explosion of documentary-only film festivals, as evidenced here at the International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) in Amsterdam, is nothing less than an explosion. With brochures littering the industry areas, it is amazing and heartening to see such a massive public interest in the documentary form. So, instead of writing a long article, I am simply going to l...

Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film were awarded

Saturday evening, the prizes of the 49th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film were awarded. Film-makers, the audience and international festival guests celebrated the winning films in the Leipzig CineStar.The main prizes of the festival went to "Exile Family Movie" by Arash (Golden Dove for the best long documentary), "The Cemetery Club" by Tali Shemesh (Golden Dove for the best long documentary, too, the Golden Dove was this year awarded ex aequo), "Yaptik-Hasse" by ...

DOK Leipzig | Innovation DOK Digital

Industry panels and professional journals discuss the process of digitisation, distributors consider how to deal with resulting changes as well as the upcoming "e-cinema", and cinemas think about necessary modifications. In short, everybody wonders: What kind of technical standards will be effective in future? Does digitisation guarantee a better quality of picture and sound at lower costs? We pondered over the same questions - and then just started: At DOK Leipzig you'll already have the opport...

DOK Leipzig Competition Programmes

- International Competition Documentary Film | Traditions, Families, Political IssuesA total of 19 films from 15 countries have made it into this year’s International Competition Documentary Film. Productions come also from countries rather exceptional for documentary film-making, such as Myanmar or Thailand ("Buddha's Lost Children", "The Longest Day"). Just as in 2005, the selection committee for the category documentary film was made up of festival director Claas Danielsen, film-maker Matt...


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