DOK Leipzig

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08/10/2024 - 15/10/2024
Leipzig, Germany
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Festival Description

The International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film – in short: DOK Leipzig – is an annual festival for documentary and animated films. The festival is sponsored and organised by the city of Leipzig. It commissions the non-profit Leipzig-based DOK-Filmwochen GmbH with the preparation, implementation and management of the festival.

2023 Call for Entries (Archive)

The 66th edition of the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig) will take place in Leipzig from 8 October to 15 October 2023.

Eligibility criteria:

  • The festival is open to documentary and animated films as well as animated documentaries and hybrid forms of documentary storytelling.
  • Eligible are films of all lengths with the production year of 2022 or 2023 that have not been publicly screened before 1 October 2022.
  • Films that were publicly available in Germany before the end of the 66th edition of DOK Leipzig (15.10.2023), e.g. on television, online or through a regular cinema release, do not qualify.


The festival programme is organised into six competitions and two out-of-competition sections, whose films can be nominated for awards across all sections.

  • International Competition Documentary Film (documentary films of all lengths)
  • International Competition Animated Film (animated films of all lengths)
  • German Competition Documentary Film [documentary films of all lengths, (co-)produced in Germany]
  • Audience Competition (documentary and animated films over 40 min)
  • Camera Lucida (Out-of-competition) (experimental documentary and animated films of all lengths)
  • Panorama (Out-of-competition) (Documentaries and animated films of all lengths with a focus on Eastern and Central Europe that have impressed at other festivals)

NEW: Golden Dove for the best feature-length animated film

  • In the International Competition Documentary Film, the five-member jury awards one Golden Dove each for a feature-length documentary and a short documentary, as well as one Silver Dove each to a work by an emerging director (maximum third directorial work after graduation) for a feature-length documentary and a short documentary. The winning films of the Golden Doves in the International Competition Documentary Film qualify for nomination at the ACADEMY AWARDS®, provided they meet the Academy’s requirements.
  • In the International Competition Animated Film, the jury of three will award one Golden Dove each for the long and short animated film. The winning film of the Golden Dove Short Animated Film qualifies for nomination at the ACADEMY AWARDS®, provided it meets the Academy’s requirements.
  • In the German Competition Documentary Film, the three-person jury awards one Golden Dove each for a long and a short documentary film.
  • In the Audience Competition, a five-member jury consisting of jurors from the region will award one Golden Dove to a feature-length documentary or animated film.

The award money (in EUR) for Golden Doves, Silver Doves and Partner Awards will be paid directly to the directors.

Kids DOK presents documentary and animated films for children and young people in age-appropriate programmes of short and feature-length films. Documentaries and animated films of all lengths from the production years 2022 and 2023 can be submitted via the official entry form. A premiere is welcome, but not required.

  • Entry Form
  • Regulations
  • Deadlines: 31.3.2023 (first), 31.5.2023 (second), and 15.6.2023 (final) 
  • Fees: required


2020 Festival Coverage

2019 Festival Coverage

2018 Festival Coverage

Animation Juries:

The winners in the International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film will be determined by a jury composed of British producer Greg Sanderson, Barbara Truyen, director of the documentary film department at the Dutch television broadcaster VPRO, as well as Austria’s Jürgen Hagler, professor for computer animation and animation studies and director of the Ars Electronica Animation Festival in Linz.

Official Selection 2018:

From Argentina to Egypt, Lebanon to Latvia, Montenegro to Madagascar, and Sierra Leone to Saudi Arabia – this year we are showing a grand total of 306 films from 50 different countries. Of the 3,150 works viewed by the selection committee over the course of the last year, 160 have now made it into the Official Selection, the further films will be screened in the scope of our Special Programmes.

DOK Leipzig’s Official Selection is composed of six competitions and the International Programme as well as the new section LATE HARVEST. Female directors account for a full fifty per cent of the films of the Official Selection.

In the films of the individual programmes and competitions, DOK Leipzig takes a look at the legacy of the Soviet Union, at self-determined women and contemporary female figures, at architectural masterpieces and deep into the abyss – while attempting to get to the roots of current political trends in Germany, Europe and beyond.

Guests: Ruth Beckermann and Werner Herzog

At this year’s festival edition, the work of Austrian filmmaker Ruth Beckermann will be featured in several ways. Beckermann, who is regarded as a co-founder of the independent film scene in Austria, will be honoured with a homage, and she will also give insights into her filmmaking in a masterclass. In addition, she will be one of the jurors deciding about the winners in the Next Masters Competitions.

Werner Herzog is without a doubt among the most influential German filmmakers in the history of cinema. Over the course of his career as a director, he has made more than 60 documentaries and feature films. At DOK Leipzig 2018, he is not only presenting his new film Meeting Gorbachev as the opening film – his documentary work is also the focus of a Homage bearing the title ECSTATIC TRUTHS.

NB: 2024 Festival Dates are tentative



Event Dates

  • From 08/10/2024 to 15/10/2024



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