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DOK Leipzig, 25-31 Oct 2021

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
18 June 2021
Leipzig, Germany
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Festival Description

The International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film - in short: DOK Leipzig - is an an-nual festival for documentary and animated film.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.The 64th edition will take place in Leipzig from 25 October 31 October 2021, followed by an Online-Edi-tion with selected festival films

2021 Call for Entries

To be considered for the competition sections, it is important that the production year of your film is either 2020 or 2021. In addition, your film should not have been shown publicly before October 2020 and it needs to celebrate at least a German premiere at DOK Leipzig.

If your film has been released in Germany on television, internet or with a regular cinema release by the festival edition DOK Leipzig 2020 (26/10/-1/11/2020), it will not be able to qualify.

The programme consists of six competitions and one out-of-competition section

The programme consists of six competitions and one out-of-competition section

  • International Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film: (Long documentary and animated films from 41 min)
  • International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film(Short documentary and animated films up to 40 min)
  • German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film(Long documentary and animated films from 41 min)
  • German Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film(Short documentary and animated films up to 40 min)
  • Audience Award for Long Documentary and Animated Film(Long documentary and animated films from 41 min)
  • Audience Award Short Documentary and Animated Film(Short documentary and animated films up to 40 min)
  • Camera Lucida (Out-of-competition)(documentary and animated films of all lengths

  • Entry Form
  • Regulations
  • Deadline:  18.6.2021  (fee 40,00€ incl. 7% VAT), 1.7.2021  (fee  50,00€ incl. 7% VAT) 

2020 Festival Coverage

2019 Festival Coverage

2018 Festival Coverage

 The 61st edition of DOK Leipzig  took place from 29 October to 4 November 2018.

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, 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 percent 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 an 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 documentary 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.

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Event Dates

  • From 25 October 2021 to 31 October 2021


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