Cosmopolitan DOK Leipzig

Each edition of this festival is great; and even if it may seem impossible, even better than the past one.

Each edition of this festival is great; and even if it may seem impossible, even better than the past one.

Founded in 1955, DOK Leipzig is the oldest documentary festival in the world, but from its first edition on, animated films were part of the programme which today extends into crossmedia art. “This makes Leipzig unique in the international festival landscape as well as its strict attention to artistic quality. The artistic approach is essential for the selection of multilayered works that reflect reality in its complexity and with radical subjectivity,” says Leena Pasanen, managing and artistic director of the festival.

“The programme includes international competitions for long and short documentary and animated films as well as for animated documentaries, for German documentaries and the Next Masters Competition,” says Grit Lemke, head of film programme, adding: “There are numerous special programmes like the regional focus, a rich historical retrospective, a homage to a master and many more.”

As a place where during the Cold War and throughout its long history filmmakers from East and West as well as those from Africa, Asia and Latin America could meet and exchange, DOK Leipzig up to now celebrates geographic and artistic diversity.

Today, DOK Leipzig has grown into an international centre of competence for documentary and animated film that is active throughout the year. In addition to regular film screenings in Leipzig, the festival compiles film programmes for festivals and cultural institutions across the globe. “It also supports scientific projects and media research, promotes media competence in young people, trains young talents as well as experienced filmmakers, networks the industry...” the leading personalities of the perfectly functioning festival enumerate in unison. “Thanks to its international partnerships, it opens up new markets for its players, and promotes the distribution of artistic films of outstanding quality – for example on our VOD platform www.DAFilms.com,” they conclude.

Thanks to that, you can watch short films from the International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Films section!


Photo: © DOK Leipzig | Photo: Susann Jehnichen

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