DOK Leipzig

World, International and European premieres are favored.

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.

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.

Under the motto “The HeArt of Documentary”, the Festival serves the promotion and increased circulation of international documentary and animated films and provides film-makers, producers, distributors, commissioning editors, journalists and media scientists with an opportunity to meet and exchange views with each other as well as with the Leipzig cinema audiences.

DOK Leipzig has the following competitive sections:

  • International Competition for Documentary Film
  • International Competition for Animated Film
  • International Young Documentary Talent Competition – Generation DOK
  • German Competition for Documentary Film

The 2008 competitions are open to:

  • documentary films and videos of any length
  • animated films and videos of up to 45 minutes length
  • animadok films and videos (hybrids between documentary and animated films) of any length

For the International Competition for Documentary Film only those films can be selected that have never been screened in Germany before (including the Prix Europa). World, international or European premieres will be favoured.

For Generation DOK – the International Young Talent Competition for Documentary Film – only films of such directors shall qualify who have not made more than 3 films prior to the one submitted (excluding those during their training). The films submitted must have had no prior screening in Germany, either. World, international or European premieres will be favoured.

In the German Competition for Documentary Film world premieres will be favoured.

World, international, European or German premieres will be favoured for the International Competition for Animated Film. The prize for the best German animated film will be awarded as part of the International Competition for Animated Film.

A screening on TV in Germany before the end of the festival will disqualify a film from any competition.

The Festival accepts entries which can be screened as 16 or 35 mm film prints or as videos in the formats High Definition, Beta Digital PAL or Betacam SP PAL. Films selected for a competitive section will be screened in their original version; documentary films are translated simultaneously into German and English via headphones or are screened in a subtitled version in German or English. HD can only be screened in selected cinemas and programme sections.

Documentary film productions submitted to the Festival must not have been shown publicly prior to 1 October 2007.

Animated film productions submitted to the Festival must not have been shown publicly prior to 15 March 2007.

Films and videos, that have been completed prior to 1 May 2008, must be submitted by 30 May 2008. All other entries must be sent to the festival’s office by 18 July 2008 (date of the incoming mail). It is requested to send the films as soon as possible.

The film entry assumes unrestricted acceptance of the Festival regulations. By entering their film, applicants agree to the selection of their entry for one of the competitive or other Festival programmes.