28th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival


call for films, video, installations and performances

For the 28th time the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival will present the diversity of regional, national and international documentary work in all its variation.

About 250 international short and feature length documentary films as well as experimental and artistic works will be presented during the six days of the festival. The program is complemented by the media art exhibition Monitoring, audiovisual performances and VJ-ing at the DokfestLounge, the workshop seminar interfiction, the DokfestForum and several events dedicated to young Hessian filmmakers. All in all, it adds up to a profile that is unique among the festival scene. The 28th Kassel Dokfest will take place from November 8 to 13.


  • Golden Key for the best up-and-coming documentary of a young director (€5,000, supported by the City of Kassel)
  • Golden Hercules for an outstanding production from the region of Northern Hesse (€2,500, sponsored by the corporate communications company Machbar GmbH)
  • Golden Cube for the best installation of the Monitoring exhibition (€2,500, sponsored by the software company Micromata GmbH)
  • A38 Production Grant awarded in cooperation with Werkleitz – Centre for Media Art. Thanks to the kind support of the LPR Hessen and the Medienanstalt Sachsen-Anhalt (regulatory authorities for commercial broadcasting in Hesse and Saxony-Anhalt) the grant includes up to €4,000 for living and traveling expenses and up to additional €4,000 for allowance in kind.

We invite all filmmakers, artists, distributors, producers, gallery owners, universities or institutions to submit their most current works and projects to the different sections of the festival. Rules of participation

Each work to be submitted has to be registered with a separate and filled out entry form. Every director, author or artist may submit a maximum of five works to the different sections of the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival. The submitted works should be current productions of the years 2010 or 2011.

To be complete, each application must include a short synopsis, a biography and a filmography in the form of a hard copy as well as on CD, plus still images on CD/DVD. The preview copy must be submitted on a separate DVD (PAL or NTSC).

Please send the complete application materials to the following address: Please send stills on CD/DVD along with the preview copy (DVD in PAL or NTSC) to the address below.

In case the original version is neither in English nor in German, the work should be subtitled or accompanied by a text list in English. For installation and performance proposals we need a detailed project sketch and estimated costs, a list of the technical requirements as well as a video documentation and photographs, if available.

Deadline for all sections is July 20, 2011. The results of the selection will be announced via e-mail as of October 24. All submitters will receive a free festival catalogue in November. If your work has been selected, we will request a screening copy in best possible quality and will, as far as possible, invite the authors and artists to come to Kassel during the festival to join us for discussions.

Selected films and videos will further be provided in a video library in the DokfestForum for accredited guests only, if the submitter does not explicitly object.

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