International Leipzig Festival For Documentary and Animated Film

DOK Leipzig // Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationasfilm

60th edition

Oct 30 - Nov 05, 2021
Leipzig, Germany

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Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Animation, Documentary, Hybrids
Film length Full length, Mid-length, Short

Mission / description DOK Leipzig is one of the leading international festivals for artistic documentary and animated films.

From now on documentaries, animated films and animated documentaries of all lengths as well as interactive works can be submitted. We are looking for strong artistic handwriting, intriguing points of view and works that bring their genres to the next level.

Your submitted film could be nominated for one of our six prestigious competitions and several special awards with a total prize money of up to 75,000 euros. Additionally, DOK Leipzig is a qualifying festival for both, the ACADEMY AWARDS© and the European Film Awards.

Too good to miss:
All films submitted until 05/05/2017 will receive a binding feedback on their selection status by end of June. It’s worth to submit as early as possible! The final entry deadline for films and for interactive works is 07/07/2017.

Eligible films for submission are from 2016 and 2017 and have not been screened publicly before 01/10/2016. Premieres might get priority.


It was founded in 1955 by the 'club of film-makers of the German Democratic Republic' (Club der Filmschaffenden der DDR) under the title "All-German Leipzig Week for Cultural and Documentary Film", as the first independent film festival of the GDR.

During the Cold War, the festival was a unique place of encounter and exchange for film-makers from East and West. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Leipzig Festival has developed into one of the most dynamic festivals for documentary and animated film, providing a high-quality programme and – since 2004 – additional industry offers.

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.

Traditionally, the Leipzig Festival stands for films advocating peace and human dignity. In view of its varied and exciting history, it celebrates freedom of mind and speech, as well as pointedly illustrated images. High-quality art house cinema, superbly narrated stories, a critical eye, subtle observation, tracing back history and scrutinizing the "memory of images" shape the Leipzig Festival's character and diversity.
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Industry Connectivity
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Quality of films
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Quality of screening
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Value for money
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Service/Guest Relations
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zoomion attended with Digital Immigrants in 2016

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No additional comment Dennis Around 5 years ago

ivanahucikova attended as a guest in 2015

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No additional comment Ivana Around 6 years ago

davidstelzer attended as a guest in 2014

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No additional comment David Around 7 years ago

Sofafilms attended with Truth Has Fallen in 2013

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I love Dok Leipzig's emphasis on documentary animation. It was a great festival to premiere my film. They are always accommodating and professional. Overall, a great experience. Sheila Around 8 years ago

Dalia-Castel attended with Good Times in 2005

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No additional comment Dalia Around 9 years ago

orozcovictor attended with Reality 2.0 in 2012

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The only festival in Germany that I know with a special Docu-animation section. Victor Around 9 years ago

nadine attended as a guest in 2012

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I have attended Dok Leipzig for many years but this year it was particularly intriguing because I was able to understand more about the animation program. I attended most of the animation program and was fascinated by many topics discovered and techniques utilized. Nadine Around 9 years ago

Jana attended as a guest in 2012

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The people behind DOK Leipzig gave us a warm welcome and I could feel the energetic atmosphere everywhere, whether I was at the cinema, at the meeting point or at the closing ceremony. I attended this huge event only one day, next time definitely longer! Jana Around 9 years ago

Claire attended as a guest in 2012

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Celebrating 55 editions, Dok Leipzig is a massively industry connected festival. Although very German focussed, I have seen the festival work harder and harder every year to achieve an international presence and relevance. Unfortunately I only attended one day and night of the festival this year but I will make sure I attend the entire week in 2013 to achieve a deeper understanding of its emerging influence. Claire Around 9 years ago

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