dokumentART 2013: 16.10.2013, Wednesday, 16:00
Kino Zamek, Korsarzy 34 (where is that?)
Blok tematyczny: Time for Rivals
28 October – 3rd November 2013
DOK Leipzig 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. Today, DOK Leipzig is the oldest documentary film festival in the world.
Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the “International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film” has developed into one of the most dynamic documentary festivals, providing a high-quality, international programme and, since 2004, additional industry offers. Artistic animated film has formed an integral part of the festival for decades. Since 1995 the genre got its own competition. With its Animadoc section, DOK Leipzig also offers a platform to animated documentary. Starting this year, it is the world’s first film festival to award a prize in this hybrid subgenre.
Traditionally, DOK Leipzig stands for films advocating peace and human dignity. In view of its varied and exciting history, it celebrates freedom of mind and high artistic quality in film. The festival programme includes five Competition sections for documentary films and animated shorts with 69,500 € in prize money. In addition, the festival offers International Programmes of both genres, Special Programmes (2013: i.e. a focus on Brazilian documentary), an annual Retrospective (2013: “STORM! Through the Short 20th Century in Eight Mass Movements“) as well as Homages and Special Presentations.
Among DOK Leipzig's more than 37,000 spectators watching about 350 films from over 50 countries are approx. 1,500 accredited professionals from all over the world. For them, DOK Leipzig’s “DOK Industry Programme” offers fruitful networking events, financing opportunities for new film projects, the digital DOK Market, exciting panel discussions, master classes and targeted training events.