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DOK LEIPZIG 2020 DOK Industry

DOK Leipzig annuncia un festival ibrido e trasferisce il programma industry online

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- Il festival sta pianificando un'edizione ibrida che combinerà attività online e presentazioni fisiche nei cinema di Lipsia

DOK Leipzig annuncia un festival ibrido e trasferisce il programma industry online
Il direttore di DOK Leipzig Christoph Terhechte e la responsabile di DOK Industry Brigid O'Shea (© DOK Leipzig/Susann Jehnichen)

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UPDATE (17 June 2020): After the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film DOK Leipzig announced that the industry section of its 63rd edition, set to unspool from 26 October-1 November, would take place online, it has now revealed the concept for its film programme. This year, DOK Leipzig will present a reduced selection of about 120 films. They are all to be screened in selected Leipzig venues, in compliance with hygiene regulations. Most of the films will also be available online all across Germany. Furthermore, audiences in Leipzig will be able to attend the DOK Neuland interactive exhibition. These and other decisions have been made by festival director Christoph Terhechte and his team in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects.
The festival will not be inviting any guests this year, but the audience will be able to participate in a mixture of pre-recorded and live film talks. Additionally, there are plans to interlink online and offline offerings. The competitions announced for the festival will remain in place, with only the introduction of a competition for feature-length animated films being postponed until 2021. All of the films, both in the cinemas and online, will celebrate their festival premieres at a set time, and will then be available on demand for a maximum of two weeks.
“Retaining the character of a festival is important to us. We regard the streaming option as an extension of the cinema screenings. We wish to support filmmakers as effectively as possible,” says Terhechte.
The online programme will be geo-blocked to Germany, and there will be a limit on the number of tickets available per film. A charge will still be made for tickets offered online. The audience will judge the pictures, and the prizes in the newly introduced Golden Section competition for long and short documentary and animated films will be awarded by a jury comprising Leipzig audience members who will watch the pictures in a cinema, while an online audience will also be able to vote in all competition programmes. The professional juries will judge the festival’s competitions from a distance.

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The International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film DOK Leipzig has announced that the industry programme of its 63rd edition, set to unspool from 26 October-1 November, will take place online.

The DOK Co-Pro Market will be held in virtual form, as will the presentations of DOK Preview, the DOK Short n’ Sweet short-film pitch, the DOK Interactive Conference Day, networking events and talks. Professionals will have the chance to access all of the events.

The new circumstances provide fresh impetus to rethink how Germany's main industry platform for documentary film is organised and creates room for innovation on a sustainable basis, explains head of DOK Industry Brigid O’Shea: “Our work as we know it – and by extension, the work of the whole audiovisual sector – will never be the same again. We are acutely aware of the challenges facing film professionals in these times. Nonetheless, we look forward to writing a new chapter in the future of film markets: greener, more efficient, more inclusive. We still have many challenges to overcome to fulfil this vision. We will be releasing more and more information as the festival approaches about how accredited guests can join us for this digital edition.”

The focus will be on finding creative ways of implementing industry mechanisms for financing, distribution and networking within the documentary and animated film industry, and on bringing the atmosphere of DOK Industry events to the web: “We will work hard to maintain that which makes DOK Industry unique and a leading market for creative documentaries: relaxed and cosy, small-scale, targeted and time-efficient. Our focus will continue to be on the highest-quality projects and decision makers.”

In the coming weeks, the festival will begin offering a series of webinars that will give filmmakers the opportunity to get to know the team at DOK Leipzig and inform themselves about the process of submitting films and projects to DOK Leipzig.

The call for projects for the 16th DOK Co-Pro Market is under way. Filmmakers looking for co-production and financing partners for their documentary film projects can send submissions until 1 August 2020. “This edition will have a particular focus on the future: to analyse co-production models and the international distribution chain in particular, and to place professionals at the heart of our endeavours,” says Brigid O’Shea.

Festival director Christoph Terhechte adds: “DOK Leipzig will be putting forward a versatile and innovative hybrid version of its programme in 2020, which will combine online activities and physical presentations on location in cinemas in Leipzig. In 2021, we plan to welcome filmmakers back to Leipzig in person. In the coming weeks, we will also be announcing corresponding new features of the film programme.”

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