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DOK LEIPZIG 2020 DOK Industry

DOK Leipzig moves its industry programme online

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- The festival is planning a hybrid edition that will combine online activities and physical presentations on location in cinemas in Leipzig

DOK Leipzig moves its industry programme online
Head of DOK Industry Brigid O’Shea

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.

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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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