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The 63rd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film runs 26 October to 1 November 2020 in hybrid festival format due to the year’s COVID-19 pandemic.

With only two months t go, DOK Leipzig has begun to unveil details of its programme starting with its six specially curated programmes. Below you can read about the details of each. Overall the programme will include some 120 films.

2020 DOK Leipzig Special Programmes

  • Homage Annik Leroy: This year’s Homage is dedicated to director, photographer and cinematographer Annik Leroy. Her meditative works situated between film, video art and installation invite the audience to reflect on European history and the human condition. During the week of the festival, there will also be a master class held online in which Leroy will share her personal view of her work with the audience.
  • Animation Perspectives: Media artists Patrick Buhr and Aaron Jablonski exchange ideas about their animated miniatures in a virtual setting. The two artists share a fascination with artificial identities as an extension of reality, such as through 3-D animations or Instagram face filters.
  • Re-Visions: The «Re-Visions» programme celebrates the 25th anniversary of our animated film competition with 25 films made using the most diverse animation techniques and narrative styles in the festival years since 1995.
  • Kids DOK: documentary and animated films for audiences as young as age 5, 8, 10 and 14 — in cinemas as well as online. The protagonists of the documentary films are all children and adolescents who invite the audience to enter their worlds.
  • Films on the theme of industrial heritage: In the East Wing (Osthalle) of Leipzig’s main railway station, and in collaboration with the Saxon State Archive, we present films from the 1960s to the 1980s that revolve around railway stations and railways — including amateur films, musicals and promotional films.
  • DEFA in Person: Kurt Tetzlaff: The Leipzig region is also topic of another Special Programme. Together with the DEFA Foundation, the festival is screening Kurt Tetzlaff’s documentary film Memories of a Landscape — to Manuela, which was restored in 2018. In this 1983 film, the director followed the lives of a number of people south of Leipzig for several years, whose villages had to make way for lignite mining.

Find all the information on the special programmes for DOK Leipzig 2020HERE