DOK Leipzig appoints Pasanen as festival director

Finnish doc expert and former YLE exec Leena Pasanen replaces outgoing festival director Claas Danielsen.
October 16, 2014

Just over a month after nominating her to the position, German documentary festival and conference DOK Leipzig has confirmed the appointment of Finnish doc expert Leena Pasanen as its new festival director.

Pasanen previously held positions with Finnish broadcaster YLE, overseeing docs on YLE1 and then leading cultural and documentary programming for digital channel YLE Teema. She also served as director for the European Documentary Network for three years.

She succeeds previous festival director Claas Danielsen, who is leaving the festival after a decade. The final decision for the appointment was made by the Leipzig municipal council on Wednesday, October 15. Pasanen will take office on January 1, 2015.

“I have known the festival for a long time and have always respected and admired it,” said Pasanen in a statement. “It stands out with its history and has a very special atmosphere. What Claas Danielsen has done with DOK Leipzig is a pure success story and I’m truly honored to continue his work.”

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