German documentary festival and conference DOK Leipzig is to award a new prize to films celebrating democracy and human rights.
The Silver Dove prize, which carries a monetary value of US$5,430 (€5,000), will be handed out to the best documentary films nominated in the International Competition Long Documentary and the Animated Film categories. The prize in each category will be awarded at a ceremony at the CineStar cinema on Nov. 5.
The award was made possible following a donation from actor and cabaret artist Uwe Steimle after the Foundation of the Peaceful Revolution ended its commitment to donate the Leipziger Ring film prize.
The Leipziger Ring prize had previously been awarded between 2010 and 2015 to a film on the subject of democracy and human rights.
The 59th annual International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animation runs Oct 31. to Nov. 6. Further prizes in this year’s festival will be announced on Oct. 27.
“The donation [from Uwe Steimle] gives us all the more encouragement to continue to have a democracy prize at the festival,” said festival director Leena Pasanen in a statement. “We are now looking for long-term support for this important award.”
“The spirit of peaceful, non-violent revolution must not be forgotten and the directors who make films about this important subject must be supported,” added Steimle.