Curator, lecturer and film publicist Ralph Eue is taking over as programmer and head of the selection committee at German documentary festival and conference DOK Leipzig
Eue has been a curator and selection committee member at DOK Leipzig since 2007. He also ran press relations at the Tobis Filmkunst distribution company and was an advisor for the Berlinale.
Grit Lemke, who became head of film program in 2014 at DOK Leipzig, will be leaving the festival at the end of February.
Ralph Eue said in a statement he is glad to have the opportunity to shape the programming slate with festival director Leena Pasanen. “We want to pursue something that is key to DOK Leipzig, that is enabling audiences to feel tangibly that documentary and animated films really have the power to soak up and express present realities. The films that I envisage in the program are ideally films with transformative power, that make a viewer into somebody different, films that absolutely had to be made and whose urgency comes across.”
The selection committee will be acquiring three new members: The filmmaker and media educator Leopold Grün, curator and film educator Luc-Carolin Ziemann and another member, yet to be confirmed, will join André Eckardt, Zaza Rusadze and Eue to decide which films become part of DOK Leipzig’s Official Selection.
With an increase in submissions – 2,900 productions submitted alone for 2016 – the film festival’s programming team will expand their responsibilities and tasks to include becoming more active in curatorial and conceptual activity. Program coordinators, international advisors and curators will join Pasanen, Eue and the other members of the selection committee to work on the program, as done in previous years.
The DOK Leipzig film festival takes place between Oct. 30 and Nov. 5 2017, in Leipzig, Germany.