The organizers of DOK Leipzig have announced that the festival will return to theaters this fall, in a sign that events and cinema culture are beginning to recover from the pandemic.
The full program of the upcoming 64th edition of the festival will be shown in select venues in Leipzig during festival week, October 25 to 31, including in-person discussions with filmmakers. Following that, the DOK Stream online service will be launched for attendees who want to experience more of the festival or for those who prefer to attend the event entirely online. The virtual program will run from November 1 to 14, and will also be available to the German public.
The hybrid in-person and online structure will also carry over to the 17th annual DOK Industry Programme, which will be the first major German event of its kind to mount a hybrid event model in 2021.
Industry professionals will be able to take advantage of the DOK Industry formats during the in-person event at the end of October, including the DOK Co-Pro Market, the short film pitch DOK Short n’ Sweet, the rough-cut presentations DOK Preview, the DOK Film Market, the XR conference DOK Exchange, Meet the Experts, and talks. Last year, the DOK Industry Programme was entirely online.
“This year’s film programme is primarily intended to happen in the cinemas,” said festival director Christoph Terhechte (pictured) in a release. “But unlike in 2020, the online and offline film programme will not take place in parallel, because in 2021 we want to give priority to the cinemas. Nevertheless, we will include the best parts of last year’s hybrid offerings, as we assume that not all directors will be able to travel internationally.”
Added Nadja Tennstedt, head of DOK Industry: “Hybridity is here to stay. We are actively learning along with the documentary community just how important this development is in terms of funding, distribution, sustainability and inclusion. We see the hybrid edition of DOK Industry as an exciting start to sustainable development.”