DOK Leipzig has confirmed that it will be returning to an in-person format for its 65th edition, which runs from October 17 to 23.
While the festival will welcome audiences back to cinemas for its assorted screening strands and film professionals back to event venues for the DOK Industry program, certain elements of last year’s hybrid edition will remain in effect. Select films will be available on the festival’s DOK Stream VOD platform following the festival (with a focus on the newly crowned award winners), and film talks will continue to be recorded and made available online. Project presentations and talks from DOK Industry events will be livestreamed, and industry attendees will be able to access two days of post-festival digital networking.
The festival has also announced a number of the themed programs for its 2022 edition. DOK Leipzig’s long-standing connection to Eastern Europe will be emphasized via a program of feature-length films from the region, while two programs will address urgent environmental topics including the climate crisis, resource scarcity and eco-activism. Also, no less than four programs will showcase different styles of animated film, as the festival promises to increase support for networking opportunities between doc-makers and animation filmmakers.
The annual Retrospective section, meanwhile, will be devoted to female filmmakers who worked in Communist East Germany. Another woman director, Serbia’s Mila Turajlić, will be saluted in the festival’s Homage program.
Film submissions for DOK Leipzig 2022 are open until July 1, while the deadline for applications to the DOK Co-Pro Market is July 21.