Founded in 1955 DOK Leipzig is the oldest documentary festival in the world, but from its first edition on animated films were part of the programme which today extends into crossmedia art. This makes Leipzig unique in the international festival landscape as well as its strict attention to artistic quality. The artistic approach is essential for the selection of multi-layered works that reflect reality in its complexity and with radical subjectivity.
DOKLeipzig’s programme includes international competitions for long and short documentary and animated films as well as for animated documentary, for German documentaries and the Next Masters Competition. There are numerous special programmes like the regional focus, a rich historical retrospective, a homage to a master, etc.
The six DOKLeipzig documentaries selected to be screened at Cinema Verite are: Suddenly My Thoughts Halt (Jorge Pelicano, Portugal, 2014), Chthonian City (Anita Muller, Germany/Ukraine, 2011), Forget Me Not (David Sieveking, Germany, 2012), Toto and His Sisters (Alexander Nanau, Romania, 2014), Rules of the Game (Claudine Bories, Patrice Chagnard, France, 2014), and Pablo’s Winter (Chico Pereira, Scotland/Spain, 2012).
The documentary Suddenly My Thoughts Halt has been in the Competition Section of the festival and won the Special Jury Award; Pablo’s Winter has won the Healthy Workplaces Film Award and an Honorary Mention for an Extraordinary Talent from DOK Leipzig; “Rules of the Game” has been part of the official selection at Cannes and has won the Grand Prize of Leipzig; Toto & His Sisters has won Leipzig’s Grand Prize, the Trade Union and World Church award; and Forget Me Not has won DOK Leipzig’s First Prize, while Chthonian City has won the festival’s special award.
The 9th edition of Cinema Verite will be held Dec 13-19, 2015.