This year’s DOK Leipzig, a German festival of documentaries and animation, will have 114 short animated films in its official program, organizers announced Friday.
The selected films were chosen from 2,847 entries submitted from 113 countries.
The number of countries also marks a new high. The 55th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film will also feature numerous special programs, so that a total of 360 films from 62 countries will be shown during the festival from October 29 to November 4.
Festival director Claas Danielsen praised the depth and scope of the festival’s official program.
“This year’s films paint a very exciting and varied picture of a world in transition. In that way, the festival serves as a barometer of fundamental political, social and cultural change,” he said.
The themes of protest, resistance and globalization recur throughout the program. “Told through the stories of
individual human beings, the work of the filmmakers provides an emotional window on how the world is changing,” said Danielsen.
This year, DOK Leipzig will be showing films from five continents.
Among the five competition categories in which the Golden and Silver Doves and many other prizes will be awarded are the International Competition Animated Film and the Young Cinema Competition (formerly Generation DOK).
New this year is an extensive children’s and youth program with contemporary animated and documentary films.
For more information, visit www.dok-leipzig.de.