Leipzig’s DOK Festival to Show 114 Animated Shorts

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DOK Leipzig

DOK Leipzig

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.

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