Awards & Juries

Awards & Juries

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Festivalleiter Christoph Terhechte hält die Preisstatue einer Goldenen Taube hoch.
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Eight Golden and Silver Doves and further prizes presented by festival partners will be awarded at DOK Leipzig 2021.
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The presentation of the Partnership Awards and the ceremony of the Golden and Silver Doves will both take place in Leipzig on Saturday, 30 October. 

International Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film

Jury:

Grit Lemke, Germany 
Anocha Suwichakornpong, Thailand
Alex Szalat, France 
Katarína Tomková, Slovakia 
Raed Yassin, Lebanon/Germany

Golden Dove

10,000 € 
granted by Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk

The winner of the Golden Dove in the International Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film will qualify for consideration for the annual ACADEMY AWARDS® provided that the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

Silver Dove 

6,000 €
granted by 3sat for the best long documentary or animated film by an up-and-coming director (with up to three directorial works after completing their education)

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Jury International Competition
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Portrait Grit Lemke
Portrait Grit Lemke
Grit Lemke
Germany

Born and raised in the GDR, Grit Lemke came to Leipzig to study. She started to work for DOK Leipzig in 1991 and was head of programming until 2017. She initiated the reintroduction of combining documentary and animated films in all sections and established Kids DOK and the venue in the main station as permanent fixtures of the festival. In addition to her work as a curator and publicist, Lemke presented her Grimme Award winning feature-length film debut Coal Country Song. Gundermann in 2019. Her documentary novel “Kinder von Hoy” (Children of Hoy) was published in 2021. Her work focuses on East German, East European, indigenous identities, languages and cultures and their displacement.

Portrait Anocha Suwichakornpong
Portrait Anocha Suwichakornpong
Anocha Suwichakornpong
Thailand

Filmmaker and producer Anocha Suwichakornpong’s works are informed by the socio-political history of Thailand, as exemplified by her short film Graceland (2006), with which she graduated from Columbia University, and the nationally and internationally acclaimed feature films Mundane History (2009) and By the Time It Gets Dark (2016). The latter was nominated as Thailand’s entry to the Academy Awards. As founder of the production company Electric Eel Films and co-founder of Purin Pictures, she is committed to supporting South East Asian film culture. She has taught at Harvard University and is currently DAAD Artist in Residence in Berlin.

Portrait von Alex Salat.
Portrait von Alex Salat.
Alex Szalat
France

Alex Szalat began his career in 1977 as a director of TV series, short and documentary films. His filmography covers a broad range of aspects dealing with European cultures of life and coexistence. In 1987, he founded the production company KS VISIONS, which realized more than a hundred documentary films and series for European broadcasters. He worked as a commissioning editor at ARTE France from 2005 to 2019, most recently as deputy head of the Documentary Film Department in the Society and Culture division. Szalat is the head of Docs Up Funds, an association dedicated to the acquisition of funding for European and international documentary films on human rights issues.

Portrait Katarína Tomková
Portrait Katarína Tomková
Katarína Tomková
Slovakia

Katarína Tomková worked for the Slovak Film Institute from 2009 to 2015, promoting Slovak film productions on the international stage. Since 2015, she has been working as an executive and co-producer on internationally acclaimed Slovak documentary films, including 5 October (2016) by Martin Kollár and Servants (2020) by Ivan Ostrochovský. She is particularly interested in cinematic balancing acts between documentary and fiction. Tomková develops workshops for the Prague based MIDPOINT Institute and in 2021 was the Slovak representative in the European Film Promotion’s “Producers on the Move” talents format.

Portrait Raed Yassin
Portrait Raed Yassin
Raed Yassin
Lebanon/Germany

Artist and musician Raed Yassin was born in Beirut in 1979, where he graduated in Theatre from the Faculty of Fine Arts and Architecture at Lebanese University in 2003. Since then, he has been defining and expanding his conceptual artistic practice in media such as video, sound, photography, text, sculpture and performance. His starting point is often the analysis of attitudes to the world shaped by personal temperament and individual biography, which Yassin examines on the background of collective narratives of consumer culture and mass production. He is one of the organizers of Irtijal, the international festival for experimental music in Lebanon, and lives in Beirut and Berlin.

As the festival’s exclusive media partner, the MDR is dedicated to the large-scale promotion of documentary film and has been sponsoring the Golden Dove in the International Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film, endowed with 10,000 Euros, since 2013.

3sat has been presenting independent documentary films in its programme and supporting their production since 1993. By granting the award for up-and-coming talents at DOK Leipzig 3sat is underlining its engagement for international young directors.

International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film


Jury:

Gugi Gumilang, Indonesia/Germany 
Marina Kožul, Croatia
Izabela Plucińska, Poland/Germany

Golden Dove Short Documentary Film

3,000 €

Golden Dove Short Animated Film

3,000 €

All winners of Golden Doves in the International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film will qualify for consideration for the annual ACADEMY AWARDS® provided that the films otherwise comply with the Academy rules.

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Jury International Competition Short Film
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Portrait Gugi Gumilang
Portrait Gugi Gumilang
Gugi Gumilang
Indonesia/Germany

Gugi Gumilang was born in Indonesia and lives in Jakarta and Berlin. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Global Studies from Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg and studied at Facultad Latinomamericana de Ciencias Sociales in Buenos Aires and Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. He has been actively involved in documentary film festivals since 2012 and has produced a number of documentary films screened at Indonesian and German film festivals. Gumilang’s main interest are activist cinematic positions on social and justice issues, which he has been promoting since 2021 as Executive Director of the non-profit organisation In-Docs.

Portrait Marina Kožul
Portrait Marina Kožul
Marina Kožul
Croatia

The curator and publicist Marina Kožul has been working for fifteen years in the field of short and experimental film on alternatives in form and content to the cinematic mainstream. Within the Croatian non-profit organisation 25 FPS, she is a member of the programming and production team of the eponymous international festival for innovative and aesthetically independent film and video art in Zagreb. Kožul has curated programmes for festivals and arthouse cinemas in Croatia and campaigned for experimental and animated small film formats as a promoter and juror at various international industry events. Since 2012, she has been a mentor for short film at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Portrait Izabela Plucińska
Portrait Izabela Plucińska
Izabela Plucińska
Poland/Germany

Izabela Plucińska studied Graphic Design at the Academy of Fine Arts from 1995 to 2000 and Animation at the National Film School in Łódż from 1998 to 2001. From 2002 to 2004 she continued her studies at “Konrad Wolf” Academy for Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Her graduate film Jam Session (2005) won the Silver Bear in the Berlinale Short Film Competition. Since 2006, she has been making her films with her own production company, ClayTraces, in Berlin. She currently teaches at the Szczecin Art Academy. Her animated short film 98 kg is in the line-up of this year’s Competition for the Audience Award at DOK Leipzig.

German Competitions Documentary and Animated Film

Jury: 

Carsten Möller, Germany 
Gudrun Sommer, Austria/Germany 
Maria Speth, Germany

Golden Dove Long Documentary and Animated Film

10,000 €
granted by Weltkino Filmverleih GmbH

Silver Dove Short Documentary and Animated Film

1,500 €

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Jury German Competitions
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Portrait Carsten Möller
Portrait Carsten Möller
Carsten Möller
Germany

Carsten Möller has been making video installations, experimental and documentary films since the early 1990s, which have been presented in exhibitions, cinemas and at international festivals. His feature-length film debut Azúcar Amaro – Bitter Sugar, co-directed with Nicola Fuchs and Silke Pfeiffer and dealing with the election of a former general of the Argentine military dictatorship as Governor of the province of Tucumán, premiered at DOK Leipzig in 1996. Möller is co-founder of the “Kino in Bewegung” (Cinema in Movement) initiative and artistic director of the biographical research platform o-ton.org. He teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig.

Portrait Gudrun Sommer
Portrait Gudrun Sommer
Gudrun Sommer
Austria/Germany

Gudrun Sommer is a native Austrian and immigrant Ruhr area resident, a college-educated philosopher, festival worker, Grimme Award juror and certified Green Consultant Film & TV. She is committed to the fields of documentary film, sustainability, film education and young audiences. In 2002 she founded the documentary film festival for children and young people dox!, followed by the association “Freunde der Realität e.V.” (Friends of Reality) as well as the satellite festival dox! ruhr. From 2019 to March 2021, she was co-director of the Duisburger Filmwoche festival. Sommer supported the Diagonale in Vienna, among others, as curator and programme advisor. She teaches at universities in the Ruhr area and at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne.

Portrait Maria Speth
Portrait Maria Speth
Maria Speth
Germany

Maria Speth has lived in Berlin since 1987. She worked as an assistant editor and director until 1995 and began studying at “Konrad Wolf” Academy for Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg in 1996. Her acclaimed feature film debut The Days Between was made in 2001, followed by Madonnas (2007) and Daughters (2014), both of which premiered at the Berlinale Forum. In 2009, Speth founded the production company Madonnen Film GmbH and realized her documentary film debut 9 Lives, for which she was awarded the German Director’s Award Metropolis. In 2021, her documentary Mr Bachmann and his Class won the Jury Prize and an audience award in the International Competition of the Berlinale.

For more than six years, Weltkino has been enriching the German cinema landscape. As an independent film distributor, high quality film art is the company’s particular concern. That is why Weltkino sponsors the Golden Dove in the German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film.

Competitions for the Audience Award

Jury:

Lara Hübelt, Germany 
Pauline Reinhardt, Germany 
Lisa Marie Rothe, Germany 
Sarah Schreiner, Germany 
Paula Schumann, Germany
Aviv Sheyn, Israel 
Alfonso de Toro, Germany

Golden Dove Long Documentary and Animated Film

3,000 €

Silver Dove Short Documentary and Animated Film

1,500 € 
gestiftet von der Leipziger Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Filmkunst e. V.

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Partnership Awards
DEFA Sponsoring Prize

4,000 €  
granted by the DEFA Foundation for an outstanding long documentary film by a German director in the competitions

Jury:

Carsten Möller, Germany
Gudrun Sommer, Austria/Germany 
Maria Speth, Germany

 

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The DEFA Foundation, in accordance with its statutory motto “Rediscover the Past – Support the Future”, has awarded the DEFA Sponsoring Prize at DOK Leipzig since 2005. The Prize is intended to support up-and-coming filmmakers in the critical investigation of contemporary issues.

MDR Film Prize

3,000 €
for an outstanding Eastern European documentary film

Jury:

Thomas Beyer, Germany
Chiara Fleischhacker, Germany 
Sylva Kleemann, Germany 
Claritta Kratochwil, Germany 
Alexander Nanau, Romania 
Anja Zhukova, Germany

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Since 1995, the MDR has sponsored the MDR Film Prize for an outstanding Eastern European documentary, endowed with 3,000 Euros. The developments in Eastern Europe are one of the major topics the broadcaster has been following for years.

Film Prize Leipziger Ring

2,500 € 
for an outstanding documentary film about human rights, democracy or civil engagement, granted by Stiftung Friedliche Revolution

Jury: 

Guido Erbrich, Germany 
Bettina Röder, Germany 
Siegbert Schefke, Germany

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ver.di Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness

2,500 € 
for a film in the German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film

Jury:

Martin Klindtworth, Germany 
Carmen Salas Cárdenas, Peru 
Milan Schnieder, Germany

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Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize

2,000 € 
for the best current long German documentary film (75 min and longer) along with the purchase of the licence and the subtitling in eight languages

Jury:

Marina May, Goethe-Institut Headquarters Munich 
Julian Volz, Goethe-Institut Belgium 
Maren Willkomm, Goethe-Institut Headquarters Munich

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The Goethe-Institut is the global cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany. It promotes the study of German abroad and encourages international cultural cooperation. With its Documentary Film Prize it enables the winning film and DOK Leipzig to gain worldwide attention and an international audience.

Young Eyes Film Award

2,000 €
granted by Leipziger Stadtbau AG, awarded by the Youth Jury in cooperation with Filmschule Leipzig e. V.

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Prize of the Interreligious Jury

1,750 € 
for a film in the International Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film, donated by the Interreligious Roundtable Leipzig, the Leipzig Oratory and the VCH-Hotels Germany GmbH in the Verband Christlicher Hoteliers e. V. including the Hotel MICHAELIS in Leipzig

The Interreligious Jury is appointed by INTERFILM and SIGNIS.

Jury:

Freek L. Bakker, Netherlands  
Kadija Leclere, Belgium 
Lothar Strüber, Germany
Daniel Wildmann, UK/Switzerland

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Prize of the International Film Critics (FIPRESCI Prize)

for a film in the International Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film

Jury:

Petra Meterc, Slovenia 
Jérôme Michaud, Canada 
Maximilian Schäffer, Germany

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Mephisto 97.6 Award

for the best animated film

Jury:

Tim Puls, Germany 
Moritz Schlenstedt, Germany 
Julia Wegner, Germany

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Gedanken-Aufschluss

awarded by a jury of prisoners of the Juvenile Detention Centre Regis-Breitingen

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Prizes awarded in the frames of DOK Industry

Saxon Award for the Best Documentary Project by a Female Director

awarded at the DOK Co-Pro Market

along with 5,000 €
donated by State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts

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Current Time TV Award

awarded at the DOK Co-Pro Market

along with 1,500 euros
donated by Current Time TV

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The EWA Diverse Voices Award

awarded at the DOK Co-Pro Market

along with 1,000 euros and a year-long mentorship by DOK Leipzig
donated by EWA – European Women’s Audiovisual Network

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D-Facto Motion Works-in-Progress Prize

for an outstanding documentary film project presented at DOK Preview Germany

along with post-production grant of 10,000 €
granted by D-Facto Motion GmbH

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Square Eyes Festival Consultation Award

awarded in the frames of DOK Short n’ Sweet

along with a festival strategy consultation by Square Eyes

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