Founded in 1955 DOK Leipzig is the oldest documentary festival in the world. 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. The artistic approach is essential for the selection of multilayered works that reflect reality in its complexity and with radical subjectivity.
The 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 and many more.