DOK Leipzig

The International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Festival) has been happening since 1955 making it the world’s oldest documentary festival. Held each year around the beginning of November for about a week, hundreds of world films are shown in venues around the city. The Goldene Taube (Golden Dove) awards are handed out on the penultimate day of the festival.

Street poster for DOK Leipzig 2016
Street poster for DOK Leipzig 2016


Late autumn is a great time for escaping to the movies. With literally hundreds to choose from, the films on offer run the gamut from comedy to political to experimental animation and everything else. Many are in English and most subtitled.

Look over the festival programme and book a few tickets online (€8 regular price) or buy at the door. As a bonus, you’ll get to see some cool venues you may not have visited before including, Passage Kinos in the Zentrum and Schaubühne Lindenfels out in Plagwitz.

Besides the annual festival, DOK Leipzig is active throughout the year supporting the documentary-making industry, showing regular screenings, and participating in the DOC Alliance.

[page content last updated November 2016]

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