European Film Awards 2017

European Film Awards 2017 Two films that were part of DOK Leipzig 2016 and 2017 have been awarded at the European Film Awards 2017: "Communion" in the category European Documentary and "Loving Vincent" as European Animated Feature Film. Congratulations to the film teams!Anna Zamecka at the award ceremony, picture: EFA/API/Daniel Hinz

The prestigious European Film Awards have been presented in Berlin on 9 December 2017.


We congratulate the Polish director Anna Zamecka who won the award in the category European Documentary for her film Communion, which has been part of the International Competition at DOK Leipzig 2016 and received the Young Eyes Film Award by our Youth Jury.


Our congratulations also go to Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman who have been awarded in the category European Animated Feature Film for Loving Vincent, which had been presented at this year's DOK Leipzig Animation Night. Loving Vincent will be released in German cinemas from 28 December 2017.


Further information on the European Film Awards and the winners on

2017-12-11 11:22:00

European Film Awards 2017

European Film Awards 2017 Zwei Filme, die bei DOK Leipzig 2016 und 2017 zu sehen waren, wurden bei den European Film Awards ausgezeichnet: "Communion" als European Documentary 2017 und "Loving Vincent" als European Animated Feature Film. Wir gratulieren!Anna Zamecka bei der Preisverleihung, Foto: EFA/API/Daniel Hinz

Am 9. Dezember 2017 wurden die European Film Awards in Berlin verliehen. 


Wir gratulieren der polnischen Filmemacherin Anna Zamecka, die für ihren Film Komunia (Communion) mit dem European Film Award in der Kategorie Dokumentarfilm ausgezeichnet wurde. Komunia (Communion) lief bei DOK Leipzig 2016 im Internationalen Wettbewerb und gewann den Young Eyes Film Award der Jugendjury.


Unsere Glückwünsche gehen ebenso an Dorota Kobiela und Hugh Welchman, die für ihren Animationsfilm Loving Vincent den European Film Award in der Kategorie Animated Feature Film erhielten. Loving Vincent war bei DOK Leipzig 2017 im Rahmen der langen Animationsnacht zu sehen. Der Film startet am 28. Dezember in den deutschen Kinos.


Mehr Informationen zu den European Film Awards und den diesjährigen Preisträgern:

2017-11-16 17:21:00

Three DOK Leipzig films nominated for EFA Awards

Film stills of Austerlitz, Loving Vincent, Communion

The European Film Academy (EFA) has announced the nominations for the European Film Awards 2017. Three films from the last two festival editions are among the nominees.


A total of five documentary films were nominated in the category “European documentary”, among them two films that have been part of our 2016 festival programme:


Austerlitz by Sergei Loznitsa
Golden Dove International Competition / DOK Leipzig 2016


Communion (Komunia) by Anna Zamecka
Young Eyes Film Award / DOK Leipzig 2016


In addition, one film from the 2017 festival edition has been nominated for one of the European Film Awards, but in another category: Loving Vincent by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman is one of the candidates for the European Animated Feature Film Award. Loving Vincent was created using over 65,000 individual oil paintings. The film celebrated its German premiere in the frame of the Animation Night at DOK Leipzig.


The winning films will be announced at an official award ceremony on 9 December 2017 in Berlin. We wish all three films every success!

2017-11-16 14:09:00

Drei DOK Leipzig Filme nominiert für EFA Awards

Filmstills der nominierten Filme Austerlitz, Loving Vincent und Communion

Die European Film Academy (EFA) hat die Nominierungen für die European Film Awards 2017 bekannt gegeben. In der Kategorie „European Documentary“ sind insgesamt fünf Dokumentarfilme nominiert, darunter sind zwei Filme, die 2016 bei uns im Festivalprogramm liefen:


Austerlitz von Sergei Loznitsa
Goldene Taube im Internationalen Wettbewerb bei DOK Leipzig 2016


Communion von Anna Zamecka
Young Eyes Film Award bei DOK Leipzig 2016


In einer weiteren Kategorie ist auch ein Film aus der Festivalausgabe 2017 für einen der European Film Awards nominiert: Loving Vincent von Dorota Kobiela und Hugh Welchman ist im Rennen um die Auszeichnung als European Animated Feature Film. Loving Vincent, der erste vollständig aus Ölgemälden entstandene Animationsfilm, feierte im Rahmen der Animation Night bei DOK Leipzig seine Deutschlandpremiere.


Die European Film Awards werden am 9. Dezember 2017 in Berlin vergeben. Wir wünschen allen drei Filmen viel Erfolg!

2017-11-04 20:46:00

"Licu, a Romanian Story" wins Golden Dove in International Competition

"Licu, a Romanian Story" wins Golden Dove in International Competition Here are the award winners of DOK Leipzig 2017!

The Romanian-born filmmaker Ana Dumitrescu has won the prestigious Golden Dove in the International Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film, granted by the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR). In Licu, a Romanian Story, the former photojournalist films Liviu Canţer, aka Licu, as he shares his memories of the 20th century and all its extremes. In an intimate atmosphere, the 92-year-old talks of the war, expulsions and the post-communist era. During the course of the film, the director becomes more of a visitor than an observer and a relationship based on trust develops between her and her protagonist. The jury praised her approach: “This way goes directly to our hearts, creating a filmic journey which lasts only 86 minutes but for us it is a life lesson.”

The Golden Dove in the German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film was awarded to the Israeli-German coproduction Muhi – Generally Temporary by Rina Castelnuovo-Hollander and Tamir Elterman. Muhi, a six-year-old boy was born in the Gaza Strip. He has an auto-immune disease and has spent most of his life in an Israeli hospital, accompanied by his grandfather. Even when his hands and feet are amputated, he demonstrates strength and optimism. The film was co-produced by the Leipzig-based production company Neue Celluloid Fabrik.


The South Korean director Boram Kim won the Golden Dove in the Next Masters Competition for Baek-gu. With the help of an old limping dog, the filmmaker becomes acquainted with the inhabitants of a calm district of Seoul, who all seem to live in separate worlds. The 20-year-old Norwegian filmmaker Maja Arnekleiv won the Golden Dove for the best animated documentary film for her debut Mum’s Hair. She captured the physical transformation of her mother – diagnosed with cancer – over two years. She then compiled over 2000 images to create a playful and personal montage of positive memories.


In the International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film, the Portuguese filmmaker Mónica Martins Nunes won the Golden Dove for best short documentary for The Ashes Remain Warm, while Ehsan Gharib won the Golden Dove for best animated short film for Deyzangeroo, a Canadian production. Both can qualify for an OSCAR® (in the categories ‘Short Film’ and ‘Documentary Short Subject’) if they fulfill the Academy’s formal criteria.


The Golden Dove for the best German short documentary and animated film went to Mega Trick by Anne Isensee.


Wild Heart by Charly Hübner and Sebastian Schultz won four prizes (the most of the evening). The film is about the northern German punk band “Feine Sahne Fischfilet” and their campaign against right-wing extremism. It is due for release in Germany next April.


An overall total of 21 awards (comprising 73,500 euros) were awarded at this year’s International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film. Tomorrow (5 November), most of the award-winning films, as well as the audience favourites, will be screened again.


Read more about the award winning films