DOK Leipzig wants German Premieres

Be careful if you are German, has made a good documentary and wants it to go to DOK Leipzig 2009. New regulations have been introduced, read this press release:

Starting in 2009, all films screened in DOK Leipzig’s German Competition for Documentary Film must be German premieres. The festival has introduced this ruling to match the regulations of all three documentary film competitions (International, German and the „Generation Dok” competition for young talents), while making the national competition more exclusive and attractive to audiences, the media and industry visitors.

In practical terms this means that every film in one of the documentary competitions must not be presented at any other German festival (including Prix Europa) or publically in Germany before. A festival screening abroad will not be considered a cause for exclusion from competition, although world and international premieres will be given preference. Productions screened at other German festivals before DOK Leipzig may still be accepted for the International Programme. A theatrical release or television broadcast in Germany previous to or during DOK Leipzig will automatically exclude films from being selected for the official programme.

Photo: 2008 winner at DOK Leipzig: Renè.

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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