Leipzig 2007

  • Ron Holloway


49th LEIPZIG INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL FOR DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATION FILMS Under visionary Claas Danielson, now in his third year as festival director and aided by an equally energetic team, the 49th Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animation Films (30 October- 05 November 2006), aka Dok Festival & Dok Industry for visiting professionals, broke its previous statistical record once more. From 2,400 submissions, the festival booked just over 400 films from 50 countries, the total evenly divided between documentary and animation entries. Altogether, that amounts to 19,230 minutes viewing time, or 13 days, 8 hours, and 30 minutes in one sitting. This year's attendance climbed to 22,500, up from 20,000 in 2005. A total of Euro 53,500 was handed out to award winners in various categories. Among the 259 events (including social events, reruns, and industry specials) was one key day that signalled a new direction for the festival. On...