The center piece of the Kassel Dokfest is the film program, divided into three sections:


Up to 16 contemporary media installations and sculptures by up-and-coming as well as well-known artists will be presented at the exhibition Monitoring.

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The DokfestLounge is not only the location for audiovisual performances by international artists, VJs and DJs but also the nocturnal meeting point for our guests after 10.30 pm.

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The Workshop symposium interfiction offers lectures, presentations and workshop-sessions concerning a yearly changing topic, which takes a closer look at the political, social and artistic aspects of the medium internet.

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This educational side program is aimed at school students from the 7th till the 13th grade as well as teachers. The project consists of special film programs as well as workshops about film analysis and criticism under the guidance of media educators.

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The DokfestForum offers panels, lectures and screenings that raise questions about the interfaces between film and art. During the daytime the DokfestForum as a festival meeting point will provide a café with a video library for accredited guests.

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With the Hessian University Film Day, the presentation of a European Film College and hands-on workshops and lectures, the Kassel Dokfest offers possibilities for further education, information on education opportunities and access to professional networks for (Hessian) up-and-coming filmmakers.

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Lectures / Workshops

Initiated 2009 as a cooperation with the Hessian Film and Media Academy (hFMA), the Dokfest offers opportunities to participate in lectures, discussions, workshops for hands-on topics like film production, financing or pitching for young up-and-coming (Hessian) filmmakers. The aim is to share know-how and expertise, to get a glance behind the scenes of the film business and to support young filmmakers by supplying sound practical knowledge.

Overview of Previous Events
Film Financing 2.0 – Crowdfunding as an Alternative Method? 
Professional Aim Filmmaker – Further Education for Professionals

Film seaking Co-Producer – Do Co-Production Make Life easier?
Short film Seaking Screening Place 
Offering Short Film, Seaking Festival – Where to Submit? Where to Participate?

The Art of Pitching: Workshop instructed by Coach Sibylle Kurz

The Hessian University Film Day

The promotion of young Hessian filmmakers is a special matter of the Kassel Dokfest. Therefore the Kassel Dokfest presents the Hessian University Film Day in cooperation with the film class of the Kassel College for the Fine Arts and the Hessian Film and Media Academy (hFMA).

Students of the Universities of Offenbach, Darmstadt, RheinMain (Wiesbaden) and Kassel are offered a one day event with plenty of opportunities to present and pitch current productions of the genres fiction, documentary and animated film to an audience of experts of journalists, producers and distributors.

The Hessian University Film Day’s aim is to enable first contacts within the film and TV business for young Hessian filmmakers and to provide impulses for future cooperation for graduation or debut films.

Every University receives a one-and-a-half hour slot for the presentation of their films. The works to be presented are selected by the professors of the four universities and the organizers of Hessian University Film Day.

The direction of the University Film Day is carried out by a changing team of film students of the Kassel College for the Fine Arts.

The 3rd Hessian University Film Day will take place on November 15, 2012.

Further information can be found at www.hhft.info and http://www.hfmakademie.de

University Portrayal

The Kassel Dokfest has been offering distinguished universities and art academies to present their student’s current film projects in a special presentation during the Dokfest since 1989. Also, professors, representatives and students of the respective university are invited to Kassel.

This event is part of the regular film program but is specially aimed at students, who would like to get an impression of the presented university and its curriculum. Moreover this makes it possible to get in touch directly with professors and students in a very uncomplicated manner.

This series of university portraits was started off by a presentation of the Video Department of the University of Kassel at the 6th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival.

Since then several German – and since 2006 also European – film schools were invited to Kassel every year.

University Portrayal 2012

This year's university portrayal presents the Geneva University of Art and Design, HEAD. The program will show 9 films recently produced at the university.


The Universities at a glance:

1989 Video Department Visual Communication GHS Kassel

1991 Video Class Art Academy Düsseldorf

1992 HBK Braunschweig

1993 HFG Karlsruhe, Department for Media Art

1994 KHM Köln

1995 Film Academy Baden-Württemberg

1996 DFFB

1997 HFF »Konrad Wolff«

1998 University of Arts Berlin – Institute for Contemporary Media

1999 HFG Offenbach

2000 HFF München

2001 Bauhaus-University Weimar (Department for Media and Design)

2002 Johannes Gutenberg-University – Academy of Fine Arts

2002 Fachhochschule Mainz – Media Design Class

2003 University for Graphics and Book Art Leipzig

2004 Acadmey of Fine Arts Hamburg

2005 Merz Academy – University for Design Stuttgart

2006 ZeLIG – School for Documentary Film, TV and New Medien Bozen, Italy

2007 Zürcher Universities of Art, Switzerland

2008 Art Academy Umeå, Schweden

2009 The Sam Spiegel Film & Television School, Jerusalem

2010 Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing

2011 FAMU, Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts, Prague