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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Dokfest Generation

A brochure with important information can be downloaded here.

DokfestGeneration introduces a small but fine selection of documentary feature length films, which pick up in different ways the dialogue between the generations. "Film has no age", is the motto. Elder film fans – but not only they – will be fond of the DokfestGeneration films which are chosen for them and are shown in the most beautiful cinema in Kassel, the fifties movie theater Gloria.

While festival areas like new media / cross media and the junges dokfest and the Hessian University Film Day target young cineastes, the section DokfestGeneration takes into account the much discussed and often too negatively portrayed demographic change. An ageing audience gains importance not only in quantitative, but also in qualitatively terms. We understand ageing not only as an inevitable fate, but also as an opportunity. Looking back at a long life means also that there is more experience which can benefit all generations.

Those who still have to discover festival films as sophisticated entertainment, or have booked the Dokfest as an event for professionals and young people can find themselves in the films aimed at them, be encouraged and be moved by them. They are invited to enrich the Dokfest with their experience and to engage in a dialogue. The filmmakers will be, if possible, there for a public discussion subsequently to the screening. Here it also holds true that the audience completes the film.