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


The exhibition Monitoring shows contemporary media installations and other time-based media works by up-and-coming as well as well-known artists

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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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The educational side program is aimed at school students from the 8th 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 artist talks, lectures and screenings of the DokfestForum raise questions about the interfaces between film and art.

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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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“The Golden Key” endowed with 5,000 €, awards an outstanding documentary work by a young filmmaker.


The regional competition for the „Golden Hercules“, endowed with 3,000 € is open to all formats and genres presentable on a big screen.


The „Golden Cube“, endowed with 3.500 €, is awarded to the best media installation presented in the exhibition monitoring.


Since 2001, the Kassel Video and Documentary Film Festival has been awarding prizes, which usually focus on young artist’s talent. In addition to these awards, since 2015, the Kassel Dokfest is giving an honorary award to established directors, who have distinguished themselves by particularly innovative achievements in film and art, and are locals or connected to the Kassel Dokfest in a special way.


Award winners 2017

Golden Key

Golden Hercules

A38-Production-Grant Kassel-Halle

Golden Cube