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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junges dokfest

The educational side program for young audiences, “junges dokfest – Watch and understand documentary film”, has been presented in cooperation with the Regulatory Authority for Commercial Broadcasting in Hesse (LPR Hessen) since 2009.

The section “junges dokfest” is aimed at school students from the 8th till the 13th grade as well as teachers and will take place before as well as during the festival.

Workshops and screenings will provide young persons an insight into the broad spectrum of documentary filmmaking, they can further practice their competence in understanding film and will write own reviews of selected films of the festival program under the guidance of media educators. The participants will also have the opportunity to engage in interesting discussions with attending filmmakers. Additionally three students will be involved in the Jury for the production grant “A38”.

Participating teachers will be offered special training in advance. 

The educational side program will be instructed by the media educator and film scientist Dr. Stefan Bornemann, Alexander du Prel and Götz Penner.

The works that will be shown in the “junges dokfest” program will be selected from all submissions for the film and video section. Submission for this section specifically, are not possible. 



Contact and Registration

Dr. Stefan Bornemann
Tel.: 0561-22070863 / Mobil: 0160-90719848
E-Mail: bornemann@folie8.de


A special film selection for young audiences dealing with different topics are shown in special screenings for school classes, which are moderated by media educators and are also attended by the respective filmmaker/s.

Screenings 2017:

BALi Kinos: Rainer-Dierichs-Platz 1 (KulturBahnhof)

Wed., Nov. 15. / 9.15 - 10.45 / Screening 1
Thur., Nov. 16 / 9.15 - 10.45 / Screening 2
Thur., Nov. 16 / 14.30 - 17.15 / Screening 3
Fri., Nov. 17 / 9.15 - 10.45 / Screening 4


Since 2011 three young persons were invited to join the Jury deciding about the A38 production grant, in order to “rejuvenate” the focus of this award. 

Together with Werkleitz – Center for Media Art the Kassel Dokfest awards this grant, which thanks to the Regulatory Authority for Commercial Broadcasting in Hesse (LPR Hessen) and the Medienanstalt Sachsen-Anhalt (regulatory authorities for commercial broadcasting in Saxony-Anhalt) is endowed with up to 3,000 € for accommodation and up to 1,000 € for travel costs.