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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The 7th Hessian University Film Day

KLEINES BALI | DO. 17.11. | 10:00 – 19:00

The 7th Hessian University Film Day

A non-public event for invited professionals and accredited festival guests.

As part of the Hessian University Film Day (HHFT), four universities that have a film program present their best feature, animation, experimental and documentary films to an audience of industry insiders and also pitch their newest ideas.

The goal of the HHFT is to make a connection between Hessian students and graduates and the film and TV industry, in order to promote future collaboration. Every year, the HHFT specifically invites journalists, producers, heads of other festivals, distribution partners and members of various institutions of education. After the screenings, the professionals make a preselection for the HESSEN TALENTS 2107, which will be presented at the European Film Market within the Berlinale.

To further intensify the exchange for the 7th HHFT, not only students are invited to present themselves and their projects, but the industry professionals also get a chance to say a little bit about their work and themselves. In addition, all visitors will have the opportunity to provide students with targeted feedback.

For the 7th time running, the HHFT is supported by the Kassel Dokfest and the Hessische Film- und Medienakademie (hFMA), and organized and implemented by students of the Kunsthochschule Kassel.


Program 7. HHFT

14:45 | PITCHING


More info: www.hhft.info, details Dokfest catalogue Page 122-125


KLEINES BALI | SA 19.11. | 11:30
Vorgestellt von presented by Theus Zwakhals


LIMA presents: The Power of Images


Starting in 2014, the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival expanded its profile by the presentation of a renowned European film and media distributor, addressing both structural aspects and the substance of their activities. This year, we are glad to present LIMA. Founded by experts from the former NIMk, LIMA is the international platform for sustainable access to media art. With knowledge and passion for both art and technology, these experts are insuring that video, digital and performance artworks can and will be presented now and in the future. Through (online) distribution of their own collection, they keep abreast of technical issues and advances. With their storage and digitisation services they are additionally able to provide support to museums, galleries and individual artists. And in collaboration with artists, museums and universities LIMA carries out research in preservation and accessibility of this segment of our cultural heritage.

Following the film presentations there will be the opportunity for discussions.

Curious about the latest works from renowned artists and emerging talent? The media art collection of LIMA Amsterdam is an ever expanding chronicle filled with new media, video art, born digital art and installations. New works inform the collection with new lines of thought, relationships and perspectives. With the online catalogue as its platform and an international network within which to display the collection, LIMA unites artists with museums and festivals worldwide. LIMA’s collection includes artworks dating back to the early experimentalists in the 1960’s to present day and focuses on major themes within media art: works that comment upon (mass) communication and (mass) media, (performance) registrations, medium-specific works and narrative video art. We are proud to present the work of well-known international artists and emerging talent in the field of video art and born-digital art, from Nam June Paik and Marina Abramovic, to Nicolas Provost and belit sağ.

This program investigates the relationship between video art and cinema, and the seductive power as well as the truthfulness of contemporary images.


For more Details check Dokfest catalogue page 82

International film festivals in profile

KLEINES BALI | SA. 19.11. | 15:30
presented by Juhani Alanen


International film festivals in profile – Tampere Film Festival – Documentaries from the North


As part of the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, an international film festival has been presented every year since 2014. This serves to widen the profile of the Kassel Dokfest, and links it with similarly orientated festivals internationally. While it is almost impossible to represent the profile of a festival in a single program, the director of the Tampere Film Festival, Juhani Alanen, has taken on the challenge and presents a selection of Finnish documentary films.


Five and a half million people living in the most northern country of European Community. What else? Cold and long winter, midnight sun during the summer, strange quiet people and of course Kimi Räikkönen, Aki Kaurismäki and Nokia. Are the films made by Aki Kaurismäki telling the whole truth or is the reality even stranger?

Tampere Film Festival is celebrating its 47th anniversary in March 2017. Over the course of four decades, the festival has been able to reinvent itself and remain relevant and interesting. Tampere Film Festival promotes young, up-and-coming filmmakers and attracts a wide audience of film fans and film professionals.

This program will give an overview of the Finnish short documentary production. Many of these films have been widely screened and awarded in the past few years both at Tampere Film Festival and other film festivals. The production of short films in Finland has a long tradition and every year about 350 Finnish short films, including school films, are sent to Tampere Film Festival selection.

Best of Tampere Film Festival program is a panorama of recent short documentaries from Finland. The program does present fresh films from Finland focusing the last three years from 2013 to 2015. This selection of 5 short films is showing a variety of touching documentaries of a changing world.

ELEGANSSI (2015) directed by Virpi Suutarinen’s and HÄTÄKUTSU (2013) directed by Hannes Vartiainen and Pekka Veikkolainen are both winners of the Main Prize at the National Competition of Tampere Film Festival. Salla Tykkä’s experimental documentary JÄTTILÄINEN (2014) was awarded in 2014 at Rotterdam Film Festival. The film TOIVOLA directed by Kaisa Astikainen won the prize for the best student film at the Tampere Film Festival in 2015.


Tampere Film Festival – Short Is Sweet

Tampere Film Festival is one of the most important short film festivals in the world. The festival presents over 450 films in 120 screenings and has a wide variety of Side Programs that gives meeting possibilities for the people in the film industry as well as the audience.

The core of the festival program are the International and National Competitions and the Special Programs. Approximately 110 films from 40 countries are selected in the Competitions. Special Programs consist of agreat number of retrospectives, tributes and thematic programs all of which allows a wide selection of European as well as worldwide works from the early years of cinema up to the most recent works.

Besides the film screenings there is a variety of Side Programs. Professional meetings include seminars and discussions of current topics, meetings of film festivals and meetings between filmmakers, producers, audience and film students. Film Market presents over 4000 titles that have been submitted to the Competitions; major productions come from Northern Europe and Baltic countries. Clubs and exhibitions have established their position at the festival and gather around both the audience and the professionals.

Tampere Film Festival is very active on bilateral activities regarding promotion, programming and consulting with several European festivals. Promoting Finnish and European Short Film is one of the festival’s primary missions. The 47th festival will be held from March 8 to 12, 2017.


Juhani Alanen
Executive Director Tampere Film Festival

Juhani Alanen studied at the University of Tampere and graduated as M.Sc. in Marketing. He has worked at Tampere Film Festival more than 30 years on various duties and nowadays he is the Executive Director. For over 10 years he has been a member of the selection committee at the festival. He also curates short film programs for Tampere Film Festival as well as Finnish short films programs for various film festivals in the world. Juhani Alanen has been a member of juries at different short film festivals.


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University Portrayal

KLEINES BALI | FR 18.11. | 15:30
presented by Jaap Vinken, Judith Leysner and Students


University Portrayal

Sandberg Instituut Masters Gerrit Rietveld Academie


Every year, Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival presents (independent from the selected works from the official competition) a film school from another European country. For this purpose a few of the students of the respective university are together with their professors invited to Kassel to present their latest works. Subsequently to the screenings, discussions offer the audience the possibility to talk to both the lecturer and the young talents. The audience is able to extend its knowledge about European film, teaching models at film schools in other European countries and to establish mutually important contacts.

In 2011 the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Czech Republic), in 2012 the University of art and design (Geneva / Switzerland), in 2013 the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (Austria), in 2014 the Academy of Fine Arts Palermo (Italy) and in 2015 Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences (Finland) were presented.

The Portrait of the 33rd edition is dedicated to Sandberg Instituut, the post-graduate program for Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Judith Leysner (Rietveld and Sandberg Alumnus, coordinator of the Fine Art Department and Co-Owner of the artistic initiative “Never Never Land”) as well as Jaap Vinken (Educational policy advisor of Sandberg Instituuts), will present together with some of their students a compilation of ten short films consisting of the latest works of the University, most of them German festival premieres.


About Sandberg Instituut
With an average of 20 students per program, the departments are kept relatively small. This allows to make the courses flexible and open to initiatives from students and third parties. The course directors are prominent artists, designers and curators with international practices. They invite (guest) tutors who are able to challenge the students to critically reflect on their profession, their work and their progress. As director, Jurgen Bey wants to be careful with ’not permitting’. The different heads make the school, each produces their own space, their own noise.

With education the academy intends to organize and extent the principles of the cultural field, the areas where curiosity emerges. The Sandberg Instituut seeks ways to align art education (and the arts) with the dynamic of contemporary society. Therefore we introduced the phenomenon 2-year programs that are developed according to urgent world issues. “Vacant NL” – the first temporary program – was launched in 2011 and explored the vast potential of the thousands of vacant buildings in the Netherlands. In 2013 “School of Missing Studies” dealt with art and the public space, whereas “Material Utopias” investigated the shifting boundaries between innovative materials and techniques. “Cure Master” (2014) dealt with art and healthcare, “Designing Democracy” (2014) was about political spatial design and “System D Academy” (2014) about informal and selforganising social systems.

Currently running are “Fashion Matters” about alternative systems for the fashion industry, and “Materialisation in Art and Design”, which started as a continuation as well as a disruption of “Material Utopias”. 2016 “Reinventing Daily Life” will start, seeking to integrate elements of performing arts in everyday life. “Master of Voice” is also new, and is about the human voice as a means or an end in itself, within artistic practices.

Whereas the temporary programs reflect on situations with a sense of urgency, the main departments aim to deepen the practices of artists, designers and critics. Sandberg Instituut’s permanent programs include “Critical Studies”, “Design”, “The Dirty Art Department”, “Fine Arts” and “Studio for Immediate Spaces”.


Jaap Vinken (Educational policy advisor des Sandberg Instituuts)
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Support by the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Profis Plaudern Praxis / PraxisDokfest



The section Profis Plaudern Praxis has been presented in collaboration with the Hessian Film- and Media Academy (hFMA) since 2010. The section is considered a platform for further education of people involved in media and filmmaking, who share their expertise in lectures and workshops. Thus, new ways of dealing with the latest developments in the media business can be found and explored.


Distribution and Marketing for Film Productions

How can I market my film production (at profit)?
• What options do I as a film maker have to market my film?
• Which distributers, online platforms and media libraries might be interested in my film?
• Is self-publishing an alternative?
• How do I make the public aware of my film?

Because universities tend to have a different focus than the distribution and marketing of the works that are produced there, such questions often remain unanswered. This is exactly where Profis Plaudern Praxis VIII / PraxisDokfest wants to come in. The event is intended to allow film students to get first answers to these questions from the experts.


Short lectures will open new perspectives. Subsequently, individual queries can be addressed in one-on-one conversations.

Last year, Profis Plaudern Praxis VII / PraxisDokfest “The Right Film at the Right Place” addressed the question of the diversity of various festivals and the related issue of programme selection. The goal was to help film makers get oriented in where to submit their own works. This second event discusses assessment strategies for up-and-coming films based on questions around distribution and marketing.

Lectures: in German, no reservation necessary, free entrance
Preregistration for corrections and one-on-one conversations:

Mechthild Alpers: alpers@kasselerdokfest.de


Gisela Waetzoldt-Hildebrandt

Marketing for Short Films
Digitalisation has fundamentally changed, not least, the playing and assessment of films. On the one hand this provides filmmakers with the chance to reach a wider audience, it does, however, require appropriate careful planning during the preproduction phase. This applies equally for short films. Beyond the platforms and evaluation forms via which the production is offered, it is also possible to develop a profile through the skilled use of promotion, prizes and awards, and crowd involvement.


Philipp Hoffmann (Rushlake Media)

How independent films can benefit from the video-on-demand market
In a film distribution market that is fundamentally changing, digital technologies offer new opportunities for reaching a specific audience, particularly for independent films.

The key is in the digital knowledge about the audience: Who are they and how to reach them? Usage data and its analysis will have a crucial role to play in the future. And not only among the big players of the sector but particularly for independent films. Philip Hoffmann of Rushlake Media, an international film distributer focussing on digital distribution, will provide answers to these questions.


Angelika Ramlow

arsenal distribution / Living Archive

Vibrantly communicating international film culture is at the core of the Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst, whose archiving and distribution policy is founded in the wish that films should not just be seen once at a festival, but made available as part of their collection over a long period of time. Presenting video art and experimental films in-house, at festivals, in museums and galleries contributes to continuously reexamining cinema’s requirements.


13:00 – 17:00

Corrections one-on-one and conversations
Participation requires registration in advance and providing of the film beforehand, free entrance.

The expert speakers will provide one-on-one feedback and be available for conversations. Interested filmmakers can pre-arrange a single twenty minute consultation and will have the possibility to receive detailed feedback, plus learn more about possible assessment strategies for their films. This talk will take place with films shown in full length either at the Hessian University Film Day (HHFT) or will be provided by beforehand otherwise.

The lectures and one-on-one conversations are primarily meant for students in the network of the Hessian Filmand Media Academy and the participants of the 7th Hessian University Film Day. They will be open for other interested persons as well. Attendance is free of charge. Please preregister with Mechthild Alpers no later than November 9, 2016 at alpers@kasselerdokfest.de. Short-term attendance will only be possible, if free places are available.

The speakers will take part in the 7th Hessian University Film Day, to get an impression of the participating films and so the filmmakers have the opportunity to get in touch with the speakers beforehand, who will then be available for the one-on-one consultations on Friday.


A cooperation of the Hessen Film and Media Academy (hFMA) and the 33rd Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival.

Foto: Michael Wolf / laif