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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12.02.2017 // HESSEN TALENTS at 67th Berlinale

The young generation of Hessian filmmakers is represented by a number of productions during the Berlinale. The HESSEN TALENTS-program presents 13 selected short films from four hessian Art Schools on February 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. More


07.10.2016 // Schedule preview

256 documentary feature and short films will be presented during the 33rd Kassel Dokfest. Many other festival sections accompany the extensive film program: The media art exhibition Monitoring presents 16 experimental and artistic works , in the DokfestLounge VJ art and audiovisual performances are presented at the festival evenings, the... More

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30.06.2016 // LAST CALL / EXTENDED DEADLINE: July 15, 2016

33rd Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, November 15 to 20, 2016 Due to the large interest we are expanding our DEADLINE to July 15 +++ This e-mail goes out to ALL our contacts. If you already have submitted your work please ignore this message. More

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16.06.2016 // Last reminder: submit now! Deadline July 7, 2016

+++ This reminder is addressed only to those who haven't submitted so far! +++ We invite all filmmakers, artists, VJs, distributors, producers, gallery owners, universities or institutions to submit their most current works and projects to the different sections of the festival.Deadline for submission is July 7, 2016 Submission and... More

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15.04.2016 // SUBMIT NOW!

We now invite all filmmakers, artists, VJs, distributors, producers, gallery owners, universities or institutions to submit their most current works and projects for the 33rd Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival.From the selection up to 60 works will be nominated for three of the four prizes of the festival. More

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17.11.2015 // THANK YOU!

An exciting and versatile festival week with an extensive program and many exciting encounters is behind us. More

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12.11.2015 // The first days

After a triumphant opening night on Tuesday, we are looking back on the first days of the festival. The films TRAPPED BY LAW by Sami Mustafa, UNFORGIVEN by Lukas Augustin and LIKE THE OTHERS by Constantin Wulff were sold out. More

10.11.2015 // 32nd Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival starts today

271 international short and long films, 16 installations as part of the exhibition Monitoring, which expands the cinematographic space of the festival and a variety of audiovisual performances in the DokfestLounge are presented during the six days of the festival and draw a diverse and differentiated picture of current documentary... More

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05.10.2015 // First program overview is online

In this year, the commissions of the Kassel Dokfest viewed more films than ever before: More than 3,000 works from 78 countries were submitted. Out of that, a program was put together with 271 documentary feature and short films. Many other festival sections accompany the extensive film program: The media... More

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23.09.2015 // junges dokfest – program 2015 is online now!

junges dokfest – Watch and Understand Documentary Film is the film education program for a young audience from grade 7 to13. The program features mostly documentary short films that explicitly deal with youth cultures and give young audiences new perspectives and insights. More

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03.02.2015 // Monitoring-Selected in Berlin

From February 14 to March 15 2015, the Galerie Patrick Ebensperger and the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival establish a special cooperation. Already in 1997 an exhibition of media installations and sculptures called Monitoring was initiated to extend the festival’s cinematographic range. More

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11.11.2014 // Opening ceremony of 31st festival edition

Festive opening tomorrow: The 31st edition of the Kassel Dokfest starts at 7:30 p.m. at Gloria Cinema! In the light of the current transformations within the global power structure, this years` opening film, I WANT TO SEE THE MANAGER traces the linkage of economic ascent and decline in seven paradigmatic episodes. More


28.04.2014 // Event

In 2004 Renzo Martens won the Golden Cube of the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival for his work “Episode 1”. On April 29 at 2 pm, he will talk about the developments of his latest project “Institute for Human Activities” in the auditorium of the School for Art and... More


14.04.2014 // Submit now!

It’s about to happen again: the Dokfest opens its doors for regional, national and international submissions. Deadline is July 09, 2014. More


10.04.2014 // Kassel in Cannes

The Dokfest team is pleased that two short films from the program of the 30th Kassel Dokfest were honored at the Next Generation Short Tiger Awards 2014. Congratulations Elisabeth Zwimpfer for the Next Generation Short Tiger Award for HIDDEN TRACK and Jan Heise for his special mention for ANOTHER WAY! More


06.01.2014 // HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!

Even though the new year is already a couple of days old, we don't want to miss to wish you a happy and healthy 2014! We are already looking forward to a lot of exciting submissions. Our call for entries will start in mid-April.  More



In 9 days it's happening: The Kassel Dokfest opens its doors and starts the 30th anniversary with a special opening ceremony. To get a taste of the festival you can have a look in the new catalog and programm online. More


17.04.2012 // Call for entries!

We now invite all filmmakers, artists, VJs, distributors, producers, gallery owners,universities or institutions to submit their most current works and projects for the29th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival. More

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