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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A38-Production-Grant Kassel-Halle

Stemming from a long cooperation, the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival and Werkleitz – Center for Media Art award the A38 – Production grant together. The up to two month scholarship is made possible through the commitment of the Regulatory Authority for Commercial Broadcasting in Hesse (LPR Hessen) and the Medienanstalt Sachsen-Anhalt (regulatory authorities for commercial broadcasting in Saxony-Anhalt) and is endowed with up to 3,000 € for accommodation and up to 1,000 € for travel costs.

The idea is to inspire the artist to a new audiovisual work by getting to know both cities of Kassel and Halle, which are linked by the A38-motorway. The work will then be produced at Werkleitz – Centre for Media Art in Halle making use of technical support, worth up to 4,000 € for allowance in kind. The new cinematic work should also appeal to a younger audience on an eye-to-eye level. To “rejuvenate” the focus of this grant the jury will be accompanied by three additional young members.

Depending on the project’s completion date, it may premiere during the next Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival and/or be presented as part of the Werkleitz Event Programme. The award-winner is invited to join the jury of the Kassel Dokfest in the year following their residency.
The selection committee of the festival nominates a maximum of 16 works from the festival program for the grant.

Jury 2016

Christian Klisan

Ann Sophie Lindström

Ruth Annette Schriefers

Peter Zorn

Youth Jury 2016

Roya Haupt

Anton Leolo Scheid

Mara Vukorep

Award winners

2016 Benjamin Kahlmeyer: Eisen

2015 Khaldiya Jibawi: Another Kind of Girl

2014 Guido Hendrikx: Escort

2013 Patrick Richter: Neununddreißig

2012 Marc Schmidt: De Regels van Matthijs

2011 Léo Médard: Tao m'a dit…

2010 Kara Blake: The Delian Mode

2009 Hannes Lang: Leavenworth, WA

2008 Joanna Rytel: To Think Things You Don’t Want to

2007 Anne-Kristin Jahn: Generation Model

2006 Jürgen Brügger, Jörg Haaßengier: Kopfende Haßloch

2005 Curtis Burz: VIRGINia

2004 Britt Dunse: Norden

2003 Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay: Live to tell

2002 Oliver Husain: Q

2001 Florian Thalhofer: Korsakow Syndrom

Nominees 2016

Angela Christlieb (Whatever Happened to Gelitin), Florian Dedek (Dann muss es ja ein was weiß ich was Gutes geben), Teboho Edkins (Initiation),Marcin Filipowicz (Trampkarze), Ester Gould (A Strange Love Affair with Ego), Paul Heintz (Non Contractuel), Leonhard Hofmann (Shlomi & Mazy), Zhou Hongbo (Jijing Yu Jinji), Benjamin Kahlmeyer (Eisen), Jannis Alexander Kiefer (ein moment bei unserer großmutter), Didem Pekün (Of Dice and Men), Muhammad Umar Saeed (The Learning Alliance), belit sağ (Eylül – Ekim 2015, Cizre), Faraz Shariat (Ich bin euer Sohn), Mayye Zayed (Zakerat Abad El-Shams)