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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Golden Key

The Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival understands itself as lively forum for the presentation and discussion of documentary work. The extraordinary significance of the younger generation of filmmakers is underlined by the prize “The Golden Key” endowed with 5,000 €, sponsored by the City of Kassel for an outstanding documentary work. Documentary films and videos of all formats and lengths, whose directors were no older than 35 years old at the time of the completion of the work, are eligible. The selection committee decides about exceptions and nominates selected works for this prize.

The Golden Key is listed as an officially authorized competition by the German Federal Film Board (FFA). Films with a duration of up to 30 minutes can collect five points to apply for financial support of the FFA by participating in the competition.

Jury 2016

Dunja Bialas

Peter-Matthias Gaede

Sorayos Prapapan

Dorothée Rhiemeier

Aleksandra Staszel

Nominees 2016

Craig Atkinson (Do Not Resist), Ammar Aziz (A Walnut Tree), Tal Barda, Noam Pinchas (The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev), Elsa Brès (Stella 50.4N1.5E), Laure Cottin Stefanelli (Une passion), Loïc Darses (elle pis son char), Vida Dena (Ayan va badkonak-e sefid), Riccardo Giacconi (Dinosauri), Ognjen Glavonic (Dubina Dva), Gail Gutierrez (Sampaguita Love), Felix Herrmann (Rohdiamanten), Salomé Jashi (Daisis Miziduloba), Zoé Rossion (Roger, grand-père inconnu ), Greta Stocklassová (The Still Life of Věra)

Award winners

2016 Ognjen Glavonic: Dubina Dva

2015 Mea de Jong: If Mama Ain't Happy, Nobody's Happy

2014 Leslie Tai: The Private Life of Fenfen

2013 Gabriel Serra: La parka

2012 Antoine Bourges: East Hastings Pharmacy

2011 Carmen Losmann: Work Hard - Play Hard

2010 Viera Cákanyová: Alda

2009 Thomas A. Østbye: Human

2008 Mario Hirasaka: Die Ryozanpaku

2007 Jess Feast: Cowboys & Communists

2006 Sarah Vanagt: Begin Began Begun

2005 Susanne Jaeger: Vater und Feind

2004 Alexandra Gulea: Die Daumendreher (GOD PLAYS SAX; THE DEVIL VIOLIN)

2003 Sandra Jakisch: 08/15 – Leben am Rand von Köln

2002 Klaus Stern: Andreas Baader- Der Staatsfeind