The Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival is a yearly six-day event and takes place in Mid-November. The Filmladen Kassel – an organization which is nationally acclaimed for its engaged work in the cinema every year – is the organizer of the festival.

The film program, which includes short and feature documentary films and artistic-experimental productions, is the main part of the festival. During the six festival days about 250 films are presented. The festival’s profile also includes the trans-media section Monitoring, an exhibition of current video and media installations, the workshop symposium interfiction, the DokfestLounge, the film educational side program junges dokfest, the DokfestGeneration for elder film fans as well as the DokfestForum.

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.

The Kassel Dokfest ist known and loved for its intimate atmosphere, where the local audience as well as filmmakers and media professionals from Germany, Europe and the whole world meet every year. As a film and media festival with an international approach and a strong focus on new media the Dokfest Kassel is unique in Hesse.

The 35th edition of the festival in 2018 had 15.500 guests, among them 642 accredited professionals. In 2019, the Kassel Dokfest will take place for the 36th time from November 12-17.