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[info] 25th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival

25th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival
November 11-16, 2008
Deadline : July 21, 2008


For its 25th anniversary edition the Kassel
Documentary Film and Video Festival invites you
from November 11 to 16, 2008 to Kassel to show
the diversity and current tendencies of
documentary work. On six days the festival
presents about 230 international documentary
films as well as experimental and artistic works.
Together with its further three intermedia
sections, the profile of the Kassel Documentary
Film and Video Festival is unique : The exhibition
MONITORING transfers the medium film from the
cinema to the context of an exhibition in
presenting contemporary media installations in
addition to the film screenings. It is
complemented with an audiovisual live program in
the DokfestLounge as well as the interdisciplinary conference interfiction.
Moreover, the 25th anniversary edition of the
Kassel Dokfest shall be an occasion for looking
on the past and future festival’s development as
well as documenting the facets of documentary
work that has been presented in Kassel for the
past 25 years. "Most Touching" is for instance
the title of an anniversary DVD that shall be
published with a collection of 25 international
films and videos out of 25 years of festival history.
We now invite all artists, filmmakers,
distributors, gallery owners, universities or
institutions to submit latest works and projects
to the different sections of the anniversary
festival program. Deadline for entries is July 21, 2008.


The documentary film traditionally makes up the
heart of the festival. Thus, the festival puts
its main emphasis on films and videos exploring
their subject by documentary means. But not only
traditional documentary films, also particularly
short works, that break down formal approaches to
documentary filmmaking, i.e. in the combination
of experimental or animated with documentary
elements, are selected. Theses hybrids expand the
scale of documentary work and contribute to a
diverse screening program. There is no
restriction in terms of the running time of submitted works.


The exhibition MONITORING is devoted to
contemporary space-oriented media art in
enhancing the cinematographic scope of the
festival. 15 media installations and sculptures
are selected among the entries and displayed
during the festival at Kassel KulturBahnhof and
Kassel Kunstverein. The exhibition is organized
in cooperation with the Kassel Kunstverein and
the documenta Archive of the City of Kassel.


The lounge of the festival presents a program of
audio-visual performances and VJ-art. This
section is calling for live visuals, audiovisual
performance concepts, Live Cinema, sound
performances and any kind of experiments produced in analogue or digitalmedia.


"RE/CYCLING INVENTION" : This year’s interfiction
symposium (with lectures, presentations and
workshop-sessions) will ask for the innovative
potentials of digital and material strategies and
practices of recycling in arts and culture.
Artists, video- and filmmakers, researchers,
curators, writers, activists and others
interested in transdisciplinary exchange on the
related issues are invited to join the conference
and to discuss their ideas and projects. Call for
proposals and further information :


A selection of the presented films and videos as
well as installations will be nominated for one
of the four awards. With the "Golden Key" award
the festival seeks to support the best
documentary submitted by a young director. It is
endowed with Euro 5,000 and sponsored by the City
of Kassel. Furthermore, we are pleased about our
new prize sponsor for the "Golden Hercules" : The
Machbar GmbH, a corporate communications company
headquartered in Kassel, awards this prize, worth
Euro 2,500, to an outstanding production from the
region of Northern Hesse. This year, the software
company Micromata GmbH supports the "Golden Cube"
for the second time with Euro 2,500 in prize
money. It awards the best installation of the
exhibition MONITORING. Moreover, the festival and
the Werkleitz Gesellschaft together present the
production grant "A38", worth Euro 4,000 for allowance in kind.

Entry form and rules of participation at
Please use, if possible, the comfortable online
entry form. We are looking forward to your
entries and to an inspiring 25th anniversary edition of the Dokfest inKassel !

Best regards,
the Dokfest-team

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    25th Kassel Documentary Film & Video Festival
    November 11 - 16, 2008

Kati Michalk / Gerhard Wissner
phone : +49.561.707 64 21
fax : +49.561.707 64 41

mail :
c/o Filmladen Kassel e.V.
Goethestrasse 31
34119 Kassel