Artistic documentary films by independent film auteurs, whose work crosses the boundaries of format, have almost entirely disappeared from German television programs.

DOKUARTS 11 - Unformatiert / Beyond Format provides the opportunity to witness the entire fascinating and vivid spectrum of contemporary work in the field of documentary film beyond format. Particularly unconventional intimate artist-portraits, essay films, long-term observations and the documentation of work processes have become a rarity within the German media landscape. Internationally, however, these works enjoy great popularity and are held in high esteem by film makers as well as the general audience even if they usually are placed at the fringes of the big festivals. Thematically, all arts can be represented: music, literature, painting, sculpture, architecture, theatre, cinema, photography, dance, concept art, experimental film, film montage, etc.

DOKUARTS 11 - Unformatiert / Beyond Format showcases through its program the memory of the arts and their significance for the present. Our project offers film makers, scholars and artists a platform to engage in a mutually stimulating dialog about genre-specific films as well as about current art discourses.

Our international festival presents 24 new full-length films on art, which to date have not been shown in Berlin; most of them will be German premieres. Nearly all film makers will present their work in person.

This year's symposium takes place on October 5 in cooperation with the European Documentary Network and will discuss the historical, present and continuing formatization of media and culture as well as the interrelations between conditions of production, aesthetics and politics in the context of films on art.

The participation in the symposium is free of charge. Detailed information about topics and guest speakers to be announced. Registration is required:

Program 2018

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Call for Entries closed

The call for entries for the 11th edition of DOKUARTS is closed. Thank you to all who have submitted their films!

Essaydox in Rio de Janeiro

Our Brazilian partner, Instituto Moreira Salles in Rio de Janeiro screened a selection of films from our Essaydox program in July, 2017.