DocWok 2



The first workshop for DocWok 2 begins on the 8th of December, 2014. The residential workshop will run for 5 days, and we are looking forward to some intensive, engaging sessions on each of our selected projects.


Participate in DocWok 2 as observer

Calling Documentary filmmakers from South Asia – an opportunity to participate in DocWok 2 as an Observer!


About DocWok:

DocWok is a tutoring and mentoring programme for documentaries which are in production in South Asia. DocWok aims to support the documentary practice by bringing in expert guidance for editing, completion, publicity and presentation of the film. DocWok mentors rough cuts, from editing to international exhibition.

DocWok is presented by DOK Leipzig, the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (the oldest and one of the leading documentary festivals in the world) and Magic Lantern Movies (that works to create public access to documentaries via archive and curation) to support and mentor documentary practice in South Asia.

DocWok 2 will take place in Delhi, India in the 2nd week of December, 2014. To participate as an Observer, apply by the 18th of November, 2014 with the following details:

1. Your Name
2. Your profile
3. Why you’d like to apply
4. Your filmography

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Final Selections for DocWok 2 Announced

An international selection committee chose the final projects for DocWok 2. The result was announced by Claas Danielsen on 27 October 2014 at the launch of the 57th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film.

In the final tally there is a project each from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China and Iran and four from India.

Details here


Filmmakers who submitted to DocWok 2

Please check the status of your submission HERE. Kindly note that there are a few submissions accepted provisionally. Please check your submission status and do please ensure that the missing deliverables reach us by 7 September.

Please also check your mailboxes. Some of you have mail from us.akoijam small

Filmmakers from outside India, please use WE TRANSFER to send DVD files.

And we need VIMEO links with passwords. Write to us if you need advice on VIMEO uploading.

Please ALWAYS use the serial number of your entry in the SUBJECT LINE when writing to us.

Thank you and wishing you all the best.

Akoijam Sunita


August 23, 2014, 00:00 hrs IST onwards DocWok stopped accepting submissions

DW01-IMG_7513We are delighted to announce that DocWok 2 has received 24 valid entries. These are FIFTEEN from India, THREE from Pakistan, TWO from Afghanistan, TWO from Nepal, and ONE each from Iran and Bangladesh. We are indeed disheartened to note that not a single entry has come from Sri Lanka, Bhutan or Maldives.

DocWok 2 team is internally evaluating the validity of the 24 entries. On 30th August 2014 we will announce online the entries that are going to be sent to the international selection committee for final selection to DocWok 2. Those with incomplete entries, do please ensure deliverables still missing reach us by 30th August afternoon.


DOK Leipzig recognised by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Film-Claas-Danielsen-leitet-seit-2004-das-Internationale-Leipziger-Festival-fuer-Dokumentar-und-AnimationsfilmDocWok congratulates DOK Leipzig at being recognised by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles, as an Academy Qualifying Festival for the Documentary Short Subject Award.

Distance by Yashashwini Raghunandan and Ekta Mittal, which won the International Short Documentary Competition at DOK Leipzig in 2013, may be eligible to enter the Documentary Short Subject competition of the upcoming Academy Awards without having to prove a theatrical release in the US if the film meets all other requirements. Distance was part of the DocWok 1 tutoring and mentoring programme.

Congratulations Yashashwini Raghunandan and Ekta Mittal​!​


Docwok film selected for IDFA Bertha Grant

I Never left by Shazia Khan, which was part of DocWok 1, has been selected for the prestigious IDFA Bertha Grant. Congratulations Shazia!

To be part of the DocWok tutoring and mentoring experience, read the Rules and Regulations and fill up the online Application Form.

Submission to DocWok2 closes on 22 August 2014.


Claas Danielsen on DocWok 1

Claas Danielsen, festival director of Dok Leipzig, explains the concept and working of DocWok 1 during the first workshop in New Delhi.

DocWok 2 is open to filmmakers from South Asia.
It will mentor 8 projects.
It is a shorter and tighter course with 4 workshops of which one will be residential.


DocWok 2 is back!

After a lull due to unexpected circumstances that lead to the postponing of DocWok 2, we are back and ready to take your film from rough cut to international exhibition.

Having successfully completed DocWok 1 in November 2013, DocWok 2 was slated to begin from April 2014. Circumstances beyond our control delayed DocWok 2. But now we are back. We will soon announce the date for submission for DocWok 2.

DocWok 2 is the same as DocWok 1 in terms of quality of mentoring and tutoring. However there are two new significant changes, one – DocWok 2 has extended to South Asia (including Afghanistan and Iran) and two –DocWok 2 will be a shorter version, compact and intense.

Check list before you send your submission:

  • is your rough cut ready?
  • are you ready for an intense and dedicated tutoring and mentoring programme for your documentary film?
  • are you interested in receiving supports from Indian as well as international tutors and editors?
  • are you looking for an international exhibition of your film?
  • are you looking at extending your international network?

If your answer is yes to all five questions, come and submit your rough cut for DocWok 2. You might be the one having an international exhibition for your documentary film. All the best!