Being one of the world’s few festivals dedicated especially to children and youth documentaries, doxs! supports a unique mission. It takes place annually since 2002, embedded in the well-known Duisburger Filmwoche.
doxs! presents contemporary European documentaries with the aim to create a profound dialogue between filmmakers and young audiences. Especially, the festival’s selection pays specific attention to intelligent aesthetics as well as on current discourses deserving a critical reflection. The political and educational impact of documentaries is recognised by the filmprize of the festival "GROSSE KLAPPE" – an European award which is donated by the Federal Agency for Civic Education including the non-theatrical distribution in Germany. By supporting schools as well as cinemas in programming and mediating documentaries, doxs! carries its ambitions throughout the whole year.
Moreover, the festival constantly develops new pilot-projects which set the pace and break new ground: Since 2008 doxs! has initiated several formats stimulating the production of documentaries for young audiences. Collaborating with TV stations, initiatives such as "dok you" together with the WDR and "doku.klasse" in collaboration with ZDF/3sat have been established to support filmmakers. In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut doxs! produced the unique film package "Young Heroes", which enabled these festival films to reach a worldwide audience.
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doxs! on tour
doxs! on tour is an international tour programme, including some specifically chosen festival films, to establish the culture of documentaries for children and adolescents beyond our own festival’s borders.
doxs! on tour films have already been presented in Athens, Berlin, Bochum, Bonn, Cologne, Dortmund, Essen, Frankfurt/Main, Hamburg, Kassel, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Wiesbaden, Graz (within the "steirischer herbst"-festival), Feldkirch, Lille, Lissabon, London, Perm, Reykjavik and Vienna.
doxs! schule is a project in cooperation with schools in Duisburg and North-Rhine-Westphalia. For doxs! schule it is important to participate in the media education actively, with the aim to introduce even 6-year-old children to documentary films and other media as well as the basic work behind it.
doxs! do it
In 2006 doxs! started a project in cooperation with secondary schools. Adolescents have the opportunity to do their own documentary. In the first film "5 in 8 noch 2" five students show their way of finding a job. The teenagers wrote their own scripts and realised their ideas supervised by a professional filmmaker.
Since 2009 doxs! do it connects all practical projects of filmmaking, starting at the primary school up to the secondary school. The pupils are realising the conception and production of a (documentary-)film by themselves, under professional guidance. doxs! do it also combines the passive reflections of watching films with active parts of media education.
In 2007 doxs! launched a project to strengthen teenagers’ awareness for acoustic issues (sound, atmosphere, voice) when visualizing a film. The participants create a realistic and autobiographical radio play due to their wishes and in the context of their social environment.
Since 2007 doxs! participates in the training of children language skills, especially for youngsters with migratory background, to improve their verbal skills and the ability to read fluently. Documentary and film material also gives the opportunity to get a deeper understanding for linguistic matters in film and TV.
In 2007 young film critics got the opportunity to review the festival programme from their own point of view for the first time. In cooperation with the online film magazine spinxx.de, doxs! offered workshops where students could learn the essentials of film reviewing. In 2009 doxs! kritik established its first constant school critics-group at a secondary school in Dortmund, where the students write especially about documentaries for young people.
The concept connects all film educational workshops for teachers. It can be organised in multi-part presentations, open for all interested teachers or in direct arrangements with individual schools. The workshops offer and define professional, theoretical and practical basic knowledge about (documentary)films and their benefit for education in school. Some documentaries, for example, also could be used for foreign language classes.
doxs! young heroes
To celebrate the fifth anniversary in 2006, doxs! and the Goethe Institute Munich edited a DVD package including 26 current, international documentaries for children and adolescents. All the films are subtitled, so they can be offered to all international Goethe Institutes for educational purpose.
In cooperation with the "dokumentarfilminitiative dfi", doxs! has created a new project to establish the production of children documentaries in Germany. Directors can apply for this project to get a better qualification for producing children documentaries. Together with these filmmakers, students get the opportunity to realize their own documentary film for kids. The first four productions were presented to the public during the 33rd Duisburger Filmwoche in 2009, the following productions premiered at the editions of 2010 - 2012.