DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Loving Vincent + BreakThru Films – Meet the artists behind the movies

Loving Vincent + BreakThru Films – Meet the artists behind the movies

This year the Animation Night Extended takes us into the fascinating visual world of Vincent van Gogh. The film "Loving Vincent" will be shown in Germany for the first time in a special screening prior to its cinema release. This feature-length animated film is based on letters to Van Gogh’s brother and was created using over 65,000 individual oil paintings made in a style emulating the artist’s unique imagery. The story sheds new light on the dramatic circumstances of his life and sudden death from the standpoint of his friends and acquaintances. The film was produced by Gdansk-based BreakThru Films.

After the screening, producer Hugh Welchman will provide insights into the film’s complex production process, answer questions and show real paintings included in the film. He will also talk about previous film projects, such as the puppet animation film "Peter & the Wolf" by Suzie Templeton, which was awarded an Oscar in 2008, and "The Magic Piano", which was also nominated for an Oscar in 2012.


The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2018 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.