Visit the festival

Festival accreditation

If you are a (documentary) film professional and would like to visit the festival, fill in the accreditation form linked below. If accepted, your accreditation will allow you to visit all regular screenings free of charge (as long as tickets are available). You will also have access to most of the selected films via festival tablets.

>> Request Accreditation


Facilities for guests in corona-times

Due to the current health crisis, DOCVILLE decided not to have an active guest care department. (International) guests are -of course- still welcome to come and stay in Leuven (accreditations are complimentary for all directors and producers for selected films). However, we cannot take care of travel and accomodation like we used to. For further information, contact us via frank(at)

Festival Locations

Cinema ZED


Andreas Vesaliusstraat 9C, 3000 Leuven

The main festival location: tickets, information,  accreditation
Location of Cinema ZED Vesalius, Auditorium Vesalius and bar/restaurant Het Strand


Brusselsestraat 63, 3000 Leuven



Martelarenplein 12, 3000 Leuven

Ticket information


SIX X ZED-Card: € 48 (= 6 tickets)
Not personal/can be used online and all festival locations /valid for two years
>> Buy your ZESxZEDkaart

Strictly personal / Gives access to all screenings 
>> Buy your festival pass


ZED-Vesalius - Andreas Vesaliusstraat 9c - 3000 Leuven

Click on the date in the right column on each film page.

DOCVILLE & Covid-19


For a while, it seemed as though the festival’s 16th edition would be anything but a sweet sixteen. In early March we decided to postpone DOCVILLE, hoping that everything would soon be back to normal. Well, 2020 took a different turn. This will be an unusual edition. No international guests, our artist in focus has been postponed and the receptions and the festival café will also look different. The core of DOCVILLE remains unchanged: exceptional documentaries with context, introduced by experts, directors and journalists. Corona-proof of course, so with less people in the room, perhaps wearing a mask, but… 100% physical. In times of Zoom meetings and Skype conversations, DOCVILLE resolutely opts for the real experience. Real people who all experience film together.

>> Read the entire statement by our festival director


>Because caution remains necessary, DOCVILLE is implementing a number of measures. Vigorous and effective measures that make a visit to the cinema as safe as possible.

>> An overview of the festival's measures to make DOCVILLE as safe as possible


Stay in Leuven

Overnight Stay

- IBIS Hotel Leuven Centrum ★ - Brusselsestraat 52
>> Official site

IBIS hotel Leuven Centrum is located in the historical centre of Leuven, just several meters away from the Old Market Square (with a variety of restaurants and bars), and a short walk from the university, theatre, museums and shopping centre. The hotel is easily accessed both by car and by public transport, a bus stop is just around the corner and the train station is only 15 minutes by foot. Brussels international airport Zaventem is only 20 kilometres away.

More hotels, hostels and B&B's 


Getting there


If you arrive by plane, you preferably fly to Brussels International Airport (Zaventem). There is a direct train connection between Brussels International Airport and Leuven (15 minutes). You can also choose Brussels South (Charleroi) (about 80km from Brussels). In case you arrive in Charleroi; take the train to Brussels and a connecting train from Brussels to Leuven.

By train, Leuven is only 20 minutes from Brussels, 40 minutes from Antwerp, 50 minutes from Liège, 90 minutes from the Belgian coast and at 2 to 3 hours from cities like Düsseldorf, Paris, Amsterdam, Calais, …
>> Belgian Rail


By Bus
In Leuven the buses of the public transport company De Lijn will swiftly take you anywhere in the city.
- Cinema ZED- Vesalius: stop Leuven Campus Vesalius - lines 1,2,4,5,6
- STUK: stop Leuven H.Hart Kliniek - line 2
- Kinepolis:  stop station Leuven
- 30CC/Wagehuys  Stop Sint-Pieterskliniek 
>> De Lijn

By Bike
Bikes rule the streets of Leuven, it's the best way to get around the city center. You can rent bikes at the Bike center at the Leuven railway station or in the center at Leuven Leisure.
>> Bicycle rent

By Foot
Leuven has a small citycenter, which means that everything is easily accessible by foot. 
-Cinema ZED- Vesalius: 12 minutes from the station.
-STUK: 20 minutes from the station.
-Kinepolis: 4 minutes from the station.
-30CC/Wagehuys:17 minutes from the station.

Tourism Leuven: Visit Leuven

On the official website of the city of Leuven you can find a lot of useful tourist information, in English, French and German. Check the website for all information about things to see and do, activities and events, brochures and a city map, lists of hotels and B&B's and much more. 

>> Visit Leuven

About Leuven

Oude markt

Leuven offers a wide range of possibilities as to culture, art history and gastronomy: culinary delights, the magnificent Gothic town hall, delicious Leuven beer, the lively atmosphere at the Oude Markt square and the sleek contemporary architecture of M - Museum Leuven. More than ever, Leuven is an innovative city with nanotechnology pioneers and an increasing number of creative companies.



Gigi Vintage

Leuven is a vibrant city where authenticity still has meaning. You can enjoy some shopping in the numerous exclusive boutiques and stroll along attractive streets and squares.


During 'Het Groot Verlof' in summer, you can experience the various festivals in the town centre and relax at the city's many idyllic green spots. Winter time in Leuven brings a warm glow in the cold months with a traditional Christmas market and atmospheric walks and concerts. Leuven has it all. And more. You're guaranteed to come back sometime!