International Documentary Film Festival Munich


Munich, Germany

May 06-17, 2020


About the Festival

DOK.fest München or the International Documentary Film Festival Munich consists of 10 competitions where a selection of the most outstanding contemporary documentaries every year. The festival showcases the creativity aspect of documentaries selected with curatorial signature.

Aside from the festival, it also has DOK.deutsche competition specifically for German-language documentaries as well as DOK.horizonte where they present films from different countries with interesting issues. They also have the FFF Documentary Film Award that recognizes promising young talent in documentary filmmaking. The SOS Children’s Villages Worldwide Award recognizes films that contributes to the lives of children and young people. The ARRI AMIRA Award recognizes outstanding artistic achievements in documentary filmmaking while the German Documentary Music Award awards composition of music that contributes to the narrative of a documentary film. Lastly, the VFF Documentary Film production Award recognizes producers in the documentary field.

All of the festival’s competitions are endowed with a prize money of 54,000 euros.

During the series programme, the festival has several specials co-presented with partners from different fields of culture and society. Renowned filmmakers are also honored each year. The Africa programme provides a year-round platform for films from and across the African continent which is the only one in German festivals.

In its programme series, the festival presents numerous specials with cooperation partners from culture and society. Every year there is a retrospective that focuses on renowned filmmakers. The Africa programme, which is unique in the German-speaking festival landscape, provides a year-round platform for films from and across the African continent. In the DOK.guest section, a country with its film culture is presented every year.

The is the festival’s established meeting place for the industry and the public. The public case studies, master classes, workshops and panels they offer has a practical approach to current trends and issues in documentary field. At the Marketplace, filmmakers meet decision-makers from editorial, production and sales departments at sessions and one-to-one meetings in order to present and implement projects.

The festival also has the German Composition Award, the British Pathé Archive Award and the Pitch Award of the House of Documentary Films which is organized by the Marketplace.



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This article was written by DOK.fest München at the request of The Documentary Life.


Producer and Content Creator, Stephanie Vincenti

Stephanie has worked in the narrative and documentary feature film industry for over 12 years. She is also a producer and content creator for The Documentary Life.

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