Almost 71,000 viewers watched the 131 films in the programme, the live film talks and award ceremonies as well as the DOK.forum and DOK.education events.
The industry platform DOK.forum was also a great success online: 2,417 guests and 221 experts from the international film and media industry took part, and a total of 58 events took place. The film literacy programme DOK.education had a larger online audience than ever before, with over 4,000 viewers nationwide.
The award winning german documentaries are:
VIKTOR DOK.deutsch goes to ZUHUR'S DAUGHTERS by Laurentia Henske, Robin Humboldt
Jury statement: "They put on make-up, they listen to music, they talk about boys. Samar and Lohan long to have a real life. The right life in the right body. The two sisters are trans. In their home country of Syria, that would have meant certain death. 'f your son or wife does something forbidden and you don't kill them, you have to leave', their father explains. So he fled to Germany with his two wives and four children. Because "who is capable of killing their own child? Your child is part of your soul," he says. Talib and his wife Zuhur do not understand their children, but mostly they worry about them. Filmmakers Laurentia Genske and Robin Humboldt show all this with great empathy. Their film follows and documents in the best sense the transwomen's path to the life they hoped for – with all its hurdles and difficulties. And at the same time it reveals to the audience what it means to be a foreigner, a refugee and a woman."
FFF Talent Award Documentary goes to STORIES OF DADS | VÄTER UNSER by Sophie Linnenbaum
Jury statement: "With a simple concept, Sophie Linnenbaum succeeds in opening up entire life worlds that burn themselves into the memory. In formal terms, VÄTER UNSER is characterised by a reduced, relaxed and concentrated setting. The outstanding montage opens up life worlds with an enormous range; stories that life writes, told without pathos, with human warmth and dignity. The stories about fathers are funny, sad, shocking, astonishing and touching. Documentary cinema that takes time for its protagonists and tells the often sorrowful and painful, but also beautiful and tender moments between daughters and sons and their fathers through faces and words in such a way that intense images inevitably arise in the mind. This film is an enrichment for all who engage with it."
megaherz Student Award goes to THE CASE YOU by Alison Kuhn
Jury statement: "THE CASE YOU literally shines a spotlight on one of the most pressing issues within our industry today. The film impresses with the precision with which it depicts and accuses abuse of power. It is loud and poignant at the same time and convinced us with its relevance, the courage of the protagonists, but also with its cinematic realisation. The criticism the film makes is not only directed against the power structures within the film industry, but it is aimed at a larger problem inherent in the system. THE CASE YOU is an ode to community cohesion, to 'sisterhood'. We hope to see brave projects like this from our fellow students and filmmakers in general in the future."
VFF Documentary Film Production Award goes to THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER
by Antonia Kilian; Producers: Frank Müller (Doppelplusultra Filmproduktion), Guevara Namer and Antonia Kilian (Pink Shadow Films)
Jury statement: "The director and producer Antonia Kilian lived in northern Syria for a year, gave film workshops for young women there and made short films with them on women's rights. Meanwhile, Frank Müller and his Hamburg-based Doppelplusultra Filmproduktion tried to secure international financing for the film by applying for funding, at workshops, pitching events and co-production meetings. Certainly, this early effort to internationalise the project has left its mark on the dramaturgy of the film. At the same time, however, it reinforces the remarkable production achievement, which involved a great deal of personal commitment, considerable up-front work and an initially high financial risk – and which also has a virtually model character in other respects: People from the crisis region, all with a history of flight, were significantly involved in the project creatively and organisationally and were fairly remunerated in accordance with the problematic production conditions."
UpDated May 16, 2021.
Christina Wolf and Daniel Sponsel open the festival from the (empty) Deutsches Theater, with several guests joining in via video.
HINTER DEN SCHLAGZEILEN | BEHIND THE HEADLINES by Daniel Andreas Sager, produced by Marc Bauder, bauderfilm and distributed in Germany by RFF - Real Fiction Filmverleih, World Sales by NEW DOCS will be the opening film of the 36 DOK.fest Munich @home.
Daniel Sponsel, CEO of DOK.fest Munich: “We are happy to open the 36th DOK.fest München with BEHIND THE HEADLINES. In this film, everything comes together: a highly relevant topic, strong protagonists and outstanding cinematic craftsmanship. Daniel Sager lets us witness at first hand how European history is being written.” Director Daniel Sager and the film's protagonists Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer will talk with presenter Christina Wolf and festival director Daniel Sponsel about the film, its making and the Ibiza affair during the opening ceremony.
The 36. DOK.fest München, Germany’s biggest documentary film festival, presents its entire programme online. Until most recently, the DOK.fest München team had been preparing for a dual edition, planning to show films both on location in cinemas in Munich as well as online. In light of the current state of the corona pandemic this dual concept is no longer viable. The festival's management has decided to host this year's event, as has been done last year, exclusively online. It will be extended for one week and takes place from 5 – 23 May.
131 films from 43 countries including 38 German productions and coproductions with a selection of the best socially relevant and artistically outstanding documentaries of the year. Browse the programme now!
LineUp of German productions and co-production:
- ARCTIC – A REFUGE IMPERILED | AMERIKAS ARKTIS – EIN PARADIES IN GEFAHR by Martin Mészáros, 50min, WS: Servus TV [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- THE ART OF INCONSEQUENTIALITY | DIE KUNST DER FOLGENLOSIGKEIT by Jakob Brossmann, Friedrich von Borries, [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- BEHIND THE HEADLINES | HINTER DEN SCHLAGZEILEN by Daniel Sager, 90min, P: Bauderfilm, [opening film]
- THE CASE YOU by Alison Kuhn, 80min, P: Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- CAFE ZELIG | DAS ZELIG by Tanja Cummings, 96min, P: Weltfilm GmbH, [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- CLASS STRUGGLE | KLASSENKAMPF by Sobo Swobodnik, 79min, P: Guerilla Film Koop., [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- DANCING ABDULLAH by Marco Giacopuzzi, 26min, [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- DIE KUNDIN [CUSTOMER] by Camilo Berstecher Barrero, 65min, [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- FREAKSCENE – THE STORY OF DINOSAUR JR. by Philipp Reichenheim, 82min, P: Rapid Eye Movies, [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- GURBET IS A HOME NOW | GURBET ARTIK BIR EV by Pinar Ögrenc, 63min, [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- HERZLICHE LETZTE GRÜSSE, KAI by Catherina Conrad, Bernd Thomas, 89min, [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- HUNTER FROM ELSEWHERE – A JOURNEY WITH HELEN BRITTON by Elena Alvarez Lutz, 97min, P:ochobarcos / eightboats filmproduction e.K. [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- INSTRUCTIONS FOR SURVIVAL by Yana Ugrekhelidze, 73min, P: Fortis Fem Film, [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- INSIDE THE UFFIZI | IN DEN UFFIZIEN by Corinna Belz, 96min, P: zero one film, D: Piffl Medien, [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- THE LASTING FORMATION | HEIMATKUNDE by Christian Bäucker, 88min, P: 5R Filmporoduktion, [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- LIFE ON TAPE | BILDER (M)EINER MUTTER by Melanie Lischker, 78min, P: KOBERSTEIN FILM, [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- MONOBLOC by Hauke Wendler, 90min, P: PIER 53 Filmproduktion, WS: Deckert Distribution, D: Salzgber [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- MY VIETNAM | MEIN VIETNAM by Hien Mai, 70min, P: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg GmbH. , [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- NO NEWS | NICHTS NEUES by Lennart Hüper, 81min, WS: sixpackfilm, [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER by Antonia Kilian, P: DOPPELPLUSULTRA , Pink Shadow Films, WS: Syndicado Distribution, [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- A PORTRAIT ON THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS by Benjamin Rost, 73min, P: MSZ, [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- SLOWLY FORGETTING YOUR FACES | LANGSAM VERGESSE ICH EURE GESICHTER by Daniel Asadi Faezi, 80min [Student Award]
- SOLDIERS | SOLDATEN by Christian von Brockhausen, 102min, P: Timo Großpietsch/NDR, [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- SOUL SETTLEMENT | HEIMAT SUCHT SEELE by Hille Norden, 97min, [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- STORIES OF DADS | VÄTER UNSER by Sophie Linnenbaum, 76min, [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- A SYMPHONY OF NOISE by Enrique Sánchez Lansch, P: Kloos & Co. , WS: Rise & Shine, [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- TAMING THE GARDEN by Salomé Jashi, P: CORSO Film, Mira Film Basel, Sadoc Film [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- TEACHERS FOR LIFE – LEARNING IN HARMONY by Julian Wildgruber, Kathrin Höckel, P: MadeVision GmbH, [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- URBAN AMAZONS | AMAZONEN EINER GROSSSTADT by Thaïs Odermatt, 62min, P: maximage, [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- VAKUUM by Kristina Schranz, 82min, P: Stella Luce Film, HFF Munich., [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- WHEN A FARM GOES AFLAME by Jide Tom Akinleminu, 111min, P: Film Five GmbH, [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- WHO OWNS MY VILLAGE? | WEM GEHÖRT MEIN DORF? by Christoph Eder, 96min, P: ostlicht filmproduktion GmbH [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- WHO WE WILL HAVE BEEN | WER WIR GEWESEN SEIN WERDEN by Erec Brehmer, 81min, [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- WHY CAN'T THE DEVIL BE BEAUTIFUL | WARUM KANN DER TEUFEL NICHT SCHÖN SEIN by Danial Shekar, P: Red Anvil Pictures, [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- THE WILD HEART OF EUROPE | DER WILDE WALD by Lisa Eder, Composition: Sebastian Fillenberg, P: Lisa Eder Film GmbH, Nationalpark Bayerischer Wald, Distribution Germany: mindjazz pictures Filmverleih, WS: ALBATROSS, [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- WOOD: GAMECHANGERS UNDER COVER | WOOD – DER GERAUBTE WALD by by Monica Lazurean-Gorgan, Michaela Kirst, Ebba Sinzinger [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- THE WORLD BEYOND SILENCE | DIE WELT JENSEITS DER STILLE by Manuel Fenn, P: Sunday Filmproduktions GmbH, [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- ZINDER by Aïcha Macky, coP: CORSO Film, [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
- ZUHUR'S DAUGHTERS | ZUHURS TÖCHTER by Laurentia Genske, 89min, P: CORSO Film, D: Camino Filmverleih [nominated for KinoKino Audience Award]
The VFF Documentary Film Production Award is sponsored by the VFF Verwertungsgesellschaft der Film und Fernsehproduzenten mbH. It is endowed with 7,500 euros. Unique in Germany, it focuses on the work of documentary film producers. The award will be awarded for the fourth time in 2021. And as April 16, 2021 announced - the winner are the producers of THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER, Frank Müller (DOPPELPLUSULTRA Film & TV Produktion), Guevara Namer & Antonia Kilian (Pink Shadow Films).
The nominees are:
- ANAMNESIS | ANMAßUNG by Chris Wright, Stefan Kolbe
Producer: Heino Deckert, ma.ja.de Filmprod.
- COURAGE by Aliaksei Paluya
Producer: Jörn Möllenkamp, LPP Living Pictures Productions GbR,
- THE WORLD BEYOND SILENCE | DIE WELT JENSEITS DER STILLE by Manuel Fenn
Producers: Thomas Jeschner, René Frotscher, Volker Zobelt, Sunday Filmproduktion,
- ETERNITY AT LAST | ENDLICH UNENDLICH by Stephan Bergmann
Producers: Melanie Andernach, Knut Losen, Made in Germany Filmproduktion,
- FREAKSCENE — THE STORY OF DINOSAUR JR by Philipp Reichenheim
Producers: Antoinette Köster, Stephan Holl, Philipp Reichenheim, Rapid Eye Movies,
- GLITTER & DUST | GLITZER & STAUB by Anna Koch, Julia Lemke (Badabum Duo)
Producers: Martin Heisler, Katharina Bergfeld, Flare Film GmbH,
- HELMUT NEWTON – THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL by Gero von Boehm
Producer: Felix von Boehm, LUPA FILM GmbH,
- MR BACHMANN AND HIS CLASS | HERR BACHMANN UND SEINE KLASSE by Maria Speth
Producer: Maria Speth, Madonnen Film GmbH,
- JIMIS LAST FESTIVAL | JIMIS LAST BLUES by Rasmus Gerlach
Producer: Rasmus Gerlach, Kinoki GmbH,
- OECONOMIA by Carmen Losmann
Producers: Mareike Wegener, Hannes Lang,
- PURPLE SEA | DAS PURPURMEER by Khaled Abdulwahed, Amel Alzakout
Producers: Alexandra Gerbaulet, Ines Meier, pong film GmbH,
- THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER by Antonia Kilian
Producers: Frank Müller, Antonia Kilian, DOPPELPLUSULTRA Film und TV Produktion, Pink Shadow Films, Greenlit Productions Oy
- WHO WE WILL HAVE BEEN | WER WIR GEWESEN SEIN WERDEN by Erec Brehmer
Producer: Erec Brehmer
The German Documentary Film Music Award is unique in the German-speaking territories in recognizing the original score for a feature-length documentary and considered as a platform for the work of composers and the value of music as a narrative layer in documentaries. The award is endowed with 5,000 € and is sponsored by the Versicherungskammer Kulturstiftung and goes to the composer of the original score. The award ceremony will take place for the ninth time as part of DOK.fest München.
...and the winner is Christoph Schauer with his original score for SOLDIERS | SOLDATEN by Christian von Brockhausen, Willem Konrad, produced by NDR/RBB
The nominees are:
- 972 BREAKDOWNS – ON THE LANDWAY TO NEW YORK | 972 BREAKDOWNS – AUF DEM LANDWEG NACH NEW YORK by Daniel von Rüdiger, Composition: Daniel von Rüdiger, Stefan Carl (0101), P: leavinghomefunktion GbR
- THE WILD HEART OF EUROPE | DER WILDE WALD by Lisa Eder, Composition: Sebastian Fillenberg, P: Lisa Eder Film GmbH, Nationalpark Bayerischer Wald, Distribution Germany: mindjazz pictures Filmverleih,
- A CLOWN, A LIFE | EIN CLOWN, EIN LEBEN by Harald Aue, Composition: Ernst Molden, Nino Mandl (Der Nino aus Wien), P: Neue Vitaskop Film e. U., Vienna, Austria
- GLITTER & DUST | GLITZER & STAUB by Anna Koch, Julia Lemke, (Badabum Duo), Composition: Peta Devlin, Thomas Wenzel, Paul Eisenach, P: Flare Film GmbH
- CLASS STRUGGLE | KLASSENKAMPF by Sobo Swobodnik, Composition: Elias Gottstein, P: Guerilla Film Koop.
- LAND by Timo Großpietsch, Composition: Vladyslav Sendecki (P: NDR)
- MARY BAUERMEISTER – ONE AND ONE IS THREE by Carmen Belaschk, Composition: Simon Stockhausen, P: Accentus Music, __ .
- SOLDIERS | SOLDATEN by Christian von Brockhausen, Willem Konrad, Composition: Christoph Schauer, (P: NDR/RBB)
- ZURICH DIARY | ZÜRCHER TAGEBUCH by Stefan Haupt, Composition: Tomas Korber, P: Fontana Film, Stefan Haupt, Zurich, Swiss
Selected DOK.forum events online ready to stream since May 20, 2021
- Kill the Documentary As We Know It!
Discrimination happens in front of and behind the camera. Structures continue to exist in which BIPoC, among others, are underrepresented and which offer too little space for discussion about racism and other forms of discrimination in the production of documentaries. The panel discussion aims to identify approaches on how all actors in the documentary industry can actively use their responsibility to enable a diverse, equitable and inclusive representation that benefits everyone. For a more practical approach you can also register for the workshop My vision – your reality. Anti-racist work in documentary film.
- KINO.visions – The Cinema of Tomorrow
Discussion about the future of cinema in Germany in cooperation with AG DOK – in German language
- Case Study: Mind The Brain!
From documentary to poetic images of the self
- Adobe Engineering Hour
Meet the developers of Adobe software!
- Film Festivals – A Lobby For The Documentary Film Industry?
Discussion about the future of film festivals
DOK.forum – The Industry Platform of DOK.fest München
Think tank for the documentary film industry and platform for projects in the development process.
In workshops and other public events, the DOK.forum Perspectives is a platform for the discussion of media-political, technical and narrative trends. With the programme series Re:arranging Reality, it will focus on post-production in documentary film in 2021 and the current media policy from the perspective of developments caused by the pandemic.
As a co-production and ideas market, the DOK.forum Marketplace — May 5-11, 2021 online only — offers various formats for the further development and realisation of 50 new documentary film projects in various stages of development – from the first idea to the rough cut. For the first time, the Master's Pitch will also take place online: Nine selected teams will present their documentary film in the making to an audience and receive valuable feedback. In other formats such as roundtables and screenings, as well as in four competitions with prize money, the project teams meet around 100 experts from production, editing, promotion and distribution.
- BIG OIL VS. THE LAW by Mette Reitzel, P: Nadja Smith, Inselfilm
- BUSHALTESTELLE: DONAU by Benjamin Rost, P: Mark Szilagyi,
- (RE)CREATING CULTURE by Lisa Plank, composer: Shafa Shaimemanya
- DANCING ON THE EDGE OF A VOLCANO by Cyril Aris, P: Katharina Weser, Reynardfilms
- DAS EVANGELIUM NACH CIRETTA – DER GUTE DIEB AUS NEAPEL by Caroline von der Tann, P: Elisa Inno, P: PARALLELO 41 PRODUZIONI,
- DAS GROSSE LOCH | THE GREAT VOID by Ben Voit, P:Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
- DER SIEBTE SOHN by Max Carlo Kohal, P: Cyrill Gerber
- DER STILLE PIONIER by Jona Salcher, P: HFF
- DREI BRÜDER (UND IHR ERBE) | THREE BROTHERS (AND THEIR INHERITANCE) by Jonas Egert,
- HOOD RIDERS by Florian Baron, P: Dimitri Hempel, Hiua Aloji
- IN SEARCH OF HISTORY by Katey Carson, P: Alina Schäfers, TimePrints KG
- JENSEITS VON SCHULD | BEYOND GUILT by Katharina Köster, Katrin Nemec, P: Isabelle Bertolone, Trimafilm
- LIFE IS NOT A COMPETITION, BUT I'M WINNING by Julia Fuhr Mann, P: Sophie Ahrens, Melissa Byrne, Schuldenbergfilm
- MAY IT BE A GIRL by Katerina Suvorova, P: Viktoriya Kalashnikova,
- MOTHERING IN THE MOVEMENT by Laurie Townshend, P: Alison Duke, Ngardy Conteh George
- MOVIE KINTSUGI by Eva Knopf, P: Maxi Haslberger
- RAÍCES by Lisa Bühl, Rossana Montoya, P: El Navegante Cine
- RASTA GLENN by Matthias Wilfert, P: Matthias Wilfert, Frank Amann
- RDM by Randy M.Salo, P: Blake Ryan Lewis
- SAG MIR WO DU STEHST | WHICH SIDE YOU ON? by Marius Böttcher, P: Ralf Kukula Balance Film GmbH
- SCHOOL FOR PEACE by Guy Wasserman, Nir Dvortchin, P: Elad Peleg, Daroma Production Israel, Moritz Bundschuh, Kick Film GmbH,
- SILVER'S UPRISING by Dan Shadur, P: Dan Shadur, Ido Mizrahy, Alex Tondowski
- THE WOLVES ALWAYS COME AT NIGHT by Gabrielle Brady, Julia Niethammer, Chromosom Film GmbH
- VILLAGE X by Dominik Bretsch, Simon Hufeisen, P: Dominik Bretsch, Simon Hufeisen, weltrecorder story GmbH
- WHAT ABOUT THE MARABOU STORK? by Julia Groteclaes, Ntale Bahana, P: Peter Niwagaba
- WÜSTENWELTEN by Philipp Schäffer, P: Paul Hartmann, P: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
DOK.edit Award – presented by Adobe
At DOK.forum Munich, the DOK.edit Award – presented by Adobe, endowed with 5,000 euros, will be awarded for the first time.
The nominated German documentary production is
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SURVIVAL | ANLEITUNG ZUM ÜBERLEBEN by Yana Ugrekhelidze, 73min Editing: Agata Wozniak, P: FORTIS FEM FILM
Berger, Kruglova & Ugrekhelidze GbR,
KINO.visions – The cinema of tomorrow
MONDAY May 10, 2021, 10 a.m.
Documentary Film as Cultural Practice in the Digital Age? In these Input Talks the future of documentary film as a cultural practice in the digital age will be discussed. Questions about the role of politics, funding structures and festivals in rethinking cinema culture are posed and attempted to be answered.
Dr. Thorolf Lipp, AG DOK
The event will be held in German. For more information, please switch to German page. To take part in this event, please log into your account and register. All information about registration for events can be found here.
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