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The online edition opens on January 17, 2021 with A BLACK JESUS, the debut film by Luca Lucchesi. In the documentary produced by honorary prize winner Wim Wenders, Lucchesi sheds light on the veneration of a Black Jesus statue in his native Sicilian village. The desire of a group of refugees from Africa housed there to participate in the religious tradition leads to tensions among the villagers.


Ten documentaries from german speaking countries, as Germany, Austria and Switzerland are competing for three prizes:

  • the MAX OPHÜLS PRIZE: BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM, endowed with 7,500 euros, provided by Saarland Medien GmbH,
  • and the MAX OPHÜLS PRIZE: BEST FILM MUSIC, endowed with 5,000 euros, offered by Saarland Medien GmbH and provided by the Strecker Foundation.
  • The MAX OPHÜLS PRIZE: PUBLIC PRIZE DOCUMENTARY FILM is endowed for the third time by Dillinger and Saarstahl with 5,000 euros and awarded by the festival audience.

The nine German documentary productions and co-productions are:

 and • SCHÖNBORN by Maxim Melnyk, 63min, P: Katzentisch Filmprod. [in the section festivalexchange Cottbus]



with German productions and co-productions such as


with German productions and co-productions such as



Oliver Baumgarten and Svenja Böttger invite the audience to stream the selected films at home. https://ffmop.cinebox.film/



as single page:
42 FF Max Ophüls Preis 2021
41 FF Max Ophüls Preis 2020
40 FF Max Ophüls Preis 2019


coming up 43 FF Max Ophüls Preis 2022