For the first time two documentaries receive the Deutschen Dokumentarfilmpreis:
LOVEMOBIL by Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss was given back March 24, 2021
THE CAVE by Feras Fayyad.
The jury of the SWR Doku Festival 2020 found the documentaries so impressive that they awarded them both the main prize of the festival. Fayyad and Lehrenkrauss share the prize money of 20.000 Euro. The German Documentary Award is donated by SWR and the Media and Film Society Baden-Württemberg (MFG).

The German Documentary Award used to be presented at the SWR Doku Festival in Stuttgart. Due COVID 19, this year's festival goes online, hosted by Max Moor. The award-winning documentaries as well as those nominated for the German Documentary Award can be viewed online here until 3 July 2020.

PARIS CALLIGRAMMES by Ulrike Ottinger was awarded the Norbert Daldrop Prize.
LOVE EATS UP LIFE  — Portrait of Tobias Gruben by Oliver Schwabe, was awarded with the Opus GmbH prize for best music documentary.
LOST IN FACE by Valentin Riedl was awarded with the promotional prize





A total of 33,000 euros prize money in various categories. Out of 122 submissions, twelve productions were nominated for the main prize. In addition, three documentary films in the field of music were nominated by a jury of experts for the Opus GmbH prize.


Nominees German Documentary Award


Nominees Music Documentary—Prize of the OPUS GmbH





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German Documentary Award 2020
• German Documentary Award 2019
• German Documentary Award 2018