Meet face to face our representatives and some of the producers of German documentaries, check out the new edition of the catalogue at markets ...

    Meet face to face our representatives and some of the producers of German documentaries, check out the new edition of the catalogue at markets and festivals throughout the year. German producers get further informations zur Unterstützung bei internationealen Festivals & Märkten  in German here .



    European Film Market – efm, BERLINALE, February 20—27, 2020 Berlin, Germany
    It all starts here. Like in the years before the next edition of the german documentaries catalogue will be available here at our booth 17 ground floor GROPIUS BAU, Niederkirchnerstrasse 7, 10963 Berlin, Telefon: +49 30 780956416 where German producers can hold meetings and display press material.
    Contact: Erik Meininger, office@agdok.de.
    68 BERLINALE 2018 | 69 BERLINALE 2019 | 70 BERLINALE 2020 — further information coming soon.



    iREP International Documentary Film Festival, March 19—22, 2020, Lagos, Nigeria
    The festival has been attended by a delegation of German documentary filmmakers for many years.
    Representative german documentaries: Bärbel Mauch bamauch@yahoo.de



     HKTDC Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART), March 25—28, 2020
    Contact Germany for registration European Film Promotion e.V. — Sabine Rolinski rolinski@efp-online.com.
    german documentaries coordination: Björn Jensen
    More Information - German only -



    MIPTV | MIPDOC March 28—April 2, 2020, Cannes, France
    The two largest and most important markets for the distribution of films take place in Cannes every year in spring.
    MIPDOC: Market with screening of finished films for buyers, seminars, one-to-one meetings.
    MIPTV: In addition to MIPCOM in October, MIPTV is one of the most important markets for all formats and genres, with an extensive programme of lectures. German Documentaries will be represented with a booth where participating companies can hold meetings and display press materials. We will organize a networking event at our booth.
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen   
    more infomation - German only.



    Rio2C Market, May 5—10, 2020 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Important festival and market in Brazil. Brazil is the only country in South America with which Germany has a co-production agreement and Brazil offers very interesting financing possibilities for co-productions.
    Representative german documentaries: Teresa Curzio | tcurzio@gmx.net



    Hot Docs Toronto,  April 30 - May 10, 2020, Toronto, Canada
    Most important documentary film festival in Canada with a strong co-producer market.
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen  
    More Information — German only
    ___hotDOCS 2019___



    CoPro 22 | Israeli Documentary Screen Market , June 02 - 06, 2020, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Most important co-production event for documentary film projects with Israeli reference. Accompanying events are held in cooperation with the Goethe Institute.
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen
    further information - German only   ___CoPro 20&21___



    Sheffield Documentary Filmfestival, June 04—09, 2020,  Sheffield, UK
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen   
    further information – German only.
    Report german documentaries at __Sheffield Doc|Fest 2019__



    24 ECRANS NOIRS Juli 2020, Jaoundé, Kamerun. The festival has been attended by a delegation of German documentary filmmakers for many years.
    Representative german documentaries: Bärbel Mauch bamauch@yahoo.de



    31 Sunny Side of the Doc, June 22—25, 2020 La Rochelle, Frankreich
    Probably the most important event worldwide for co-productions and financing of documentary film projects. The Sunny Side accepts any documentary genre and length, including series, and has also added a new media/cross platform event (PIXII). The Sunny Side is a market with presentation stands, discussion forums and pitching events. We organize a networking event at our booth.
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen
    more information for submission – German only – here 
    The final report of 2019 here and ____2019 Germany COUNTRY in FOCUS___



    MIPCOM,  October 12—15, 2020 Cannes, Frankreich
    Representative german documentaries: Bernhard Simek, German Films



    3rd IDF West Lake Int. Documentary Festival, Hanzhou - China, October 2020
    IDF is an International Doc Festival organized by the China Academey of Arts. It takes place in Hanzhou, one of the allegedly most beautiful cities in China, about 1.5 hours by express train from Shanghai. It has a competition program (D20), a forum, a pitching event and a training program (IDF Academy). Strong focus on films with Chinese reference. The festival is open to all lengths and genres, including Doc series. Representative german documentaries Björn Jensen, more information German only. 



    Gold Panda Sichuan International TV Festival, October in Chengdu, China
    Representative german documentaries Björn Jensen, more information German only




    Asian Side of the Doc, autum 2020. The Asian branch of the Sunny Side of the Doc Events. The Sunny Side Events belong to the most effective markets for international projects in the financing phase. With intensive networking opportunities, a pitching forum and sales booths for finished films. German Documentaries will be represented there with its own booth, where participating companies can hold meetings and display press material. We also organize a networking event. Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen

    Asian Side of the Doc was planned for March 2020 in China. The organizers informed us, that the event unfortunately has to be postponed to autumn 2020 and the location in China has not been decided yet.



    IDFA / Forum Amsterdam, November 18—29, 2020, Amsterdam, Niederlande.
    The most important and largest documentary film festival in the world with a renowned pitching program. Every year german documentaries organizes a big networking event during the festival.
    Representative german documentaries: Cay Wesnigk
    ___IDFA 2019___



    World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, December 07—10, 2020, Strasbourg, France
    The very meeting place for 'Science and Factual' producers and broadcasters. Next to the SUNNY SIDE our most visited international event. It offers networking events, round-table talks and above all an excellent program with panels and workshops. It is held in a different country every year.
    Representative german documentaries Björn Jensen.
    Further informations — German only. Report of 2019 — German only.



    Guangzhou International Dokumentary Filmfestival, December 2020, Guangzhou, China
    International Documentary Film Festival for documentaries in China with lots of workshops, a pitching forum and one-to-one meetings. The film projects in the pitches, as well as the panels and workshops, are mainly related to China nowadays. We organize a networking event.
    More information here  -
    Report of the event of Dec 2019 __German only__
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen 

  • German Film Award Shortlist LOLA@Berlinale 2020

          The members of the preselection committee DEUTSCHER FILMPREIS DOKUMENTARFILM are Kerstin Stutterheim, Frank Marten Pfeiffer, Martin Rabanus ...




    The members of the preselection committee DEUTSCHER FILMPREIS DOKUMENTARFILM are Kerstin Stutterheim, Frank Marten Pfeiffer, Martin Rabanus, Irene Höfer, Matthias Petsche, Isabelle Casez, Ali Samadi Ahadi, Christoph von Schönberg, Eva Kemme, Matthias Elwardt, Catrin Vogt 


    Foto: © Florian Liedl - Deutscher Filmpreis 

    Shortlisted for the German FilmAward and screened in the section LOLA@Berlinale are:



     as single page
       • German Film Award LOLA@Berlinale 2020
       • German Film Award LOLA@Berlinale 2019


  • 70 BERLINALE Februar 20 - March 1, 2020

        Find us at the GROPIUS BAU, ground floor booth 17 [t. +49 30 780956416] during the European Film Market, Februar 20-27, 2020 and get your ...



    Find us at the GROPIUS BAU, ground floor booth 17 [t. +49 30 780956416] during the European Film Market, Februar 20-27, 2020 and get your personal copy of the new edition of german documentaries 2020.


    Lola at Berlinale - the screenings of the shortlisted films for DEUTSCHER FILMPREIS - the German Film Award will be part of the European Film Market again. LineUp of the VORAUSWAHL - selected - german documentaries #lola20 click here.



    PARIS CALLIGRAMMES, ©1965 Ulrike Ottinger 

    The Berlinale Camera will be awarded to Ulrike Ottinger on Saturday, February 22, at 4.00 pm in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. The world premiere of Ottinger’s documentary PARIS CALLIGRAMMES will be presented afterwards in the Berlinale SPECIAL section.



    For the first time the public TVstation Berlin-Brandenburg   Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg - rbb is sponsoring an award for the best documentary film at the Berlinale. There are 21 current documentary entries from the Competition, Berlinale Special, Encounters, Panorama, Forum, Generation and Perspektive Deutsches Kino sections. They all celebrate their world premiere at the 70Berlinale. The three nominated german documentaries are PERRO by Lin Sternal, AUTOMOTIVE by Jonas Heldt, and WALCHENSEE FOREVER by Janna Ji Wonders. The three jury members are Alanis Obomsawin (Canada), Marie Losier (France/USA), and Gerd Kroske (Germany).



     Forum & Forum Expanded The Berlinale Forum takes place for the 50th time in 2020. In collaboration with Forum Expanded, the section will be presenting the films shown in the year it was founded to celebrate this anniversary. Bringing the 1971 programme back to the big screen offers a way of examining an era as eventful in society as it was in culture. The relationship between the films, their historical context, and our own present day will form the subject of a day of panel discussions on February 27, 2020.

    german documentaries 2020 in this section




    Panorama is explicitly queer, explicitly feminist, explicitly political – and at the same time seeks to think beyond these categories - always looking for what is new, daring, unconventional and wild in today’s cinema. Here you can encounter young, exciting talents from around the world and discover the latest works by renowned filmmakers.
    In terms of aesthetics and form, Panorama has its finger on the pulse of contemporary international cinema. Here a wide and curious audience can discover films that offer friction and provide material for discussion. The selection of films is simultaneously an invitation and a demand to see cinema in a different light.

    german documentaries 2020 in the section PANORAMAdocuments




     Perspectives on German Cinema Which perspectives can German film unfold? And what forms of cinematic expressions do the directors find for their first works? In a compact programme with four outstanding documentary and feature films each the Perspektive Deutsches Kino shows what motivates the new filmmakers and what questions they pose in reflection of society and its social and political orientation. Every film is a Heimatfilm, some even transform into Heimat horror.

    german documentaries 2020 in this section




    This year, Berlinale Shorts is entering a new chapter. After Maike Mia Höhne headed the section for twelve years, Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck has now taken over the position as curator and section head and presents her first programme. “The short form enjoys a special freedom, it sets its own rules,” says Henckel-Donnersmarck. “It operates outside the conventional distribution chains and doesn’t need to please the expectations of a market. Its special magic unfolds once established viewing habits are left behind. We are very much looking forward to sharing this magic with the audience.”

    german documentaries in this section




    Generation "A keen and open eye, the questioning of conventions and the often dramatic transgressions of borders make the films in the Generation programme particularly powerful: in their stories and topics, but also in their film language," says head of Generation Maryanne Redpath.

    german documentaries in this section


     LineUP german documentaries 70 BERLINALE:





    Find us at booth 17 of the  European Film Market, GROPIUS BAU ground flooor and get your personal copy of german documentaries 2020, find the PDFs of the last years editions here.



    February 25, 2020 ARCHIVE DAY The EFM shines a light on archives and archival research with the first edition of Archive Day on the second floor at Gropius Bau. A conference and a sneak preview screening complement the business portion of Archive Day.

    BERLIN 1945

    Salon Talk with german documentaries:
    HIDDEN TREASURES: The Ins and Outs to Archive Research
    Part 1:  A case study on BERLIN 1945. Director Volker Heise and Editor Andrew Bird talk about the process and the challenges of creating this fast-paced 180-minute narrative that was assembled using solely archive footage.
    Part 2:  Featuring clips from recent films such as WALCHENSEE FOREVER by Janna Ji Wonders, BEUYS by Andreas Veiel, INTO THE INFERNO by Werner Herzog and rare footage from the archive stock of the German Federal Archives, renowned Canadian archive producer Elizabeth Klinck compares notes with German producers, researchers and archivist on the various approaches to archival research, producing and licensing. With Head of Film Access Dr. Adelheid Heftberger, German Federal Archives, Producer Katharina Bergfeld, Flare Film and Archive Researcher Monika Preischl.

    Earlier that day there is a preview screening of the first part of Berlin 1945 by Volker Heise followed by a short Q&A with director Volker Heise, editor Andrew Bird and Dr. Patrick Hörl (Autentic Distribution).



    EFM-SCREENINGS of german documentaries:

    Section LOLA@Berlinale :
    •  AQUARELA by Victor Kossakovsky, Producers: Heino Deckert, Aimara Reques, Sigrid Dyekjær, Companies: MA.JA.DE. Filmproduktions GmbH, Aconite Productions, Danish Documentary
    •  BORN IN EVIN by Maryam Zaree, Producer: Alex Tondowski, Companies: Tondowski Films, Golden Girls Film
     DEAR BROTHER | BRUDERLIEBE by Julia Horn, Producers: Erik Winker, Martin Roelly
    •  CUNNINGHAM by Alla Kovgan, Producers: Helge Albers, Ilan Girard, Alla Kovgan, Companies: Achtung Panda! Media, Arsam International, Chance Operations
    • DARK EDEN by Jasmin Herold, Michael Beamish, Producer: Melanie Andernach, Companies: Made in Germany Filmproduktion
    •  THE FORUM | DAS FORUM by Marcus Vetter, Producer: Christian Beetz, Companies: Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion, Filmperspektive, Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion
    •  THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES | DAS GEHEIME LEBEN DER BÄUME by Jörg Adolph, Producer: Friederich Oetker, Company: Constantin Film Produktion
    •  HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME | HEIMAT IST EIN RAUM AUS ZEIT by Thomas Heise, Producer: Heino Deckert, Company: MA.JA.DE. Filmproduktions GmbH
    •  HELMUT NEWTON — THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL by Gero von Boehm, Producers: Felix von Boehm, Torsten Bönnhoff, Companies: Lupa Film, Monarda Arts
    • ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS | DIE INSEL DER HUNGRIGEN GEISTER by Gabrielle Brady, Producers: Alexander Wadouh, Gizem Acarla, Gabrielle Brady, Companies: Chromosom Film, Various Films, Third Films, Echotango
    •  GERMAN CLASS | KLASSE DEUTSCH by Florian Heinzen-Ziob, Producers: Florian Heinzen-Ziob, Georg Heinzen, Company: Polyphem Filmproduktion
    • LOVEMOBIL by Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss, Producer as well as Company: Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss
    •  SCHLINGENSIEF – A VOICE THAT SHOOK THE SILENCE |SCHLINGENSIEF – IN DAS SCHWEIGEN HINEINESCHREIEN by Bettina Böhler, Producers: Frieder Schlaich, Irene von Alberti, Company: Filmgalerie 451
    •  THE WHALE AND THE RAVEN by Mirjam Leuze, Producer: Marcelo Busse, Company: busse&halberschmidt Filmproduktion oHG
    •  DIE TOTEN HOSEN — YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE | WEIL DU NUR EINMAL LEBST – DIE TOTEN HOSEN AUF TOUR by Cordula Kablitz-Post, Producer: Cordula Kablitz-Post, Company: avanti media fiction GmbH

    AND among others:
    ACASA, MY HOME by Radu Ciorniciuc, WS: auTLOOK
    BERLIN 1945 | BERLIN 1945 – Tagebuch einer Stadt by Volker Heise (sneak preview for part 1 followed by a short Q&A with director Volker Heise, editor Andrew Bird and Dr. Patrick Hörl, Autentic Distribution) WS: Autentic
    BUT BEAUTIFUL by Erwin Wagenhofer WS: The Match Factory
    BUTENLAND by Marc Pierschel,   WS: mindjazz pictures
    DOUBLE INCOME, KIDS by Hendrik Schäfer, P: Essence Film GmbH
    THE FEMALE VOICE OF IRAN by Andreas Rochholl, WS: EuroArts Music International GmbH
    NO GOLD FOR KALSAKA by Michel K. Zongo, WS: Rushlake Media .
    RUSSIA FROM ABOVE | RUSSLAND VON OBEN by Petra Höfer, Freddie Röckenhaus P: colourFIELD .
    THIS IS NOT A MOVIE by Yung Chang coP: SUTOR KOLONKO WS: Blue Ice Docs.
    touched by Jukka Rajala-Granstubb, Marc Wagenbach, P: TANZRAUSCHEN, Malakta Films Ltd, ear.productions
    A TUNNEL by Nino Orjonikidze, Vano Arsenishvili, coP: VENTANA FILM GMBH
    VIVOS by Ai Weiwei, WS: Cinephil.
    WU XING – Infinity of the Moment  by Jan Hinrik Drevs  P: Gebrueder Beetz Filmprod.



    February 27, 2020

    The annual meeting of the members of AG DOK — the German Doumentary Association takes place February 27, 2020 at the THÜRINGISCHEN LANDESVERTRETUNG Mohrenstr. 64, 10117 Berlin and starts at 9a.m.

    The celebration of 40 years AG DOK with Prof. Monika Grütters, Minister of State for Culture and Media and Prof. Bernd Neumann, CEO German Federal Film Board (FFA) takes place at the VERTRETUNG DES LANDES BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG BEIM BUND Tiergartenstraße 15, 10785 Berlin at 6 pm, the same day. Attendance should be confirmed until Februar, 15, 2020.



    single page
    • 70 BERLINALE 2020
    69 BERLINALE 2019
    68 BERLINALE 2018


     further information see press information of the 70 Berlinale such as:
    ___Numerous New Features at DocSalon___
    ___LOLA@Berlinale Screenings as PDF___



  • THE CAVE nominated for 92 Academy Award — OSCAR 2020 Documentary Feature

    directed by Feras Fayyad , co-produced by Heino Deckert [ma.ja.de.] and Sigrid Dyekjær [Danish Documentary Production]   Editor Per K. Kirkegaard is ...

    directed by Feras Fayyad , co-produced by Heino Deckert [ma.ja.de.] and Sigrid Dyekjær [Danish Documentary Production]


    Editor Per K. Kirkegaard is proud of THE CAVE's road to the Oscars. The documentary from filmmaker Feras Fayyad immerses viewers into the Syrian Civil War, showing the brutality and tragedy of the conflict. Fayyad and his team shot in the heart of Syria, amid bombings, over a five-year period. “We are so glad we can give the people of Syria a voice,” Kirkegaard says. “Getting to the Oscars means we can get the message out to society about what is going on.” (read the whole article here ‘The Cave’ Editor on Cutting Syrian Civil War Footage: ‘It Was Like Hell Going Into Work Every Day’ by Jazz Tangcay)



    Dr. Amani Ballour and the brave DoPs of THE CAVE.
    Cinema for Peace gave money for her foundation 




    Meet us Palais -1 Stand N° P-1.A50 during  MIPTV & MIPDOC March 28—April 2, 2020, Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France and get your personal ...

    Meet us Palais -1 Stand N° P-1.A50 during  MIPTV & MIPDOC March 28—April 2, 2020, Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France and get your personal copy of german documentaries 2020.

    Information for German producers as PDF — German only — here.



     MIPTV – The Global Content Market for the Future,
    March 30 – April 2, 2020 - Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France

    4 days of opportunities
    • launch and discover new content • forge partnerships • negotiate financing and distribution agreements
    • find co-production opportunities • explore the latest trends.


     MIPDoc - The world’s largest conference and co-production marketplace and screenings library for the factual community.
    March 28-29, 2020 - Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France

     2 days of opportunities for buyers – commissioners – investors - sellers – producers – content creators – influencers
    Meet your peers and grow your network and business. MIPDoc is the right place for the factual community to discover content and share market knowledge. Benefit from the world’s largest Screenings Library, a rich conference programme, high-level matchmaking events and a dedicated co-production marketplace for international producers, buyers, commissioners and distributors.


    Cannes 2018



    Anja Unger & Björn Jensen



    Get face to face with representative german documentaries Björn Jensen or German producers and world sales managers. Pick up your own copy of the new edition of the german documentaries catalogue or download the PDF here.



    Or watch german documentaries in MIPDoc's Screenings Library, the perfect destination for creators, producers and distributors to stand out to the Factual Industry most influential leaders. 


     Open now for content submissions.
    Key Dates:
    09 January 2020: Opening of the Screenings Library for content submissions
    25 February 2020: Submission deadline both for content listing in the printed catalogue and to apply to the MIPDoc Project Pitch competition and the Matchmaking with Buyers and Commissioners event
    18 March 2020: Final submission deadline for programmes and projects in the Screenings Library



    LineUp german documentaries in MIPDOC's Screenings Library 2020
    as of February 17, 2020:





    Let's get face to face!


    ...more information German only.


    MIPTV 20.20 registered Buyers & Commissioners as of February 7, 2020.







  • CPH:DOX March 18—29, 2020

          From March 18 to 29, CPH:DOX returns with an artistic cross section of the world in 2020. As always, the programme will be packed with high ...




    From March 18 to 29, CPH:DOX returns with an artistic cross section of the world in 2020. As always, the programme will be packed with high-profile debates, alternative events and quirky parties.
    The full programme for CPH:DOX 2020 will be announced on February 20.

    LineUp of german documentaries [as confirmed Jan2020]:





    as single page:
    CPH:DOX 2020
    CPH:DOX 2019


  • 10 iREP Lagos Nigeria, March 19—22, 2020

          iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival is the only documentary genre-specific film festival in Nigeria. The festival has ...




    iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival is the only documentary genre-specific film festival in Nigeria. The festival has grown in popularity since its inception in 2011 and has been widely attended by filmmakers from different parts of the World.

    The iRepresent International Film Festival
    has announced the theme for it's 10th Anniversary.


    From March 19th to the 22nd, @irepfilmfestival will host the world with the foremost Documentary Film gathering in Lagos, Nigeria.
    The Conceptual framework of iREPRESENT Documentary Film Forum is AFRICA IN SELF-CONVERSATION, and it is designed to promote awareness about the power of documentary format to serve as a means of deepening and sharing social and cultural education as well as encouraging participatory democracy in our societies.
    iREP is conceptualized to create a platform of awareness and expression for aspiring and practising filmmakers who are creating socially relevant documentary films to positively impact our world. To fully engage an array of trans-cultural creativity, iREP will provide a forum for everyone’s ingenuity to be showcased without prejudice to style or subject. iREP celebrates the ever-expanding world of documentary films by inviting talents from across the globe to share ideas on trends and technological advancements in the format.


    Keynote Presentations and Panel Discussions are important parts of the festival programming. Over the years, iREP has attracted some of the most brilliants minds in visual arts to speak at the festival, this includes Professor Manthia Diawara, Jane Mote, Jihan El Tahir, Professor Awam Amkpa, Professor Niyi Coker, Wehinmi Atigbi, Emeka Mba, Sandra Obiago, and many more.
    Beyond keynotes and panel discussion, there is also "In-Conversation". This brings a leader of thought in filmmaking or film theory in conversation with the community of filmmakers present at the festival, it is an in-depth interaction that goes beyond the top-down approach of paper presentations.

    Training and Workshops
    Through the iREP Training and workshop platform, we have been able to train over 200 young and upcoming filmmakers in the rudiments of filmmaking and understanding of the documentary film art. The goal of the training is to introduce more young filmmakers in Nigeria to the art of documentary films and to increase their interest in the art form. Some of the participants in our workshops have gone on to make their own films with some of them winning awards.

    Producers Round Table
    The Producer's Round Table has come to be known for insightful discussions that are solution driven and engage producers in a pro-active prognosis into the opportunities that can grow impact of the documentary film genre. This is usually an idea exchange opportunity that filmmakers look forward to and it also provides a ground for international collaboration and co-production.


    single page:
    8th iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival

  • 41 Filmfestival Max Ophuels Preis, Jan 20—26, 2020

      Best Documentary goes  to  RULES OF THE ASSEMBLY LINE, AT HIGH SPEED  by Yulia Lokshina  The Audience Award Documentary goes to LOST IN FACE ...


    Best Documentary goes  to  RULES OF THE ASSEMBLY LINE, AT HIGH SPEED  by Yulia Lokshina 

    The Audience Award Documentary goes to LOST IN FACE by Valentin Riedl as well as  Best Score Documentary for Antimo Sorgente.



     For 41 years, the Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival has been dedicated to the presentation and promotion of young German-language films. With its focus exclusively on works by new talents from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg, the Max Ophüls Prize is regarded as the most important young film festival in the German-speaking world.

     LineUp of German productions — competition documentary: 



    Rosa von Praunheim

    ...and the Award of Honour 2020 goes to Rosa von Praumheim

    "Countless contributions in the past 40 years of our up-and-coming film festival would never have come about without the influence and work of Rosa von Praunheim. For the young talents, but also for our society, he is an unconditional role model in his multi-faceted work," says festival director Svenja Böttger. "We are very pleased to award Rosa von Praunheim with the festival's honorary prize for his inspiration and encouragement to us all to draw art from the heart".

    download the PDF with the whole program of 41ffmop2020 here


    as single page:
    41 Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2020
    40 Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2019


    See you next year



  • IDFA Nov 20 - Dec 1, 2019 Amsterdam

      Congratulation to the winners of the Student Documentary Competition! • Denize Galiao [HFF Munich] won the IDFA Award for Best Student Documentary ...


    Congratulation to the winners of the Student Documentary Competition!
    • Denize Galiao [HFF Munich] won the IDFA Award for Best Student Documentary for SAUDADE
    • and the jury awarded a special mention to Moritz Schulz [Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg] for SUMMERWAR.

    Congratulation to Heidi Hassan and Patricia Pérez Fernández, directors of
    IN A WHISPER a Spanish, French, Swiss, and Cuban Co-Production and Winner of the IDFA Competition of Feature-Lenght Documentary. More information about all the other winners here.



    MEET&GREET authors, producers, editors, world sales agents from Germany at GOETHE INSTITUT, November 24, 2019, 19:30 Herengracht 470, 1017 CA Amsterdam.

    New IDFA selections reflect the shape of the world, the shape of documentary film with female filmmaker majority across all competitions.
    DOCS FOR SALE facilitates sales of high-end documentaries by gathering all interested parties under one roof, as well as bringing them together through the Docs for Sale online services. Over the years, it has grown into one of the world’s premier markets for documentary cinema. Docs for Sale welcomes artistic documentaries from all over the world, and is open to films that target cinema, television, and online audiences. The Docs for Sale Lounge, Meet the Professionals sessions and various other activities offer great networking opportunities. Throughout the year, the market's catalogue is available to registered buyers through Docs for Sale online.

    IDFA announces about 30 selected German documentary productions and co-productions from the program of all sections such as Frontlight, Masters, Paradocs, and Best of Fests, IDFA on Stage, Paradocs, Luminous, Retrospective, Competition for First Appearance, Focus: It Still Hurts, Focus: Re-releasing History, School Program, Competition for Kids & Docs, Digital Storytelling, DocLab Spotlight, Competition for Student Documentary, DocLab Domesticating Reality as well as DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling,




    FRONTLIGHT, the non-competitive premiere program section returns with 9 out of 18 hard-hitting films that urge us to stand in solidarity with the world's vulnerable populations. From street protests in Ougadoudou to body politics in Scandanavia, Frontlight showcases incredible filmmakers and protagonists standing up for their rights. Eagerly anticipated selections includes the international premiere of the German documentary production Marcus Vetter's THE FORUM, with unprecedented access to world leaders at the Davos convention.




    MASTERS includes the latest films by auteurs whose work IDFA closely follows, and who have an unmistakable cinematographic signature. The section celebrates the great documentary filmmakers of our time with titles that span international, European, and Dutch premieres. IDFA here announces the first 17 titles of this program. The rest of the films will be announced at a later stage. One of the german documentaries in this venue is HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME - a chronicle of Germany through the prism of the director’s own family history. In voice-over, Thomas Heise reads documents from his family’s archive, accompanied by powerful black-and-white images of the 'guilty' landscape…




    PARADOCS moves between film and art. Through innovative forms, the filmmakers seek freedom of the documentary genre. IDFA's experimental section returns with 12 works that push the limits of the documentary form. A selection of short, mid-length, and feature films showcase both established names and newcomers. One of the films is the german documentary UMBRA by Florian Fischer and Johannes Kreil. Without prior knowledge, UMBRA—winner of the Golden Bear for short film at Berlin International Film Festival—could be experienced as a mysterious sequence of narrative-free images. Fascinating sequences of optical phenomena—some familiar, some very mysterious—at the interface of documentary and experimental film. Are you seeing what you think you’re seeing?






    BEST OF FESTS  IDFA's take on the year's most outstanding documentary films, and offers 25 titles from the international festival circuit. Consisting of award winners from around the world, the program includes German documentary productions and coproductions such as TIFF hit THE CAVE by Feras Fayyad, Berlinale hits TALKING ABOUT TREES by Suhaib Gasmelbari, SEARCHING EVA by Pia Hellenthal as well as Compass-Perspektive-Award for the best film in the programme of Perspektive German Cinema Maryam Zaree learning the truth about been BORN IN EVIN, a personal look at a traumatic national history that generally remains unspoken. Alongside the award winners, the program offers IDFA's tips for must-see films from the past year, such as Michel K. Zongo's NO GOLD FOR KALSAKA, following its premiere at FESPACO.



    LUMINOUS includes premieres only, with timeless, cinematic films that redeem the beauty of human relationships, expression, and empathy. As a child, filmmaker Ines Johnson-Spain’s white parents told her that her dark skin color was a mere coincidence and of no importance. As a teenager, she accidentally discovered the truth and shares it with us in the german documentary BECOMING BLACK. The second german documentary WATERPROOF by Daniela König shows us the daily life of the independent-minded Khawla, who leads a group of women plumbers in Jordan. The cheerful and refreshingly frank atmosphere between the women comes under threat when she faces trial on corruption charges.




    RE-RELEASING HISTORY This focus program includes 11 films - including German co-production OUT OF THE PRESENT ©1995 - comprised entirely of pre-existing footage such as archival material, home movies, and found footage. Marking the next installment in IDFA’s long-running series about the craft of documentary filmmaking, Re-releasing History looks to the filmmakers’ emotional, political act of re-interpreting history with a new gaze. OUT OF THE PRESENT answers the question "What does history look like from space?" Mai 1991, cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev left for the Mir space station from the Soviet Union. When he returned 10 month later, he landed in Russia.



     FOCUS: IT STILL HURTS  Pre-empting the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, IDFA presents a focus program that explores our world as a post-war world. IT STILL HURTS is the largest focus program of IDFA 2019, with 13 titles — six of them German productions or co-productions — that raise questions on the many ways contemporary life is still defined by WWII — from case studies about the cold war and postcolonialism to cinematic meditations on victims and perpetrators.
    With the monumental study LIBERATORS TAKE LIBERTIES Helke Sander at the end of the 80s takes on the widespread rape of women at the end of World War II, mostly at the hands of Russian liberators. After a long silence, the affected women and their children tell their stories. With BLACK BOX GERMANY Andres Veiel draws a picture of West Germany in the 80s: a society riven by the legacy of World War II, which it had never fully processed by following up the life stories of Banker Alfred Herrhausen and the son of Eastern German refugees Wolfgang Grams. HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME is a chronicle of Germany through the prism of the director’s own family history. In voice-over, Thomas Heise reads documents from his family’s archive, accompanied by powerful black-and-white images of the 'guilty' landscape of his homeland.





    COMPETITION FOR STUDENT DOCUMENTARY Youth participation in politics takes center stage in the german documentary SUMMERWAR by Moritz Schulz [Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg], with a Ukrainian summer camp that trains the nationalist soldiers of tomorrow. And Afro-Brazilian filmmaker Denize Galiao [HFF Munich] is suffering from SAUDADE, a feeling sometimes described as 'the sorrow of loss.' In this richly layered film about emigration and identity, she explores and defines the feeling in a variety of ways.




    DOCS FOR SALE The world’s premier market for creative documentary cinema. Docs for Sale facilitates sales of high-end documentaries by gathering all interested parties under one roof, as well as bringing them together through the Docs for Sale online services. Over the years, it has grown into one of the world’s premier markets for documentary cinema. DOCS FOR SALE welcomes artistic documentaries from all over the world, and is open to films that target cinema, television, and online audiences. Here you'll find german documentaries premiering some days before at international Filmfestivals such as BUTENLAND at 53 Hof IFF.
    Get a sneak peek at the upcoming catalogue for IDFA's premier sales market, DOCS FOR SALE by watching online GODS OF MOLENBEEK by Reetta Huhtanen.



    LineUp German documentary productions and co-productions  


     ...and DOCS FOR SALE are among others


    More than 100 authors, producers, editors, world sales agents from Germany are attending IDFA 2019 among others are

    Heino Deckert, Hanne Biermann, Liselot Verbrugge — Deckert Distribution GmbH 
    Georg Gruber — Magnetfilm GmbH
    Stefan Kloos, Diana Karklin — Rise and Shine World Sales
    Elina KewitzNEW DOCS

    Christian Beetz and Reinhardt Beetz, Alice Popplewell — Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion GmbH
    Alex Tondowsk, Ira Tondowskii — Tondowski Films
    Antje Boehmert — Docdays Productions GmbH
    Hans Robert Eisenhauer — Ventana Film
    Jascha Hannover — Florianfilm GmbH
    Christopher Hawkins — Conkertreefilm
    Johanna Jaurich — Fechner MEDIA GmbH
    Jürgen Kleinig — Neue Celluloid Fabrik
    Thomas Kufus, Kornelia Theune-Poncet — Zero One Film GmbH
    Ulla Lehmann, Andrea Roggon — AMA FILM GmbH
    Alix F. Meier — Apollofilm
    Jens Meurer — Instant Film UG
    Sarah Gross — Bugle Films
    Anahita Nazemi — Kobalt Documentary
    Sonia Otto — Indi Film GmbH
    Mario Pfeifer — blackboardfilms GmbH & Co.KG
    Tobias N. Siebert — BASIS Berlin Filmproduktion
    Florian Schewe — Film Five GmbH


     as single page
    IDFA 2019
    IDFA 2018

     ...last year:

  • Germany - Country in Focus at the 30 Sunny Side of the Doc

       Sunny Side of the Doc 2019 shone the spotlight on Germany, a country that’s hugely important when it comes to documentary co-productions ...


    Sunny Side of the Doc 2019 shone the spotlight on Germany, a country that’s hugely important when it comes to documentary co-productions and distribution and is one of the most active on a European scale. You couldn’t attend the dedicated sessions in the German Lounge at #SSD19? Get the chance to replay our podcasts directly on our website, when you want and where you want during the summer.





    Sunny Side of the Doc 2019 wishes to shine the spotlight on a country that’s hugely important when it comes to co-productions and distribution and is one of the most active on a European and international scale. This special line-up will be centred on conferences, workshops and networking events with major players from the German documentary market.

     The 30th edition of Sunny Side of the Doc takes place at the Espace Encan in La Rochelle, France. Located near the beautiful La Rochelle harbour waterfront at Quai Louis Prunier, BP 3106 17033, La Rochelle cedex 1, France. Full AGENDA 2019 click here.

     CEO german films Simone Baumann with Anja Unger and Björn Jensen, representatives german documentaries

    For the 30th edition of the international marketplace for documentary and narrative experiences, Sunny Side of the Doc has chosen Germany as this year’s Country in Focus. What’s more, to celebrate this anniversary year, we’re showcasing the notion of 'Documentary needs Europe'. This 4-day long marketplace taking place on 24 to 27 June in La Rochelle is packed with many events and will be attended by the most important regional and national producers and distributors.



    OPENING COCKTAIL OF THE GERMAN FOCUS sponsored by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Monday, June 24 2019 at Muséum d'Histoire naturelle de La Rochelle


    GERMAN DELEGATION GET TOGETHER — german documentaries invites participants to celebrate the German projects and co-productions at this Year's Sunny Side of the Doc, Wednesday, June 26, 5-6:30pm at the german documentaries Umbralla B5

    A diverse and enlarged pavilion Sunny Side of the Doc will welcome a large delegation of producers, buyers and distributors from Germany (114 in attendance in 2018). With support from German Films, the national information and advisory centre for the promotion of German films worldwide, members of the AG DOK professional association of independent producers will be gathered together at a pavilion alongside more than 12 well-known and up-and-coming production companies including:Fruitmarket Arts & Media GmbHVidicom Media GmbH, a&o buero filmproduktion, fechnerMEDIA GmbH, NEW DOCS, Längengrad Filmproduktion GmbH, Karbe Film GmbH, COIN FILM GmbH, Vision Airways GmbH, 4ED1 and G-FILMT Grabmann Film und TV Produktion


    Simone Baumann, Managing Director of German Films: “Germany has one of the largest theatrical and TV markets in the world and it has a very strong tradition in producing and coproducing documentaries. Sunny Side of the Doc is one of the most important international coproduction platforms – German producers are coming here for years to present and to promote their own projects and also to join the projects of their foreign colleagues. German Films together with AG DOK celebrate the 30th edition of Sunny Side of the Doc and we are looking for interesting new projects and cooperations.“





    PITCH SELECTION: five pitching sessions across the week (Monday, June 24 – Thursday, June 27 2019) will see creative teams from all over the world pitch their projects in development, in front of 300+ international decision makers and distributors, guided by expert moderators. 36 original projects from about 18 different countries that will be pitched live for funding and industry leaders’ insight at 30 Sunny Side of the Doc.

    • •• and the 3 projects of German producers are:

    • THE TRAP. 40 YEARS OF WAR IN AFGHANISTAN by Marcel Mettelsiefen, Mayte Carrasco, P: LOOKSfilm



    DISCUSSION Documentaries between Cinema, Television and Platform  at the German Lounge, Tuesday, June 25, 15:00-16:00 More films are produced each year than can ever be programmed at festivals, in cinemas, Television and platforms. What strategies can be adopted at the moment to make documentaries seen? What’s about docuseries? Can they reach new public?
    Moderated by Arne Birkenstock - CEO and producer of Fruitmarket Arts & Media GmbH with Christiane Hinz - Head of TV documentary department culture/history WDR, Christian Beetz – CEO & producer gebrueder beetz filmprod., Luzia Schmid - Director and Diego Buñuel - director, Original Documentary Features (EMEA) Netflix. Sponsored by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW.

    MEET THE PRIVATE GERMAN BROADCASTERS at the German Lounge, Tuesday, June 25, 16:00-17:00 "For years you’ve been trying to understand the German Market without any success. In order to put an end to your nightmare, the private broadcasters are a growing reliable solution to enter this complex Market, come and meet them." Moderated by Sebastian Sorg – Funding Executive FFF with Axel Gundolf – Director TV National Geographic, Patrick Hörl – Founder and MD Autentic, Claudia Braunstorfer - Commissioning Editor Planet and Gabi Nensel – Head of Primetime N-TV. Co-produced with DOK.fest Munich.

    NEW S***, OLD PARTNERS - Producing High-End Non-Fiction Series with public broadcasters at the German Lounge, Wednesday, June 26, 11:00-12:00. Following the emergence of platforms, much of the existing market today faces an uncertain future. Can the European model reinvent itself to serve the formats of the digital age? This case study presents a multi-party coproduction of a modern series. Moderated by Daniel Saltzwedel – funding advisor Medienboard, Christian Beetz – CEO & producer gebrueder beetz filmprod., Imke Meier Commissioning Editor ZDFinfo, Søren Schumann - Head of Department - RBB/ARTE ARD / RBB - Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg. Sponsored by German Films.

    World of Wonders – Encounters with the Blockchain at the German Lounge, Wednesday, June 26, 15:30-16:30. Blockchain will deeply affect the film industry in the near future. The workshop will introduce this new technology and highlight the benefits of financing and distribution of films, providing the opportunity to ask questions you never dared to ask. Moderated by Benjamin Hoguet – author nouvelles narration with Eugen Nussbaum – Senior Producer & Corporate Development Welt der Wunder Senderbetrieb GmbH. Hosted by Creative Europe Desk Germany.



    Among the members of the German delegation are

    Björn Jensen german documentaries, AG DOK
    • Feifei Jensen, Ginger Foot Films
    • Jaurich Johanna, director & producer, fechnerMEDIA GmbH
    • Christine Kiauk, producer, COIN FILM GmbH
    • Ümit Uludag, producer, CORSO Film- and Television Production
    • Arne Birkenstock, director & producer Fruitmarket Arts & Media GmbH
    • Dagmar Biller, producer, TANGRAM International GmbH
    • Aleksandar Nikolic, filmmaker, inselfilm produktion
    • Freidemann Hottenbacher, producer, inselfilm produktion
    • Arinane Doehring & Marlen Klaws, director and producer, 4ED!
    • Claudia Kuhland, director& producer, DreamTeam medienproduktion
    • Gernot Aschoff, director & Producer, G-Filmt
    • Andreas Hartmann director, producer & Arata Mori Director by Andreas Hartmann
    • Tristan Chytroschek director & producer a&o buero filmproduktion
    • Markus Lenz director & producer Markus Lenz Filmproduktion
    • Annette Scheurich, producer, Marco Polo Film AG
    • Markus Brandmair, CEO, made in munich
    • Lena Karbe, producer, Karbe Film GmbH
    • Franz Hirner, producer, Kick Film GmbH
    • Ira Beetz, executive producer, Story House Productions GmbH
    • Stefan Göppel, head of new media, SCHWARZBILD medienproduktion GmbH
    • Christian Baumeister, manager, Light and Shadow GmbH
    • Ismeni Walter, author, Längengrad Filmproduktion GmbH
    • Thomas Weidenbach, managing director, Längengrad Filmproduktion GmbH
    • Tanja Winkler, producer, Längengrad Filmproduktion GmbH
    • Bettina Offermann, VP International, LOOKSfilm
    • Regina Bouchehri, head of creative producing, LOOKSfilm
    • Lucio Mollica, producer, LOOKSfilm
    • Mathias von der Heide, managing director, Taglicht Media GmbH
    • Wilting Bernd, managing director, Taglicht Media GmbH
    • Tina Leeb, executive producer documentary, Saxonia Entertainment GmbH
    • Nahuel Lopez, director, producer, GRANVISTA Media GmbH
    • Peter Bardehle, producer, Vidicom Media GmbH
    • Ulrike Ziegler, manager, zb Media Filmproduktion
    • Stephan Bleek, CEO, zb Media Filmproduktion
    • Hans Robert Eisenhauer, Ventana-Film GmbH
    • Thomas Kufus, producer, zero one film GmbH

    • Dirk Neuhoff, Head of Documentaries ARD/NDR,
    • Ralf Quibeldey, Head of Nature and Discovery Programmes ARD/NDR
    • Kathrin Bronnert, ARTE-Redaktion of ARD/NDR
    • Søren Schumann, Head of Department - RBB/ARTE
    • Ulrike Dotzer Head of department NDR/ARTE
    • Kirsten Praller, commissioning editor ARD/SWR
    • Martin Schneider, commissioning editor ARD/SWR
    • Ute Hoffarth commissioning editor ARD/WDR
    • Christiane Hinz, Head of Documentaries Culture and History ARD/WDR
    • Jutta Krug, Commissioning Editor ARD/WDR
    • Kate Cox, Deputy Head, Documentaries and Coproductions, Deutsche Welle
    • Petra Müller CEO Film- und Medienstiftung NRW GmbH
    • Ina Dahlke Editor TV Science Department, ARD/HR
    • Bettina Oberhauser commissioning editor ARD/HR
    • Klaus Kunde-Neimoeth, senior editor, ARD/WDR
    Hans Robert Eisenhauer, Head of Thematic Nights Departement ZDF/ARTE
    • Jasmin Boettcher, Footage & Licensing, rbb media GmbH
    • Thomas Radtke, Footage & Licensing, rbb media GmbH
    • Nikolas Huelbusch, Director ZDF.unscripted, ZDF Enterprise GmbH
    • Marita Hübinger, head of commissioning department, ZDF
    • Imke Meier, commissioning editor - ZDFinfo
    • Schlosshan Ricarda, commissioning Editor - Terra X, ZDF
    • Karsten Schrader, Acting Head of Factual Acquisitons & Co-productions, WeltN24 Media
    • Eugen Nussbaum, producer & corporate development, Welt der Wunder
    • Lars Pfeiffer, creative producer, Vision Airways GmbH
    • Claudia Braunstorfer, content acquisitions and dubbing manager, HV Fernsehbetriebs GmbH/PLANET
    • Axel Gundolf channel director TV National Geographic Partners Germany (Fox Networks Group)
    • Elvira Lind, Head of Acquisitions and Sales, Spiegel TV GmbH
    • Michael Kloft, Producer, Spiegel TV GmbH
    • Olesja Zimmermann, Marketing & Communications Manager, Spiegel TV GmbH
    • Kay Siering, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Spiegel TV GmbH

    • Petra Mueller CEO Film- und Medienstiftung NRW GmbH
    • Katharina Blum Head of Conferences Film- und Medienstiftung NRW GmbH
    • Roman Roitman, Speaker Low Budget / Documentary, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW GmbH
    • Daniel Saltzwedel, moderator, tutor & consultant, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
    • Heike Meyer Döring, Head of Creative Europe Desk NRW
    • Uta Eberhardt, Funding Consultant, Creative Europe Desk
    • Britta Erich, Consultant,  Creative Europe Desk
    • Lisa Giehl Referent FillmFernsehFonds (FFF) Bayern Gmbh
    • Sebastian Sorg, Dok.forum Project Manager, FilmFernsehFonds (FFF) Bayern Gmbh

    • Liselot Verbrugge, Sales Executive, Deckert Distribution GmbH
    • Luisa Schwamborn Sales Manager NEW DOCS
    • Elina Kewitz Managing Director NEW DOCS
    • Lisa Anna Schelhas Sales Manager Albatross World Sales GmbH
    • Alexandra Obradovic Sales Manager a&o buero filmproduktion
    • Valentin Romero International Sales & Acquisitions Manager 3BOXMEDIA e.K.
    • Kerstin Lommatzsch, Head of Footage Service, PROGRESS
    • Senta Menger, Senior Manager Programme Acquisitions, Studio Hamburg Distribution & Marketing
    • Nadja Tennstedt, DocSalon Coordinator, European Film Market / Berlin International Film Festival
    • Adele Kohout, deputy managing director, DOK.fest Munich

    ••• Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg among others with Head of Studies International Producing Tonyslav Tony Bozic and Karl Heidelbach, Leopold Pape, Nele Dehnenkamp, Ludwig Meck, Tobias Gerginov, Rebecca Barthel, Christine Duttlinger, Esther Busch
    ••• ifs internationale filmschule köln gmbh with professor Halo Schomerus and Niva Ehrlich, Thilo Vogt, Zakaria Rahmani, Otto Laurenz, Thuy Trang Nguyen

    Petra Müller and Hajo Schomerus with students from the ifs

     Yves Jeanneau, CEO Sunny Side of the Doc with Petra Müller CEO Film- und Medienstiftung NRW


    more information:

    Interview with Simone Baumann by Birgit Heidsiek for cineuropa
    Film- und Medienstiftung NRW at 30 Sunny Side of the Doc
    FFF Bayern delegation at 30 Sunny Side of the Doc

    • Acknowledgment to Jean-François Augé with Photographe La Rochelle, Agence Photo Studio Ouest for disposal of his work of 30 Sunny Side of The Doc 2019 [at flickr]

    • Report of Anja Unger and Björn Jensen German only.


  • 62 DOK Leipzig, Oct 28—Nov 3, 2019

        The 62nd edition of DOK Leipzig will open with the world premiere of director Marcus Vetter’s documentary THE FORUM. Vetter and producer ...



    The 62nd edition of DOK Leipzig will open with the world premiere of director Marcus Vetter’s documentary THE FORUM. Vetter and producer Christian Beetz are the first in the fifty-year history of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos to succeed in sending an independent film team behind the scenes of this international gathering. As the film follows 81-year-old Klaus Schwab, founder and chairman of the WEF, over the course of a year, the global agenda includes such challenges as climate change, Brexit, the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, the rise of populism, and trade tensions between the United States and China.



    LineUp German documentary productions and coproductions


    ...and the winners are:

    The Golden Dove German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film as well as the ver.di Award for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness [ver.di-Preises für Solidarität, Menschlichkeit und Fairness] has gone to STATUS AND TERRAIN by Ute Adamczewski.
    The Golden Dove German Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film goes to OPERA GLASSES | BINOKL by by Mila Zhluktenko.
    Honorable Mention ver.di Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness goes to A QUIET RESISTANCE | IM STILLEN LAUT by Therese Koppe.
    • Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize goes to IN THE NAME OF SCHEHERAZADE or THE FIRST BEERGARDEN IN THEHERAN by Narges Kalhor.
    Honorable Mention German Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film for THE LAST PAINTING by Tom Salt.
    DEFA Sponsoring Award goes to RESONANCE by Itay Marom


    DOK Co-Pro Market:
    Current Time TV and DOK Co-Pro Development Prize goes to Giedre Žickyte for IRENA.
    Lithuania, Germany

    For all the other winners of the international competition cklick here!


    DOK CO-PRO MARKET Celebrating its 15th edition this year, DOK Co-Pro Market features 35 projects linked to a record 40 countries. We are very excited to welcome each team to Leipzig to participate in more than 900 meetings with decision makers and other co-financiers as well as more than 60 professionals attending without projects or as part of a delegation. In addition to the individual meetings, the DOK Side Bar Programme provides informal information sessions with international experts to share our knowledge with these professionals attending the market without a project.
    As usual, the DOK Co-Pro Market strives to invite new decision makers to widen the networks for all those who participate, and of course to gaze into the documentary crystal ball to see future paths towards sustainability and equality.

    Projects of German producers and co-producers:
    HUMANMAKERS by Yasmin Angel Pardo, P: CORSO FILM
    IRENA (WT) by Giedre Žickyte, P: Moonmakers, Saxonia Entertainment
    JOHATSU - THE MISSING by Andreas Hartmann, Arata Mori, P: Ossa Film
    ONE DYING STAR by Tea Lukac P: Mali Budo
    THE LAST EXPEDITION by Eliza Kubarska, P: Braidmade Films PL
    WHITEWASH (WT) by Ahmet Cupur, P: TS Productions

     Find the full DOK INDUSTRY PROGRAMME here!




    DOC FILM MARKET  The festival’s video library – DOK Film Market – offers professionals who hold a DOK Film Market accreditation the opportunity to view all the documentary and animated films from the festival’s Official Selection independently of scheduled screenings. Additionally, we showcase around 100 new and outstanding documentaries with international appeal. These come recommended by the DOK Leipzig Selection Committee or are submitted by renowned world sales companies and our international partners, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, East Silver & Institute of Documentary Film, Krakow Film Foundation & Polish Docs, Taiwan Docs, and Visions du Réel & Swiss Films. All presented films have been produced in the course of the past year. DOK Film Market pass holders are welcome to book one of the twenty viewing booths in advance via email to: film-market@dok-leipzig.de or at the DOK Film Market counter on the Basement Floor of the Festival Centre. The video library is also available online via our website throughout the festival week and for an additional six months after the conclusion of the festival.




    DOK SHORT N’ SWEET is back for its third edition this year. Ten new short films will have just three minutes to pitch to a panel of experts. Among them two by authors from Germany, such as LOVE AND MARRIAGE by Claudia Sárkány and DIANE by Naama Heimann & Bela Bulgakova.
    The experts this year come from online platforms, major newspapers, A-List film festivals and distribution companies all focused on short-form documentary content. More information...



    DOK PREVIEW GERMANY   In cooperation with German Films and AG DOK, DOK Leipzig is happy to again present seven new and unusual German creative documentaries ready for international circulation. Each film has a unique and ambitious style and our charming moderators Simone Baumann and Tanja Georgieva, together with the film teams, will give you a sneak peek into new titles ready for your slots, slates and festivals. Stay for a drink and a snack at the end of the presentation, as the unofficial kickoff for the 62nd edition of DOK Leipzig.
    Mon Oct 28, 2019,  15:30–17:00, Leipziger Pfeffermühle

    Christoph Eder receiving the
    DFM Work-in-Progress Prize

    The DFM Work-in-Progress Prize [valued at 10,000€] goes to WHO OWNS MY COUNTRY by Christoph Eder. Congratulations! The prize by D-Facto Motion is awarded to a DOK Preview Germany project for the first time this year. In WHO OWNS MY VILLAGE, Cristoph Eder returns to the village where he was born, on the shores of the Baltic, with the curious eyes of a child from years gone by. He watches the inhabitants awaken from their political lethargy and battle for the fate of the popular tourist destination.
    DOK Preview highlights outstanding works-in-progress, offering a small glimpse of excellent new creative documentaries looking for festival premieres, gap financing and distribution partners.




    Will DOCS as VOD - survive in the shadow of the big portals? 

    All those who ask themselves: "How can I evaluate my films online in the future?"
    Save the date
    AG DOK: DOK als VOD
    Tuesday, October 29, 2 a.m
    Zeitgeschichtliches Forum
    Grimmaische Str. 6. Leipzig
    Members of AG DOK and accredited guests welcome

    Will DOCS as VOD - survive in the shadow of the big portals?
    Our documentary films compete with countless other offers for the viewer's media budget. In doing so, we must assert ourselves against public media libraries and illegal download sites, as well as compete with the globally positioned companies and portals such as Youtube, Netflix, Amazon - and coming up Disney & Apple.

    Is there economic survival in the niche?
    What could promising strategies look like?
    Do subscription models (SVOD) for documentaries work?
    Do boutique offers with individual downloads or rentals (TVOD) pay off?
    Or is the solution in your own Vimeo account or in a digital film file in a drop box that can be activated on request?
    Is it a mixture of everything?
    Or none of it?
    "If you can't beat them - join them!" also applies to documentary filmmakers?

    Thomas Riedelsheimer will present MUSENRAUM, a training project for young documentary filmmakers.


    Will DOCS as VOD survive in the shadow of the big portals? 

    Susanne Dzeik, Docfilm 42, Berlin
    Lars Henrik Gass, Kommunales Kino, int. Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen
    Luise Jansen, Kino on Demand, Cologne
    Wolfgang Knauff, Stiftung kulturserver.de, Berlin / Aachen
    Barbora Langmajerová, DAFilms.com, Prague
    Armelle Llop, Tënk, Lussas (tbc)
    Andreas Wildfang, EYZ Media, Berlin (tbc) 
    Language: German / English
    Moderation: C. Cay Wesnigk, AG DOK, german documentaries, ONLINEFILM

    C Cay Wesnigk 










    last year...

  • 27 FILMFEST HAMBURG September 26 - October 5, 2019

    #FFHH19 From 26 September to 5 October 2019, FILMFEST HAMBURG invites you to its 27th edition in the Abaton, CinemaxX Dammtor, Metropolis ...


    From 26 September to 5 October 2019, FILMFEST HAMBURG invites you to its 27th edition in the Abaton, CinemaxX Dammtor, Metropolis, Passage and Studio-Kino cinemas. The 17th MICHEL Children's and Youth Film Festival will take place from 27 September to 5 October in the Abaton cinema. 

    FILMFEST HAMBURG is a film festival for the public, frequented by more than 40,000 cinema fans every year. Over the course of ten days in autumn, around 140 national and international feature films and documentaries are shown on eleven screens for their world premiere, European premiere or German premiere.
    In twelve permanent and annually changing sections, the programme ranges from cinematically sophisticated arthouse films and innovative mainstream cinema to a colourful film and events programme for the youngest cinema visitors.
    As a platform for cultural exchange and dialogue, a large number of the films are presented in person by the film creators in Hamburg. Numerous events make FILMFEST HAMBURG an important meeting point for cinema enthusiasts and the film industry alike. 
    In twelve sections, FILMFEST HAMBURG shows national and international feature films and documentaries as world premieres, European or German premieres. The programme spectrum ranges from sophisticated art house films to innovative mainstream cinema.



     LineUp of German documentary productions and co-productions:

  • German Documentary Award 2019

    HEIMAT IST RAUM AUS ZEIT | HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME by Thomas Heise is the winner of the German Documentary Award 2019. The award of the STZ ...



    The awards were presented in a ceremomy on June 28 during the 3rd edition of the SWR DOKU FESTIVAL 2019, June 26—29 in Stuttgart hosted by Max Moor. 

    The nominated documentaries are presented alongside others during the festival, with Q&A after the screenings. 

    The 12 Nominees Deutscher Dokumentarfilmpreis | German Documentary Award 2019 are:


    The Nominated Music Documentaries for the OPUS JAZZ OPEN Award are:




     Download the PDF of the full program here.




    The 15th edition of this annual event for professionals focuses on Animated Reality - Between Fact and Fiction. At Dokville, renowned guests and industry experts talk about new projects and important developments in documentary television, film and series, as well as in online formats. This year's conference will open with a keynote address by Dr. Till Grahl, the scientific-artistic director of the German Institute for Animation Film in Dresden. The DIAF is dedicated to German animated film in exhibitions, research and an archive.


    Animation in Documentaries is Booming
    Working with animated film is particularly useful when there are no images of events or when the inner life of protagonists is to be shown. Animated sequences also make it possible for contemporary witnesses to remain anonymous. This year's industry meeting Dokville is dedicated to the following questions, among others:
    "When does it make sense to animate parts of a film, a series or a VR installation? What needs to be considered in the research and implementation phase? The combination of footage and animation runs through the event on both days. In the films THE WAR IN ME, CHRIS THE SWISS or LITTLE GERMANS we will explore these questions and show a special connection between animation and archive material.

    Animated Documentaries for a Young Audience
    This year Dokville is once again addressing a young audience with the two productions WARUM ICH HIER BIN [Why I'm here]. Children's and youth films generally don't have it easy to find a place on the air, so documentaries for this target group are more of a rarity in children's and youth television. This year, Frauke Siebold and Eva Werdich from S&W authors will pitch their documentary series Zeitreise – kids! Historische Dokumentation für Kinder [Timetravelling - kids! Historical documentation for children] for children aged 8 and over, each promising 25 minutes of exciting exploration of the past and present.

    In Conversation with Annekatrin Hendel
    DOKVILLE continues the successful series of talks with set designer, producer, author and director Annekatrin Hendel. The filmmaker's films are primarily devoted to East Germany themes. Because, she argued in an interview with the FAZ: "I have never seen films that had anything to do with how I perceived the GDR. And then I was just so arrogant and naive and thought to myself that if there were no such films and nobody, not even my colleagues who had learned at the DEFA, would make them, then I would have to do it."
    At DOKVILLE, Annekatrin Hendel talks to Knut Elstermann about her versatile film career and about selected documentaries lsuch as VATERLANDSVERÄTER, FASSBINDER, as well as ANDERSON  and THE BRASCH FAMILY. The director Annekatrin Hendel has received several awards for her films, including the Grimme Prize and the Heiner Carow Prize of the DEFA Foundation for the portrait of Sven Marquard - BEAUTY & DECAY.



    For the full program of 15 DOKVILLE please click here. For more information and updates please visit the website www.dokville.de and/or the FB-Channel 


    ...just to remember SWR DOKU FESTIVAL 2018

  • 34 DOK.fest Munich, May 8–19, 2019

            The 34th edition of DOK.fest Munich presents 159 films from 51 countries at 20 venues in the city, categorised in 12 sections. Such ...





    The 34th edition of DOK.fest Munich presents 159 films from 51 countries at 20 venues in the city, categorised in 12 sections. Such as DOK.international, the international competition of the festival. 13 documentaries compete for the VIKTOR Main Competition, worth 10,000 EUR. DOK.horizonte with films about countries undergoing transition, nominated for the VIKTOR DOK.horizonte. DOK.panorama shows innovative productions from all over the world mapping the diversity and current trends of documentary storytelling. 24 of the 36 films are premieres, discoveries that have not been seen on German screens. DOK.deutsch — documentaries with people and events in German speaking countries. Student Award the student competition of DOK.fest Munich presents outstanding documentary films by students of German-speaking film schools, nominated for the Megaherz Student Award. DOK.focus humaNature with films tracing the connection betweenman and nature. Munich Premieres with documentaries by directors or producers based in Munich.  DOK.network Africa filmmakers and audiences from Germany and African countries meet on eye-level: the role of documentary films, filmmaking and perceptions of each other are on the agenda. DOK.4teens [DOK.education] with documentaries recommended for people from the age of 14. DOK.special works together with cultural and social institutions and the media industry, with films about particular events and topics at often unusual places in the heart of Munich. BEST OF FESTS with a total number of 21 films that have already been shown and awarded at international festivals. Nine of them are German premieres. DOK.guest Russia with six documentaries answering the question "What is people’s everyday life like in the vast country from the Polar Sea to China and its diverse ethnicities?"


    GANZ GROSSES KINO CINEMA AT IT'S BEST with four German documentary productions and co-productions premiering in the Deutsche Theater:

     ALL awarded documentaries of 34 DOK.fest 2019 are screened on Sunday May 19 2019.


    AWARD WINNING german documentaries 2019 


    German Documentary Film Music Award 2019 goes to Jana Irmert for her work with STRESS by Florian Baron. "The special way in which Jana Irmert combines composition and film not only reflects the destructive tension and the permanent psychological state of alarm of the severely traumatised young war veterans, but also creates an important space for the sound of the words that characterises the content, thus creating an echo chamber for the audience's thoughts and feelings. In her soundtrack to STRESS, the composer dissolves the boundaries between sound design and musical composition in a virtuoso and at the same time self-evident way, thus creating a sound cosmos that, through uncompromising reduction, generates brutal knowledge." according to the jury.



    VFF Documentary Film Production Award 2019 goes to Fabian DriehorstFabian&Fred GmbH - producer of BOY OF WAR by Cyprien Clément-Delmas and Igor Kosenko. 
    'The film consistently pursues a difficult topic: a young man from the Ukraine dedicates his life to the fascination of war and wants nothing more than to finally move to the real battlefield. Directors and producers encounter this life plan without prejudice and curiously. The company works without smoke and mirrors. Not only do they run full financial risk, they also accept to shoot in dangerous war and crisis scenes. With this award we reward the high commitment of the producer, his firm belief in this mysterious material in which war becomes a cult, and his great willingness to take risks' according to the jury. Members of the jury are Birgit Schulz (CEO of BILDERSTURM Filmprod. GmBH and last year winner), Prof. Ulrich Limmer (Collina Filmrod. GmbH & HFF Munich) and Thomas Frickel (AG DOK chairman).


    FairFilmAward Non-Fiction 2019  is presented by the members of Crew United with the support of numerous industry associations, including the FVSW Filmverband Südwest and honors production companies offering particularly fair working conditions.
    The winner are Andrea Haas-Blenske, Volker Schmidt-Sondermann, CEO's of the production company Ifage Filmproduktion GmbH and the two other nominies have been Flare Film GmbH as well as
    Bilderfest Factual Entertainment.


    DOK.fest Award of the SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit 2019  Focus on young life worlds - the DOK.fest Award of the SOS Children's Villages worldwide honours documentary films that tell an outstanding story from the perspective of children and young people. The award is endowed with 3,000 euros. The award is sponsored by B.O.A. Videofilmkunst. Joost Vandebrug receives this award 2019 for his debut film BRUCE LEE & THE OUTLAW. He accompanied the Bucharest street boy Nicu for six years. Nicu found a home at Bruce Lees, the king of the underworld, at his underground tunnels. He gets food and something like a family. But drugs are omnipresent, like the silver Aurolac that the children constantly inhale with their plastic bags.
    The nominated german documentaries have been BEFORE FATHER GETS BACK by Mari Gulbiani. In a Georgian village from which many men have left for Syria, two girls escape the common longing for their fathers through the magic of cinema. GODS OF MOLENBEEK by Reetta Huhtanen. The friends Amine and Aatos live in the same house. Their universe is about spiders, the search for God and one day about terror, which changes life in their district Molenbeek. A contemporary childhood study far removed from all clichés. ISIS, TOMORROW. The Lost Souls of Mosul by Francesca Mannocchi, Alessio RomenziISIS may have lost the war, but the simple act of surrender cannot erase the deadly ideology. What happens to the youngest losers (and their mothers) who have no memory of a world before ISIS?.   Click for all of the nominees here.


    VIKTOR Main Competition DOK.international goes to
    DER NACKTE KÖNIG – 18 FRAGMENTE ÜBER REVOLUTION | REVOLUTION REVISITED by Andreas Hoessli, 107min, Polen/Switzerland/Germany [DOK.international] "We recognize a precise psychological portrait of a perpetually shattering world. As this essay moves across time, it transcends the power of record and documentation alone, to survey the remains of revolution, in conversation with romanticism and limitation." Sponsored by Bayerischer Rundfunk and Global Screen, worth 10,000 Euros


    FFF Bayern Documentary Talent Award goes to CONGO CALLING by Stephan Hilpert, 90min, Germany [Münchner Premieren]
    "Stephan Hilpert's CONGO CALLING tells the story of the dilemma of European development aid and its failure, both large and small, in a reserved and yet very close way. The fact that this cinematic balancing act succeeds is not least due to the unobtrusive and at the same time precise camera, which takes the viewer on a journey into the politically restless heart of Africa."
    Sponsored by FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, worth 5,000 Euros, for upcoming Bavarian directors


    VIKTOR DOK.horizonte goes to ESTA TODO BIEN - IT'S ALL GOOD by Tuki Jencquel, 70min, [DOK.horizonte
    "In his cleverly constructed documentary film Tuki Jencquel recounts how the people in Venezuela are suffering from a shortage of medicines and a real exodus of doctors who are migrating abroad. Patients for whom the lack of medicinal supplies amounts to a death sentence; young doctors who have decided to stay against the odds; and despairing pharmacists whose shops stand empty are used as examples by the director to reveal what is seldom shown in news coverage on the subject."
    Sponsored by Petra-Kelly-Stiftung, worth 3,000 Euros


    megaherz Student Award goes to
    IN SEARCH... by Beryl Magoko, 90min, [megaherz student award]
    "IN SEARCH ... is personal research and political act at the same time, told in a humorous and touching way, without ever being judgmental or dogmatic. It is a difficult subject, not captivating by its dramatization, but precisely by the opposite. Here, film aesthetics and concept step into the background in favour of the director's immediate gaze, thereby creating a space for the incomprehensible yet deeply human"
    Sponsored by megaherz, worth 3,000 Euros

    Special Mention Student Award goes to ANOTHER LIFE by Jan Prazak, 72min, DE/A, [megaherz student award]


    BR kinokino Audience Award goes to
    ANOTHER REALITY by Noël Dernesch, Olli Waldhauer, 100min, Switzerland/Germany [DOK.deutsch]
    Awarded by kinokino, the film magazine of Bayerischer Rundfunk.


    BR kinokino Audience Award goes to  MISSION LIFELINE by Markus Weinberg, Luise Baumgarten, 67min, Germany [DOK.panorama]




    Best Doks - Shortlist Megaherz Student Award .
    IN SEARCH... by Beryl Magoko, 90min, [megaherz student award]
    • TIERE | ANIMALS by Jonas Spriestersbach, 75min,  [megaherz student award]

    Best Doks Shortlist
    • BRUDERLIEBE | DEAR BROTHER by Julia Horn, 106min,  [DOK.deutsch]
    • CLOSING TIME by Nicole Vögele, 116min, Switzerland/Germany [DOK.international]
    • NO GOLD FOR KALSAKA by Michel K. Zongo, 79min, Burkina Faso/DE [DOK.horizonte]
    ANOTHER REALITY by Noël Dernesch, Olli Waldhauer, 100min, Switzerland/Germany [DOK.deutsch]
    • DER NACKTE KÖNIG – 18 FRAGMENTE ÜBER REVOLUTION | REVOLUTION REVISITED by Andreas Hoessli, 107min, Polen/Switzerland/Germany [DOK.international]

    Best Doks - Audience Favourite
    • LIONHEARTED – AUS DER DECKUNG by Antje Drinnenberg, 93min, Germany [Münchner Premieren]
    SEARCHING EVA by Pia Hellenthal, 84min, Germany  [BEST OF FESTS]
    I AM ANASTASIA by Thomas Ladenburger, 95min, [DOK.deutsch]
    •TANZ AUF DEM VULKAN by Maya Reichert, 90min, [Münchner Premieren]

    Best Doks Shortlist DOK.deutsch
    ANOTHER REALITY by Noël Dernesch, Olli Waldhauer, 100min, Switzerland/Germany [DOK.deutsch]
    BRUDERLIEBE | DEAR BROTHER by Julia Horn, 106min,  [DOK.deutsch]
    • OUT OF PLACE by Friederike Güssefeld, 80min, Germany [DOK.deutsch]


    LineUp german documentary productions and co-productions

    DOK.special in memoriam  This year we mourn the death of four pioneers of European documentary film who have shaped the style of entire generations. Four great names closely interwoven with the history of the 20th century: Agnès Varda, Marceline Joridan-Ivens, Claude Lanzmann and Klaus Wildenhahn,  founding member of AG DOK.



    AG DOK Brunch in the back yard of Hansa-Haus, Brienner Straße 39, starts 11o'clock on Sunday, May 12, 2019. Visitors of DOK.fest Munich wellcome.


    Sunday, May 12, 14 o'clock at the HFF: Deutschland – Doku-Land symposium with Fritz Wolf, hosted by AG DOK - Germany Documentary Association.









    SPEED DATING for women in the film business and editors of TVstations. May 10, 2019, 19:00 - 21:30 at the HFF Munich.
    Registration ended April 29, 2019.

    Oragnizing this event ProQuote Film, AG DOK and BVR will give participating female filmmakers the opportunity to get to know other trades and form new networks as part of DOK.forum Perspektiven at the 34 DOK.fest Munich. Editors are invited to introduce their fields of work and to get to know filmmakers and their projects at 12-minute one-on-ones. After the event, the DOK.forum Lounge will offer the opportunity to deepen one or two new acquaintanceships.


     DOK.forum Marketplace May 9—11, 2019  at HFF MUNICH
    The most exciting concepts for documentary film, film composition, series, webdoc, VR and interactive media. The DOK.forum Marketplace uses targeted matchmaking to bring projects in the development stage together with producers, commissioning editors and distributors - in competition for awards and grants.

    • ROUNDTABLES In moderated 90-minute Roundtable Sessions, filmmakers discuss their latest projects in an exclusive and pleasant atmosphere with commissioning editors, producers, distributors, sales agents and funders.

    • EXTENDED ONE-to-ONE To complement the discussions in the roundtables and after the pitchings, the DOK.forum Marketplace offers carefully curated One-to-One Meetings of 15 minutes each. The meetings will be arranged in advance and during the marketplace upon request of the decision makers.

    • MARKETPLACE SCREENINGS Up to 10 projects in rough cut will be presented in a closed screening buyers, distributors, sales agents and festival curators.

     • DOK.forum MARKETPLACE AWARDS  With the new British Pathé Archive Award for outstanding archive film projects, the German Composition Funding Award for Film Composition and the Pitch Award of Haus des Dokumentarfilms, DOK.forum Marketplace offers three endowed competitions. 

    •• This year's German Composition Funding Award goes to Max Gausepohl for the composition project for MAU KE MANA - OR: WHERE ARE YOU GOING? directed by Max Sänger.


      • ALL DIGITAL?—THE DOCUMENTARY SLAM Pitching for the future of filmmaking Digitalization is rapidly changing the film industry. Conventional strategies of the industry are challenged in all areas of filmmaking - from development, financing and production to distribution: no one can escape digital change. In order to actively shape this development, we must see it as an opportunity for our industry.
    With the Documentary Slam ALL DIGITAL? we provide a platform for ideas that put the potential of digitization to good use for the film industry in a creative and courageous way. We offer film professionals the opportunity to present their concepts, impulses, practical reports and experiments to a broad industry audience at the 34th DOK.fest Munich. 
    DIGITISATION ALL OVER? DER DOCUMENTARY SLAM will take place on 9 May 2019 at the HFF Munich as part of the DOK.forum, the industry platform of the DOK.fest Munich. The participants will each have 10 minutes to present their ideas. Afterwards there will be an opportunity for questions from the moderator and the audience. CALL FOR CONCEPTS ended April 1, 2019.




    DOK.fest Munich gallery
    • our 'last year NEWS'  33rd DOK.fest Munich 2018


  • CoPro 21 | Israeli Documentary Screen Market

          CoPro - Documentary Marketing And Animation Foundation has been promoting and marketing the Israeli documentary films outside of Israel ...




    CoPro - Documentary Marketing And Animation Foundation has been promoting and marketing the Israeli documentary films outside of Israel since 1999. Its primary goal is to promote collaborations between Israeli filmmakers and their counterparts abroad. CoPro has revolutionized the scope of international co-productions of Israeli documentaries and increases the sales abroad.

    CoPro's Tracks

    Developement Stage Marketing

    Production Stage Marketing

    Distribution Stage Marketing




    Selected Projects (WT) from Germany at CoPro20 in Tel Aviv, June 3-7, 2018. Some of the German producers were also involved in further co-productions with Israel. 


    Members of the German Delegation CoPro20:

    • Simone Baumann, Saxonia Entertainment

    • Reinhard Beetz, Gebrüder Beetz

    • Igor Fürnberg, Neue Celluloid Fabrik

    • Jürgen Kleinig, Neue Celluloid Fabrik

    • Ümit Uludag, Corso Film and Television Production

    • Björn Jensen, german documentaries 

    • Gerhard Schick



    More Information on CoPro's Tracks

    • Pitching Forum – Up to 20 projects are selected by a committee of international professionals, out of hundreds of proposals submitted to CoPro every year. Following a rigorous process of master-class sessions and simulations during the months before the market, the selected projects are presented publicly to commissioning editors, network executives, film fund managers and producers seeking for international co-productions, followed by private meetings. 

    • Inside Out: Co Producing with Israel – Since 2009 CoPro has offered foreign documentary filmmakers a framework to present their initiative projects to Israeli broadcasters, as well as film fund representatives and producers, in order to increase reciprocity of the collaboration. Foreign delegations in this track are from the countries that have a co-production treaty with Israel.
      Through this platform CoPro hopes to create mutual Israeli and foreign co-productions and expose the Israeli industry to filmmakers from abroad.
      So far, CoPro has hosted delegations of producers from Germany, Poland, Canada, France, the United Kingdom and Austria.

    • Close Encounters – Personal encounters between filmmakers and foreign producers, network commissioning editors from countries that have co-production agreements with Israel. They receive, in advance, a catalogue of the projects, selected by a committee of international professionals and coordinated by CoPro, and they meet with Israeli filmmakers. These meetings create new opportunities for the Israelis for additional funding channels and access to cultural foundations from abroad.

    • Docs & Cuts – Rough Cut Screenings – CoPro provides Israeli documentarians with the opportunity to screen selected projects in the rough-cut stage, knowing it is the last chance to get international co-producers on board. These projects tend to be, but are not limited to, documentaries that were pitched at previous CoPro editions.

    • DocuShuk Screening Market – International buyers and content providers interested in acquiring recently completed Israeli documentaries receive in advance a catalogue of around 120 titles, from which they select those they would like to watch in a private screening booth. The catalogue is fitted to the needs of the international buyers’ market and is updated every year.

    • New Media Pitch – For the last 8 years CoPro has offered a unique framework for Israeli documentarians to present their cross-media storytelling ideas. Specially selected by a panel of foreign professionals, the filmmakers get the chance to present their projects to new-media experts and entrepreneurs, for possible collaborations.

    • CoPro Campus – In an effort to help film school graduates integrate into the local industry and get acquainted with the international market, CoPro invites film students to submit their documentary proposals to a special selection committee. While the best proposal receives a production grant from The Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts and post-production services from Edit Studios, the other projects receive one-on-one consultancies with leading foreign professionals.

    • Master Classes – Held before the pitching sessions and during the Market by foreign and Israeli professional representatives. The Master Classes, as part of the Pitching Track, offer young talented filmmakers the tools they need to translate their ideas into the leading international network executives’ language. The classes give the filmmakers the means to develop and improve their art form.

    • DocuChild – A biennial program in collaboration with Goethe-Institute Tel Aviv and Prix Jeunesse Germany regarding the quality of children’s television programs. CoPro encourages Israeli filmmakers to pitch their ideas for children’s documentaries to local and foreign broadcasting channels, in order to create collaborations. In 2015 DocuChild combined for the first time special apps for children alongside the documentary and television programs.

    • Animadoc – The latest addition to CoPro aims to strengthen the intersection of animation and documentary filmmaking. Selected projects are invited to a tailored incubator program during the year, in which the documentary filmmakers receive mentorship and tools to develop the animation as part of their film. The peak of the process is at the market where they pitch publicly to an international panel of professionals in both fields. [ In cooperation with the GOETHE INSTITUTE]





    The 20th edition of the Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival doc aiviv took place some days before CoPro20, May 17-26, 2018 with 12 German productions and co-productions. 

    TRACING ADDAI by Esther Niemeier won the Best Short Film Award.
    "The winner of the Docaviv Shorts Competition is a true story about a son who disappeared without a trace. Addai, a young man, leaves his mother’s home to join a group of Salafi Syrian fighters and disappears, never to return. The director pieces together fragmented memories, facts and moments into a gentle, story loaded with emotion, yet manages to avoid pathos. The storylines converge into an honest examination of grief, regret and lost hope." Jury's justification.
    For the announcment of all DOCAVIV 20TH EDITION WINNERS click here.

    LineUp german documentaries @ 20 | doc aviv

  • German Films

      is the national information and advisory center for the promotion of German films worldwide. German Films’ range of activities includes: ...


    is the national information and advisory center for the promotion of German films worldwide.

    German Films’ range of activities includes: Close cooperation with and presence at all major international film festivals and selected TV markets; hosting selection delegations from international festivals; PR and press work for all major national and international media representatives; information and advice for international buyers, German producers and exporters; publication of informational literature on current German films and the film industry; organization of the annual “Next Generation” short film program; administration of the selection procedure for the German entry for the OSCAR for Best Foreign Language Film; staging of “Festivals of German Films” worldwide and “German Premieres” in selected cities; collaboration with Deutsche Welle’s DW-TV KINO program; organization of the “German Films Previews”; selective financial support for the foreign releases of German films; organization with Unifrance of the annual German-French film meeting.

    For additional information and a complete list of the current shareholders, board members and staff, please visit the German Films Website.

  • German Documentaries Online

    For over ten years, the 'german documentaries' catalogue has accompanied all activities of the German documentary film scene at markets and ...

    For over ten years, the 'german documentaries' catalogue has accompanied all activities of the German documentary film scene at markets and festivals. At first, the German Documentary Association AG DOK – with over 800 members, the largest German professional association of independent directors and producers – published the catalogue at its own expense. Then the film division of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology became a solid supporter.
    Since 2004, 'german films,' the national information and advisory centre for the promotion of German films worldwide, has financed the publication of 'german documentaries,' whose content remains solely in the hands of filmmakers and producers, and not a publisher, sales department, or institution. In its twelve editions, 'german documentaries' has presented some 1000 films – from ten-minute shorts to feature-length theatrical documentaries, from artistically crafted film essays to documentary series – complete with photos, synopses, and contact information – to audiences worldwide.

    Now, once again thanks to the support of German Films, we have been able to launch this german-documentaries website.

    We are planning to make this site an ever-growing and invaluable source of information on the German documentary scene for you.

    Hope to see you often!

    With kind regards,

    Thomas Frickel, Chairman of AG DOK

  • International Film Festivals in Germany

    The festivals with markets are: BERLINALE | efmDOK.fest Munich | DOK.forumDOK Leipzig | DOK INDUSTRY      Schedule of the international documentary ...

    The festivals with markets are:

    BERLINALE | efm
    DOK.fest Munich | DOK.forum
    DOK Leipzig | DOK INDUSTRY   


    Schedule of the international documentary festivals as well as festivals with sections of documentaries chronologic throughout the year.


    42 Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis January 18-24, 2021 [FB] ___Submission___ until October 31, 2018



    70 BERLINALE - International Filmfestspiele Berlin, February 20 — March 1, 2020

    efm - European Film Market at the BERLINALE, February 20 - 27, 2020 [FB]



    17 dokumentarfilmwoche hamburg, April 15 - 19, 2020


    36 Internationales FrauenFILMfestival Dortmund|Köln, Dortmund, Cologne, March 24—29, 2020
    The Dortmund|Cologne International Women’s Film Festival takes place annually, alternating between Dortmund and Cologne. [FB] ___Submission___


       34 DOK.fest Munich, May 6—17, 2020  [FB]


    IKFF - 36 Hamburg International Short Film Festival, June 2 -8, 2020
    ___Submission___ until February 20, 2020 [FB]


    #FFMUC | 38 FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, Munich, June 25 - July 4, 2020. All films screened at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN are selected by the festival programmers.


    NaturVision Filmfestival, Ludwigsburg, July 16—19, 2020 [FB]
    ___Submission___ November 1, 2019 — February 28, 2020



    #FFHH18 | 28 Filmfest Hamburg, September 24 - October 3, 2020
    _ Submission _  [FB]



    54 Internatonale Hofer Filmtage | Hof International Film Festival, October 20 - 25, 2020



    63 DOK Leipzig, October 26 - November 1, 2020
    International Leipzig Film Festival for Documentary and Animated Film [FBSubmission 3 March - 7 July 2020
    16 DOK Co-Pro Market, deadline for submission August 1, 2020


    62 Nordic Filmdays Lübeck, November 3–8, 2020  [FB]


    44 DUISBURGER FILMWOCHE, the festival of documentaries produced in Germany, Austria and Switzerland  in Duisburg, November 2-8, 2020

    19 doxs! festival - creative European documentaries for children and adolescents, Duisburg, November 3-8, 2020



    37 KASSELER DOK-FEST, Kasseler Dokumentarfilm und Video Fest, November 17—22, 2020


    among others...

  • and...

    here some of our NEWS 2019 69 BERLINALE LOLA@Berlinale 2019 FIPADOC 2019 with FOCUS ON GERMANY 40 Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2019 50 Visions ...

    here some of our NEWS 2019



    here some of our NEWS 2018






    here some of our NEWS 2017