Due COVID—19 pandemie sadly it's not possible to meet face to face, anyway German authors and producers continue(d) producing documentaries. ...

    Due COVID—19 pandemie sadly it's not possible to meet face to face, anyway German authors and producers continue(d) producing documentaries. Check out the new edition of the catalogue and meet them in online markets and festivals throughout the year. German producers get further informations 'zur Unterstützung bei internationealen Festivals & Märkten'  in German here .



    European Film MarketFebruar 10—17, 2022
    The 72nd Berlin International Film Festival will take place from February 10 to 20, 2022 as an in-person event. The European Film Market (February 10-17, 2022), the Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 12-16, 2022), Berlinale Talents (February 12-17, 2022) and the World Cinema Fund will focus on on-site offerings. They will furthermore provide online formats.

    The European Film Market will take place from February 10 to 17, once again with its exhibition venues Gropius Bau and the Marriott Hotel, this year under the motto ‘It all (re)starts here’. Besides serving as a platform for licensing commerce, including numerous market screenings at the nearby cinemas and online on the EFM website, as usual, the market will be an arena for innovation and change in the age of digital transformation in the film and media industries. With its own special location at Potsdamer Platz and a multitude of hybrid individual events on the current status quo and industry trends, the 2022 “EFM Industry Sessions” will also provide opportunities for personal networking. In addition, the “Berlinale Series Market” (February 14 to 16) will host a selection of market screenings and a high-calibre conference programme on the subject ‘High-End Series’.

    The 2022 Berlinale Co-Production Market will expand its on-location events to include digital access, enabling participants who don’t make the trip to Berlin to follow the bulk of the programme. The one-on-one meetings in Berlin will be supplemented with additional online ones.
    The next edition of the german documentaries catalogue can be downloaded here.
    68 BERLINALE 2018 | 69 BERLINALE 2019 | 70 BERLINALE 2020 | 71 BERLINALE 2021 |



    CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, March 23 — April 3, 2022 is one of the biggest documentary film festivals in the world.
    • September 1, 2021 for films completed before that date.
    • December 1, 2021 for films completed after September 1.
    all submitted films will be notified by mid-February 2022
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen  
    More information — German only
    __ Report2021 by Björn Jensen German only __



    iREP International Documentary Film Festival, (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



    MIPTV | MIPDOC   April 04—06, 2022, Cannes, France
    The two largest and most important markets for the distribution of films take place in Cannes every year in spring.
    Björn Jensen, Representative german documentaries
    More information – for submission German onlyReport of MIPTV2021 - here.



    Visions du Réel, International Film Festival Nyon, April 15—25, 2021
    Visions du Réel is one of the only Swiss film festivals to present a majority of its films as world or international premieres. The Festival also has a film market with Industry activities, one of the most important in Europe and it may invite films that have not been selected for the official programme to be entered in the Visions du Réel Media Library to be viewed by buyers and professionals.
    Submission open now.
    More information — German only



    Hot Docs Toronto,  April 29 - May 9, 2021, Toronto, Canada
    At this time, the festival aims to present a hybrid festival, offering audiences online streaming only. Submissions for the 2021 Hot Docs Festival are open. For more information and details, please download the PDF __ German only __
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen  
    REPORT of HotDocs21 by Björn Jensen __German only__
    NEWS of ___HotDocs21_____HotDocs20_____HotDocs19___


    CoPro 22 | Israeli Documentary Screen Market May 31 — June 06, 2021 in Tel Aviv _
    INSIDE OUT— Spotlight on Germany:   In a collaboration with German Films and AG DOK, CoPro offers in 2021 a framework for German filmmakers to present their “homegrown” initiatives for consideration. Through the Inside Out track, we offer German projects with an Israeli or Jewish thematic connection a chance to access the Israeli film documentary network through on-one-one meetings with Israeli producers and distributors, whom enable the co-productions between Israel and Germany.
    The track will be accompanied by the mutual German-Israeli masterclass about the budgeting for co-producers. COPRODUCING WITH GERMANY panel co-moderated by Julia Teichmann, german films. The selected projects will participate in the CoPro Market in Israel, which will take place online between May 31 - June 4, 2021 and will get an access to all different CoPro pitching forums and industry events.
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen
    Further information____  German only  _____
    Report CoPro22 2021
    german documentaries NEWS 2018— CoPro20. >



    29 Sheffield Documentary Filmfestival, June 23—28, 2022 is open now for entries from around the world that wish to be considered for launching or premiering as part the Sheffield Doc|Fest 2022 official selection, within either our film programme or our arts programme.
    First Call __ German only __

    Keep updated by visiting the website of the festival.
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen   
    Report german documentaries at
    __Sheffield Doc|Fest 2019_



    MIPCHINA, June 28-30, 2021 online only
    Where the Global and Chinese Content meet. The most efficient way to business networking in Asia. Started in 2017 by the organisers of world’s global TV Content Markets MIPTV and MIPCOM, MIP China Partnership Forum is your mid-year opportunity to discover, buy, sell, finance or produce content in Asia. Based on MIP’s signature 1-to-1 pre-scheduled meetings format, MIP China guarantees online meetings to boost sales and co-productions. Interested German producers in attending may contact the German representative office of MIP.
    Contact: Marc Wessel: wessel@runze-casper.de
    More information ___German only___



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



    33 Sunny Side of the Doc, June 20—23, 2022
    Through year-round activities, Sunny Side of the Doc provides a unique space for industry professionals to co-create and share a diversity of compelling stories with the world.
    • February 22 & 23, 2022

    The Global Pitch by Sunny Side of the Doc will be held on February 22 & 23, 2022. The aim of this two-day online pitching session is to facilitate the international financing and coproduction of projects focusing on Women’s Voices. Submissions are open till January 5, 2022. We welcome important, compelling, topical, relevant and original stories with a female perspective. While we wish to champion women filmmakers, particularly from under-represented communities, we are open to all off screen talents. Here the FIRST CALL.
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen
    The final report of
    2021 - German only - here .
    • 2019 here and ____2019 Germany COUNTRY in FOCUS___



    MIPCOM,  October 11—14, 2021 Cannes, Frankreich, [Hybrid Event]
    We are attending with the german documanetries booth R7. K17 in the 'german pavilion', organized by Marc Wessel | Runze+Casper in bright daylight, right in the middle of the event.
    For more information please download our  MIPCOM 2021 INFO4 _ German only _
    Report MIPCOM 2020 by Björn Jensen
    Report MIPCOM 2021 By Björn Jensen
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen,



    5th IDF West Lake Int. Documentary Festival, Hanzhou - China, October 22—25, 2021
    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.
    More information ___German only___
    Representative german documentaries Björn Jensen



    Gold Panda Sichuan International TV Festival, November 16—18 in Sichuan, China
    Representative german documentaries Björn Jensen, more information German only




    Asian Side of the Doc, will not take place 2021.
    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



    34 IDFA / Forum Amsterdam, November 17—28, 2021, Amsterdam, Niederlande.
    with a revamped program structure with two main competitions at the forefront and and revitalized awards.
    Submission deadlines:
    • May 1, 2021 – early deadline for films _
    • July 1, 2021 – for all performances and interactive/immersive new media projects _
    • July 15, 2021 – final deadline for films _
    Representative german documentaries: Cay Wesnigk
    ___33 IDFA 2020___32 IDFA 2019___



    World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, November 30 -December 2, 2021,
    Congress'21 will take place November 30 — December 2, 2021 as a hybrid event with online sessions and live networking events. More information on this year’s format will be announced when registration opens in late July. German Documentaries is planning to participate with a delegation at the CONGRESS'21, which is to take place in Strasbourg at the end of the year. Calls will follow as soon as the modalities with the WCSFP have been clarified.

    The Emerging Producers Bursary Program offers up-and-coming producers and content creators working in science, history, wildlife and non-fiction media a range of support including accreditation and networking opportunities for Congress '21, presented by the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP). 
    Applications are open with a final deadline of September 3, 2021.

    The Buzzies celebrate excellence in science and factual storytelling, and recognize short-form, long-form and multiplatform science, history and natural history projects, as well as awarding projects for innovation and impact. At the 2021 event, 14 winners will be announced and each will receive a signature awards statue and a free registration to a future Congress (valid for three years).
    Submissions are open with a deadline of September 10, 2021.

    WCSFP is 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 — INFO 7  — German only
    Report of 2019 — German only.



    Guangzhou International Dokumentary Filmfestival, December 14—17, 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 - German only -
    Report of the event of Dec 2019 __German only__
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen 

  • 72 Berlinale Feb. 10—20, 2022

      Berlinale Special makes room mainly to documentaries that are the best way to explore our world and its legacy. From a recording studio during ...


    Berlinale Special makes room mainly to documentaries that are the best way to explore our world and its legacy. From a recording studio during the pandemic to the little-known industry of synthetic diamonds, from a microcosm to be found in and around an old oak tree in France to a controversial political party in Germany, with the title EINE DEUTSCHE PARTY | A GERMAN PARTY by Simon Brückner, ending with a take on the power and ethics of photography.
    Berlinale Special comprises 15 films from twelve countries, among them six documentary forms and nine feature films as well as two short films. Twelve are world premieres. Find the international LineUp of this section here.



     LineUp German documentary productions and co-productions


    European Film Market, Berlinale Co-Production Market, Berlinale Talents and World Cinema Fund go online.

    The BERLINALE has developed a new concept so that it can fly the flag for culture emphatically, even in these times of pandemic. The focus this year, therefore, will be on cinema screenings in the Berlinale venues. The health and safety of the audience at all events and strict compliance with the current hygiene regulations remain the top priority. Following recent decisions by the Federal Government and the Berlin Senate, the previously developed hygiene and security measures have been reviewed once again, so that the 2022 festival can be organised as an in-person 2G-plus event (additional masking and testing requirement).
    Find the Press Release January, 12, 2022 here.


     Press Releases 72nd Berlinale


    Berlinale Documentary Award

    For many years now, the Berlin International Film Festival has been committed to the diversity of documentary forms. A distinct award for the best documentary film was launched in 2017.
    The Berlinale Documentary Award is endowed with 40,000 Euros in prize money sponsored by public broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb). The prize money is split between the winning film’s director and producer. Approximately 18 current documentary forms from the sections Competition, Encounters, Panorama, Forum, Generation, Berlinale Special and Perspektive Deutsches Kino are nominated for the Berlinale Documentary Award. [GUIDELINES]




    Panorama Dokumente .

    Ten documentary works enrich this year’s programme with their stories and heterogeneous points of view. Many of them combine history and the present to open up new perspectives, make biographies visible and bring previously hidden subcultures to life. In Cem Kaya’s documentary essay ASK, MARK VE ÖLÜM | LOVE, DEUTSCHMARKS AND DEATH | LIEBE, D-MARK UND TOD, the director orchestrates material from 60 years of alternative German post-war and Turkish-German cultural history. Berlin singer-songwriter Bettina Wegner is the focal point of the film portrait BETTINA in which Lutz Pehnert deploys meticulously researched and arranged archive material to tell not only the biography of an artist, but also the history of the divided Germany.
    The camera as a tool for self-reflection and a way to search for clues is a recurring motif in films such as NO U-TURN from Nigeria, in which we set off with director Ike Nnaebue on a cinematic journey retracing his steps from Lagos to Tangier, the continent-traversing route he first travelled as a teenager in hope of a better life. Along the way, he draws a multinational and multilingual portrait of African migration.



    Perspektive Deutsches Kino 2022: An Echo of the Past 

    Seven feature films and documentaries have been invited to Perspektive Deutsches Kino 2022. From this year onwards, the section also wishes to draw attention to other skills that shape the creative process of filmmaking. In addition to the traditional appreciation of directing and production, in the future, there will also be a special talent in every Perspektive film presented from another discipline.
    For the first time in 2022, the programme will therefore feature in addition to six female directors and a male director, Perspektive talents from the fields of documentary filmmaking, camera, editing, production and production design...

    The two documentaries SORRY GENOSSE | SORRY COMRADE and LADIES ONLY make up the programme. SORRY COMRADE by Vera Brückner (P: NORDPOLARIS; Perspektive Talent Production: Fabian Halbig) introduces us to the incredible love story of the Thuringian medical student Hedi and the West German left-wing activist Karl Heinz. This playfully depicted story of a ludicrous escape opens up an unusual view of the German-German past. In the documentary LADIES ONLY by Rebana Liz John (P: KHM; Perspektive Talent documentary filmmaking: Rebana Liz John), we become acquainted with women in the women's compartments of local trains in Mumbai who give us an insight into their perspectives, hopes and anger and create a colourful picture of the faces, languages and cultures of Indian society shining in a stylish black and white film.




    Angry and free, courageous and tender, eloquent and introverted. Shining the spotlight on fresh, untamed, resonant voices in the world of young cinema, the selection of this edition’s two competition programmes Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus comprises 24 feature-length films and 28 short films. 12 feature film debuts, more than 50% female directors, a wide range of cinematic forms and perspectives.
    The cinematic forms and imageries are as creative, free and unconventional as the protagonists themselves. In addition to numerous fictional works, eight documentary forms enrich this year's feature film competitions. By virtue of animation or staging, the filmmakers experiment with the concept of hybridity and thereby focus on questions of framing and the ethics of their work processes. KALLE KOSMONAUT by Günther Kurth, Tine Kugler, the German documentary production in this section, is a long-term documentary about Kalle, a boy from the prefabricated housing projects along the Allee of the Cosmonauts, paints a different picture of Berlin: 'Poor' is not 'sexy' here, it means: bad opportunities. The directing duo respectfully accompanies Kalle and leaves the charismatic boy to speak, supplementing scenes with animated sequences by Alireza Darvish where background knowledge is meaningful.



    25 International Forum of New Cinema © 1995 Marian Stefanowski



    52 Forum and Forum Expanded

    The selection process for the 52nd Berlinale Forum made one thing very clear: however much the pandemic may have paralysed life in our societies, filmmakers worldwide have lost none of their inventiveness and artistic desire. The works selected - 27 feature-length works in the main programme, 14 feature-length works and shorts in the Forum Special programme - are a dazzling demonstration of this, among them the German/French documentary co-production – an archival explorations by Alain Gomis’ REWIND AND PLAY.

    Forum also takes a look at its own history. Alice Agneskirchner’s film portrait KOMM MIT MIR IN DAS CINEMA – DIE GREGORS | COME WITH ME TO THE CINEMA – THE GREGORS is dedicated to Ulrich und Erika Gregor. With film excerpts, archive footage, re-enacted scenes and interviews, the Berlin director examines the biographies and considerable impact of these two legendary film curators without whom Forum would not exist.







    NEW: EFM Documentary: Rough-Cut Presentations
    In partnership with institutions and associations worldwide, the EFM is presenting a selection of documentaries in the rough-cut stage for the first time. Similar to the showcases at the Berlinale Series Market, the Rough-Cut Presentations provide a platform for documentary filmmakers to present, pitch and discuss excerpts from their films in a cinema on Potsdamer Platz for buyers, festival programmers and sales agents.

    European Film Market, Berlinale Co-Production Market, Berlinale Talents and World Cinema Fund to go online.
    Traditionally at the beginning of the year, the central platform for trading in rights to films and audiovisual content gives an outlook on the production, evaluation and trading activities in the coming months, and makes Berlin the meeting place for producers, distributors, and sales agents from all around the world.
    The EFM Event Schedule will be displayed by mid-January 2022 and will be updated regularly until the Market.


    Stay tuned for more information, the new edition german documentaries catalogue and LineUp of German documentary productions and co-productions @ 72 BERLINALE & EFM published here at the end of January 2022. By the way, there will be no section LOLA@BERLINALE due COVID-19 regulations.

    __ Press Releases 72nd Berlinale __


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    72 BERLINALE 2022
    71 BERLINALE 2021
    • 70 BERLINALE 2020
    69 BERLINALE 2019
    68 BERLINALE 2018

  • 43 FF Max Ophüls Preis, Jan 16-26, 2022

            COMPETITION DOCUMENTARY Eight documentaries from German speaking countries compete for four prizes: • MAX OPHÜLS PRIZE: BEST DOCUMENTARY ...





    Eight documentaries from German speaking countries compete for four prizes: 
    MAX OPHÜLS PRIZE: BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM, endowed with 7,500 Euros, provided by Saarland Medien GmbH,
    MAX OPHÜLS PRIZE: BEST FILM MUSIC, endowed with 5,000 euros, offered by Saarland Medien GmbH and endowed by the Strecker Foundation
    MAX OPHÜLS PRIZE: PUBLIC PRIZE DOCUMENTARY FILM is endowed with 5,000 euros by Dillinger and Saarstahl. The prize is awarded to an entry from the Documentary Film competition by a vote of the festival audience.
    • The award of the non-endowed MAX OPHÜLS PRIZE: PRIZE OF FILM CRITICS is decided by a three-member jury composed of the film critics' associations from Germany (BVMJ and VdFk), Austria (Austrian Film Critics' Guild) and Switzerland (SVFJ).


    Grit Lemke, Hannah von Hübbenet, Melanie Andernach  


    LineUp of German productions and co-productions competition feature documentary



    LineUp of German productions and co-productions MOP-SHORTLIST: Dok

    Find more information on the eight competing documentaries at the website of 43 FF MOP 2022. Sorry, German only. Download 43 FFMOP information as PDF.



     43 FF Max Ophüls Preis Trailer




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  • IDFA 2021, November 17 — 28

            The IDFA Award for Best Short Documentary goes to HANDBUCH | HANDBOOK by Pavel Mozhar "We give the award to a film we found to be an ...





    The IDFA Award for Best Short Documentary goes to
    HANDBUCH | HANDBOOK by Pavel Mozhar

    "We give the award to a film we found to be an urgent work that illuminates an ongoing tragedy, one that has received negligible attention. The filmmaker uses the limitations of a pandemic lockdown to create a piece so flawlessly executed that each moment offers the spectator a fresh and unexpected experience. By mirroring the language and methods of the oppressor, this filmmaker hands the power back to the oppressed, making this piece itself a powerful instrument of protest. The author’s impressive displays of ingenuity serve as a brilliant masterclass in filmmaking. The jury unanimously bestows this year’s Award for Best Short Documentary to Pavel Mozhar’s Handbook" say Eliane Esther Bots, Pamela Cohn, and Sara Ishaq.


    © 2021 IDFA


    Find all the other jury decisions here.

    With approximately 3,000 guests in Amsterdam and online, extensive health and safety measures such as reduced venue capacity were in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all present. The 34th edition of IDFA has run as an in-person event, with twelve special online screenings for audiences, and an extensive library of films, talks, and consultancies available to online guests around the world. To date, IDFA has received over 100,000 cinema visits. 



    This year’s BEST OF FESTS selection — including nine german documentaries — celebrates a year when, despite all challenges, festivals came back with a large slate of exceptional documentary films, and cinema triumphantly returned to the big screen. The program section takes a decidedly cinephile turn in 2021, honoring the year’s award winners, critics’ picks, and audience favorites. The 46-film-strong selection includes highlights out of the german documentaries catalogue such as


     IDFA Masters selects sixteen must-see titles from some of the leading filmmakers of our time. Several entries speak to the growing crossover between filmmakers working in both the fiction and documentary worlds, as seen in the German co-productions Karim Aïnouz's MARINER OF THE MOUNTAINS, charting the director’s first trip to his father’s homeland, TWO MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT by Yael Bartana, and THE FIRST 54 YEARS by Avi Mograbi, among other titles.  


    Fourteen singular films are selected for IDFA’s new International Competition: a manifestation of classical documentary at its most sublime, yet still full of surprises. These are films that use a clearly defined frame, but inside it, anything can happen. Artistically confident, well-rounded, and universally relevant, each of these titles express an unparalleled cinematic mastery that is at once both intricate and effortless. The German/Chinese co-production in this section is:



    IDFA Competition for Short Documentary  With an influx of young filmmakers, the IDFA Competition for Short Documentary has grown in scope, with twenty selected titles, that showcase a healthy boom for the short film form — including two german documentaries. A mosaic of styles and themes defines this selection, exploring everything a short documentary can be: from animation to personal archive films to classic documentary cinema, with plenty of experimenting in between.

    • HANDBOOK | HANDBUCH by Pavel Mozhar, 29min [Short]

    • SURVIVE | ÜBERLEBEN by Lara Milena Brose, Kilian Armando Friedrich, 30min P: HFF [Short]



    The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam — IDFA announced among others The Top 10 program curated by Guest of Honor Hito Steyerl includes VIDEOGRAMS OF A REVOLUTION, the cult masterpiece by Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujica, in a nod to Steyerl's long-held admiration of Farocki, who she has written about, exhibited with, and studied under at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Still elsewhere in the selection, Steyerl presents a mainstay of documentary journalism with Laura Poitras' Oscar-winning Edward Snowden film CITIZENFOUR.

    Explore the complete list of documentary films, interactive and immersive artworks, and live cinema events now. Discover the IDFA selection from A to Z.



    DOCS FOR SALE Among more than 420 fresh titles, there is a strong contingent of IDFA-selected films, an exciting selection of high-profile films without sales agents, and a vibrant line-up of short documentaries, including more than 30 German productions and co-productions.

    DOCS FOR SALE takes place Friday, November 19 to Thursday, November 25.
    This year, the IDFA team looks forward to welcoming Docs for Sale guests to an in-person market in Amsterdam where they can physically screen films, attend meetings, and network, COVID-19 regulations permitting. Nevertheless, to accommodate guests who are unable to travel, the Docs for Sale team can also facilitate online meetings, offering the possibility to participate remotely where necessary.
    Introduction to Docs for Sale for first-timers (online): Monday, November 1
    In-person meetings: November 19-24, 11:00–13:00 CET and 14:30–16:30 CET
    Online meetings: November 25-26 9:00–18:00 CET



    IDFA Forum takes place from Saturday, November 20 to Friday, November 26.
    62 projects are selected among them German productions and co-productions such as

    • CHOMSKY VS CHOMSKY by Sandra Rodriguez [Canada, Germany]
      Chomsky vs Chomsky is a multi-user, playful and collaborative Mixed Reality experience that invites visitors on a timely quest: to debunk AI’s biggest promises, limitations and pitfalls.

    • DO YOU LOVE ME (working title) by Lana Daher [Lebanon, Germany]
      Do You Love Me (working title) is Lana Daher’s personal journey through the fractured historical, social, cultural, and political landscapes of Beirut, Lebanon. By utilizing the country’s musical, cinematic, photographic, and journalistic archives, the film collages together the story of Lebanon's chaotic past, troubled present and hopes for its uncertain future.

    • MYRIAD. Where we connect. | Full Dome by Lena Thiele, Sebastian Baurmann [Germany]
      What can animal migration tell us about our interconnected world? MYRIAD combines scientific research, cinematic documentary, artistic style, 3D animation and VR technology to bring animal migration stories to life. [ coP: Interactive Media Foundation, Filmtank]

      A witty and personal exploration of a 31-year-old woman’s sexual and cultural identity in the landscape of Chinese youth culture and gender history. [Interview with the director]




    For more information please visit the website of the festival and/or download the pressreleases here. IDFA presents new festival selections from September 21 onwards. The final competition titles will be announced on Monday, November 1, during the IDFA 2021 press conference—available to stream online at www.idfa.nl
    The LineUp of german documentaries at 34 IDFA will be published here at the beginning of November 2021.

    See who will be attending 34 IDFA's guest list 2021




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  • 64 DOK Leipzig Oct 25 — 31, 2021

            ...and the winners are:• Rebecca Zehr with A SOUND OF MY OWN [Golden Dove]• Sarah Noa Bozenhardt, Daniel Abate Tilahun with AMONG ...





    ...and the winners are:
    • Rebecca Zehr with A SOUND OF MY OWN [Golden Dove]
    • Sarah Noa Bozenhardt, Daniel Abate Tilahun with AMONG US WOMEN by [Honourable Mention Int. Competition]
    • Johanna Seggelke with REALITY MUST BE ADDRESSED [Young Eyes Film Award]
    • Diana El Jeiroudi with REPUBLIC OF SILENCE by [Honourable Mention Int. Competition as well as Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize]
    • Tang Han with PINK MAO [Silver Dove]
    • Ole Jacobs, Arne Büttner with NASIM [DEFA Sponsoring Prize as well as  ver.di Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness]
    • Jakob Krese, Danilo Do Carmo with LO QUE QUEDA EN EL CAMINO [Honourable Mention DEFA Sponsoring Prize]
    • Jakob Werner, Thea Sparmeier, Pauline Cremer with GLÜCKSPFAD [Honourable Mention, Silver Dove]


    Recordings of many industry talks  as well as the podcasts are available online until 14 November 2021.





    Lights off and … Showtime!

    Six competitions and one section out of competition at 64 DOK Leipzig 2021 are presented.

    The selection committee has nominated a total of 15 productions for the German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film and the German Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film. Among them are eleven world premieres, one European and three German premieres. Female film-makers are heavily represented in the German Competition Long Film, having directed seven of the eight films nominated for the German Competition for long films. Jurors Maria Speth, Gudrun Sommer and Carsten Möller will decide which film gets the Golden Dove, granted by Weltkino Filmverleih GmbH.



    LineUp German productions and co-productions 




    DOK Leipzig looks forward to welcoming you back! Whether you will be in Leipzig or online, the DOK Leipzig team is thrilled to invite you to take part in an intense and inspiring festival week and celebrate the film community.

    In 2020, DOK Leipzig took place for the first time as a hybrid festival against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. And what’s to come this year? DOK Leipzig will return to big screens in the fall! For the 64th edition taking place from 25 to 31 October, it's planned to air the complete film programme in selected Leipzig venues, and to celebrate a week of documentary and animated film with our audience on-site in Leipzig.

    The selection committee has nominated a total of 15 productions for the German Competitions Long and Short Documentary and Animated Films. Some of the directors involved have previously had films screened at DOK Leipzig, for example Katharina Pethke, Betina Kuntzsch and Johanna Seggelke. Female film-makers are heavily represented in the German Competition, having directed seven of the eight long documentary films nominated.
    These are the topics of this year’s nominations:
    As usual, some of the productions focus on current political issues. Topics include the situation of refugees in Camp Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos, the migration factor for families in the Dominican Republic and the protests against Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus.
    Some films draw a connection between political and aesthetic discourse, for example in works about female body hair, a socialist monument in the Prenzlauer Berg district of Berlin and the colour of the 100 yuan note in the People’s Republic of China.
    Other works in the competitions portray extraordinary individuals and are partly the result of intimate relationships. Two films, for example, deal in very different ways with the documentary images of a past love. Two other works focus on soundscapes by portraying a musician, who continues her father’s musical legacy, and a passionate instrument-maker.
    Who awards the Golden and Silver Dove? This year’s jury consists of film-maker Maria Speth, festival director Gudrun Sommer and film lecturer and director Carsten Möller. The jurors will jointly determine the winning films of the Golden and Silver Dove in the German competitions of DOK Leipzig.


    • International Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film
    • International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film
    • Camera Lucida – Out of Competition
    • German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film
    • German Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film
    • Competition for the Audience Award Long Documentary and Animated Film
    • Competition for the Audience Award Short Documentary and Animated Film

    The awards of the festival – the Golden and Silver Doves – and further prizes presented by our partner are awarded in the competitions. Find out about all winning films last year at DOK Leipzig 2020 here. Who actually decides which films receive awards? DOK Leipzig’s winning films are selected by independent juries.

    After the festival week, DOK Stream will launch online to serve those who wish to either deepen their festival experience or visit DOK Leipzig wholly online. The VoD film programme will feature a selection of festival films accessible to the German public during the first two weeks of November 2021




    DOK Industry buero autum 2020 [© 2020 Susann Jehnichen]


    Recordings of many industry talks  as well as the podcasts will be available online until 14 November 2021!




    DOK Industry

    DOK Preview Germany — D-Facto Motion Work-in-Progress Prize
    Eight new and unusual German creative documentaries were presented at DOK Preview Germany in cooperation with German Films and AG DOK. The D-Facto Motion Work-in-Progress Prize – a post production grant of 10,000 € – is given out to one of the selected German documentary projects. This year’s winner is PRESIDENT’s TAILOR – FROM AUSCHWITZ TO THE WHITE HOUSE by Director and Co-Producer Rick Minnich and Producer Mike Brandin.

    Find more information about all the others 2021 DOK Industry Prize Winners here.


    Every year, about 1,600 professional guests from more than 80 countries come to Leipzig to participate in over 50 events under the umbrella of DOK Industry. In 2020, the complete DOK Industry Programme took place online. This year, we look forward to welcoming you back! 
    DOK Industry Online offers networking opportunities with the highest-quality German and international decision makers and funders in a cosy, laid back atmosphere. This is the meeting place for artistic documentary and a hub for interactive and immersive arts practitioners and experts.

    DOK Co-Pro Market: 35 projects from 36 countries selected
    From 25 to 29 October authors, directors and producers will meet potential co-production, financing and distribution partners. The DOK Co-Pro Market 2021 is planned as a hybrid event with individual meetings and networking opportunities taking place in Leipzig as well as online.

    Co-Pro Market: Call for Producers without a Project
    DOK indystry invites producers who are actively looking for new audio-visual works to co-produce and to expand their networks internationally to apply as a producer without a project for participation in the DOK Co-Pro Market. The deadline is 27 September 2021

    TALKS AND EVENTS .In connection with the film programme the audience is invited to join for various talks. Admission to most of the discussive programming is free.

    In the MEDIA LIBRARY , you can find the festival trailer and cinematic statements by filmmakers. Once the festival has started, you can also watch recording of selected talk formats and our masterclasses here. 





    as singel pages:
    •  64 DOK Leipzig 2021
    •  63 DOK Leipzig 2020 .
    •  62 DOK Leipzig 2019 .
    •  61 DOK Leipzig 2018 .

  • DEUTSCHER FILMPREIS – German Film Award 2021

      — LOLA21 for Best Documentary goes to Maria Speth with MR BACHMANN AND HIS CLASS and the documentary A SYMPHONY OF NOISE is awarded with ...


    — LOLA21 for Best Documentary goes to Maria Speth with MR BACHMANN AND HIS CLASS and the documentary A SYMPHONY OF NOISE is awarded with LOLA21 for Best Sound Design by Pascal Capitolin, Richard Borowski.












    • MR BACHMANN AND HIS CLASS | HERR BACHMANN UND SEINE KLASSE Maria Speth for Best Documentary Production as well as Best Directing

    • SPACE DOGS Elsa Kremser, Levin Peter, Annekatrin Hendel for Best Documentary Production, Jonathan Schorr, Simon Peter, Tobias Adam for Best Sound Design

    • WALCHENSEE FOREVER Martin Heisler for Best Documentary Production, Anja Pohl for Best Editing

    • A SYMPHONY OF NOISE  Andrew Bird for Best Editing, Pascal Capitolin, Richard Borowski for Best Sound Design



    The DEUTSCHER FILMPREIS awarding ceremony will be held October 01, 2021.

    And as Minister of State for Culture Monika Grütters explains "In the coming months, the Corona pandemic will continue to be a huge challenge for all cinemas, producers and distributors. For this reason, together with the German Film Academy, we have decided to hold the German Film Awards ceremony in the fall of 2021 rather than in the spring as usual. In this way, we are creating greater planning security for producers and distributors when submitting their films to the German Film Awards. We look forward to the coming year with hope – and are doing all we can to support cinemas and the film industry in weathering and overcoming the crisis."








    download the SHORTLIST GERMAN FILM AWARD #lola21 as PDF.




       • German Film Award _ LOLA 2021
       German Film Award | LOLA@Berlinale 2020
       • German Film Award | LOLA@Berlinale 2019
       German Film Award | LOLA@Berlinale 2018

  • 55 Hof IFF, October, 26—31, 2021 plus7streamdays

      THE GRANIT- for the best documentary goes to LUCHADORAS by Patrick Jasim and Paola Calvo. The documentary film award GRANIT donated by the ...


    THE GRANIT- for the best documentary goes to LUCHADORAS by Patrick Jasim and Paola Calvo.

    The documentary film award GRANIT donated by the Hermann and Bertl Müller Foundation, is awarded for the best documentary of the festival and comes with a prize money of 7.500€. This year's jury have been Marcus Richardt, Cordula Kablitz-Post and Douglas Wolfsperger.



    Again, the Hof International Film Festival will take place as a dual festival. Screenings in cinemas according to the hygiene regulations from 26 to 31 October, then plus7streamdays meaning one week until November 7 the films are available online in Germany.

    IN MEMORIAM MIKIS THEODORAKIS the 55 Hof IFF screens again



    LineUp German documentary productions and co-productions




    Other events such as the HoF PLUS framework program as well as the HoF 7 Minutes Pitch for newcomers, will also be organized in accordance with the current pandemic requirements.

    This year the pitching session 7 MINUTES even goes one step further. As part of HoF PLUS it offers up-and-coming filmmakers the chance to network in the industry and also find additional strong partners for the realization of their material.

    The session will take place on Thursday, 28 October 2021 from 10:00-12:30 within the framework of the HoF PLUS program of the Hof International Film Festival. The pitching languages are German or English.



    as single page
    55 Hof IFF 2021
    54 Hof IFF 2020 _



  • 19 Doclisboa, October 21—31, 2021

     with Retrospective Ulrike Ottinger, premiering THE POET'S WIFE by Helke Misselwitz, and DANSE MACABRE by Thunska Pansittivorakul, Phassarawin ...

     with Retrospective Ulrike Ottinger, premiering THE POET'S WIFE by Helke Misselwitz, and DANSE MACABRE by Thunska Pansittivorakul, Phassarawin Kulsomboon among other German productions and co-productions.



    The opening of the Heart Beat section will be taken on by  a-ha The Movie, by Thomas Robsahm and Aslaug Holm. A film that follows the trajectory of the renowned Norwegian band from its early beginning to its rapid rise and international recognition until the band’s split.
    Also in this section The Poet ’s Wife, by German filmmaker Heike Misselwitz (world premiere). The programme also comprises Philipp Hartmann’s most recent title, From the 84 Days

     LineUp German documentary productions and co-productions


    RETROSPECTIVE ULRIKE OTTINGER — german documentaries by in this section are

    Unprecedented full retrospective of the work of Ulrike Ottinger, mostly presented in restored copies. Ottinger starts her cinematic journey in the 1970s. She travels the world in the following decades, interpreting it through her lenses in a radical synthesis of mythology, illusion and realism. Her unique work is adjacent to various contexts: New German Cinema, feminism, the queer movement, postcolonialism. Aside from her films, Ottinger has an extensive photographic work navigating between surrealism and ethnography. In collaboration with Museu do Oriente, Doclisboa also presents an exhibition of photographs taken during her travels in territories such as Eastern Europe, the United States, Mongolia and China.



    Nebulae is the space for networking at Doclisboa. It is a group of activities, gatherings, opportunities and people for the advancement of the creation, production and dissemination of independent film.
    In 2021, Nebulae will take place in a hybrid format. Film professionals from all over the world will meet again in Lisbon between the 21st and 25th of October, during which the on-site activities will take place. To make sure everyone can participate, online activities will run until October 31st.

    Once again, Nebulae will host the Filmmaking Seminar, organized in collaboration with UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art, which will be attended by the winners of the 2022 UNDO Fellowship. The Seminar (for selected participants) will take place between the 23rd and 26th of October, in a hybrid format. The aim of this activity is to explore radical cinema practices and the expanding languages of documentary cinema. Each day will feature the screening of films, followed by a work session conducted by one of the scholarship holders. Read the press release HERE.


    And the award winners are...

    as single page
    •   19 doclisboa 2021   

  • LET'S MEET in bright daylight at the MIPCOM

         Björn Jensen, Eva-Maria Pellikan, Simone Baumann     October 11—14 in Cannes, Frankreich, Rivera 7 at the GERMAN PAVILLON. We are attending ...



    Björn Jensen, Eva-Maria Pellikan, Simone Baumann



    October 11—14 in Cannes, Frankreich, Rivera 7 at the GERMAN PAVILLON.

    We are attending with the german documanetries at booth R7. K17

     ...and among others







    German producers, who want to attend, please download MIPCOM2021_info4.pdf    — sorry German only — for more information. Report 2021 MICOM 2021 by Björn Jensen.

  • SPOTLIGHT ON GERMANY at CoPro23, May 31—June 4 TLV2021

        The CoPro, Israeli Content Marketing Foundation wants to create collaborations between Israeli filmmakers and their counterparts abroad. ...



    The CoPro, Israeli Content Marketing Foundation wants to create collaborations between Israeli filmmakers and their counterparts abroad. CoPro revolutionizes international co-productions of the Israeli film industry, increasing their sales worldwide through promotion, marketing and networking events.



    This year with  SPOTLIGHT ON GERMANY
    In a collaboration with the Israeli Film & Television Producers Association, German Films, and AG DOK — the German Documentary Association, CoPro offers in 2021 a framework for German filmmakers to present their 'homegrown' initiatives for consideration. Through the INSIDE OUT track, CoPro23 offers four German projects with an Israeli or Jewish thematic connection a chance to access the Israeli film documentary network through on-one-one meetings with Israeli producers and distributors, whom enable the co-productions between Israel and Germany. Please note that the submitted films must be in early development stage. The track is relevant for projects seeking for Israeli co-producers, and preferably planning to shoot in Israel or seeking for archival materials. The selected projects will participate in the CoPro Market in Israel, which will take place online between May 31 and June 4, 2021 and will get an access to all different CoPro pitching forums and industry events.


    The track is accompanied by the mutual German-Israeli masterclass about the budgeting for co-producers. COPRODUCING WITH GERMANY will be moderated on the panel by Tina Leeb from fastforward, Liran Atzmor from Atzmor Production, and Julia Teichmann from German Films.

    Julia Teichmann 
    Head of Documentary & Regional Desk Central and Eastern Europe
    German Films Service + Marketing GmbH



    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.




  • CPH:DOX April 21—May 12, 2021

      The Eurimages Co-production Development Award goes to TATA/FATHER by Radu Ciorniciuc, Lina Vdovîi & Monica Lazurean (Gorgan / Romania ...


    The Eurimages Co-production Development Award goes to TATA/FATHER by Radu Ciorniciuc, Lina Vdovîi & Monica Lazurean (Gorgan / Romania / Italy / Germany)
    Jury statement: “We first wanted to congratulate all the participants for the wonderful stories and presentations, and we really look forward to watching all your films in the cinema soon. The Eurimages Co-production Development Award of 20.000 Euros goes to a project which takes on a complex personal story with depth, trying to understand the cycle of violence and its mechanisms. Most importantly, it took on the subject with honesty and heart, and shows great potential to benefit from the award. The award goes to TATA/FATHER by directors Lina Vdovîi & Radu Ciorniciuc, and producer Monica Lazurean-Gorgan

    ...and all the other the winners of CPH:DOX 2021 are...


    CPH:DOX with a total of 180 international documentaries. The digital programme also consists of 40 live debates that can be experienced throughout the festival, a five-day media conference, an interactive art programme, talks with more than 80 filmmakers and much more. Everything is available online until May 5. From May 6 to May 12, a selection of films will be screened in movie theaters in Copenhagen as well.


    © Karoline Hill

    CPH:DOX to launch Big Digital Live Platform. Tine Fischer, director of CPH:DOX, says:
    “Denmark is still affected by the COVID-19 lockdown, and the cultural sector – including movie theatres – will still be closed for the public when CPH:DOX is launching this year’s festival on April 21. Therefore, I am very excited that we can present a large and ambitious digital programme that will be accessible for a big, hungry audience. Our digital platform will feature an ambitious film programme, important live panels and Q&As with filmmakers. We are creating a digital space where we meet and listen to great artists, innovative scientists, and also some of those marginalized voices that really need to be heard.”

    In addition to online screenings of 180 new documentary films, CPH:DOX will offer an abundance of digital live events when the festival kicks off on April 21.
    A large debate programme with 40 digital live talks and panels will pass the mic to both well-established names and new voices. With large TV studio broadcasts and interactive formats, audiences can expect a festival of live conversations and encounters between people with experiences and opinions.



     LineUp German productions, co-productions, and German directors:




    CPH:FORUM takes place from April 26 — 30, 2021
    In context of the ongoing pandemic situation, CPH:FORUM will play out as a digital event, taking the opportunity to develop the event’s format in response to the changed marketplace online. The selected projects will be highlighted in individually curated pitch setups and introduced to cherry-picked financing partners. A brand new catch-up platform is being developed to facilitate follow-ups between producers, buyers and distributors in the months to come.

    with German productions and coproductions such as

    • CARROPASAJERO Juan Pablo Polanco Carranza, Cesar Alejandro Jaimes León, [Colombia, Argentina, Germany]

    • DE ANIMA Clara Jo, [Germany]

    • H for Hoax: The Phantasmagorically True Story of the Stone Age Tasadays, Khavn De La Cruz, [Philippines, Germany]

    • RISING UP AT NIGHT, Nelson Makengo, [Democratic Republic of Congo, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Germany]

    • TATA/FATHER, Radu Ciorniciuc, Lina Vdovîi & Radu Ciorniciuc, P: Monica Lazurean-Gorgan [Gorgan, Romania, Italy, Germany] winner of Eurimages Co-production Development Award.

    • THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM, Eugene Jarecki, [Germany, United States]


    CPH:WIP Projects
    For the fifth year running, as a part of CPH:FORUM, CPH:WIP is a curated collection of eight works in progress from high-profile Nordic producers and directors looking for gap financing or a launch pad for further distribution, with German productions and coproductions such as

    • INTO THE ICE, Lars Ostenfeld, [Denmark, Germany]

    • THE SKY ABOVE ZENICA, Nanna Frank Møller, Zlatko Pranjic, [Denmark, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany]




    as single page:
       • CPH:DOX 2021
       • CPH:DOX 2020
       • CPH:DOX 2019 

    The next edition of CPH:DOX takes place March 23- April 3, 2022. More Infomation —German only—.


  • 36 DOK.fest München @home, May 5-23, 2021

    Almost 71,000 viewers watched the 131 films in the programme, the live film talks and award ceremonies as well as the DOK.forum and DOK.education ...

    Almost 71,000 viewers watched the 131 films in the programme, the live film talks and award ceremonies as well as the DOK.forum and DOK.education events.
    The industry platform DOK.forum was also a great success online: 2,417 guests and 221 experts from the international film and media industry took part, and a total of 58 events took place. The film literacy programme DOK.education had a larger online audience than ever before, with over 4,000 viewers nationwide.


    The award winning german documentaries are:


    VIKTOR DOK.deutsch goes to ZUHUR'S DAUGHTERS by Laurentia Henske, Robin Humboldt
    Jury statement: "They put on make-up, they listen to music, they talk about boys. Samar and Lohan long to have a real life. The right life in the right body. The two sisters are trans. In their home country of Syria, that would have meant certain death. 'f your son or wife does something forbidden and you don't kill them, you have to leave', their father explains. So he fled to Germany with his two wives and four children. Because "who is capable of killing their own child? Your child is part of your soul," he says. Talib and his wife Zuhur do not understand their children, but mostly they worry about them. Filmmakers Laurentia Genske and Robin Humboldt show all this with great empathy. Their film follows and documents in the best sense the transwomen's path to the life they hoped for – with all its hurdles and difficulties. And at the same time it reveals to the audience what it means to be a foreigner, a refugee and a woman."

    FFF Talent Award Documentary goes to  STORIES OF DADS | VÄTER UNSER by Sophie Linnenbaum
    Jury statement: "With a simple concept, Sophie Linnenbaum succeeds in opening up entire life worlds that burn themselves into the memory. In formal terms, VÄTER UNSER is characterised by a reduced, relaxed and concentrated setting. The outstanding montage opens up life worlds with an enormous range; stories that life writes, told without pathos, with human warmth and dignity. The stories about fathers are funny, sad, shocking, astonishing and touching. Documentary cinema that takes time for its protagonists and tells the often sorrowful and painful, but also beautiful and tender moments between daughters and sons and their fathers through faces and words in such a way that intense images inevitably arise in the mind. This film is an enrichment for all who engage with it."

    megaherz Student Award goes to THE CASE YOU by Alison Kuhn
    Jury statement: "THE CASE YOU literally shines a spotlight on one of the most pressing issues within our industry today. The film impresses with the precision with which it depicts and accuses abuse of power. It is loud and poignant at the same time and convinced us with its relevance, the courage of the protagonists, but also with its cinematic realisation. The criticism the film makes is not only directed against the power structures within the film industry, but it is aimed at a larger problem inherent in the system. THE CASE YOU is an ode to community cohesion, to 'sisterhood'. We hope to see brave projects like this from our fellow students and filmmakers in general in the future."

    VFF Documentary Film Production Award goes to THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER
    by Antonia Kilian; Producers: Frank Müller (Doppelplusultra Filmproduktion), Guevara Namer and Antonia Kilian (Pink Shadow Films)
    Jury statement: "The director and producer Antonia Kilian lived in northern Syria for a year, gave film workshops for young women there and made short films with them on women's rights. Meanwhile, Frank Müller and his Hamburg-based Doppelplusultra Filmproduktion tried to secure international financing for the film by applying for funding, at workshops, pitching events and co-production meetings. Certainly, this early effort to internationalise the project has left its mark on the dramaturgy of the film. At the same time, however, it reinforces the remarkable production achievement, which involved a great deal of personal commitment, considerable up-front work and an initially high financial risk – and which also has a virtually model character in other respects: People from the crisis region, all with a history of flight, were significantly involved in the project creatively and organisationally and were fairly remunerated in accordance with the problematic production conditions."

    UpDated May 16, 2021.








    Christina Wolf and Daniel Sponsel open the festival from the (empty) Deutsches Theater, with several guests joining in via video. 



    HINTER DEN SCHLAGZEILEN | BEHIND THE HEADLINES by Daniel Andreas Sager, produced by Marc Bauder, bauderfilm and distributed in Germany by RFF - Real Fiction Filmverleih, World Sales by NEW DOCS will be the opening film of the 36 DOK.fest Munich @home.

    Daniel Sponsel, CEO of DOK.fest Munich: “We are happy to open the 36th DOK.fest München with BEHIND THE HEADLINES. In this film, everything comes together: a highly relevant topic, strong protagonists and outstanding cinematic craftsmanship. Daniel Sager lets us witness at first hand how European history is being written.”  Director Daniel Sager and the film's protagonists Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer will talk with presenter Christina Wolf and festival director Daniel Sponsel about the film, its making and the Ibiza affair during the opening ceremony.



    The 36 DOK.fest Munich 2021 - entirely online

    The 36. DOK.fest München, Germany’s biggest documentary film festival, presents its entire programme online. Until most recently, the DOK.fest München team had been preparing for a dual edition, planning to show films both on location in cinemas in Munich as well as online. In light of the current state of the corona pandemic this dual concept is no longer viable. The festival's management has decided to host this year's event, as has been done last year, exclusively online. It will be extended for one week and takes place from 5 – 23 May.

    Save the Date: Press conference on 27 April 11 a.m. online at www.dokfest-muenchen.de.

    131 films from 43 countries including 38 German productions and coproductions with a selection of the best socially relevant and artistically outstanding documentaries of the year. Browse the programme now!


    LineUp of German productions and co-production:





    The VFF Documentary Film Production Award is sponsored by the VFF Verwertungsgesellschaft der Film und Fernsehproduzenten mbH. It is endowed with 7,500 euros. Unique in Germany, it focuses on the work of documentary film producers. The award will be awarded for the fourth time in 2021. And as April 16, 2021 announced - the winner are the producers of THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER,  Frank Müller (DOPPELPLUSULTRA Film & TV Produktion), Guevara Namer & Antonia Kilian (Pink Shadow Films).



    The nominees are:





    The German Documentary Film Music Award is unique in the German-speaking territories in recognizing the original score for a feature-length documentary and considered as a platform for the work of composers and the value of music as a narrative layer in documentaries. The award is endowed with 5,000 € and is sponsored by the Versicherungskammer Kulturstiftung and goes to the composer of the original score. The award ceremony will take place for the ninth time as part of DOK.fest München.
    ...and the winner is  Christoph Schauer with his original score for SOLDIERS | SOLDATEN by Christian von Brockhausen, Willem Konrad, produced by NDR/RBB

    The nominees are:





     OVERVIEW of all events.

    Selected DOK.forum events online ready to stream since May 20, 2021

    • Kill the Documentary As We Know It!
      Discrimination happens in front of and behind the camera. Structures continue to exist in which BIPoC, among others, are underrepresented and which offer too little space for discussion about racism and other forms of discrimination in the production of documentaries. The panel discussion aims to identify approaches on how all actors in the documentary industry can actively use their responsibility to enable a diverse, equitable and inclusive representation that benefits everyone. For a more practical approach you can also register for the workshop My vision – your reality. Anti-racist work in documentary film.

    • KINO.visions – The Cinema of Tomorrow
      Discussion about the future of cinema in Germany in cooperation with AG DOK – in German language

    • Case Study: Mind The Brain!
      From documentary to poetic images of the self

    • Adobe Engineering Hour
      Meet the developers of Adobe software!

    • Film Festivals – A Lobby For The Documentary Film Industry?
      Discussion about the future of film festivals

    DOK.forum – The Industry Platform of DOK.fest München
    Think tank for the documentary film industry and platform for projects in the development process.

    In workshops and other public events, the DOK.forum Perspectives is a platform for the discussion of media-political, technical and narrative trends. With the programme series Re:arranging Reality, it will focus on post-production in documentary film in 2021 and the current media policy from the perspective of developments caused by the pandemic.

    As a co-production and ideas market, the DOK.forum Marketplace — May 5-11, 2021 online only — offers various formats for the further development and realisation of 50 new documentary film projects in various stages of development – from the first idea to the rough cut. For the first time, the Master's Pitch will also take place online: Nine selected teams will present their documentary film in the making to an audience and receive valuable feedback. In other formats such as roundtables and screenings, as well as in four competitions with prize money, the project teams meet around 100 experts from production, editing, promotion and distribution.

    Projects with German authors, German producers or coproducers:

    • BIG OIL VS. THE LAW by Mette Reitzel, P: Nadja Smith, Inselfilm

    • BUSHALTESTELLE: DONAU by Benjamin Rost, P: Mark Szilagyi,

    • (RE)CREATING CULTURE by Lisa Plank, composer: Shafa Shaimemanya

    • DANCING ON THE EDGE OF A VOLCANO by Cyril Aris, P: Katharina Weser, Reynardfilms


    • DAS GROSSE LOCH | THE GREAT VOID by Ben Voit, P:Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF 

    • DER SIEBTE SOHN by Max Carlo Kohal, P: Cyrill Gerber

    • DER STILLE PIONIER by Jona Salcher, P: HFF


    • HOOD RIDERS by Florian Baron, P: Dimitri Hempel, Hiua Aloji

    • IN SEARCH OF HISTORY by Katey Carson, P: Alina Schäfers, TimePrints KG

    • JENSEITS VON SCHULD | BEYOND GUILT by Katharina Köster, Katrin Nemec, P: Isabelle Bertolone, Trimafilm

    • LIFE IS NOT A COMPETITION, BUT I'M WINNING by Julia Fuhr Mann, P: Sophie Ahrens, Melissa Byrne, Schuldenbergfilm

    • MAY IT BE A GIRL by Katerina Suvorova, P: Viktoriya Kalashnikova,

    • MOTHERING IN THE MOVEMENT by Laurie Townshend, P: Alison Duke, Ngardy Conteh George

    • MOVIE KINTSUGI by Eva Knopf, P: Maxi Haslberger

    • RAÍCES by Lisa Bühl, Rossana Montoya, P: El Navegante Cine

    • RASTA GLENN by Matthias Wilfert, P: Matthias Wilfert, Frank Amann

    • RDM by Randy M.Salo, P: Blake Ryan Lewis

    • SAG MIR WO DU STEHST | WHICH SIDE YOU ON? by Marius Böttcher, P: Ralf Kukula Balance Film GmbH

    • SCHOOL FOR PEACE by Guy Wasserman, Nir Dvortchin, P: Elad Peleg, Daroma Production Israel,  Moritz Bundschuh, Kick Film GmbH,

    • SILVER'S UPRISING by Dan Shadur, P: Dan Shadur, Ido Mizrahy, Alex Tondowski

    • THE WOLVES ALWAYS COME AT NIGHT by Gabrielle Brady, Julia Niethammer, Chromosom Film GmbH

    • VILLAGE X by Dominik Bretsch, Simon Hufeisen, P: Dominik Bretsch, Simon Hufeisen, weltrecorder story GmbH

    • WHAT ABOUT THE MARABOU STORK? by Julia Groteclaes, Ntale Bahana, P: Peter Niwagaba

    • WÜSTENWELTEN by Philipp Schäffer, P: Paul Hartmann, P: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg




    DOK.edit Award – presented by Adobe
    At DOK.forum Munich, the DOK.edit Award – presented by Adobe, endowed with 5,000 euros, will be awarded for the first time.

    The nominated German documentary production is
    INSTRUCTIONS FOR SURVIVAL | ANLEITUNG ZUM ÜBERLEBEN by Yana Ugrekhelidze, 73min Editing: Agata Wozniak,  P: FORTIS FEM FILM
    Berger, Kruglova & Ugrekhelidze GbR,






    KINO.visions – The cinema of tomorrow

    MONDAY May 10, 2021, 10 a.m.

    An event of the AG DOK about the future of cinema view online here.

    Documentary Film as Cultural Practice in the Digital Age? In these Input Talks the future of documentary film as a cultural practice in the digital age will be discussed. Questions about the role of politics, funding structures and festivals in rethinking cinema culture are posed and attempted to be answered.


    Dr. Thorolf Lipp, AG DOK

    Prof. Martin Hageman, Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf
    Sanne Kurz, Bündnis90/Die Grünen MdL
    Verena von Stackelberg, Wolf Kino Berlin
    Lars Henrik Gass, Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

    The event will be held in German. For more information, please switch to German page. To take part in this event, please log into your account and register. All information about registration for events can be found here.


    REVIEW of 36 DOK.fest Munich 2021 @home _
    and here is the RECAP video.



    single page:
    36 DOK.fest Munich 2021
    35 DOK.fest Munich 2020
    34 DOK.fest Munich 2019
    33 DOK.fest Munich 2018

    next DOK.fest München from 4 to 15 May 2022 – then hopefully again in the cinemas!

    In times of crisis nothing is more important than solidarity and exchange. Support the festival now with your membership in the DOK.fest München Circle of Friends and become part of our network! Join now!

  • 28 Sheffield DocFest, June 4—13, 2021

          taking place in Sheffield, in cinemas across the UK, and online.   The LineUp includes 55 world premieres, 22 international premieres ...




    taking place in Sheffield, in cinemas across the UK, and online.


    The LineUp includes 55 world premieres, 22 international premieres, 15 European premieres and 59 UK premieres, from 57 countries around the world, with 63 languages represented across our newly introduced International and UK Competitions and first ever Northern Focus, as well as curated strands. 
    Find the programmguide here.

    LineUp of german documentaries @ 28 Sheffield DocFest 2021


    "We are very proud to present a programme that brings together a multitude of forms, landscapes and visions, with a myriad of incredible talent to whom we deeply thank for their trust. We are excited about holding this festival in a way that welcomes everyone - online and in Sheffield, and also across the UK. The importance and urgency of cinema has only grown since we last saw a film on the big screen." – Cíntia Gil, Festival Director

     This year, for the first time, Sheffield DocFest goes nationwide with five premiere screenings showing in up to 16 partner cinemas in cities around the UK, and online, followed by pre-recorded Q&As: the European Premiere of The Summer of Soul by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson (Opening Film), the World Premiere of The Story of Looking by Mark Cousins (Closing Film), the UK Premiere of Lift Like a Girl by Mayye Zayed (in partnership with Birds Eye View's Reclaim the Frame), the European Premiere of My Name is Pauli Murray by Betsy West & Julie Cohen, and a timely presentation of the UK Premiere of The First 54 Years: An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation by Avi Mograbi, a critical focus on the history of the conflict between Israel and Palestine.



    Watch 2021 Q&As 2021 Sheffield DocFest online here. 70+ recordings which give insight into the filmmaking process, inspiration and ideas behind the films.

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    27 Sheffield Doc|Fest 2020
    26 Sheffield Doc|Fest 2019
    25 Sheffield Doc|Fest 2018
    24 Sheffield Doc|Fest 2017


  • 28 Hot Docs April 29 — May 09, 2021

            The 2021 Hot Docs Festival will be available for audiences across Canada to stream April 29 to May 9, with 219 films from 66 countries ...





    The 2021 Hot Docs Festival will be available for audiences across Canada to stream April 29 to May 9, with 219 films from 66 countries, including 14 German productions and co-productions:





    with 36 projects — including 3 german productions — participating in #HotDocs21's Deal Maker pitch program. This year’s selection, which includes 20 BIPOC directors, 23 projects directed or co-directed by women, and seven projects directed by first-time filmmakers, will pitch to over 90 international decision makers during virtual meetings held online from May 6 to 19


    • THE EYES OF DANTE by Adolfo Conti
      Production Companies: Doc Art srl (Italy), Leonardo Film (Germany)
      Producers: Amalia Carandini, Ilaria Sbarigia, Elmar Bartlmae

    • LIFE IS ABOUT LOSING EVERYTHING by Stefan Ramírez Pérez, Benjamin Ramírez Pérez
      Production Company: Schalten und Walten GbR (Germany)
      Producers: Miriam Gossing, Lina Sieckmann

    • NO MERCY – THE FEMALE GAZE by Isa Willinger
      Production Company: Tondowski Films GbR (Germany)
      Producers: Alex Tondowski, Ira Tondowsk



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    27 Hot Docs 2020
    26 Hot Docs 2019 .
    25 Hot Docs 2018.


    REPORT by Björn Jensen _German only June 7, 2021_

  • 52 Visions du Réel, Nyon, April 15-25, 2021

          52 Visions du Réel will present 142 films originating from 58 countries. 41% of the films selected were directed by women; 31 films are ...




    52 Visions du Réel will present 142 films originating from 58 countries. 41% of the films selected were directed by women; 31 films are first films. While the International Film Festival Nyon will be held predominantly in a virtual format, its official selection emphasises its pioneering role when it comes to exploring the spectrum of documentary filmmaking practices. Moreover, with 26 Swiss (co)productions, the Festival affirms itself as an essential partner of national creation.


    LineUp German productions and co-productions 




    VdR–Industry will take place from April 14 to April 22, both online and in person.
    Dedicated to cinema professionals, VdR–Industry and its activities represent a springboard for future films to find support in every stage of their production.

    The Wolves Always Come at Night by Gabrielle Brady Germany, Australia, Mongolia, P: Julia Niethammer with CHROMOSOM FILM GmbH ,

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    51 Visions du Réel, Nyon 2020
    50 Visions du Réel, Nyon 2019
    49 Visions du Réel, Nyon 2018

  • THE MOLE AGENT nominated for 93 Academy Award 2021 Documentary Feature

    Chile's Official Oscar submission, directed by Maite Alberdi. Congratulations to the German co-producer Ingmar Trost, CEO of SUTOR-KOLONKO and ...

    Chile's Official Oscar submission, directed by Maite Alberdi. Congratulations to the German co-producer Ingmar Trost, CEO of SUTOR-KOLONKO and the whole team of the Chilean film production EL AGENTE TOPO | DER MAULWURF | THE MOLE AGENT , an 83-year-old man poses as a resident in a Chilean nursing home to see if he can find signs of abuse. 


     Q&A with the team
    • at SUNDANCE
    • at DOC NYC



    NOTTURNO by Gianfranco Rosi, an Italian, French, German coproduction has been shortlisted for the 93rd Academy Awards Documentary Feature as well.


    The winners of the 93rd edition of the Academy Awards will be announced on Sunday, April 25






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      • OSCARS 2020

  • 71 Berlinale 2021 EFM & Summer Special

    ....and the SILVER BAER Jury Prize goes to Maria Speth, who produced, directed, and edited MR BACHMANN AND HIS CLASS.   “In a film, you can ...

    ....and the SILVER BAER Jury Prize goes to Maria Speth, who produced, directed, and edited MR BACHMANN AND HIS CLASS. 

     “In a film, you can draw attention to deep problems by sticking your finger into the wound or showing hope and giving inspiration as how to achieve a positive change. The latter is the strategy that the director of this tenderly powerful documentary chose to follow.
    Always keeping the right distance, the film focuses on one of those ‘field workers’ of our society who defines the most formative years of our children, influencing deeply their attitude towards life. As seen through the eyes of the director, this teacher is unique: he reshapes, softens, and makes more human, and through that humanity makes much more efficient a system in crisis — our European educational system.
    The film shows how far you can go simply with true respect, sincere communication, and with that magic all great teachers possess: sparking the fire of passion in their students by activating their fantasy.” (71 BERLINALE Jury statement)


     Maria Speth accepting the SILVER BEAR


    The Kompagnon-Fellowships 2021 by Perspektive Deutsches Kino and Berlinale Talents [DocStation] goes to the German documentary production WIR WAREN KUMPEL | ONCE WE WERE PITMEN by Jonas Matauschek and Christian Johannes Koch, production company elemag pictures GmbH.
    The jury's statement word for word:
    WIR WAREN KUMPEL tells of a paradigm shift and brings the present into the coal mine. Against the background of the closure of the last coal mine in Germany, this artistic documentary aims to show changes and new beginnings using a trans* woman miner and diverse miners: Not only is the working world in mining about to disappear as a result of the climate policy, but also the self-image of gender and role models is changing. What does masculinity look like today, and how is it manifested? In the interplay of large arrangements in cinematic images and the close documentary accompaniment of the protagonists, the reinvention of the characters and their handling of the crisis is traced. In addition to this swan song for an old form of manhood, attention is also drawn to the decline of the industry. We are excited about a film that combines intimate insights with structural questions in a multi-layered way. 




    71 BERLINALE 2021 is a festivals in two stages. An INDUSTRY EVENT and a SUMMER SPECIAL. Visit our virtual booth at the EFM, March 1-5, 2021 for shortcuts to the Screening Dates of the german documentaries [festival  and market screenings as well] and come back for the Summer Special June, 9-20 in selected venues in the City of Berlin. Meamtime download the 25th edition of the catalogue german documentaries 2021 and former editions as PDF here.

    ...will be a festival in two stages.


    Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the 71 Berlin International Film Festival will unfortunately not be able to take place from February 11-21, 2021.
    The Competition, Berlinale Special & Berlinale Series, Encounters, Berlinale Shorts, Panorama, Forum & Forum Expanded, Generation and Perspektive Deutsches Kino sections will have a reduced selection of films at the 71 Berlinale due to the pandemic. The great majority of them will be available online for industry professionals during the European Film Market [with industry accreditation only] in the first week of March 2021.

    From June 9-20, the Summer Special will give the general public the opportunity to see the majority of the 2021 film selection at numerous cinema screenings. The city of Berlin once again will become the physical venue for the BERLINALE and the cinema will be a place of encounter and discussion. An industry accreditation for the Summer Special is not planned.


    german documentaries @ 71 BERLINALE 2021



    LineUp german documentaries

     [ __SD__ leads participants of the EFM to the Screening Dates ]




    EFM MARKETSCREENINGS [click on SD for the Screening Dates)


    As the first international film market of the year, the European Film Market is where the film industry starts its business of the year. The 2021 edition of the EFM will take the form of an online market, offering a platform for sales agencies and institutions, online screenings and the EFM Industry Sessions: cutting-edge and interactive talk formats, workshops, matchmaking and networking events. The new dates of the European Film Market are March 1—5, 2021.

    AG DOK / German Documentaries is our virtual booth under the umbrella of German Films Service + Marketing GmbH. Please visit us there.






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    72 BERLINALE 2022
    71 BERLINALE 2021
    • 70 BERLINALE 2020
    69 BERLINALE 2019
    68 BERLINALE 2018


    ...and single pages of DEUTSCHER FILMPREIS #lola
       German Film Award _ LOLA 2021
       German Film Award | LOLA@Berlinale 2020
       • German Film Award | LOLA@Berlinale 2019
       German Film Award | LOLA@Berlinale 2018


  • 57 Grimme Prize 2021

       ...and the winners are: AFGHANISTAN. THE WOUNDED LAND | AFGHANISTAN. DAS VERWUNDETE LAND, series in four parts by Marcel Mettelsiefen ...


    ...and the winners are:


    GRIMME PREIS is the German equivalent of the Emmys. Only movies that have been broadcasted by a public or private TVstation or provided in the internet in Germany can be nominated or awarded. Therefore some of the nominated documentaries for Grimme Preis 2021 you'll knew from former edtions of our catalogue, because they have been shown at festivals and German cinemas for about two years, the common usage of the retention period for coproductions with TVstations before broadcasted in German speaking territories. 


    The nominated german documentaries are:

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    ALL NOMINEES 2021 click here_

  • German Documentary Award 2020

      For the first time two documentaries receive the Deutschen Dokumentarfilmpreis:• LOVEMOBIL by Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss was given back March ...


    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 2019
    • German Documentary Award 2018

  • Sunny Side of the Doc CONNECTED EDITION June 22—25, 2020

      AGENDA OF SUNNY SIDE OF THE DOC, JUNE 22—25, 2020 • With BERLIN 1945 produced by Zero One Film, Autentic Distribution presents a historic ...



    With BERLIN 1945 produced by Zero One Film, Autentic Distribution presents a historic documentary that takes us into Berlin's most fateful year through the eyes of those who lived through it: the German population and the Allied soldiers.
    The Archive Workshop #1: Sourcing with Patrick Hörl, Managing Director, Autentic GmbH - Autentic GmbH and Mirjam Strasser Head of Sales & Acquisitions - Autentic GmbH as well as the well known Filmeditor Andrew Bird hosted by Elizabeth Klinck, Archive Producer & Copyright Clearance Specialist - Elizabeth Klinck Research is scheduled for Monday, June 22 at 03:00pm. [source PR June16, 2020]
    For more information and UpDates cklick here.

    Information as May 28, 2020, download as PDF.

    Sunny Side of the Doc‘s DNA goes digital: content, trends, networking

    In response to the massive disruption brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of keeping the documentary community's activities alive, the 31st edition of Sunny Side of the Doc and the 4th edition of PiXii Festival will move to an exclusively online format for the very first time, taking place on 22nd to 25th June and streamed from La Rochelle, France.

    As the virus forces us indoors, we have been thinking of ways to invest in our digital spaces, and build robust connections that can compensate some of the physical proximity we're losing. These measures demonstrate our long term commitment to sustaining the creative health of the industry and making sure WE return together to a rich and vibrant ecosytem at the end of the crisis.

    In an interconnected world, this year's Connected Edition aims to provide the viable funding opportunities, valuable market intelligence, and networking services Sunny Side of the Doc is known for.
    This unique platform will enable all major industry stakeholders to connect for a series of tailor-made activities including pitch sessions, one-to-one meetings and also a significant programming of video resources and topical webinars (livestreamed Q&A, hands-on workshops, case studies) designed by top-level experts to foster extensive interactions with professional peers. What's more, the new digital format allows for some of the online offerings to remain accessible beyond 25th June 2020.
    The Sunny Side of the Doc Connected Edition is structured around three elements that are the foundation of this international marketplace's DNA:

    • Content First: showcasing quality-driven projects and programmes through pitches and an online screening library;
    • Trends and Industry Focused: having a finger on the pulse for the lastest trends and practices to help beat the crisis;
    • Community Driven: strengthening our real-world ties and maintaining international collaboration between talent, production companies, distributors, broadcasters and cultural centres.

    All our delegate passes will be streamlined into a new All Access - Connected Pass at a flat-rate fee of €200 (excl. tax) for the entire offering.

    Sunny Side of the Doc will also host an online screening library where buyers can watch programmes from international distributors and find projects currently in development. The library will remain running until the end of 2020. A new Rough Cuts section for documentaries in production from Central and Eastern Europe will be launched, in preparation of its country focus in 2021. The screening room will also host a selection of documentaries from peer festivals which have gone digital, in order to increase the exposure of their top programmes.

    Sunny Side of the Doc continues to provide a platform for exchanging crucial information to help navigate the international marketplace and anticipate developments during this current streaming age. History is this year’s theme of choice, running throughout the programme’s range of events from coproduction case studies, archives workshops and channel lineups, which have all been restructured and adapted for online viewing.

    Furthermore, the new online format means there will be more 30-minute Meet The Execs interactive sessions, enabling decision-makers from channels, platforms and cultural stakeholders to share their programming, acquisitions and co-productions strategies, as well as their projects for the season to come.




    As a physical showroom is no longer possible, the 2020 official selection will receive online exposure enabling creators from around the globe to showcase their immersive works via short video clips and targeted meetings.
    A series of digital culture kickstarters will also help boost professional development and enhance collaborative partnerships.


    An international jury of industry experts will award prizes to:
    • The Best Immersive Experience
    • The Best Educative Content
    • The Best Museal Installation



    ...just to remember 30SSD in Summer 2019 when Germany was the COUNTRY in FOCUS

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

         Postponed due to COVID-19. iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival is the only documentary genre-specific film festival in ...



     Postponed due to COVID-19.

    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.

    Johannes Preuss, producer and director of NOLLYWOOD — FILMBUSINESS AFRICAN STYLE is invited to attend the festival with his documentary.


    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.


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    8th iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival

  • 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 900 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

    'Chairman & Managing Director Thomas Frickel did not want to be reelected after 34 years. We say THANK YOU! and WELCOME Chairwoman Susanne Binninger and Chairman David Bernet in this position including Managing Director.' [February 27, 2020]

  • 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.


    43 Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis January 16—23, 2022 [FB] ___Submission___ starts September 1 until End of October



    72 BERLINALE - International Filmfestspiele Berlin, Feb. 10—20, 2022

    efm - European Film Market at the BERLINALE,   Feb. 10—17, 2022  [FB]


    18.dokumentarfilmwoche hamburg, Sept. 15.-19. 2021 
    Download the program as PDF here.




    INTERNATIONALES FRAUEN FILM FEST Dortmund+Köln, June 15—20, 2021 'online fest'   [FB]



       37 DOK.fest Munich, May 4—15, 2022
       ___36 DOK.fest Munich 2021@home



    IKFF - 38 Hamburg International Short Film Festival, May 31—June 6, 2022
    ___Submission___ until February, 2022 [FB]


    #FFMUC |40 FILMFEST MUNICH  June 23—July 2, 2022 All films screened at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN are selected by the festival programmers.


    NaturVision Filmfestival, Ludwigsburg, July 14—18, 2021 [FB]
    ___Submission___ ends Januar 29, 2021 for internation competition. Others Februar 15, 2021.



    29. FILMFEST HAMBURG, September 30 – October 9, 2021
    #FFHH21 _ Submission _ until June 30, 2021. [FB]



    56 Internatonale Hofer Filmtage | Hof International Film Festival, October 25—30, 2022
    [FB] For futher Information please visit the website of the festival.



    64 DOK Leipzig, October 25 - 31, 2021
    International Leipzig Film Festival for Documentary and Animated Film [FBSubmission until July 1, 2021
    16 DOK Co-Pro Market, deadline for submission August 2, 2021. For further information regarding 64 DOK Leipzig please visit the website of the festival.



    64 Nordic Filmdays Lübeck, November 2–6, 2022  [FB].
    __ online submission starts Spring 2022 _


    45 DUISBURGER FILMWOCHE, the festival of documentaries produced in Germany, Austria and Switzerland  in Duisburg, November 10-14, 2021. For further information concerning 45 DUISBURGER FILMWOCHE please visit the website of the festival.

     doxs! festival - creative European documentaries for children and adolescents, Duisburg, November. For further information concerning next [20] dox! please visit the website of the festival. [https://www.do-xs.defilmwoche@stadt-duisburg.de]



    38 KASSELER DOK-FEST, Kasseler Dokumentarfilm und Video Fest, November 16—21, 2021. The 38th Kassel Dokfest is being planned as a hybrid form, it will take place on-site from November 16 to 21, 2021. The online offer will be available until November 26, 2021. Submission will be possible from mid-April until July 1, it is always free of charge and a premiere is not a requirement.


    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