Documentary Film Competition for Young People
Donated by the Bavarian Teachers' Association BLLV e.V., endowed with a total of 1,100 euros
Submit your film until the 6th of April 2021!
You can handle the camera and have experienced something? Then tell us a story from your life! What is important to you? What is happening with you, what is happening with your friends? Do you have the courage and the openness to look closely? Grab your camera, your smartphone or the iPad, show us your view of LIFE! and submit your documentary film to us!
Who can participate
All pupils from Bavaria – from primary school to vocational high school – can take part in the competition. Your film should be 3 to 20 minutes long and show a moment from real life. Dare, be creative, show us your pictures! Since the award is a documentary film prize, feature films and fictional ideas are not admitted.
The deadline for entries is on April 2th 2021.
Accompanying the film (DVD, Bluray or file format with container .MOV, .mp4 or .MXF) please send us a short CV of yourself as well as a short text (max. 1 DIN A4 page) about the idea and realization of the film. Please do not forget to include your address and phone number.
Unfortunately we cannot return DVDs, USB sticks or other storage media.
Send everything by email or post to
Internationales Dokumentarfilmfestival München
If you have any questions please contact Kathi Seemann at firstname.lastname@example.org
Extension of the deadline!
By popular request from submitters, we are extending the deadline for the Youth Film Competition to 6th April 2021! Those who still need the Easter holidays can send us their submission until the Tuesday after Easter.
THANK YOU to all who have already submitted - we will start the first screening already over Easter!
The sixth edition of the youth film competition with the theme LIFE! is offered by DOK.education, the children and youth programme of the International Documentary Film Festival Munich in cooperation with the main prize donor BLLV e.V., the Bavarian Teachers' Association.
Five prizes with a total value of 1,100 euros will be awarded. Those who have clarified all rights concerning music, protagonists and within the school can also submit for the online audience award.
The awards ceremony will take place during the Munich International Documentary Film Festival on May 16, 2021 from 4-5pm. Save the date!
Music in film
If you want to use music in your movie, there are a few things to consider. You can only use music in a movie if you have the appropriate rights to use it. That means you need the right to use the music or song in your movie. This right is usually held by the record company. You also need the right to perform the music in public. This right usually has to be clarified via GEMA. This also applies to music that only runs in the background.
To include your current favorite song in your movie will therefore be quite complicated.
Basically you should only use music that is free of rights or music that you composed and recorded yourself.
You can find links to rights-free music licensed under Creative Commons on this page.
Our five-member jury for the youth film competition this year includes:
Ilka Knigge (freelance journalist and YouTuber of the BR channel Planet B)
Jalal Mawlawi (presenter and member of the KINOASYL Film Festival Munich)
Dr. Sonja Moser (Director of the Munich Pedagogical Institute)
Thilo Stangl (primary school teacher and member of the young BLLV)
and Maya Reichert (Head of DOK.education).
Click here for the detailed biographies of the individual jury members.