Awards 2023

In three competition series, DOK.deutsch and DOK.horizonte the films at the 38th International Documentary Filmfestival Munich compete for the VIKTOR the award statue donated by the sponsoring association of DOK.fest München. In addition, fourteen other top-class awards will be presented. A total of 61,800 euros in prize money will be awarded.


The awards of the 38th DOK.fest München

VIKTOR Main Competition
Endowed with 10,000 euros. The prize is sponsored by Bayerischer Rundfunk. Nominations are open to films that cover a broad spectrum of content and form and are distinguished by their high artistic quality.

VIKTOR DOK.deutsch

Endowed with 7,500 euros. The nominated films deal with people and topics from the German-speaking world. Sponsored by Sky.

VIKTOR DOK.horizonte 
Sponsored by Petra-Kelly-Stiftung. Endowed with 5,000 euros. Nominated are films that focus on volatile countries with unstable structures.

VFF Documentary Film Production Award

Sponsored by the VFF Verwertungsgesellschaft der Film und Fernsehproduzenten mbH, endowed with 7,500 euros. Nominated are films with outstanding creative significance of the production.

FFF Talent Award Documentary Film
First or second feature films by up-and-coming directors produced in Bavaria are nominated. The directors should live in Bavaria or be native Bavarians or have studied in Bavaria. The prize is awarded across all series.

German Documentary Film Music Award

Sponsored by Versicherungskammer Kulturstiftung, endowed with 5,000 euros. Nominated are films that connect with the documentary film narrative in a special way.

DOK.fest Award of SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit 

Sponsored by B.O.A Videofilmkunst, endowed with 3,000 euros. Awarded across series.

megaherz Student Award
Sponsored by megaherz, endowed with 3,000 euros. Nominated are outstanding documentary films by students from German-speaking film schools and academies.

Documentary Film Award by the Goethe-Institut

Sponsored by the Goethe-Institut, endowed with 2,000 euros. Nominations are for outstanding German documentaries, awarded across all series. From 2022, the awards will rotate: Munich, Leipzig, Duisburg and Kassel. In 2023, the award will not be presented at DOK.fest München.

kinokino Audience Award, sponsored by BR and 3sat

Awarded by kinokino, the film magazine of BR and 3sat. 2022 endowed with 2,000 euros.


The awards of

DOK.edit Award – presented by Adobe
Sponsored by Adobe, endowed with 5,000 euros. Nominated are films with outstanding editing work. – Award for new narrative Formats

Endowed with 2.500 euros, sponsored by Bayerische Landeszentrale für Neue Medien.

DOK.talent Award (until 2021 'Pitch Award of Haus des Dokumentarfilms')

Endowed with 2,500 euros, donated by Haus des Dokumentarfilms. 1st prize for the best new talent concept.

DOK.composition Award

Sponsored by Sonoton music, award for a composition project, endowed with 2,500 euros.

DOK.archive Award

For a documentary film project in development that uses archive material. Endowed with 15,000 euros Provision (or alternatively 2,500 euros). British Pathé is prize sponsor.


The awards of

Documentary Film Award for Young People
Donated by the BLLV e.V., the Bavarian Teachers' Association, endowed with a total value of 1,300 euros.