Awards 2021

The films at 36th International Documentary Filmfestival Munich compete for the following 16 awards.

DOK.fest awards

VIKTOR Main Competition

Endowed with 10,000 euros. The prize is sponsored by Bayerischer Rundfunk and Story House Productions, a company of the Bavaria Film Group. 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 5,000 euros. The nominated films deal with people and topics from the German-speaking world.

VIKTOR DOK.horizonte 
Sponsored by Petra-Kelly-Stiftung. Endowed with 5,000 euros. The nominated films focus on volatile countries.

VFF Documentary Film Production Award

Sponsored by the VFF Verwertungsgesellschaft der Film und Fernsehproduzenten mbH, endowed with 7,500 euros.

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

FFF Talent Award Documentary Film
Sponsored by FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, endowed with 5,000 euros, for upcoming Bavarian directors.

German Documentary Film Music Award

Sponsored by Versicherungskammer Kulturstiftung, endowed with 5,000 euros. The winning film 2021

DOK.fest Award of SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit 

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


megaherz Student Award
Endowed with 3,000 euros. 1st prize for the best student film.

kinokino Audience Award, sponsored by BR and 3sat

Awarded by kinokino, the film magazine of BR and 3sat. 2021 endowed with 2,000 euros. Awards – award for new narrative formats
Endowed with 2.500 euros, sponsored by Bayerische Landeszentrale für Neue Medien.


DOK.series Award
Endowed with 2,500 euros, sponsored by TELLUX Film and megaherz, an award for documentary series formats

Pitch Award of Haus des Dokumentarfilms

Endowed with 2,500 euros. 1st prize for the best new talent concept.

Composition Funding Award

Award for a composition project, endowed with 2,500 euros.

British Pathé Archive Award

For a documentary film project in development that uses archive material. Endowed with 14,000 euros Provision (or alternatively 2,500 euros).