Awards 2023

In the three competition sections, DOK.deutsch and DOK.horizonte the nominated 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, twelve other top-class awards will be presented. A total of 64,200 euros in prize money will be awarded.

The awards of the 38th DOK.fest München

VIKTOR Main Competition
Endowed with 10,000 euros. The award 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 Wettbewerb
Endowed with 7,500 euros. The nominated films deal with people and topics from the German-speaking world. Sponsored by Sky.

VIKTOR DOK.horizonte – Cinema of Urgency
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
Sponsored by FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, endowed with 5,000 euros. Nominations are open for feature films by up-and-coming directors that were produced in Bavaria. The directors should live in Bavaria, be born in Bavaria or have studied in Bavaria. The criterion for selection is that the director has realised up to one first or second feature film (54 minutes or more). 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 documentary films, awarded across all series. From 2022, the awarding of the prize 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 is given to 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 and Beisheim Stiftung, endowed with a total value of 1,200 euros.