DOK.talent Award by Haus des Dokumentarfilms 2022

The pitch competition of DOK.talent Award (until 2021 'Pitch Award by Haus des Dokumentarfilms') offers students from our partner universities the opportunity to present their current projects to editors, producers and distributors in a speed pitch as part of the Marketplace. At the same time, it gives the students valuable first contact with the industry and direct feedback on their projects. The best student project, including the most convincing pitch, receives the award, which is donated by the Haus des Dokumentarfilms Stuttgart and endowed with 2,500 euros in research funding.

The submission has been closed since 01 March 2022.

Submission and regulations

The submitted projects should be based on films with a running time of at least 52 minutes and are currently in the pre-production stage (book stage).

The concept (PDF, max. 5 pages / max. 1,000 words, preferably with stills / mood pictures) should include the following content:

  • synopsis
  • motivation of the director
  • visual concept
  • dramaturgy
  • tight financing plan
  • short, tabular curriculum vitae
  • team (direction, if necessary production, camera, sound)
  • if necessary a teaser / trailer (max. 5 minutes, only as online link, not obligatory)
  • name of the partner university

Submit the documents in one PDF document to at pitch@dokfest-muenchen by 01.03.2022.

The award for young talent is linked to the production contract of the film project. The payment of the prize money is made after presentation of the production contract to the prize donor Haus des Dokumentarfilms Stuttgart.

Selection process

The selection team of will choose from all submissions for the DOK.talent Award for a total of nine projects. At a closed event on Thursday, May 5, 2022 (tbc) at the Munich University of Television and Film (or online if necessary), the participants will present their projects individually and without technical aids to four jurors in three rounds. The jurors are renowned decision makers from public broadcasters and the documentary film industry in German-speaking countries. This is followed by Q&A and feedback. The jury meeting will take place after the event.

In the run-up (Wednesday, 4 May 2022, tbc) Jan Sebening, head of the DOK.fest Student Award, will also offer a workshop on the topic of feedback for the nine nominated participants.

Participating film academies

DFFB, Berlin
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Ludwigsburg
Filmakademie Wien
Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf
HFBK Hamburg
HFF München
HFG Karlsruhe
IFS Köln
KHM Köln
Kunsthochschule Kassel
Macromedia, München
ZeLIG, Bozen
ZHdK, Zürich



Click here for a short review of the Pitch Award projects 2021 and here of 2020.

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Jan Sebening
Student Award