Film literacy programme

"I am very happy that in a culturally yet very rich city such as Munich, we have succeeded with in making the artistically narrative documentary film as an art and cultural treasure so well known in schools that every year a good 3,000 students from the city and around come to our cinemas to see the film and analyse it together."
Maya Reichert, head of is the year-round educational programme of Germany's largest documentary film festival DOK.fest München.'s offer is aimed at school classes and teachers as well as interested young people and families, all year round and during the festival in May.

Beside the work in film reception, film practice, training for teachers, presence workshops for school classes and an annual youth film competition, the heart of this programme is the "School for the Art of Seeing" which helds a good 50 school class workshops for three age groups in the cinema. Through the initiatives of with numerous cultural providers, TV institutions and schools, project manager Maya Reichert has built up a large qualitative network in which the artistically narrative documentary film is always at the centre.

All projects of combine media literacy and cultural education: Artistic documentaries tell real stories through cinematic images. They offer a wide range of approaches to encourage children and young people to observe closely, to see the art in filmmaking and to raise their awareness for different levels of truth and reality in cinematic storytelling.

Since March 2020 reaches out with an online version of the programme. The team developed – based on their longtime experience in film mediation – three one-hour online seminars within a flipped classroom model to replace the regular attendance seminars during the coronabased homeschooling situation. Pupils watch the curated films and learn in the moderated part how documentary films are made and how they work through film language and the reception of the spectators. Accompanying school material for the film seminar gives teachers the opportunity to follow up in the classroom or via homework. The online version in May 2020 was a huge success: over 300 teachers requested the seminar for their classes, and by the end of the festival in May almost 3,000 pupils had seen it.

As part of the DOK.fest online edition, has gained further online experiences with an online camera workshop for young people, two zoom teacher training courses and our online video seminars for school classes at home. The extremely positive feedback from teachers and pupils makes it clear to us that our online seminars were recognized as high-quality education and very popular.

We will keep you up to date here which programmes are part of the Munich International Documentary Film Festival and which take place all year round. Detailed information about can only be provided in German at the moment.

Take a look at the 2021 programme booklet.


Year-round educational programme

Online workshop for young people: Documentary Storytelling

A film is always as interesting as the story it tells. offers an online workshop on 04 December 2021 for all young people who want to make their own film. Read more


Middle school films!

Film-artistic work with smartphone and camera in the model project Middle school films! at the Clermond-Ferrand Middle School Regensburg. Read more


School of Seeing as guest at the International Film Weekend Würzburg

In cooperation with the International Film Weekend Würzburg, offers one-hour film education video seminars for primary and lower/middle school. More soon. Weiterlesen

Filmplattform für Schulen

Mit Dokumentarfilmen die Geschichte Europas verstehen: startet eine neue Form des Lernens für junge Menschen.

Teacher trainings trains teachers in the use of documentary film narration.
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Documentary film competition for young people

In the Bavaria-wide film competition for young people, we are looking for short cinematic narratives that show us life. Starting now and until 1 April 2022. Read more

Filmtage Bayerischer Schulen: Preis für MONDSTEIN 66075

Bei den 44. Filmtagen Bayerischer Schulen haben wir auch dieses Jahr wieder Ende Oktober einen mit 250 Euro dotierten Geldpreis vergeben. Weiterlesen

Cultural Conference Day For Schools With Film Of Your Choice

Film screening of a requested long documentary film by teachers (from the festival programme or the regular cinema programme), which is followed by a film talk. A collaboration together with City Kinos Munich, the University of Television and Film Munich and the Munich City Library Am Gasteig. Read more in German


Meet Your Prejudice – A Media Literacy Workshop for Pupils

This autumn, was launching a cooperation workshop that combines media education and social competence. Pupils met and interviewed their prejudices in persona.
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Festival programme for schools

School for the Art of Seeing 2021

The moderated digital teaching units for school classes use a short film to provide an initial understanding of the readability of artistic film narratives. Here is an overview of the 2021 programme in German.


Beyond frontal teaching and troubleshooting: In the film TEACHERS FOR LIFE we meet teachers with a passion. Online film premiere with Film Talk including audience chat.
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Live Q&As

Your school class in a live conversation with the filmmakers: On Saturday, 15 May, we invite you to a personal encounter in the digital space.
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DOK.4teens: Festival films from the age of 14

The best films of the 36th DOK.fest München for young people aged 14 and over. We are preparing an exciting and moving programme for you.
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Stories aus der Stadt Münchner Stadtbibliothek Am Gasteig

Stories from the city: window display exhibition

What does the city look like from the point of view of a sniffing dog? STORIES FROM THE CITY brings real-life experiences and those documented with a mobile phone back into the cityscape. 
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Award Ceremony of the Youth Film Competition

A cordial invitation to all those interested in films to the online award ceremony as part of the 36th DOK.fest Munich. and BLLV e.V. present the winners of this year's Bavarian youth film competition.
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YouTube Workshop with Ilka Knigge

How can I motivate my followers about the topic of climate change? An online workshop with Ilka Knigge from the YouTube channel "PlanetB" of Bayerischer Rundfunk – register now! 
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Practical Workshop Camera

As part of the 36th DOK.fest München, freelance cameraman Martin Noweck from the Munich Media Centre offers an introduction to working with the camera.
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Documentary film competition for young people

In the Bavaria-wide film competition for young people, we were looking for short cinematic narratives that show us life. Submissions were open until 6 April.
The submission conditions




Learn more about's goals and expertise. Read our Preamble for the Documentary Film School in English and more about our expertise, our partners and sponsors or our team in German



Here is an overview of the events of recent years.
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Here is an overview of all upcoming events of
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Tips and Additional Links

You would like to learn more about filmmaking or try it yourself? Here is a list of other helpful websites.
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Statement Of The Patron

Anton Biebl, Cultural Advisor of the City of Munich, on the 2021 programme for children and young people.
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We cooperate with the ZWICKL in Schwandorf: Anne Schleicher and her team – thanks to the sponsors there – bring the documentary film school of into the country.
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Contact and Newsletter Registration

Maya Reichert / Mail: / Phone: 00 49 177 629 26 29

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