Film literacy programme is the year-round educational programme of Germany's largest documentary film festival DOK.fest München. The 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.

In addition to work in film reception, film practice, teacher training, face-to-face workshops for school classes and an annual youth film competition. The heart of this programme is the Schule des Sehens (School of Seeing), which runs around 50 school class workshops for three age groups in the cinema. Through's initiatives with numerous cultural institutions, TV institutions and schools, project director Maya Reichert has built up a large qualitative network in which the artistic narrative documentary film is always at the center.

All projects combine media literacy and cultural education: artistic documentaries tell real stories in cinematic images. They offer a variety of approaches to encourage children and young people to look closely, to recognize the art of filmmaking, and to raise their awareness of different levels of truth and reality in cinematic storytelling.

Learning to read film is a skill that is more important than ever these days. Our film educators show how the creative stylistic devices of film affect us and trigger emotions. Our centerpiece is the Schule des Sehens, a film education project for school classes in Munich and sourrounding areas and in the online version for schools throughout Germany. You can find the full range of our services here on our website.

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Our programme is held in German language. Detailed information about can only be provided in German. For any questions, please contact us.

Download this year's programme poster here (in German only).




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Festivalprogramme May 2024

CINEMA: Schule des Sehens

Film education at DOK.fest München 2024: school class workshops with short films for three age groups in the cinema as a place of learning. Register now

ONLINE: Schule des Sehens

Film education throughout Germany and barrier-free: school classes visit the School of Seeing online until the end of July. Register now

Documentary film competition for young people 2024

Congratulations to all the winners who were honoured at the award ceremony on Sunday, 12 May at the HFF Munich!


Exhibition on the inclusive film project

In the exhibition "Ich seh' etwas, was du nicht siehst" young people with and without disabilities show their view on the city of Munich. Read more


Symposium “Dreh’s Um – Encourage Diversity”

We present the film workshops of “Dreh’s Um” as an example of best practice and invite actors from education, cultural education, film and media to network. Read more

Film lesen lernen

Film education for adults at the Münchner Volkshochschule: a look behind the scenes of the documentary SAFIYA – THE MOVIE. Read more

Workshop with Julian Janssen

Stay relaxed in front of the camera? In this workshop, presenter "Checker Julian" demonstrates fun hands-on exercises on the big stage. Read more

Journalism workshop

As a reporter or presenter, you not only need journalistic skills but also a strong attitude to be convincing in front of the camera. BR presenter Christina Wolf shows you how. Read more



At the KinderKino in Gasteig HP8, kids watch the documentary film FREDDY – ICH TAUCHE NACH GEISTERNETZEN meet the director of the film and take a look behind the scenes. Read more in German



Documentary films for young people aged 14 and over in the DOK.fest München festival programme. Read more


Teacher trainings

Accompanying material and training courses allow for age-appropriate follow-up of documentaries used in the classroom. Read more in German


Statement of the patron

Anton Biebl, Cultural Advisor of the City of Munich, on 2024. Read more

Year-round educational programme


Documentary filmworkshops offers workshops for all young people who want to make their own documentary film. Read more in German


Erwachsenenbildung: Film lesen lernen!

film education at the Mvhs

Lifelong learning at the Münchner Volkshochschule: half-yearly we take a look behind the scenes of a short documentary film in the format "Learn to read film!". Read more in German


Filmpraxis Medienpädagogik Schule

Film teacher Interviews

We asked film teachers in Bavaria how film practice projects succeed at school and what added value they have. Read more in German


Film making in school supervises documentary film projects by school classes and film groups all year round in Munich. Read more in German


Project day with film talk

We organize the cultural educational excursion of your school classes – with socially relevant and artistically valuable documentaries in a cinema in Munich. Read more in German


Schule des Sehens goes Würzburg

Film education in the cinema and in the classroom: The Schule des Sehens in cooperation with the 50th International Film Weekend Würzburg. Read more in German


Film platform for schools is part of nextus, the european platform for documentary feature-length films in the classroom. Read more


GIRL GANG Dokumentarfilm

Accompanying material for cinema documentary films offers school accompanying material for current documentary films. Read more in German




Exclusively for 18-year-olds: with the KulturPass free admission to all DOK.aroundtheclock films at DOK.fest München. Read more




Get to know the team. Read more



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. Read more in German


Contact and Newsletter Registration

Maya Reichert | Phone: +49 (0)177 6292629


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