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 films and analyse them 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 "Schule des Sehens" 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 materials for the film seminar gives teachers the opportunity to follow up in the classroom or via homework. The online version in May 2021 was a huge success: over 350 teachers requested the seminar for their classes, and by the end of the festival in May more than 4,000 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

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 2023.
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Workshop for young people: Documentary Storytelling

A film is always as interesting as the story it tells. offers several workshops for all young people who want to make their own film. Read more in German


Filmtage bayerischer Schulen 2022 is once again award sponsor, promoter and supporter of the Film Days of Bavarian Schools in Holzkirchen. Read more in German

#DOKfilmklasse – Mittelschule filmt!

Creative filmmaking with smartphone and camera in the project Mittelschule filmt! at the Clermond-Ferrand Middle School Regensburg. Read more in German


Filmplatform for schools

Understanding the history of Europe through documentaries: launches a new form of learning for young people. Read more in English

Award of prize – School filmfestival AUFBLENDE

Cooperation and award foundation at the German wide School filmfestival AUFBLENDE 2022: congratulates the winner Laura Kennemann for her documentary QUEER. Read more in English




In our cooperation project, young people create encounters with contemporary witnesses in their environment. For our documentary journey of discovery in autumn 2022/spring 2023 we are looking for interested students. Read more in German


"Schule des Sehens zu Gast" in Biberach

In cooperation with the 44th Biberach Film Festival, offers the School of Seeing for primary schools for the film MAXIM THE GREATEST. Read more in German


Lehrkräftefortbildung Filmbildung für Lehrkräfte

Teacher trainings trains teachers in the use of documentary film narration. Here you can find our upcoming training courses. Read more in German


Festivalprogramme May 2022

Schule des Sehens 2022 online

ONLINE: Schule des Sehens 2022

Filmliteracy and education in three online cinema halls: We invite School classes to visit the festival online.
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Schule des Sehens 2022

CINEMA: Schule des Sehens 2022

Heading back to the cinema! We invite School classes to the cinema as a place of learning.
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Accompanying material

Accompanying material for schools enable age-appropriate follow-up to the films.
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Awards ceremony – documentary film competition for young people 2022

A warm invitation to the awards ceremony: winning films, prizes donated by BLLV and interviews with the young filmmakers.
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documentary film competition for young people

For our film competition for young people in Bavaria, we are looking for short cinematic narratives about life. Extended deadline until April 5th! Read more in English


DOK.4teens: documentaries from 14

The best films of DOK.fest Munich for young people aged 14 and up. We are curating an exciting program for you. Read more in English


Kinderkino at HP8, Gasteig

MAXIM – DER GRÖSSTE at Kinderkino München – Film screening and film talk for children and families. Read more in German


Workshop: Working with the camera

During the festival, cameraman Martin Noweck (Medienzentrum München) will introduce young people to working with a film camera.
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Julian Janssen

Workshop with Julian Janssen: In front of the camera

How to act in front of the camera? Learn fron the professional "Checker Julian" – and ask your questions personally.
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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 2022 educational programme.
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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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