DOK.edit Award – presented by Adobe:

The nominees 2023



It has been true for a long time that the finished film is made at the editing table. Even though the work processes are now digitalised, editing remains one of the most central and critical phases in the making of any documentary film. To highlight the importance of editing in documentary film, an editing award will be presented for the third time at DOK.fest München 2023 with the DOK.edit Awardpresented by Adobe. 

The award was developed in cooperation with Adobe, who are also the sponsors of the 5,000 euros award. Its aim is to shed light on the post-production of documentary films and to honour the work of editors. Films with outstanding editing work are nominated. The prize is awarded across all series.

The nominated films will be presented at the festival with extended Q&As with the DOK.edit jury and the respective editors.


We would like to thank our award donor and partner:

The nominees 2023

Montenegro/Serbia/France/Croatia/Qatar 2022, Direction: Mila Turajlić, Editors: Sylvie Gadmer, Mila Turajlić, 100 min., original with English subtitles

Cameraman Stevan Labudović followed Yugoslavia’s President Tito on his transcontinental search for new allies during the cold war. Decades later, the director discovers the film footage created back then in a Belgrade film archive and turns it into a fascinating and touching account of an almost forgotten mission and a time full of hope for a better world.

Screening with extended Q&A with the jury and the editors:
Sunday, 7 May 2023, 8.00pm, Deutsches Theater Silbersaal
Moderation: Michael Leuthner


USA 2023, Direction: Hadley Austin, Editors: Timothy Fryette, Nyneve Laura Minnear, 88 min., original with English subtitles

On the territory of the Navajo Nation in USA, disused uranium mines pose an on-going threat to the environment of the indigenous people. Their efforts to reclaim their sacred earth and gain compensation are unfailing. Here the indigenous community of activists, artists and scientists have their say. A film manifesto that is intelligent in both its form and narrative content.

Screening with extended Q&A with the jury and the editors:
Monday, 8 May 2023, 5.30pm, HFF – Kino 1
Moderation: Daniel Lang


Germany 2023, Direction: Sonia Otto, Editors: Finbarr Wilbrink, Karoline Schulz, 95 min., original with English subtitles

Since she was four years old, Sophia Flörsch has trained to fulfil her life’s dream – to be a Formula 1 racing driver. And she is good. Really good in fact. But what does that mean in an industry fixated on men, where only drivers whose families can provide them with start-up capital have a chance. But giving up is not an option for Sophia, despite all the setbacks. It means everything to her.

Screening with extended Q&A with the jury and the editors:
Tuesday, 9 May 2023, 6.30pm, HFF – Kino 1
Moderation: Michael Leuthner

Jury of the DOK.edit Award – presented by Adobe 2023

We are pleased to introduce the jury that will select the winner of the DOK.edit Award – presented by Adobe 2023.


Award Ceremony

The DOK.edit Award – presented by Adobe will be presented at a festive award ceremony with film screening on Wednesday, 10 May at 8.30pm at Deutsches Theater.

The winning film 2022: DAUGHTERS

The second DOK.edit Award – presented by Adobe goes to the editors Åsa Mossberg and Line Schou of the film DAUGHTERS (Sweden/Denmark 2022, Direction: Jenifer Malmqvist, 90 min.).


Jury statement

"The editing of the film takes us by the hand interweaving the different periods of time, leaving gaps and even allowing for speechlessness", the jury states. "Åsa Mossberg and Line Schou have succeeded in interweaving the different phases of processing this painful experience into a flowing whole. (...) The film editing brings us to these traumatic memories with great respect and sensitivity and takes us along this journey for the duration of the film, even if the process will remain a lifelong one."


The further nominees

Two other films from the DOK.fest München programme were nominated for the award, whose editing is particularly outstanding:

Austria 2021, Direction: Jannis Lenz, Editors: Jannis Lenz, Roland Stöttinger, Nooran Talebi, 76 min.

France 2021, Direction: Robin Hunzinger, Editor: Benoît Quinon, 74 min.


The winning film 2021: NEMESIS

In its first edition the DOK.edit Award – presented by Adobe goes to editors David Charap and Thomas Imbach for their work on NEMESIS (Switzerland 2020, Direction: Thomas Imbach, 132 min.)


Jury statement

"It was the overall integrity and the composition of the story that convinced us", said the jury in their statement. "The quality of the film comes very much from a great editing job that turns a local and personal story into a universal one. It is also through the editing that a number of narrative layers are brought together brilliantly. By re-arranging reality, the film not only convinced the jury through the craft of editing but the art of editing."


Jury 2021

Peter Indergand (cinematographer)
Mary Stephen (film editor)
Ruken Tekes (human rights expert, filmmaker)


The further nominees

Two other films from the DOK.fest München @home programme were nominated for the award, whose editing is particularly outstanding:

Denmark/Norway 2021, Direction: Camilla Nielsson, Editing: Jeppe Bødskov, 130 min.

Georgia/Germany 2021, Direction: Yana Ugrekhelidze, Editing: Agata Wozniak, 73 min.


A three-member international jury discussed the films in public sessions.
The editors of the nominated films will also provide insights into their work.
The winning film was announced at an online award ceremony.