FFF Documentary Film Talent Award 2023:

The Nominees



Young Bavarian documentary filmmakers whose films are shown at the festival: The FFF-Förderpreis Dokumentarfilm (Documentary Film Talent Award), sponsored by FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, honours local up-and-coming directors at DOK.fest München. The prize is awarded across all series and is endowed with 5,000 euros.
Films by up-and-coming directors that were produced in Bavaria can be nominated. The directors should live in Bavaria, be born in Bavaria or have studied in Bavaria. The criterion for selection is that the director has realised up to one first or second feature film (54 minutes or more). There is no longer an age limit (previously no older than 40 years). Only feature-length films can be nominated for the FFF Talent Award.


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The Nominees

Germany 2023, Isa Willinger, 102 min.

Plastic is the stuff of nightmares for many scientists and activists. Although the plastic crisis continues to slide up the political agenda, megalomaniac plastic production plants have been springing up for years because their products can generate extremely high revenues. A superbly researched and cinematically designed essay that captivates.


Germany/Austria 2022, Melanie Liebheit, Gereon Wetzel, 100 min.

Agnes' years as a young chef in Europe's Michelin-starred restaurants are instructive: she convinces the head chefs with her ability, but the pressure is enormous. Can Agnes stand her ground in this male-dominated world? Her self-declared goal is to be the boss in her own restaurant. The directors get right up close to the action in extremely cramped spaces and grant us an insight into new approaches in high-end cuisine.


Germany 2019, Patrick Ranz, Felix Möller, 55 min.

“The higher you climb, the clearer the voices become.” In 2017, two friends from Munich, Felix Möller and Patrick Ranz, spent over two weeks travelling through East Tibet where they used their enthusiasm for music to build bridges and spread joy. A truly uplifting journey that shows the universal power of music, set against a breathtaking landscape – a film like a fortune cookie.


Germany 2023, Eva Hartmann, 79 min.

“Severe pain” is what the singer of the Allgäu band Rainer Von Vielen felt when they were suddenly no longer allowed to make music in spring 2020. The film director Eva Hartmann accompanies Rainer Hartmann and Michael Schönmetzer through the pandemic. With new jobs, innovative concert formats and faithful fans, the childhood friends keep the music alive – because they have not yet given up on their dreams.


Jury of the FFF Documentary Film Talent Award 2023

In 2023, the jury will be composed of Hannes Kaltenhauser, Martin Blankemeyer und Elina Kewitz. We look forward to introducing the jury members to you in more detail on the website shortly.

Award Ceremony

The award ceremony of the FFF Talent Award Documentary Film will take place within the award ceremony of the main prizes of the 38th DOK.fest München:
Saturday, 13 May 2023, 8.00pm, Deutsches Theater