nextus – learning by documentaries

Become part of the European film education platform nextus, which enables the transnational use of documentary feature-length films in school lessons.


CAMBRIDGE, Bulgarien 2015, Eldora Traykova © nextus

The world in moving pictures – learning with documentary feature-length films

With the film education platform nextus the spanish documentary film festival DocsBarcelona in cooperation with DOK.fest München and the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival enables a special learning experience: In a carefully selected programme of international documentaries, young people experience diverse realities of life from fields such as art and society, science and technology, history and nature.

Feature films and documentaries are already being used in the classroom. However, the focus is usually on conveying information about historical facts.

An european team of teachers, film experts and media educators has selected award-winning documentary films that stand out from well-known documentary formats because of their special narrative form: Films that bring personal stories behind the facts to life and leave hardly any student untouched. In addition to a range of long films, we provide you with thematic film clips and clip collections for use in class. You will also find accompanying material for thematic teaching units and follow-up work on the films on the platform.

With nextus, we support film and European education in the classroom across national borders. Find out more about the platform and the documentary films for your lessons and become one of our partner schools! Participation in this educational project funded by MEDIA – Creative Europe is free of charge for your school.


Learning by documentaries

nextus is an offer for students of all secondary schools. Our documentaries are suitable for teaching German, geography, social studies, history and foreign languages. Read more


Teacher training

In individual trainings at our partner schools, we introduce interested teachers to working with the platform in the classroom. Read more


Go to nextus Platform

Go directly to the digital film educational platform nextus, where you can register as a new school or with your existing account. Read more



See how we launched nextus at the municipal Anita-Augspurg Berufsoberschule Munich here.


Become a partner school

Are you interested in participating in the development of the digital film education platform? We are looking for secondary schools nationwide that use nextus in their lessons and develop it further with us. Your school's participation in the film education platform is free of charge. Please get in touch!

Project coordination: Kathi Seemann,, educational programme of the International Documentary Film Festival Munich e.V.


Cooperation partners and sponsors

nextus is a collaborative project by DocsBarcelona, with Thessaloniki International Film Festival and, the educational programme of DOK.fest München. The Catalan pilot model was initiated under the name Learning By Docs Europe in 2021 in 10 schools in Catalonia. Based on the experience gained there, the cooperating partners launched the multilingual platform nextus for schools in Spain, Germany and Greece. The European education project is funded by MEDIA – Creative Europe.

Feel free to also explore our European festival network Doc Around Europe, initiated as part of the internationalisation of the International Documentary Film Festival Munich.




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