Submission Marketplace

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Who can apply?

All experienced and aspiring (documentary) filmmakers, authors, directors, producers and film composers are cordially invited to apply free of charge for the Marketplace (5th to 11th May 2021). Submitting filmmakers should be able to prove that they have realised at least one cinema or TV documentary film.

Students from our partner universities can apply for the Pitch Award of the Haus des Dokumentarfilms until 1st March 2021. Here you will also find the submission regulations for this award for young filmmakers.


What we are looking for

The Marketplace is looking for outstanding documentary film projects in various stages of development (project idea / early production stage / rough cut).

Our focus is on creative long documentary films, but we are also looking for TV formats, serial, web-based or VR projects. The thematic orientation is open. What is important is the relevance of the story - both for possible co-productions within the German-speaking as well as within the international area - as well as the originality of the theme and the cinematic preparation.

For the German Composition Funding Award within the Marktplatze, film composition concepts are particularly sought, for the British Pathé Archive Award projects with a relevant share of archive material. We also welcome international documentary film projects for the Master's Pitch. Unique serial concepts can be submitted for the new DOK.series Award.

Submissions for these competitions are made via the general submission for the Marketplace. In the submission form you have the possibility to tick the respective competition.

How to apply?

If you do not have an account yet, please register here. If you already have an account, you can log in at any time. To submit via the online form please log in and select the button "new project" in the projects tab.

Please have the following information ready for submission:

  • Short synopsis (50 to 400 characters)
  • Synopsis (50 to 1,500 characters)
  • Visual concept (50 to 1,000 characters)
  • Statement (50 to 400 characters)
  • Goal or mission at the marketplace (50 to 300 characters)
  • Link to the trailer
  • Link to three film stills
  • Link to the video self-portrait
  • Biographies direction and production (50 to 400 characters each)
  • Link to work samples

  •  submssions to the British Pathé Archive Award: concepts for handling archive material
  • submissions to the German Composition Funding Award: compositional concepts for documentary film projects

The prerequisite for marketplace registration is a meaningful application. Applications can be submitted in German and English. German projects that have been successfully accepted by the marketplace must submit a project description in English for the international catalogue by the end of March.

The deadline for submission is 1st February 2021. Submission is free of charge.


Selection of film projects

A commission consisting of Industry Expert.innen and the team selects the up to 35 best and for the Marketplace most promising projects from all submissions. Admitted applicants will receive feedback on their submission by the end of March 2021. The aim of the selection is to ensure the best possible matchmaking both for the marketplace participants and for the Marketplace experts. The selection team curates the individual projects and assigns them to the individual formats of Marketplace.


Participation fees

Fees are only charged for successful submissions. If your project is selected for this year's Marketplace (5th to 11th May 2021), you will pay a participation fee of 200 Euro per project. In case Marketplace cannot take place on location, the fee can be reduced. This fee is not charged for the CQ+BY Doc CoPro guest delegation. Participants who do not pay their accreditation fee cannot be considered. Each project can be represented by a maximum of two team members at the Marketplace.

The accreditation package for the Marketplace includes:

  • Participation in or access to the Marketplace screenings
  • Master's Pitch and Pitch Award: pitch preparation
  • Catering during the events of the Marketplace
  • Technical support on site or online
  • Networking with the most important decision-makers within the market
  • Free access to all events 2021
  • Festival accreditation including access to all events and receptions of the DOK.fest München 2021 (including opening event in the Dt. Theater)

We are looking forward to your submissions!

Your Marketplace Team


Contact Marktplatz
Selia Fischer