Marktplatz – the formats

The Marketplace 2019 offers numerous specialised formats - including three endowed competitions.
Each approved project has the chance to qualify for the selection. The selection committee decides on all nominations and curates the best possible matches.

Master's Pitch – A Unique Format for Training and Collaboration

Selected projects with particularly strong international potential will be presented to the public along with keynotes and statements from top-class international experts. The aim of the Master's Pitch is to make the decision-making process of the industry transparent and to create a platform for exchange and cooperation. Read more



In the moderated 90-minute Roundtable Sessions, filmmakers discuss their latest projects in an exclusive and pleasant atmosphere with commissioning editors, producers, distributors, sales agents and funders.

Extended One-to-One

To complement the discussions in the roundtables and after the pitchings, the Marketplace offers carefully curated One-to-One meetings of 15 minutes each. The meetings will be arranged in advance and during the marketplace upon request of the decision makers.

Marketplace Screenings

Up to 10 projects in rough cut will be presented in a closed screening buyers, distributors, sales agents and festival curators.

International trainings and opportunities

Among all approved Marketplace projects, two projects receive free market access and a festival pass from our partner festivals: Jean-Jacques Peretti invites an interactive project to Sunny Side of the Doc in La Rochelle, France, and Mara Gourd-Mercard grants a project participation at Doc Circuit Montréal (RIDM) as part of the new QC + BY Doc CoPro.

 Marketplace – the awards

With the new British Pathé Archive Award for outstanding archive film projects, the German Composition Funding Award for Film Composition and the Pitch Award of Haus des Dokumentarfilms, Marketplace offers three endowed competitions.

NEW: British Pathé Archive Award

For the first time the new award honours projects with a large proportion of archive material and thus strengthens a documentary genre rich in tradition. The winning project will receive British Pathé archive material worth 14,000 euros or, alternatively, 2,500 euros in cash. Read more

German Composition Funding Award

There are few funding oppurtunities for the joint work of filmmakers and composers. To strengthen this special collaboration and to support the creation of contemporary compositions, donates a prize of 2,500 Euros for documentary film and composition. Read more

Pitch Award of Haus des Dokumentarfilms

All students at our partner universities have the opportunity to submit their current projects for the Pitch Award. The best pitch among the nine nominated students will receive 2,500 euros in project funding.