As a platform for ideas and coproduction, the Marketplace invites around 45 selected documentary film projects in development stage to Munich every year. Here they meet experts such as commissioning editors, producers, funding representatives, distributors and sales agents. 

The aim is to offer relevant film ideas a suitable forum through targeted matchmaking, to provide valuable feedback, to enable new partnerships and thus help the projects to get realised.

The next Marketplace will take place from 5th to 11th May 2021.

We very much appreciate the exchange with our participants on site and would like to invite you to the HFF Munich again next year, if possible. As the further development of measures to contain COVID-19 is not yet foreseeable, we are currently planning a hybrid version of the Marketplace.
 Marketplace – awards

With the new series prize from TELLUX and megaherz for strong serial storytelling, the British Pathé Archive Award for outstanding archive film projects, the German Composition Funding Award for composition ideas, donated by Sonoton Music and the Pitch Award from Haus des Dokumentarfilms for students, Marketplace offers four competitions with prize money totalling 10,000 euros as well as further mentoring and festival awards.


British Pathé Archive Award

The funding 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 15,000 euros or, alternatively, 2,500 euros in cash. Read more


German Composition Funding Award –
sponsored by Sonoton Music

In order to strengthen the artistic collaboration between filmmakers and composers, the best musical concept for a documentary film will be endowed with 2,500 euros. Read more

Pitch Award of Haus des Dokumentarfilms

The pitch competition offers students from our partner universities the opportunity to further develop their current projects in exchange with editors, producers and distributors and to win new financing partners. Read more

DOK.series Award

This year, DOK.fest Munich is offering a new and Germayn-wide unique award that promotes serial documentary storytelling regardless of format. DOK.series is donated by TELLUX Film and megaherz and is endowed with 2,500 euros. Read more

DAE Talent Award

The new price offers free DAE memberships for the director and producer of one project valued at 200 € for one year as well as tailored mentoring sessions with DAE members. This prize is a talent development encouragement award. Read more Marketplace - formats

Master's Pitch

Up to 10 projects with a particularly strong international potential will be pitched on stage and receive feedback from top-class international experts, who themselves will present their insights on current industry topics. A unique format for training and collaboration in partnership with Documentary Campus. Read more


One table, 4 project teams, 5 experts: In moderated 90-minute roundtable sessions, filmmakers discuss their latest material in a targeted manner and in an exclusive setting with experts from editorial, production, promotion and sales departments.

One-to-One Meetings

To complement the discussions at the roundtables and in the pitching events, we offer carefully curated one-to-one meetings of 15 minutes each. The meetings are arranged in advance at the request of the decision makers.


Selected projects in the rough cut stage are presented to distributors, sales agents and festival programmers in a closed screening.

Training Program Bavaria-Québec

The BY+QC Doc CoPro training initiative is being relaunched: Three up-and-coming producers from Bavaria and three from Québec can now apply for a two-year training programme focusing on international co-production, workshops, individual mentoring and networking opportunities at Munich and Forum RIDM. Read more


Retrospect & follow-up

Who is Who 2020

The Who's Who of experts of the digital Marketplace 2020 can be found here.

Project archive

Find here the Marketplace projects of the past editions. Read more

Marketplace Follow-up

An overview of the success stories of the Marketplace projects since 2013. Read more



Prize sponsors

Festival partners