As the market for co-creation and co-production of DOK.fest München, the Marketplace invites around 45 selected, strong documentary film projects in the development stage to Munich every year. At pitching events, Roundtable Sessions and One-to-One Meetings the project teams meet around 250 experts such as commissioning editors, producers, funding representatives, distributors and sales agents.

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

The next edition of Marktplatz will take place from 3 to 8 May 2023.




Schedule 2023

Format- and Award Pitchings of Marketplace:

Pitching 3 May
Pitching DOK.archive: 5 May
Pitching DOK.talent: 7 May (tbc)
Pitching DOK.composition: 7 May

Master's Pitch: 6 May
Roundtable Sessions: 6 and 7 May
One-to-One Meetings: 7 May (on site) and 8 May (online) Marketplace – Awards

With the DOK.archive Award from British Pathé for outstanding archive film projects, the DOK.composition Award for composition ideas, donated by Sonoton Music, and the DOK.talent Award by Haus des Dokumentarfilms for students, the Marketplace offers three endowed competitions with prize money totalling 7,500 euros as well as further mentoring and festival awards.


DOK.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. British Pathé is the prize sponsor. Read more


DOK.composition Award

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. Sponsored by Sonoton Music. Read more


DOK.talent Award

The pitch competition, donated by Haus des Dokumentarfilms, 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


DAE Talent Award

The award offers a 100% discount on the first year of DAE memberships for the director and producer of one project valued at 200,- as well as tailored mentoring sessions with the DAE team or senior consultants. This prize is a talent development encouragement award. Read more


Doc Around Europe Award

The new Doc Around Europe Focus network is launching a mentoring programme between Biarritz, Barcelona, Munich and Skopje: three marketplace projects will be selected to visit the partner markets. Read more


Nebulae Project Selection Award

The prize is awarded by Nebulae, the networking space of Doclisboa – International Film Festival Portugal. The director and producer of a German-language project will have the opportunity to be selected and pitch the project during Doclisboa 2023. Read more


Sunny Side of the Doc Award

The international marketplace for documentary and narrative experiences to be held online and in La Rochelle in June is delighted to provide industry support and two complimentary accreditations to the creative team behind an outstanding project presented in the framework of DOK.fest München. Read more Marketplace – Formats

The Marketplace 2023 offers numerous specialised formats. Every approved project has the chance to qualify for the selection. A committee of industry experts and the team decides on all nominations, curates the individual projects and assigns them to the respective formats of the Marketplace. The aim of the selection is to ensure the best possible matchmaking for both the Marketplace participants and the Marketplace experts.


Master's Pitch

Nine 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, four project teams, five 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. The project selection of the Roundtables 2022


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 min. each. The meetings are arranged in advance at the request of the decision makers.



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


Training Programme Bavaria-Québec

The BY+QC Doc CoPro training initiative offers three young producers from Bavaria and three from Québec the opportunity to work together on new co-productions. They are supported by training, master classes, individual mentoring and networking events. Read more Marketplace 2022 – Projects and Experts


You can find the projects of Marketplace 2022 here. experts

You can find the Who's Who of experts of Marketplace 2022 here.


Retrospect & Follow-up

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




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