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 edition of Marketplace will take place from 4th to 10th May 2022. Marketplace – awards

With the new series prize from TELLUX-Film 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

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

DAE Talent Award

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


NEBULAE Project Award

The price will give the opportunity to the director and producer of one German project to be selected and pitch their project during the next edition of Doclisboa and Nebulae. Read more

Sunny Side of the Doc Award

The international marketplace for documentary and narrative experiences to be held online and in La Rochelle from 21 to 24 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 2021. Read more Marketplace – formats

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.

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.


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

Retrospect & follow-up

Who is Who 2021

The Who's Who of experts of the digital Marketplace 2021 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