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 co-productions and thus help them to get realised.

The next Marketplace will take place online from May 5th to 9th, 2021. Detailed information on the adapted formats of the selected projects and experts will be available here soon.



Retrospect: Marketplace @home 2020

Who is Who 2020

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


The projects of the digital Marketplace 2020 can be found here. Marketplace – awards

With the British Pathé Archive Award for outstanding archive film projects, the German Composition Prize, donated by SONOTON, and the Pitch Award of the Haus des Dokumentarfilms for students, the Marketplace offers three endowed competitions. We are pleased to be able to award these three prizes also in this year's online version of the Marketplace.

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 14,000 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

DAE Mentoring Pitch Award

The new price offers free for the director and producer of one project valued at 200 € for one year as well as 4 tailored mentoring sessions with DAE members. This prize is a talent development encouragement award. Read more

Sunny Side of the Doc Connected Award

The Sunny Side of the Doc Connected Award will offer two free accreditations to the creative team behind one project with international appeal presented at DOK.fest Munich 2020. The Connected Edition of the international marketplace for documentary and narrative experiences will take place online from 22 to 25 June 2020. Read more

RIDM Award

The Montréal International Documentary Festival RIDM (14th–18th November 2020) and it’s industry event, RIDM Forum, offer full accreditations for the industry and festival for one selected project. In addition, a director will receive a reserved place in the Talent Lab of the RIDM Forum and a producer will have the opportunity to present a project in One-to-one meetings with more than 80 decision makers. Read more Marketplace - formats


In moderated 90-minute roundtable sessions, filmmakers discuss their latest projects in an exclusive digital space with experts from editing, production, distribution and funding.

One-to-One Meetings

To complement the discussions at the Roundtables and after the pitching sessions, the Marketplace offers carefully curated One-to-One meetings of 15 minutes each. The meetings are arranged in advance at the request of the Decisionmakers and this year will take place in the form of online meetings.

Master's Pitch goes Master's Visions

The Corona virus is currently stirring up the film industry: How is the crisis changing our reality? What consequences will it have for filmmakers worldwide? What strategies can we use to counter it? In video statements, 10 international professionals provide answers – and exclusive insights into their life and work with COVID-19. Read more


Six projects in rough cut stage will be presented to buyers, distributors, sales agents and festival curators in a closed online meeting room. The pitching event of the three Swiss projects, supported by SWISS FILMS, and of the three German projects will be moderated by sales expert Esther van Messel.

Training Program Bavaria-Quebec

As part of the two-year training initiative QC+BY Doc CoPro, teams from Québec and Bavaria will develop and present their projects at the Munich and RIDM Montreal. The workshops and pitchings will be held online in 2020.

Follow The Nile

"Follow the Nile" is a film development program that aims to strengthen film co-productions and networks between East and North Africa and the Levant. We are pleased to digitally welcome two film teams from Morocco and Somalia in this edition.
In cooperation with Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Concept and review

Concept Marketplace

The co-production platform for the German-speaking industry. Find here the self-image and goals of Marketplace. Read more

Experts 2019

Meet the industry experts at Marketplace 2019. Read more

Project archive

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


Prize sponsors

Festival partners