Our Philosophy

Who we are and what we want

Every year DOK.fest München presents over 150 socially relevant and artistically outstanding documentaries from all over the world, films by authors who are curious, who take a close look and thus offer perspectives on different people and their lives.

Films made autonomously and individually, with sensitivity, integrity, great commitment and devotion. Films that narrate with empathy and involvement, everything that is important to us in our view of the world.

We see documentary film as an art form that negotiates essential values by means of cinematic aesthetics and invites dialogue on a social, personal and artistic level. Documentary film is the art of the hour.

Local and global

Due to its internationality, DOK.fest München brings together the most diverse world views, cultures and actors in Munich. We believe in exchange through films and across borders.

History-conscious and future-oriented

The documentaries we present deal with our past and accompany upheavals in the course of time. At the same time, they sharpen the view for current developments and tendencies.


DOK.fest München offers a programme for people of all ages. We want to promote the exchange between generations through shared experiences and strengthen a sense of community between young and old.


We want to address all people with our films, a central argument for our gender-conscious language. At the same time, we attach great importance to a gender-balanced relationship between filmmakers.

Ecologically sustainable

A central aspect of our self-image is the awareness of the environmental basics. This is why we work together with sustainable partners in all areas.



Our team is our most relevant resource. Because the well-being of our employees is important to us, we are committed to a employment and wage policy with the DOK.art/fair label.