Our Philosophy

Who we are and what we want

We see documentary film as an art form that uses the means of cinematic aesthetics to negotiate relevant values and invites dialogue on a social, personal and artistic level.

Documentary film is the art of the hour.

Since 2019, DOK.fest München has been the largest documentary film festival in Germany and has developed into one of the most relevant platforms for documentary film in Europe. Every year in May and all year round, we present outstanding documentary films from all over the world. 

As a cultural organiser, employer and team, DOK.fest München is committed to the following principles:

Local and global

We live the exchange at eye level and across borders, in our films and in conversation with guests and audience.


History-conscious and future-oriented

Our programme deals with the past, accompanies upheavals in the course of time and takes a look into the future.


We offer programmes for audiences of all ages and consciously promote the exchange between the generations.


With our films we want to appeal to all people and reflect the diversity of our society.


Ecologically sustainable

We are committed to the goals of sustainability and work together with numerous certified partners. Read more


Our team is our most important resource. Because the well-being of our employees is close to our heart, we are committed to a fair employment and wage policy.


Analog and digital

The long documentary film is the centre of attention for us. We celebrate it on the big cinema screen and look for new ways to secure its future.