Festival profile

DOK.fest Competitions and Programme

Every year, the festival's film programme gathers a selection of the most outstanding current international documentaries. The festival presents the highlights of documentary work and is at the same time guided by a clear curatorial signature.

The programme focuses on four competitions: The main competition DOK.international puts together a showcase of outstanding international documentary films, DOK.deutsch presents a best-of of current German-language productions. DOK.horizonte presents films from and about countries with unstable structures and the Student Award compiles a selection of the best films from our partner universities.

In addition, the FFF Documentary Film Award is another relevant award for young filmmakers. The DOK.fest prize of the SOS Children's Villages worldwide shows films that make a unique contribution to the lives of children and young people. The ARRI AMIRA Award honours outstanding artistic achievements in the field of documentary camera. Finally, the VFF Documentary Film Production Award honors courageous producers in the non-fiction field.

In its programme series, the festival presents numerous specials with cooperation partners from culture and society. The highlight section "Cinema at its best" presents nine premiere galas at the Deutsches Theater. Every year, the retrospective focuses on well-known documentary filmmakers. In the section DOK.guest a country with its film culture introduces itself every year.

The programme focus DOK.network Africa offers a unique year-round platform for films from and about the African continent.

Venues and cooperations

As a public and premiere festival, the DOK.fest Munich presents its programme in the most prominent movie theatres of Munich's city centre - such as the City Kinos, Maxim Kino, the Rio Filmpalast or the Filmmuseum. DOK.fest Munich is also linked to cultural and social institutions such as the Münchner Kammerspiele, the Pinakothek der Moderne and the Münchner Literaturhaus through its diverse cooperation programme.


DOK.forum, the industry platform

With the DOK.forum, the festival has established a meeting place for the industry and the public. Public case studies, master classes, workshops and panels offer a practical approach to current trends and issues in documentary work. At the DOK.forum marketplace, filmmakers meet decision-makers from editorial, production and sales departments at roundtable sessions and one-to-one meetings in order to present and implement projects. With the German Composition Award, the British Pathé Archive Award and the Pitch Award of the House of Documentary Films, the DOK.forum Marktplatz invites entries for three endowed competitions.

DOK.education, the children's and youth programme

With its "School of Seeing", the children and youth programme DOK.education brings the whole variety of documentary narrative to young people at the cinema as a place of learning and experience. Age-appropriate screenings promote cultural education and analysis. Practical workshops specifically train the media skills of young viewers. A film competition invites young people to try things out for themselves. And the Media Competence Day presents innovative models for digital teaching to teachers and pupils. The programme is aimed at children and young people from all types of schools between the ages of 6 and 18.

VR Pop-Up Cinema

In its VR pop-up cinema, the DOK.fest Munich is exhibiting a selection of the best documentary VR/360° experiences in the Space-Age Kunststoffhaus Futuro in front of the Pinakothek der Moderne parallel to the festival.

DOK.tour Bayern, the festival programme on the road in Bavaria

Every year in autumn and winter, the DOK.tour Bayern brings festival highlights to 16 Bavarian cinemas, giving an even larger number of viewers access to the film programme of the DOK.fest Munich.


The year-round programme of the DOK.fest Munich, DOK.aroundtheclock, presents a selection of the best festival films throughout the year in cooperation with programme partners from culture and society at over 20 venues in Munich and the surrounding area.