DOK.fest München is Germany's largest documentary film festival. We present the highlights of current documentary filmmaking – at the main event in May and throughout the year.

Programme in May

Every year in May, DOK.fest München presents around 130 international documentary films on the big screen at 20 partner venues in the centre of Munich. The programme is divided into four main competitions and nine series. After two online editions, the festival has been held as a dual event since 2022: on the big screen in the cinema as well as on the digital screen @home.


A meeting place for the documentary film industry: the Perspectives take a look at the future of documentary film in workshops, case studies and panels. The co-production and ideas market Marketplace offers concrete offers for the realisation of new documentary film projects. After two online editions, the industry platform has been hybrid since 2022 – simultaneously on-site and online.


The festival's education initiative provides cultural education at the cinema as an extracurricular place of learning for pupils of all grades with the "School of Seeing". Our teacher training courses make media educators fit for digital teaching. We offer workshops and family films for children, young people and families. In 2022, after two online editions, also took place in dual format for the first time and will retain this model in future.


As a unique platform in Germany, the festival's Africa programme promotes the perception and representation of the African continent beyond short-lived headlines and stereotypes. The focus is on the active exchange of filmmakers and training programmes for young African documentary filmmakers.


Year-round programme

Experience our festival films all year round as guests of our cultural partners all over Munich.


A selection of the best films from the last festival tour through Bavarian cinemas from October to December.


We offer our teacher training courses, film class mentorships and Culture Day Film throughout the year. The documentary film competition for young people invites young, school-based filmmakers each spring to submit their films.