DOK.fest Munich 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
In May DOK.fest München presents over 130 international documentaries on the big screen at 20 partner venues in downtown Munich. The programme is divided into four main competitions and eight series. Due to COVID-19 containment measures, the festival has been held temporarily online since 2020.
A meeting place for the documentary film industry: The DOK.forum Perspectives take a look at the future of documentary film in workshops, case studies and panels. The co-production and ideas market DOK.forum Marketplace provides concrete offers for the realisation of new documentary film projects. Due to COVID-19 containment measures, the festival has been held temporarily online since 2020.
The festival's educational initiative offers over 70 film workshops for pupils of all ages and families as well as hands-on workshops for children and young people aged 6 to 18. Our teacher training courses make media educators fit for digital teaching. Due to COVID-19 containment measures, the festival has been held temporarily online since 2020.
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. Since 2020, the Africa focus has temporarily taken place online due to the COVID-19 containment measures.
New technologies of documentary: The Virtual Reality Pop Up Cinema presents a selection of relevant VR and 360° experiences in the Space Age plastic house FUTURO in front of the Pinakothek der Moderne.
Experience our festival films all year round as guests of our cultural partners in downtown Munich.
A selection of the best films from the last festival will be on tour in 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.