Profile: competitions and sections

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.
  • 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.