Calls for Entries 2021

DOK.fest München presents artistically valuable, socially relevant documentaries. In recent years, it has developed into one of the largest documentary film festivals in Europe and has been the largest festival of its kind in Germany since 2019. The international programme includes three main competition sections and fifteen awards (2,500 to 10,000 Euros).

In 2020, DOK.fest München @home, which was held purely digitally due to the location determined by Corona, was able to celebrate a new record with over 75,000 spectators throughout Germany. We hope to be able to welcome our audience back to the cinema in 2021, but given the unpredictable times, we must also consider an online edition.

The submission for the Marketplace as well as, the award for new narrative formats, is open, we are looking for strong current projects. We are also looking forward to submissions from producers for the VFF Documentary Film Production Award.

Submission for the DOK.fest München film programme 2021 has been closed since 31 December 2020.



Submission industry & production award Marketplace

The Marketplace is the ideas and co-production market of DOK.fest München. Every year, it offers around 45 selected projects a targeted matchmaking with partners from editorial, production, promotion and sales departments in roundtable sessions, one-to-one meetings and competitions with three prizes; the British Pathé Archive Award, the German Composition Funding Award and the new DOK.series Award. Submissions are open for strong documentary projects at each stage of development.

Submission deadline: 1st February 2021
Regulations and submission


Pitch Award

Students from our partner universities are invited to submit their current projects for the 2021 Pitch Award.

Submission deadline: 1st March 2021
Regulations and submissions Perspectives: – Award for New Narrative Formats

This year, we are awarding the prize for digital storytelling for the second time at Perspectives.

The prize is donated by the Bayerische Landeszentrale für neue Medien (BLM) and endowed with 2,500 euros. Young journalists, filmmakers, games designers and producers from German-speaking countries are invited to submit entries.

Submission deadline: 1st February 2021
Regulations and submission


VFF Documentary Film Production Award

The VFF Documentary Film Production Award honours the role of production in the creation of current cinema documentary film projects. We call upon producers to submit their current films.

Submission deadline: 1st February 2021
Regulations and submission


Submission film programme


Film programme DOK.fest München

For the upcoming 36th DOK.fest München we are looking for outstanding documentary films with a minimum duration of 52 minutes, which have been completed after 1st January 2020 and have not been shown in German public television, nor may they have been on general release in cinemas in Germany. Furthermore, submitted films must not be freely available on internet platforms (Online festivals excluded). Premieres will be favoured.

Submission is closed


School programme

For the school programme of our film literacy section we are looking for documentary films (10 to 30 minutes) showing powerful stories for and about kids and adolescents (6 to 18 years), told in an artistic and creative way. The films may already have been aired or shown on other platforms. Submissions for are free of charge.

Submission is closed

For the submission to the Youth film competition please click here.


Student Award

The Student Award presents outstanding documentary films by students of German-speaking film schools and academies. The films are nominated for the Megaherz Student Award, endowed with 3,000 Euros. Participation is by invitation, which we send to our partner universities.

Submission is closed


German Documentary Film Music Award

The German Documentary Film Music Award honours film compositions that combine in a special way with the documentary narrative. Composers and filmmakers are cordially invited to submit their original compositions for a current long documentary film (produced in Germany). The film must not have been shown publicly at DOK.fest München.

Regulations and film submission
Submission deadline: 1st February 2021




DOK.fest and

Elisabeth Hamberger,
Nele Ayleen Stoß,
DOK.fest München, Dachauer Straße 116, 80636 München
Tel.: +49 89 – 51 39 97 88 Marketplace

Selia Fischer,
Tel.: +49 89 – 51 51 97 86 Perspectives & Production Award

Florina Vilgertshofer,
Tel.: +49 89 – 51 51 97 86