VFF Documentary Film Production Award
Sponsored by VFF Verwertungsgesellschaft der Film und Fernsehproduzenten mbH
The VFF Documentary Film Production Award at the DOK.fest Munich is a unique event in Germany that focuses on the work of documentary film producers. The prize is endowed with 7,500 euros and is donated by VFF Verwertungsgesellschaft der Film und Fernsehproduzenten mbH.
An Award for the German Documentary Film Industry
The importance of producers for documentary films cannot be overestimated. Far more than in a feature film, the production of a documentary film is accompanied by imponderables, because the plot often results from the events surrounding the protagonist only in the course of the process. The shooting can only be fixed to fixed days to a limited extent, the locations are usually changing, depending on the history and whereabouts of the protagonists. As a result, the amount of material shot is extensive and the montage of the film is usually time-consuming. Every documentary film demands an open approach from the directing team and the production, always in connection with costs that cannot be calculated precisely and often with tight budgets. Being a producer in the documentary film sector means one thing above all else: having courage. The VFF Documentary Film Production Award is intended to honour the role of producers in the creation of current documentary film projects.
Foundation and awarding of the prize
The award is donated by the VFF Verwertungsgesellschaft der Film und Fernsehproduzenten mbH and is endowed with prize money of 7,500 euros.
Conditions of participation
Films that meet the following criteria are eligible for preselection for the VFF Documentary Film Production Award:
- cinema film production with a minimum length of 72 minutes
- at least 51% German production participation
- Publication after 1st January, 2021
- Public screening at the festival
- University films (including graduation films) are not permitted
The selection for the VFF Documentary Film Production Award is based on the following criteria:
- Commitment to the selection of a challenging subject
- Commitment to the composition of financing
- Creativity / innovation in the composition of financing
- Creative / innovative evaluation of the film
- Creative input from production
Submission for the 5th VFF Documentary Film Production Award opens in December 2021.
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VFF Verwertungsgesellschaft der Film- und Fernsehproduzenten mbH is the collecting society of German commissioned producers, public broadcasters, private broadcasters and some regional television broadcasters. The shareholders are the Alliance of German Producers, the Federal Association of German Television Producers, Südwestrundfunk and Second German Television.
4th VFF Documentary Film Production Award 2021
Director: Antonia Kilian
Production: Frank Müller, Antonia Kilian, Guevara Namer (Doppelplusultra Filmproduktion)
3rd VFF Documentary Film Production Award 2020
Director: Halina Dyrschka
Production: Eva Illmer, Halina Dyrschka
2nd VFF Documentary Film Production Award 2019
Directors: Cyprien Clement-Delmas, Igor Korenko
Production: Fabian Driehorst (Fabian&Fred)
Directors: Johanna Bentz, Camilo Colmenares, Sandra Dajani, Madeleine Dallmeyer, Nazgol Emami, Diana Menestrey, Khaled Nawal, Birgit Schulz
Production: Birgit Schulz (Bildersturm Filmproduktion)