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Competitions & programme sections 2023 Main Competition

Slices of life, insights and perspectives: The films of the International Competition open doors to new worlds for us. They compete for the VIKTOR Main Competition, which is endowed with 10,000 euros. The prize sponsor is Bayerischer Rundfunk. To the films


DOK.deutsch Competition

Intense stories and the unusual on one's own doorstep: the competition presents films that deal with people and topics in German-speaking countries. The VIKTOR DOK.deutsch Competition is endowed with 7,500 euros. The prize sponsor is Sky. To the films


DOK.horizonte – Cinema of Urgency

The films in this series tell stories from countries in transition. They are supported by ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL with funds from the BMZ and are nominated for the VIKTOR DOK.horizonte Competition, endowed with 5,000 euros. The award donor is the Petra-Kelly-Stiftung. To the films


Student Award

The Student Award of DOK.fest München presents outstanding documentary films by students of German-speaking film schools. The films are nominated for the megaherz Student Award, worth 3,000 euros. To the films


DOK.guest Turkey

Our guest country series this year looks east to Turkey: a country marked by ambivalences between tradition and modernity, secularism and religiosity. In four films we illuminate the most diverse facets of life in Turkey. To the films



This year's DOK.focus section POWER OF MEDIA? deals with the contradictory and at the same time decisive role our media play in today's world in five selected films. To the films


Hommage to Nikolaus Geyrhalter

His unmistakable signature – visually powerful, epic, opulent-hypnotic – leaves a lasting impression. The homage to Nikolaus Geyrhalter presents six films from four decades of his artistic work. To the films


Retrospective Africa

To mark the 10th anniversary of Africa, our retrospective is dedicated to documentary films from the African continent. Guest curators from east, west and south Africa present six outstanding films from the 1970s to the 2020s. To the films



DOK.panorama shows innovative documentary films from all over the world mapping the diversity and current trends of documentary storytelling – including many new discoveries and premieres. To the films



Innovative cinema and intimate insights: The BEST OF FESTS series brings together films that have already been screened at other important festivals and celebrated or awarded prizes there. To the films


Munich Premieres

Munich is the home of most of the filmmakers whose works are gathered together in the Munich premieres. But time and again, the view extends far beyond the city limits. To the films

From progressive rock to country from the former Swaziland to current Viennese singer-songwriters: delivers music for the eyes and ears. Presented by ARTE. To the films



In this section we present films in cooperation with selected partners from art, culture and society in Munich and beyond. To the films



Documentary material does not always have to be told in a closed form and as a feature-length film: Serial formats are just as inspiring for insights into real life. In this new series, we present for the first time three documentary series. To the films



Selected films for children and young people and the whole family. To the films

The educational programme of DOK.fest München considers itself a "school of seeing", which combines media literacy and cultural education. It is aimed at children, young people, families and schools. To the films


Cross-sectional competitions

German Documentary Film Music Award

The Swiss musician, composer and producer David Langhard receives the German Documentary Film Music Award 2023 for his music to THIS KIND OF HOPE. The nominees


VFF Documentary Film Production Award

Producers Carsten Rau and Hauke Wendler from PIER 53 Filmproduktion receive the VFF Documentary Film Production Award 2023 for FÜR IMMER. The nominees


DOK.fest Award of SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit

Director Giulia Amati receives the 2023 DOK.fest Award of the SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit for KRISTOS, THE LAST CHILD. The nominees


FFF Talent Award Documentary Film

The award focuses on the work of up-and-coming Bavarian directors. It is endowed with 5,000 euros and is sponsored by the FilmFersehFonds Bayern. The nominees


DOK.edit Award – presented by Adobe

The editing award, worth 5,000 euros, honours special editing achievements in documentary film. The award is donated by Adobe. The nominees