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Competitions & sections

Please find here the competitions and programme sections of the first dual DOK.fest München.

The international competition opens doors into new worlds. The films compete for the VIKTOR Main Competition, worth 10,000 Euros, donated by Bayerischer Rundfunk.
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The DOK.deutsch competition presents films that deal with people and events in the German-speaking region. In in-depth narratives we are exposed to extraordinary experiences and gain valuable insights.
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The films in the DOK.horizonte series, supported by ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL with funds from the BMZ, tell stories from countries in transition. They are nominated for the VIKTOR DOK.horizonte, endowed with 5,000 euros, donated by the Petra Kelly Foundation.
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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.
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Homage to Heidi Specogna

The homage of DOK.fest München 2022 is dedicated to the pioneer of Swiss documentary film, Heidi Specogna, who focuses on the global south in a special way. We present six of her films. 
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Retrospective: Franquismo in Spain

Franco's legacy – for a long time a culturally untouched, nationwide trauma that has become a defining part of Spanish identity. We present six films from four decades of facing and coping with Franquismo.
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DOK.guest Spain

In this year's guest region section we will portray Spain, our unknown neighbour to the southwest. In five films we experience the light and dark sides of Spanish reality today. This series is made possible by the support of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E).
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Brave new world of work? Hardly any other area of life is undergoing such radical changes. In our thematic series we present seven global perspectives on work in transition.
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DOK.panorama shows documentary film discoveries from all over the world mapping the diversity and current trends of documentary storytelling.
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Best of Fests

Innovative cinema and intimate insights: The Best of Fests series brings together films that have already been screened at other important festivals and were celebrated or awarded prizes there.
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From Afro-Cuban big band jazz to choral sounds and musical rediscovery: delivers music for the eyes and ears. Presented by ARTE
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Munich Premieres

Munich is the home of the filmmakers whose works are gathered together in the Munich Premieres. But time and again, the view extends far beyond the city limits. 
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African Encounters

Exchange at eye level. The festival's focus on Africa promotes the perception and representation of the African continent beyond short-lived headlines and stereotypes.
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DOK.special Programme partners

Films on current occasions and topics characterize the DOK.special series. We present our programme together with Munich institutions from culture, society and media.
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The Hugh Hefner Story: sexual liberation or the glossy objectification of women? In cooperation with Crime+Investigation
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DOK.special In Memoriam: WIEGENLIEDER

The gentle melody of a lullaby: memories of childhood and mothers. In memoriam: Tamara Trampe
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Cross-sectional competitions

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.
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DOK.fest Award of SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit

Director Diem Ha Le wins the DOK.fest Award of SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit 2022 for CHILDREN OF THE MIST. Nominated are films that make it possible to experience the perspective of children and young people in a remarkable way. Endowed with 3,000 euros, sponsored by B.O.A. Videofilmkunst.
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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.
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German Documentary Film Music Award

Alva Noto aka Carsten Nicolai receives the German Documentary Film Music Award 2022 for his music for the film THIS STOLEN COUNTRY OF MINE by Marc Wiese. The award is endowed with 5,000 euros. It is donated by the Versicherungskammer Kulturstiftung.
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VFF Documentary Film Production Award

For their work on 1001 NIGHTS APART, producers Sarvnaz Alambeigi, Stefan Tolz and Thomas Riedelsheimer receive the VFF Documentary Production Award. The award is endowed with 7,500 euros and is donated by the VFF Verwertungsgesellschaft der Film und Fernsehproduzenten mbH.
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Documentary Film Award by the Goethe-Institut

The Documentary Film Award by the Goethe-Institut honors an outstanding German documentary film of the current year. Starting in 2022, the prize will be awarded on a rotating basis (Munich, Leipzig, Duisburg and Kassel). Endowed with 2,000 euros.

The nominees and Perspectives on site + online

New Media, Re:arranging Reality, Film and Politics, Workshops & Consultancies: In our first hybrid edition, we present the four programme focuses of Perspectives on site and online.
Read more Marketplace on site + online

At this year's Marketplace, experts and participants will meet in a hybrid space for the first time: on site and online. 
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Film education in the cinema and online: For the first time,'s "Schule des Sehens" will be offered in a dual format this year. The education programme of DOK.fest München combines media literacy and cultural education and is aimed at children, young people, families and schools.
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