DOK.archive Award

Sponsored by British Pathé, endowed with material supply worth 15,000 euros or 2,500 euros in cash.

Open for Marketplace guests

The DOK.archive Award honours outstanding archive and compilation film projects in development. High-quality archive footage is often invaluable for documentaries. The use of historical or commercial film excerpts on a larger scale, however, increases the required production budget substantially. With the DOK.archive Award, British Pathé and aim at promoting projects utilising licensed material and thus strengthening this traditional documentary genre.

Five projects will be presented to a jury of five during a live pitching event at the Marketplace. The winning project will receive British Pathé archive material worth 15,000 euros, alternatively, 2,500 euros can be paid out in cash.


Jury and Moderation

Thomas Beyer, MDR
Petra Gruber, ORF
Käte Schaeffer, ARSENAL Filmverleih GmbH
Simon Witter, Britisch Pathé London
Dr. Nikolaus Wostry, Filmarchiv Austria 


This event is moderated by Julia Teichmann form German Films.

Award Sponsor

British Pathé is considered to be the finest newsreel archive in the world. Now also representing the Reuters Historical Collection, it has become a one-stop archive for the story of the 20th century. This treasure trove of 220,000 films, unrivalled in their historical and cultural significance, is used extensively by broadcasters, production companies, corporations and museums, among many others.


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Thomas Beyer
Commissioning Editor (MDR Department History and Documentaries)

Thomas Beyer studied journalism and geography and worked as a journalist, producer and documentary filmmaker in Leipzig and Hamburg. Since 2020 he is commissioning editor for documentaries at the MDR department "history and documentaries".

Petra Gruber
Leiterin Senderkooperation 3sat und arte (ORF/3sat/arte)
Käte Schaeffer
Head of Acquisitions (ARSENAL Filmverleih GmbH)
Käte Schaeffer is Head of Acquisitions since 2019 for Arsenal Filmverleih, since 2009, she has been Head of Press and PR. Since 1999, she has worked at several film festivals, including the French Film Festival Tübingen (press attaché, 1999- 2008), Short Film Competition Tübingen (curator), International Shortfilm Festival Tübingen (festival director, 2001-2005), CineLatino Tübingen, Shortfilm Festival Stuttgart and at the German Filminstitut Frankfurt - European Films Online (Press and Public Relations). Käte studied cultural sciences and aesthetic practice.
Julia Teichmann
Head of Documentary (German Films)

Julia Teichmann is serving as Head of Documentary at German Films and additionally supervises the Marketing & Subtitling Support. She has worked as a curator and is still working as a moderator, among others for DOK.fest München, the Festival of German Cinema in Ludwigshafen am Rhein and the International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg. She was also a film critic for such publications as Berliner Zeitung and Filmdienst, and regularly served on juries at national and international film festivals.

Simon Witter
Footage Archive / Licensing (British Pathé Ltd.)

A print journalist at 19, Simon Witter quickly developed a parallel career as a TV researcher, leading on to decades of work as an award-winning arts and entertainment Producer/Director. His documentaries have been broadcast in primetime on BBC1, ITV1, Sky Arts, C5, PBS, ARTE and RTL, and syndicated to 35 countries. As of April 2017, he is a Business Development Manager at British Pathé with responsibility for all German-speaking Europe eastwards to Russia, and UK production companies.