DOK.series Award

This year, DOK.fest Munich is offering a new and Germayn-wide unique award that promotes serial documentary storytelling regardless of format.

In times of streaming services, series are more in demand than ever. Never before has serial narration been so creative and heterogeneous as it is today. This year, DOK.fest München is offering a new and Germany-wide unique award that promotes serial documentary narration regardless of format. The award is given for a particularly convincing concept for a documentary series, which, in addition to a short episode, best gives a preview of further seasons.
Among all submissions to the marketplace, 5 projects will be nominated, which will be presented to a five-member jury of renowned industry experts during a live pitching during the Marketplace in May. The winning project will receive 2,500 euros in funding.

You can find the five nominated projects here.


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Since 1960, TELLUX-Film has been producing high-quality, award-winning programs in the fields of feature films, documentaries, series and multi-part films.
As part of the TELLUX Group, TELLUX-Film is one of Germany's largest independent film and media companies.
With offices in Berlin, Bonn, Dresden, Erfurt, Halle, Cologne, Munich, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Wiesbaden and Vienna, the vision of the members of the TELLUX Group is to tell original and moving stories in order to provide an international audience with ever new inspiration.
To achieve this ongoing goal time and again, TELLUX-Film produces high-quality dramas, impressive documentaries and transmedial experiences.



megaherz has been successfully producing extraordinary film and television projects since 1983 with approximately 50 employees. Managing directors of the company are Fidelis Mager and Oliver Gernstl.
In order to be able to form the optimal team for each project, megaherz maintains a close cooperation with a pool of renowned authors, directors, cameramen and creative employees.
As a full-service production company, the company relies on short, fast paths from the development of material and ideas, preparation and implementation to the entire post-production - all from one source.

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Petra Felber
Head of Department; Commisioning Editor Documentaries (BR)

Petra Felber studied in Paris, Kiel and Munich and is holding a Magister in new German literature, political science and psychology. She worked as academic and artistic assistant at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and was teaching and consulting at Hochschule für Fernsehen and Film München (HFF Munich). Since 2002 Petra Felber is commissioning editor at Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) responsible for documentaries and since 2013 she is head of documentaries at Bayerischer Rundfunk.

Richard Ladkani
Director and Producer (Malaika Pictures GmbH)

Richard Ladkani, a critically acclaimed Austrian director and cinematographer, has won numerous international awards. Two of his films were shortlisted for an Academy Award. His latest feature, the National Geographic doc SEA OF SHADOWS, executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival 2019. His earlier films include the Netflix Original THE IVORY GAME and THE DEVIL’S MINER.

Volker Neuenhoff
Head of Unscripted Department Germany (Amazon Studios)
Sarah Elena Schwerzmann
Commissioning Editor for Documentary Series (ARTE G.E.I.E.)

Sarah Elena Schwerzmann is the Commissioning Editor for documentary series at French-German broadcaster ARTE in Strasbourg, France. She was born and raised in Switzerland, where she trained as a video journalist and went on to work as a correspondent based in Munich, Berlin and London for media in Germany, Switzerland and the UK. In 2007 she worked as a Sales and Research Executive at AP Archive in London. Prior to her current employment she acted as editorial director and line producer on short portrait films on authors Philippe Jaccottet and Paul Nizon. She holds a Master’s degree in Translation and Interpreting Studies from the University of Geneva and a degree in Electronic Music Production for Film and TV from SAE Institute for Film and Music Technology in London.