DOK.talent Award by Haus des Dokumentarfilms

A pitch award for emerging filmmakers

For registered Marketplace guests only 

The pitch competition of DOK.talent Award (until 2021 'Pitch Award by Haus des Dokumentarfilms') offers students from our partner universities the opportunity to present their current projects to editors, producers and distributors in a speed pitch as part of the Marketplace. At the same time, it gives the students valuable first contact with the industry and direct feedback on their projects. The best student project, including the most convincing pitch, receives the award, which is donated by the Haus des Dokumentarfilms Stuttgart and endowed with 2,500 euros in research funding.



Antje Boehmert, Executive Producer and Managing Director at DOCDAYS PRODUCTION GmbH
Tobias Cassau, Koordination arte, ZDF/arte
Petra Felber, Commissioning Editor DOcumentaries, BR
Jutta Krug, Redaktion Dokumentarfilm, WDR
Dagmar Mielke, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg/arte
Bernd Deidl, Commissioning Editor, SWR
Siegfried Steinlechner, Commissioning Editor, ORF
Esther van Messel, CEO, First Hand Films
Saskia Wagner, Förderreferentin Kino Dokumentarfilm
Sven Wälti, Leiter Film, SRG SSR
Jakob Zimmermann, Redakteur, ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel 


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Antje Boehmert
Executive Producer and Managing Director (DOCDAYS Productions GmbH)

Antje helms Berlin- and Cologne-based indie DOCDAYS Productions. With her team of producers and researchers, she focuses on topical docs from the fields of Current Affairs, History, Science and Culture – most of them international co-productions for public broadcasters both in Europe and North America. Antje holds an MA in American History from the University of Cologne. She started her career in documentaries 20 years ago as a freelance Visual Researcher and Associate Producer in Washington, DC. For her work as a writer and producer, she has received the Civis Award, the German Television Award and two Grimme Awards, among others. Antje Boehmert commutes between Berlin and the Ruhr region.

Tobias Cassau
Koordination ARTE, Subkoordination Kultur und Musik (ZDF/ARTE)

Commissioning editor / Culture and music / ZDF/ARTE School career in Berlin including French baccalauréat University studies: Romance Language and Literature in Berlin and Madrid Traineeship at Verlag Klaus Wagenbach in Berlin Director at DeutschlandRadio Kultur Since 2005 at ZDF

Petra Felber
Head of Department; Commissioning 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.

Jutta Krug
Redaktion Dokumentarfilm (WDR)

1992 first job at ARTE in Strasbourg as part of the founding team; since 2000 commissioning editor at WDR within the culture department

Dagmar Mielke
Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg/ARTE (Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg/ARTE)

Dagmar Mielke works as a commissioning editor since 2004 for RBB/ARTE. Before that, she worked for several other editorial offices and also as an author and director. RBB is part of the nation-wide ARD network. The ARTE department is in charge of co-producing documentaries for ARTE's non-fiction slots. Recent documentaries Dagmar Mielke commissioned are e.g. Rabbit a la Berlin, Judgment in Hungary, Domino Effekt, Siberian Love, Transit Havana, Censored Voices, The Oslo Diaries.

Bernd Seidl
Commissioning Editor (Südwestrundfunk (SWR))

Bernd Seidl, born in 1963, catholic theologian, director and commissioning editor at Südwestrundfunk (SWR) since 1992. His current post is commissioning editor in the ARTE department at SWR. He is responsible for different slots and for documentaries, such as the award winning feature length documentary "The Last Men of Aleppo" (2017).

Siegfried Steinlechner
Commissioning Editor (ORF, Department Culture Documentaries)

Siegfried Steinlechner, born 1967 in Tyrol, is a journalist und documentary filmmaker. He studied History, Philosophy and Cultural Management. 25 years he worked within ORF in several fields of TV programs. He authored und directed more than 20 films on cultural & contemporary issues. In 2001 he implemented his first Transmedia project. He is currently working as an commissioning editor in the ORF Department Culture Documentaries and as a project manager for cross- / transmedia & 360-/VR-projects.

Esther van Messel
CEO (First Hand Films)

Esther van Messel, born 1965 in Vienna, is based in Zurich and holds a BfA from the Tel Aviv University. She headed Warner Bros. Israel and from 1992 produced feature films and documentaries in Zurich. Since 1998, she runs FIRST HAND FILMS for production, global sales and theatrical distribution. Today, First Hand Films have been seen by many hundred millions of people.

Saskia Wagner
Förderreferentin Kino Dokumentarfilm (Saskia Wagner)
Sven Wälti
Leiter Film (SRG SSR)

Since 2012 Sven Wälti works as Head of coproductions for the Swiss Radio and Television Company SRG SSR based in Berne. He is in charge of the „Pacte de l’audiovisue “, the national coproduction agreement between the SRG SSR and the independent swiss producers. He is also member of the Programm conference of ARTE.

Jakob Zimmermann
Redakteur (ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel)

Jakob Zimmermann has been working as a commissioning editor at ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehenspiel since the beginning of 2021. Before that he worked as a reader for various fiction departments of ZDF, as a freelance screenwriter and as head of conception in a video production company. Jakob Zimmermann is an Alumni of the Drehbuchwerkstatt München. He studied theatre, film and media studies and American studies in Frankfurt am Main and Prague.