New Award as of 2022: Documentary Film Award of Goethe-Institut


The Documentary Film Award of Goethe-Institut honours an outstanding German documentary film of the current year. From 2022 there will be an innovation: the prize will then be awarded alternately in Munich, Leipzig, Duisburg and Kassel. On 30 October 2021 it was awarded to REPUBLIC OF SILENCE by Diana El Jeiroudi at DOK Leipzig, the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary- and Animation Film, as part of this new procedure, and on 14 May 2022 at the 37th DOK.fest München to LIEBE, D-MARK UND TOD by Cem Kaya. In October 2023, the award at DOK Leipzig was given to EINHUNDERTVIER by Jonathan Schörnig.

The Goethe-Institut is an ambassador for German film worldwide. 158 Goethe-Instituts in 98 countries show the latest developments in German cinematic art. Due to its special film aesthetic and its versatility, German documentary film has always been a permanent fixture in the Goethe-Institut's repertoire. Documentary films tell real stories, portray personalities, ask questions about social upheavals and deal intensively with social and societal issues.

The documentary film of the Goethe-Institut is endowed with 2,000 euros. In addition, the Goethe-Institut acquires the non-commercial worldwide screening rights of the film. In addition to primarily cinematic criteria, the film should have a reference to Germany in connection with an intercultural or global perspective. From 2022 onwards, the Documentary Film Award will be presented in rotation at four different documentary film festivals. The new procedure started in May 2022 at DOK.fest München and will now take place in the turn of the year at DOK Leipzig, Duisburger Filmwoche (Duisburg Film Week) and Kasseler Dokfest.

More information on the award at Goethe-Institut:




Renate Heilmeier
Advisor Department Film
Goethe-Institut Zentrale

Viola Noll
Dep. Press Officer / Head Office

DOK.fest München

Veronica Loebner