We started our activities 2023 @ GROPIUS BAU EFM #18 including a virtual stage, available until March 31, 2023 with publishing the latest edition ...

    We started our activities 2023 @ GROPIUS BAU EFM #18 including a virtual stage, available until March 31, 2023 with publishing the latest edition of the catalogue german documentaries 2023 promoting 249 new titles of German documentary productions and co-productions as PDF ready for download here.
    Find more information of enlisted films as well as on some of the lateast documentaries, which have premiered at international festivals [will be enlisted in the next annual PDFedition german documentaries] as single pages here. International festivalscreenings, awards as well as theatrical realeases in Germany are promoted on FB.







    European Film Market @ 74 BERLINALE, Februar 15—25, 2024
    Visit our profile AG DOK / German Documentaries online or let's meet GROPIUS BAU #18 groundfloor under the umbrella of German Films, with Kordula Marisa Hildebrandt.
    European Film Market, booth 18 [German Films / AG DOK / German Documentaries]
    contact: Kordula Marisa Hildebrandt, GROPIUS BAU, Niederkirchnerstr. 7, 10963 Berlin, Germany

    NEWS on former editions of the BERLINALE & EFM
    68 BERLINALE 2018 | 69 BERLINALE 2019 | 70 BERLINALE 2020 | 71 BERLINALE 2021 | 72 BERLINALE 2022 | 73 BERLINALE |



    CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, March 13—24, 2024
    Submissions for the 21st edition CPH:DOX start May 15, 2023. The deadlines for submitting a film to CPH:DOX 2023 were September 1 for films finished by that date, and December 1 for films finished after the first deadline. Rules and regulation.
    CPH:FORUM the international financing and co-production event is now open for submissions, accepting projects until November 15, 2023.
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen 
    More information — German only
    __ Report2021 by Björn Jensen German only __
    __ Report2022 by Björn Jensen German only __
    __ Report2023 by Björn Jensen German only __
    ___CPH:DOX2023____ CPH:DOX2022___CPH:DOX2021___CPH:D2OX2020___CPH:DOX2019___



    iREP International Documentary Film Festival, March 16–19, 2023,Lagos, Nigeria
    IREP is conceptualized to create a platform of awareness and expression for filmmakers who are creating socially relevant films to impact our world. The festival has been attended by a delegation of German documentary filmmakers for many years.
    Representative german documentaries: Bärbel Mauch bamauch@yahoo.de



    MIPTV | MIPDOCApril 17—19, 2023, Palais des Festivals de Cannes, France
    The two largest and most important markets for the distribution of films take place in Cannes every year in spring. MIPDOC, the 25th International Documentary & Factual Co-Production Market and Screenings offers 3 days of exclusive networking, conference, showcases, and screenings for the international documentary and factual community during MIPTV. The market features one of the world’s most important documentary and factual content offerings, as well as an inspiring conference programme, high-level networking events and a dedicated hub for international producers, buyers, commissioners and distributors.
    Björn Jensen, Representative german documentaries
    More information – for submission German only
    Report of MIPTV2021Report of MIPTV2022 • von Björn Jensen.





    Visions du Réel, International Film Festival Nyon, April 12—21, 2024
    Registrations open on September 5, 2023.
    Visions du Réel is one of the only Swiss film festivals to present a majority of its films as world or international premieres. The Festival also has a film market with Industry activities, one of the most important in Europe and it may invite films that have not been selected for the official programme to be entered in the Visions du Réel Media Library to be viewed by buyers and professionals. 
    VdR–Industry dedicated to cinema professionals, VdR–Industry and its activities represent a springboard for future films to find support in every stage of their production.



    Hot Docs Toronto,  April, 2024, Toronto, Canada
    Submissions are open for the 31 Hot Docs Festival, taking place in late April 2024.
    Browse Submission Deadlines & Fees here.

    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen  
    REPORT of HotDocs23 by Björn Jensen __German only__
    REPORT of HotDocs22 by Björn Jensen __German only__
    REPORT of HotDocs21 by Björn Jensen __German only__

    NEWS of ___HotDocs23___HotDocs22___HotDocs21_____HotDocs20_____HotDocs19___


    CoPro 25 | Israeli Documentary Screen Market June 5—8, 2023 in Tel Aviv
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen
    Further information ___German only ___
    Report CoPro 2023
    Report CoPro24_2022 and NEWS CoPro & docaviv 2022.
    german documentaries NEWS 2018— CoPro20. >



    31 Sheffield Documentary Filmfestival, June 12—17, 2024.
    The MeetMarket will take place on Thursday, June 13 and Friday June 14, 2024, allowing Marketplace participants the opportunity to experience the opening night of the festival.
    Festival submissions will open in the Autumn 2023.  Passes are now on sale for the 31st Edition of Sheffield DocFest. The Industry Pass gives you access to the full festival programme of films, exhibitions, talks, panels, industry sessions and live pitches, networking events and parties; plus access to DocPlayer, our industry video on demand platform.
    Keep updated by visiting the website of the festival.
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen   
    Report german documentaries on Sheffield DocFest 2023  • SheffieldDocFest 2022 • _Sheffield Doc|Fest 2019_ •
    NEWS on Sheffield DocFest 2023Sheffield DocFest 2022Sheffield DocFest 2021Sheffield DocFest 2020Sheffield Doc|Fest 2019Sheffield DocFest 2018



    27 ECRANS NOIRS, October 14—21, 2023 [i]
    The festival has been attended by a delegation of German documentary filmmakers for many years.
    Representative german documentaries: Bärbel Mauch bamauch@yahoo.de



    35 Sunny Side of the Doc, June 24—27, 2024 live in La Rochelle.
    Sunny Side of the Doc ist the international Marketplace for documentary and narrative Experiences. Through year-round activities and a landmark international event, SSD provides a unique space for industry professionals to co-create, co-finance and share a diversity of compelling stories with the world. The marketplace’s 35th edition will take place June 24–27 2024 live in La Rochelle. Submit your project to Sunny Side of the Doc’s pitching sessions and join one of the most impactful markets for documentary and digital storytelling.
    Opening date for submissions & accreditations and closing date for submissions will be announced soon.
    More Information _German only_

    #34ssd #SSD23 • #33ssd #SSD22 • #30ssd #SSD19 •

    The final reports by the german documentaries representative Björn Jensen
    2022 - German only _ here .
    2021 - German only - here .
    • 2019 here and ____2019 Germany COUNTRY in FOCUS___



    39 MIPCOMOctober 16—19, 2023 Cannes, Frankreich
    MIPCOM CANNES – the 39th International Co-Production & Content Market – is the world’s greatest gathering of television and media professionals and the most anticipated week on the global industry calendar. Each October, decision makers from over 100 countries converge on the world’s red-carpet capital of Cannes, France to compete for new series, source international production partnerships and set the development agenda and beyond. German Documentaries again will attent under the German umbrella with booth P-1, K19.
    More information __German only__ 

    Report MIPCOM 2020 by Björn Jensen • Report MIPCOM 2021 by Björn Jensen • Report MIPCOM 2022 by Björn Jensen
    Representative german documentaries: Björn Jensen,



    23 MEDIMED, The European Docs Market, Sitges, October 12—15, 2023 [Submission for projects starts May and ends June, Accreditation deadline September]
    MEDIMED focuses mainly on Euro-Mediterranean creative projects, with documentary producers and directors developing their own creative projects. The participation of both (director and producer) at the Workshop and Pitching Forum is highly recommended. All professionals involved in the documentary industry are very welcome to register, whether as an independent producer with a project, a commissioning editor, financier, distributor, sales agent, digital platform, or fund. It is also possible for producers to register for attendance as an observer. The knowledge of English is a condition.
    German representative Björn Jensen jensen@gingerfoot.de
    Report of MEDIMED 2022 ___German only____



     9 MIA, International Audiovisual Market in Rome, October 9-13, 2023,
    MIA, International Audiovisual Market, is a market event based in Italy at its ninth edition in 2023 from October 9th to 13th. A hotbed of discussion, debate, and confrontation among the most important international executives, MIA is a destination for the global film and audiovisual ecosystem, conceived as a curated market, a physical and digital space for feature-length films (fiction, animation and documentary), as well for series (drama, documentary, factual and animation). Today, MIA is the most important industry event in Italy and is one of the must-attend international events focused on co-production, financing strategies and models, sales and distribution of works, and content showcase, and is an effective platform for talents and projects circulation. Find more information and specific guidelines for the Documentary Co-Production Market & Pitching Forum here.
    Submission deadline: July 7, 2023 by 5pm (CET)



    36 IDFA / Forum Amsterdam, November 8—19, 2023, Amsterdam, Niederlande.
    • General accreditation and Submissions Markets open 21 June by Industry
    Festival submissions starts March 14. Entry Regulations with different deadlines/fees and final entry deadline for films July 13.
    Contact: Julia Teichmann Head of Documentary Marketing & Subtitling Support, German Films GmbH.
    Find reports of past editions here:
    ___35 IDFA 2022___34 IDFA 2021___33 IDFA 2020___32 IDFA 2019___



    World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, WCSFP
    November 28—December 1, 2023, Seattle, U.S.A.
    Registration for Congress'23 will open August 3, 2023.
    The earlier you register the more you save! Rates will increase as we approach capacity. Congress offers a full slate of dynamic and engaging sessions exploring the latest programming trends, industry intelligence and technology impacting the factual community. [FB]

    Entries for the 2023 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards are open for international submissions of factual science documentaries intended for a general audience. Deadline: August 1, 2023
    The BUZZIES celebrate excellence in science and factual storytelling, and recognize short-form, long-form and multiplatform science, history and natural history projects, as well as awarding projects for innovation and impact. Deadline for submission is September 12, 2023. 

    Due to low demand and disappointed participants from Germany in 2022, but also because we are not offered a reduction of the participation fee for a delegation from Germany by the organizer, German Documentaries will not take part in the event. More information –German only–.
    Representative german documentaries Björn Jensen.
    Report of 2019 — German only.
    Report of 2021 — German only.
    Report of 2022 — German only



    Is not included any more in our list of activities:   The focus of the festival has been shifted to China, the International Producers Day has been abolished, and the number of international participants has been continuously. That's the reason why, German Films & AG DOK / German Documentaries have no longer offered to organize a delegation to GZDOC. More information  —German only—.






    https://www.facebook.com/germandocs .
    ... upcoming NEWS, editor notes

    Redaktion / Editor german documentaries Ingrid Molnar



  • annually MIPCOM at Cannes in October

              Let's meet again at 39 MIPCOM,  October 16—19, 2023, France P-1.K19 and GET TOGEHTER with German distributors, producers and filmmakers ...






    Let's meet again at 39 MIPCOM,  October 16—19, 2023, France P-1.K19

    and GET TOGEHTER with German distributors, producers and filmmakers October 17 at 5 p.m.




    Contact for joining German Delegation Björn Jensen to get enlisted under the German Umbrella. More information __German only__ here.


    Björn Jensen, Eva-Maria Pellikan, Simone Baumann

     37 MIPCOM 2021


    The picture was taken at the 37 MIPCOM 2021 with
    Björn Jensen, representativ German Documentaries,  AG DOK
    Eva-Maria Pellikan, Head of Communications & Marketing, Liasion TV & Series German Films
    Simone Baumann, Managing Director German Flms







    Find the Report 2021 MIPCOM 2021 by Björn Jensen —German only— here.
    Find the Report 2022 MIPCOM 2022 by Björn Jensen —German only— here.

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  • 31 FILMFEST HAMBURG September 28 – October 7, 2023

       #FFHH23     The programme of 132 films and series in a total of 11 sections is including about a dozens German documentaries, such as  ...





    The programme of 132 films and series in a total of 11 sections is including about a dozens German documentaries, such as 


     Browse all SECTIONS and FILMS of #FFHH23.






    Start-up or standstill? How are new digital tools affecting the film industry? How are film production and the exploitation of stories changing in times of radical change?

    The Explorer Conference #4, October 2-6, 2023, as part of the FILMFEST HAMBURG INDUSTRY DAYS will invite producers, financiers, funding institutions and students to discuss these relevant questions together with international guests and to take a look into the future of production for cinema, streaming and TV. With Highlight Sweden, there will be a country focus for the first time, and the special conference program for students will also be continued this year.




    browse films of all FFHH years here.

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    FFHH22 • 

  • YIDFF Yamagata, October 5–12, 2023

            with three German Documentaries, such as ANHELL69 by Theo Montoya, CROSSING VOICES by Raphaël Grisey, Bouba Touré, and THREE WOMEN ...





    with three German Documentaries, such as ANHELL69 by Theo Montoya, CROSSING VOICES by Raphaël Grisey, Bouba Touré, and THREE WOMEN by Maksym Melnyk in the programm.





    Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival:

    Browse German documentary productions and co-productions participating former YIDFFs here.

    Located in a verdant, rolling valley far north of Tokyo, Yamagata City is the site for Asia’s first international documentary film festival. The first Film Festival (in 1989) was an event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Yamagata City, the sponsor of the festival at the time, and has been held biennially ever since in Yamagata’s best season, October.

    The atmosphere of the festival is intimate, and affords Asian filmmakers a prime opportunity to meet with their Western counterparts. The reasons for it being a magnet for independent filmmakers are simple.

    Until recently, the week-long YIDFF was one of the few film festivals in Asia devoted exclusively to the documentary form. Its scope, however, reaches beyond simply screening recent, ground-breaking work in the International Competition. New Asian Currents, the competition program introducing emerging filmmakers from across Asia, has over the years become one of the Festival’s vibrant centers of attention as a meeting place of raw youthful energy. By featuring special events and programs shedding light on the history and diversity of filmmaking, the YIDFF is working hard to create a new forum for the production of alternative, independent, non-fiction film and the discussion of documentary as a form of expression.

    It was in this spirit that the documentarist Ogawa Shinsuke, who passed away in 1992, spearheaded the organization of the first Festival. From the time of his earliest films about the Narita Airport protests in the 1960s to 70s, to his last works produced in Yamagata, Ogawa encouraged filmmakers around Asia to devote their energy to making meaningful documentaries. In honor of this dedicated filmmaker, the Ogawa Shinsuke Prize was established in 1993 to provide encouragement to young Asian documentarists.


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    YIDFF 2023

  • 66 DOK Leipzig October 8–15, 2023

            The 66th edition of the DOK Leipzig film festival will open on Sunday October 8, 2023, 7pm at CineStar 4 with the world premiere of ...





    The 66th edition of the DOK Leipzig film festival will open on Sunday October 8, 2023, 7pm at CineStar 4 with the world premiere of Arndt Ginzel’s documentary WHITE ANGEL – THE END OF MARINKA | WHITE ANGEL – DAS ENDE VON MARINKA.

    © 2023 Journalistenbüro Ginzel Kraushaar Datt GbR

    The impressive close-up footage of the operations is from a GoPro camera worn by police officers who repeatedly drive around the town in a white van which the civilians call the White Angel, documenting the evacuation and rescue operations in the small town of Marinka in the Donetsk region from the spring to the autumn of 2022. Spring 2023, Arndt Ginzel and his team returned to Ukraine and spoke with the rescuers and survivors about their traumatic experiences – and about the demise of their home town, which no longer exists.



     LineUp German productions and co-productions [work in progress]


    During the festival week, DOK Leipzig is showing one festival film fresh out of the cinema online as VoD in the DOK Stream. Each film is available for 24 hours throughout Germany. Only available at dok-leipzig.de, from 9 to 15 October.  



    DOK Leipzig Retrospective focuses on resistance to communist regimes in the Eastern Bloc including German productions such as:

    • [Kurt Biedenkopf besucht ein sowjetisches Panzerregiment] by Klaus Wilhelm, 8min, ©1991, Germany [Matinee Saxon State Archive]

    • BEGEGNUNGEN by Alfred Dorn, 15min, ©1970 [Matinee Saxon State Archive]

    • DREI JAHRZEHNTE SPÄTER by Volker Kastius, 15min, @1977, GDR [Matinee Saxon State Archive]

    • HUNGARY IN FLAMES | UNGARN IN FLAMMEN by Ferdinand Khittl, Stefan Erdélyi, 83min, © 1957, C: Bundesarchiv [Film and Protest]

    • One Wednesday in June – 20 Years Ago: People’s Uprising, Workers’ Revolt or Secret Services Putsch? | Ein Mittwoch im Juni – Vor 20 Jahren: Volksaufstand, Arbeiterrevolte oder Agentenputsch? by Lutz Lehmann, 60min ©1970, C: OneGate Media GmbH,[Retrospective]

    • RÜCKGABE DER KUNSTSCHÄTZE AN DAS GRÜNE GEWÖLBE by anonym, ©1958, 5min [Matinee Saxon State Archive]

    • SOVIET TROOPS IN PRAGUE AND BUDAPEST | SOWJETISCHE TRUPPEN IN PRAG UND BUDAPEST (Panorama, 29.7.1968), 18min © 1968, C: OneGate Media GmbH [Retrospective]

    • UPRISINGS IN THE SOVIET SPHERE OF INFLUENCE by Ralph Giordano, Hans-Ulrich Barth, 24min, ©1961, [Retrospektive]

    • WEHE DEN BESIEGTEN by Andrea Ritterbusch, 87min, ©1990, GDR [DEFA Matinee|



    19 DOK Co-Pro Market

    Individual meetings between producers and the selected projects take place on 9–10 October 20223 in Leipzig with complementary online meetings on 16 October. Join as a producer without project - submission possible until September 7.
    The 19th edition of the DOK Co-Pro Market welcomes 35 documentary projects from 30 countries that will have the opportunity to find international financing and co-production partners. This year has seen an increase in the number of submissions, totalling 316 projects, including two ukrainian productions as well as seven German co-productions, such as:


    • BE MY GUEST WORKER by Sanhah Lee | South Korea, Germany | autumn song production

    • GENESIS by Daria Yurkevich | Belarus, Germany | JYOTI Film

    • GHOST BOAT by Tanim Yousuf | Bangladesh, Germany | Bulldog Agenda GmbH, Mastul Productions         

    • HOW MANY NIGHTS HOW MANY DAYS by Alaa Dajani | Egypt, Germany | Seera films   

    • OVERTONES (WT) by Aygul Bakanova | Kyrgyzstan, Germany | Choku Film, if... Productions GmbH

    • PRISON HONEY by Jonas Eisenschmidt, Constanze Wolpers  | Germany | radpaar films             

    • ZOOTOPIA by Tristan Ferland Milewski | Germany | CORSO Film  

     Find all 35 selected documentary projects listed here.


    A major focus of the DOK Co-Pro Market is to help create a network of unique professionals dedicated to the co-production of creative documentary works. We invite producers who are actively looking for new audio-visual works to co-produce and to expand their networks internationally to apply as a Producer without a Project for participation in the Co-Pro Market. [DOK Leipzig PR August 31, 2023]

    This year’s Industry Programme opens on October 9, 2023 with a panel on the current state of independent Belarusian documentary cinema and the challenges filmmakers face, with the participation of the recently launched Belarusian Independent Film Academy (BIFA).

    Among other highlights of the Industry Programme is Short n’ Sweet Oktober 11,2023, the 7th edition of the short film pitching event. DOK Archive Market will take place on 12 October, featuring an exciting programme on archival research and production, including one-on-one consultations with archival researchers and producers.


    Explore all events of the complete Industry Programme in our Industry Timetable or see the A-Z overview here. Get accreditations at the regular rate until September 30, 2023. Last-minute accreditation requests are possible until the end of the festival with an extra fee. 





    DOK Preview Germany is an exclusive showcase featuring up to 8 German feature-length documentaries in the final stages of production. The teams present their projects to international buyers, editors, world sales, festival curators and distributors.
    Meet inspiring creatives and dive into diverse topics and unique filmmaking styles presented by experienced moderators Julia Teichmann and Tanja Georgieva-Waldhauer. The film teams will give you a sneak peek into their new works to enrich your slates, slots and festivals.
    With the project presentation and subsequent opportunity for networking and exchange, we want to support the selected projects on their journey to international distribution and create new working ties.
    2023 project selection for DOK Preview Germany wil be announced on September 27,2023. The event wil be moderated by Tanja Georgieva-Waldhauer and Julia Teichmann.

    • Tanja Georgieva-Waldhauer is an EAVE producers workshop-alumna, has represented Germany as a European Producer on the Move in 2020 and is a member of EWA, DAE, Produzentenverband, AG DOK, the German and European Film Academy.

    • Julia Teichmann is Head of Documentary at German Films and supervises the Marketing & Subtitling Support. She has worked as a curator and is still working as a moderator. She was also a film critic and regularly served on juries at national and international film festivals.



    DOK Industry Talk presents ARTE initiative Generation Ukraine:

    In this year's edition, DOK Leipzig is presenting a DOK Industry Talk on Generation Ukraine, a new initiative by the ARTE Group aimed at supporting the Ukrainian filmmaking industry by co-producing 12 documentaries that explore Ukrainian reality in the throes of the ongoing war. The Talk, held on 10 October at 16:30 – 18:00 CEST, will present the ARTE initiative and showcase six of the projects with the participation of the film teams. The Talk will be moderated by documentary film producer and consultant Heidi Fleisher.
    Find out more in our NEWS #StandWithUkraine.




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    •  65 DOK Leipzig 2022
    •  64 DOK Leipzig 2021
    •  63 DOK Leipzig 2020
    •  62 DOK Leipzig 2019
    •  61 DOK Leipzig 2018 • 


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    Meet the team:  https://www.instagram.com/p/CxSZpmWM7SC/

  • 21 doclisboa, Oktober 19—29, 2023

               The 20th edition of Doclisboa – International Film Festival will take place from Thursday 6th to Sunday 16th October 2021. The ...






    The 20th edition of Doclisboa – International Film Festival will take place from Thursday 6th to Sunday 16th October 2021. The Festival will take place in Lisbon, in its usual venues: Culturgest, Cinema São Jorge, Cinemateca Portuguesa – Museu do Cinema and Cinema Ideal.


    LineUp German productions and Co-productions:







    New films from all over the world, with diverse poetics, forms and lengths, drawing a map of contemporary cinema through singular works that question both themselves and what they portray. Films produced after September 2022, largely screening as international or world premieres.



    Portuguese produced and/or directed films, with no limitations in terms of format or length. This section presents an overview of the diversity of visions, practices and languages within contemporary Portuguese cinema, through a rigorous, open and attentive selection of films. Films produced after September 2022, largely screening as world premieres.



    New Visions explores the possibilities of cinema as a site for experimentation in both film practice and film programming. It places bold and innovative new propositions and tendencies in filmmaking into dialogue with radical moments from cinema’s past. Here categories, formats, and durations are challenged, through a cinema that believes reality is less captured by the camera than constructed anew.



    Premieres of the latest films by key directors from the documentary scene, out of competition. A selection of works that allow us to see the worlds of yesterday, today and tomorrow, through powerful visions and stories.



    Films exploring all forms of art and expression are represented in this section, in a celebration of creation. Music, sport, literature, the performing and visual arts… The arts beat in doclisboa, not only on the screen.




    The sessions of Cinema of Urgency are built around contemporary problems which urgently demand the creation of a community of debate. The section features films from social media and other sources that respond to gaps in media narratives and are resolutely anchored in reality, challenging citizens to be active members of an ever-changing society.



    World and international premieres of European films of any length, from students and new directors taking their first steps in film. The section creates a platform for dialogue and reflection, seeking to contribute to the development of new filmmakers. Green Years has its own competition and jury, and features an annual programme from an invited school.



    This section is present at all festivals that are members of the Doc Alliance project. It presents a programme of films nominated for selection by Doc Alliance, including the winner of the Doc Alliance Award, given by a jury of international critics.







    • City of Lisbon Award for Best International Competition Film – 10.000€

    • YouTube International Competition Jury Award – 3.500€



    • HBO Max Award for Best Portuguese Competition Film – 6.000€

    • Portuguese Authors Society Portuguese Competition Jury Award – 2.000€

    • School Award – ETIC Award for Best Portuguese Competition Film – 1.500€



    • New Talent Award – TVCine Channels Award for Best First Feature-Length Film (over 60’) from a selection comprising all sections with the exception of the retrospectives and Cinema of Urgency – 3.500€

    • Award for Best Short Film(up to 40’) from a selection comprising all sections with the exception of the retrospectives and Cinema of Urgency

    • Healthy Workplaces Film Award – European Agency for Safety and Health at Work Award for Best Feature-Length Film Dealing with Work from a selection comprising all sections with the exception of the retrospectives and Cinema of Urgency – 5.000€

    • Practice, Tradition and Heritage Award – INATEL Foundation Award for Best Film Dealing with Cultural and Traditional Practices as well as Intangible Cultural Heritage from a selection comprising all sections with the exception of the retrospectives and Cinema of Urgency – 1.500€

    • Fernando Lopes Award – Midas Filmes and Doclisboa Award for Best Portuguese First Film – 2.000€

    • Audience Award – Público Newspaper Award for Best Portuguese Film comprising all sections with the exception of Green Years -1.000€



    • Award for Best Green Years Film

    • Pedro Fortes Award for Best Green Years Portuguese Film





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    20 doclisboa 2022


  • #StandWithUkraine

       DOK Industry Talk at 66 DOK Leipzig presents ARTE initiative GENERATION UKRAINE In this year's edition, DOK Leipzig is presenting a DOK Industry ...


     DOK Industry Talk at 66 DOK Leipzig presents ARTE initiative


    In this year's edition, DOK Leipzig is presenting a DOK Industry Talk on Generation Ukraine, a new initiative by the ARTE Group aimed at supporting the Ukrainian filmmaking industry by co-producing 12 documentaries that explore Ukrainian reality in the throes of the ongoing war.

    The Talk, held on 10 October at 16:30 – 18:00 CEST, will present the ARTE initiative and showcase six of the projects with the participation of the film teams. The Talk will be moderated by documentary film producer and consultant Heidi Fleisher.

    The ARTE Group and its European partners launched the project Generation Ukraine in a concerted effort to bolster the realisation and distribution of the Ukrainian film projects that have been conceived since the beginning of the Russian invasion and are in dire straits documenting the lasting impacts of the war on their country, its collective memory, land, and its people. The kick-off workshop of the Generation Ukraine project took place in Strasbourg in January 2023. From Wednesday, October 11th, a three-day workshop on "Generation Ukraine" will commence at the MDR headquarters in Leipzig.

    Following the example of Generation Africa, which gave a platform for young African filmmakers across the continent to tell their stories and reach diverse audiences, ARTE is supporting 12 Ukrainian documentary projects in various stages of development, selected from some 30 high-quality submissions. The selected Ukrainian film projects are financed by the ARTE group (ARTE France, ARTE GEIE and ARTE Germany), through co-productions or pre-sales, and in collaboration with the broadcaster's European partners. Projects completed by autumn 2024 will be included in the ARTE Media Library. All films will be broadcast on ARTE at a later date.

    The Generation Ukraine project is one of many ARTE's recent initiatives championing daring and uncompromising voices from Ukraine. One of them is the web series "Ukraine: The War from Within" where Ukrainian journalists offer "an authentic view of the East from the East."


    The following projects are participating in ARTE's Generation Ukraine:

    • "Displaced", director Olha Zhurba, production Darya Bassel (Moon Man / UKR), Anne Köhncke (Final cut for real / DK), ARTE France

    • "Basement 341", director Roman Blazhan, production Roman Blazhan (Minimal Movies / UKR), Christilla Huillard-Kahn (Elda / FR), ARTE France

    • "Intercepted", director Oksana Karpovych, production Giacomo Nudi (Films Cosmos / Canada), Darya Bassel (Moon Man / UKR), Pauline Tran Van Lieu (Hutong Prod. / FR), ARTE France

    • "Cuba & Alaska", director Yegor Troyanovsky, production Olha Beskhmelnytsina (2Brave / UKR), Christian Popp (Tag Films / FR), ARTE France

    • "Queens of Joy", director Olga Gibelinda, production Ivanna Khitsinska (Quatros Group & Malanka Studios / UKR), Louis Beaudemont (Les Steppes Productions / FR), ARTE GEIE

    • "The Days I would Like to Forget", directors Alina Gorlova, Yelizaveta Smith, Maksym Nakonechnyi, Simon Mozgovyi, production Eugene Rachkovsky, Maksym Nakonechnyi, Karina Kostyna (Tabor Films / UKR), Ralph Wieser (Mischief Films / GER), SWR / ARTE

    • "Another Man's Diary", directors Oleksandr Tkachenko, Dmytro Dokunov, production Illia Gladshtein (Phalanstery films / UKR), BR / ARTE

    • "The Blessed Ones", director Andrii Lysetskyi, production Olha Beskhmelnytsina, Gennady Kofman, (MaGiKa-film / UKR), Uldis Cekulis (VFS Films / LAT), Erik Winker (CORSO Film / GER), MDR / ARTE

    • "Nukemailing", directors Pavel Cherepin, Anton Bazelinsky, production Heroes Creative Studio, Kyiv, DOCDAYS Productions GmbH, Berlin, RBB / ARTE

    • "A Bit of a Stranger", director Svetlana Lischynska (Albatros / UKR), production Anna Kapustina; Alex Tondowski (Tondowski Film / GER), ZDF / ARTE

    • "Women Occupied", directors Tetiana Hanza, Zoia Volk, production Zoia Volk, Valentina Boye (Zova films / GER), Regina Maryanovska-Devidzon (Real Pictures, UKR), SWR / ARTE

    • "Silent Food", director Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk, production Karina Kostyna, Eugene Rachkovsky (Tabor / UKR), Tanja Georgieva-Waldhauer (Elemag Pictures / GER), MDR / ARTE








    30 HOT DOCS Toronto with nine documentaries MADE IN UKRAINE:







    73 Berlinale Special Gala with Documentary on Ukraine


    Sean Penn, Volodymyr Zelensky in SUPERPOWER



    • SUPERPOWER by Sean Penn, Aaron Kaufman, USA 2022
      This past year the weight of the real world has had a significant impact on people’s lives. Among the films premiering this year at the festival there is one in particular that witnesses the shock we all felt. More than a documentary, SUPERPOWER is the chronicle of a film project that reality forced to change in to something less controllable but more meaningful. In a festival that will take place one year after the Russian invasion in Ukraine, it is important to show the film that Sean Penn and Aaron Kaufman made under such difficult conditions. Like their colleagues who risked their lives in order to testify the cruelty of the war, they prove once more that art can inspire action worldwide.

    • EASTERN FRONT | SHIDNIY FRONT by Vitaly Mansky & Yevhen Titarenko, Latvia / Czech Republic / Ukraine / USA [Encounter]

    • IT'S A DATE by Nadia Parfan, Ukraine [Short]

    • IRON BUTTERFLIES by Roman Liubyi, Ukraine / Germany [Panorama]

    • DO YOU LOVE ME? | TY MENE LUBYSH? by Tonia Noyabrova, Ukraine / Sweden [Panorama]

    • IN UKRAINE | W UKRAINIE by by Piotr Pawlus, Tomasz Wolski, Poland, Germany [Forum]

    • WE WILL NOT FADE AWAY | MY NE ZGASNEMO by Alisa Kovalenko, Ukraine / France / Poland [Generation]

    • WAKING UP IN SILENCE | IM STILLEN ERWACHEN by Mila Zhluktenko, Germany / Ukraine, [Generation]

    • and

    • THE BLINDSIGHT by Ruslan Batytskyi, [Berlinale Co-Production Market]

    The EFM is supporting the industry with a package of special measures.
    find out more in the press release 73 BERLINAE of January 20, 2023.


    IRON BUTTERLIES by Roman Liubyi

    is premiering Januar 23 2023 at the Sundance Film Festival
    and 73 BERLINALE Panorama Dokumente 2023

    In summer 2014, sunflower fields and coal mines in eastern Ukraine turned into a 12 square kilometer crime scene. A multi-layered investigation into the downing of flight MH17, in which a butterfly-shaped shrapnel was found in the pilot’s body, implicated the state responsible for a war crime that remains unpunished.

    Since 2013, the film director Roman Liubyi has been working with the #BABYLON’13: Cinema of Civil Society group of independent film producers who came together during the Revolution of Dignity. Since 2015 Roman has been working on the full-length documentary project WAR NOTE, based on videos from soldiers’ cell-phones. In cooperation with the Security Service of Ukraine, Roman Liubyi has created two films based on materials from the major war-crimes cases. 








    THE HAMLET SYNDROME premiered in Amsterdam, NYC and Kyivi!

    An exciting weekend for THE HAMLET SYNDROME: incredible screenings and Q&A’s on IDFA, the next day flight to New York, and the same evening, our American premiere on DOC NYC. Sunday, our Ukrainian premiere in Kyiv. Bomb alerts and power outages before and after the screening, and no light on the streets, but the cinema shone the strength and determination of our protagonists. The screening finally took place, and even Rodion and Roman could attend! It’s heart-wrenching that the war has already lasted nine months, and trauma continues to sew its seeds into the everyday lives of ordinary Ukrainians.
    Source: FB/TheHamletSyndrome

    ...and upcoming screenings at 39 Kassel Documentary FF  & Human Rights FF, Zurich .




    The twenty-sixth edition of Ji.hlava, October 25-30, 2022 will open with 8TH DAY OF THE WAR by Ukrainian director Oksana Moiseniuk. The film was made on the eighth day of the Russian aggression in Ukraine and is not about the war as such, but about its impact on the Ukrainian diaspora in the Czech Republic.





    65 DOK Leipzig October 17–23, 2022


    Svitlana Lishchynska received the Saxon Award for the Best Documentary Project by a Female Director at the opening ceremony of 65 DOK Leipzig.

    Saxon State Minister for Culture and Tourism Barbara Klepsch presented the Saxon Award for the Best Documentary Project by a Female Director, worth 5,000 euros, to Ukrainian filmmaker Svitlana Lishchynska for her project A BIT OF A STRANGER. It tells the story of Svitlana’s mother, daughter and granddaughter — three generations of a family from Mariupol who have lost their national identity due to the long-term imperial policy of Moscow and are currently facing the Russian war of aggression.


     © 2022 DOK Leipzig, Viktoria Conzelmann


    In the Competition for the 65 DOK Leipzig Audience Award, the Golden Dove including 3,000 Euros went to THREE WOMEN by Maxim Melnyk. In encounters with three independent women, Melnyk documents rural life in the Ukrainian village of Stuzhytsya near the EU border. "This film brings us images of joie de vivre and lightness. Images that we don’t often see coming from that country at the moment. It creates connections and unites people through the screen," according to the statement by the audience jury.
    The DEFA Sponsoring Prize, which includes 4,000 Euros granted by the DEFA Foundation, went to Maxim Melnyk for THREE WOMEN as well.






    Spotlight on: Docudays UA 2022 at 65 DOK LEIPZIG

    The DocuDays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival could not be held in Kyiv this past March 2022 due to the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. Therefore, in a show of solidarity with the Docudays UA team, DOK Leipzig is providing a venue for the 19th edition of that festival. This programme presents the four films selected for the DOCU/UKRAINE national competition along with the opening film BONEY PILES [image above and PDF with the loglines of all five films here] These works paint a nuanced portrait of the country, telling of property disputes in Kyiv and flea markets in Odesa, of first responders amid the pandemic in rural Transcarpathia, and also of the consequences of the war that has been going on in eastern Ukraine since 2014.





     Kundschafter Filmproduktion | BALAPOLIS sp.zo.o.



     IDFA's FALL SPECIAL Wedensday evening September 28, 2022.

    With THE HAMLET SYNDROME by Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosolowski, winner of Roman Brodmann Prize as well as Grand Prix Semaine de la critique – 75 Locarno IFF,  on Wednesday evening September 28, 2022 IDFA's Fall Special is taking place in Pathé Tuschinski in Amsterdam. IT's the Dutch premiere of the documentary. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Elwira Niewiera.








    #lola22 DEUTSCHER FILMPREIS — German Film Award

    with Marina Stepanska and Alisa Kovalenko live from Ukraine

    Sandra Maischberger announced the award ceremony of BEST DOCUMENTARY #lola22 streaming two video from the Ukraine.

    1. Wladimir Klitschko very much regrets that the circumstances are so bad, that he cannot be in Berlin to discuss the importance of documentaries with the filmmakers on site.

    2. Marina Stepanska thanked for the donations from Germany, which were made on the basis of an initiative by AG DOK members, to which the German Film Academy, Producers' Association, German Academy for Television, Crew United and from Austria the interest group documentary dok. at, the Producers' Alliance The producers and the Academy of Austrian Film joined to support Ukrainian documentary filmmakers with protective vests and equipment in their work.
      Alisa Kovalenko, who many of us know from her documentary ALISA IN WARLAND premiering at IDFA 2015.


    ALISA IN WARLAND IDFA 2015 catalogue: Alisa is a 26-year-old student at the film academy in Kiev. Her life is pretty normal until the day that President Viktor Yanukovych refuses to sign the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. Suddenly, everything changes: protests erupt in the capital, with the inhabitants demanding the president’s resignation. Alisa witnesses the demonstrations and embarks on a trip through Ukraine in an attempt to understand the war. Her journey takes her to the east of the country, where she comes across demonstrations again, this time of a pro-Russian character. Along the way, she faces shootings, explosions and the searing consequences of the war for the people of her country. Very much against her will, Alisa is then personally caught up in the war when she is arrested by separatists for spying. The risks she is taking also jeopardize her romantic relationship with a French journalist. This candid self-portrait shows us a sensitive, concerned woman in search of answers. The direct, often handheld camerawork gives us an impression of Ukraine in the wake of the protests and of the tensions that arose among the various population groups. 




    WHAT'S AT STAKE IN UKRAINE a Filmmaker's Conversation



     This podcast episode is a special edition dedicated to the current invasion of Ukraine. Tamara Tatishvili (Head of Training - MEDICI the Film Funding Journey) is moderating this episode and speaks with Julia Sinkevych (Producer, Ukraine), Tanja Georgieva-Waldhauer (Producer, Germany), and Keti Machavariani (Producer/ Director, Georgia). They talk about the fact that the war in Ukraine did not start on 24 February, but eight years ago with the annexation of Crimea. We hear four women and their fear on the one hand and their will to stand up for peace on the other. Film and cinema have enormous power; those have to be used and supported in the right way. Because the misuse for propaganda purposes is a real a danger. In this time more than ever the film industry needs to stand together. Filmmakers have the tools to reach a big audience. The industry should endorse Ukrainian film projects from the past to achieve awareness and gather financial resources to support the fight for freedom in Ukraine.

    Industry Insights – The EFM Podcast is presented by the European Film Market of the Berlinale.

    The podcast is available on all major podcast platforms, e.g. Spotify or Apple Podcasts


    UKRAINE FOCUS @ Sheffield DocFest, June 23—28 June, 2022

    Sheffield DocFest in solidarity with Ukraine Password: Palianytsia launch a collaborative documentary programme with Docudays UA, which will launch the British Council and Ukrainian Institute's 'UK/Ukraine Season of Culture'. The focus will launch with the World Premiere of One Day in Ukraine, by media activist and filmmaking collective Babylon'13. This co-created film centres on a single day during the war in Ukraine, March 14 2022.

    The Ukraine focus includes work across the Film programme, Alternate Realities exhibition, Industry programme and Talks & Sessions with:

    • 4 feature documentaries in the Official Selection
      FRAGILE MEMORY by Igor Ivanko, Ukraine, Slovakia
       ONE DAY IN UKRAINE by Volodymyr Tykhyy, Ukraine, Poland
       OUTSIDE by Olha Zhurba, Ukraine, Netherlands, Denmark
       OVERCOMING THE DARKNESS by Kinodopomoga, Ukraine

    • 4 feature documentaries from Docudays UA Official Competition
      Docudays UA is the leading international human rights documentary film festival in Ukraine. Prevented from taking place in Kyiv in March this year, due to the war, Docuday’s presents the four Ukrainian films in its Official Competition selection at Sheffield DocFest:
       INFINITY ACCORDING TO FLORIAN by Oleksiy Radynski
       PLAI. A MOUNTAIN PATH by Eva Dzhyshyashvili
       PRYVOZ byEva Neymann

    • Docudays curated screening with talk that contextualises Russia’s current military aggression against Ukraine, looking at how Ukrainian documentary filmmakers have experienced and comprehended the years since the Revolution of Dignity (Maidan), follows the screening of two films:
       PEACE & TRANQUILITY by Myro Klochko 
       BONEY PILES by Taras Tomenko

    • VR, art and TikTok works in our Alternate Realities exhibition
      Alternate Realities exhibits and showcases innovative non-fiction and immersive documentary in all forms with a flagship exhibition at Sheffield’s Site Gallery and other works across the city.

    • 5 projects in development selected for our MeetMarket
       INTERCEPTED by Oksana Karpovych, Producers: Giacomo Nudi, Rocío Barba Fuentes, Ukraine/Canada
       IVAN & MARTA A DAY BEFORE THE WAR by Sergey Bukovsky, Producer: Oksana Ivaniouk, Ukraine
       SHUT THE FUCK UP! by Taisiia Kutuzova, Producers: Stephane Siohan, Olga Beskhmelnytsina, Ukraine/France
       UP IN THE AIR by Oksana Syhareva, Producers: Oksana Syhareva, Nataliia Pogudina, Karla Stojakova, Ukraine/CzechRepublic

    • 3 projects in Works-in-Progress in partnership with Ukrainian Institute
       EXPEDITION 49 by Alisa Kovalenko, Producers: Stephane Siohan, Valery Kalmykov, Tomek Morawski, Ukraine/France/Poland
       FRAGMENTS OF ICE by Maria Stoianova, Producers: Alina Gorlova, Maksym Nakonechnyi, Ukraine
       IRON BUTTERFLIES by Roman Liubiy, Ukraine/Germany/France

    This comprehensive programme is an expression of solidarity with Ukraine. It provides a powerful encounter with contemporary Ukrainian life – including the horrific reality of this war. It creates a space in which Ukrainian filmmakers and artists can continue to have their work seen, develop new projects, and keep Ukrainian culture alive.



    MARIUPOLIS 2 by Mantas Kvedaravicius

    Sadly, the Lithuanian filmmaker Mantas Kvedaravicius, who directed MARIUPOLIS ©2016, was captured and murdered by the Russian army in Mariupol in early April 2022. His fiancée, Hanna Bilobrova, who was with him at the time, was able to bring back the footage filmed there and edited it with Mantas' editor Dounia Sichov. The film is entitled MARIUPOLIS 2 and premiered May 19 at 75 FESTIVAL DE CANNES 2022

     Mariupolis 2: footage saved from the ravages of the war in Ukraine written by Tarik Khaldi






    VIKTOR DOK.international, the main award of 37 DOK.fest Munich goes to the French production TRENCHES by Loup Bureau, who accompanied Ukrainian soldiers fighting Russia-backed separatists in the Donbass. He shows how the soldiers try to lead a reasonably normal everyday life between explosions and enemy attacks. The Berlin based company FILMS BOUTIQUE is in charge of World Sales of the awarded documentary.

    TRENCHES by French director Loup Bureau


    VIKTOR DOK.international jury:
    "For weeks, months, years they have been living in their trenches. Loup Bureau accompanied them there. This commitment alone is prize worthy. But TRENCHES is also a beautiful film: without any grandstanding, with a lot of respect for its protagonists and in a black and white that emphasizes the timelessness of war, Bureau documents life in the trenches, the daily shoveling and fastening, but also cooking, cutting hair, talking. The calmness that Bureau's pictures radiate is, of course, a deceptive one, which we – even as viewers – cannot forget for a second. At any time another attack can occur. And it takes place. The urgency of the film has increased immeasurably since its completion in 2021."






    PUSHING BOUNDARIES by Lesia Kordonets, 102min


    The Ukrainian director Lesia Kordonets receives the megaherz Student Award for PUSHING BOUNDARIES at the 37 DOK.fest Munich. The documentary follows five Ukrainian athletes preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro when suddenly Putin's Russia annexes the Crimea, where the Ukrainian team's new training center is located. But the athletes don't want to give up their dream, continue their work out in other places under the most adverse conditions and, despite everything, try to qualify for the next Paralympic Games.

    Jury: "Lesia's athletes are everyday heroes who suddenly come up against sporting, political and existential limits and yet tirelessly give everything to achieve their goals. In the film, every story is told unobtrusively and at eye level. PUSHING BOUNDARIES, that means pushing boundaries, expanding boundaries. The sensitive editing pushes boundaries as well and shows us that there are no disabled people – only people whith handicap. We learn what it means when we play down wars as 'conflicts'. The documentary is also about addressing uncomfortable truths, which was important to us in our decision, but PUSHING BOUNDARIES is not only an important film in this respect."

    The film was also awarded with Prix Zonta 2021 at Nyon, Visions du Réel, Nyon, Best Directing Documentary –Zürcher Filmpreis 2021, as well as Brave Rebels Award 2022 at Budapest International Documentary Film Festival.




    The Roman Brodmann Prize was awarded for the first time April 28, at the Roman Brodmann Colloquium in Berlin, honoring an outstanding political-investigative documentary film, is endowed with €10,000,  and goes to the Polish/German co–production The Hamlet Syndrome depicting the young Ukrainian generation scarred by war and political breakthroughs.

    THE HAMLET SYNDROME | DAS HAMLET-SYNDROM by Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosolowski, 85min P: BALAPOLIS sp.zo.o., Kundschafter Filmprod, Neue Celluloid Fabrik





    In view of Russia’s brutal war of aggression on Ukraine, the 37th DOK.fest München is showing five films that deal with its background: four current films from Ukraine as well as the opening film NAWALNY about Russia’s most important opposition figure Alexei Nawalny, which is running in the international competition.
    Festival directors Daniel Sponsel and Adele Kohout: “The opening film comprehensively outlines that our expectation that stable democratic structures would be established in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet system did not come true. The idea of partnership oriented towards the economy and the market is also proving to be obsolete. The flourishing landscapes in the East are more or less reserved for the oligarchs, and the country under Putin remains trapped in the Soviet Union’s claims to world power. The brutal present follows its long shadow of the past, which we did not want to see for so long. The first casualties of any war are truth and humanity. The films from and about Ukraine in our programme impressively testify to how the weakest members of a society are affected.”




    Online Talk : Ukraine : Filming in resistance.
    THU 14.04 | 16:00-17:30pm | Online only visionsdureel.ch
    Since 24 February, the war in Ukraine has also been conducted through the images that report on it or distort its reality. Visions du Réel wishes to offer a platform to young Ukrainian filmmakers and producers who are currently standing alongside their compatriots under the Russian bombs, to reflect and debate with them on the possibility of resisting the ongoing onslaught with images that document it. 




    ICFR launches "Emergency Fund for Filmmakers" in Wake of Ukraine War.

    The International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk has set up a special "Emergency Fund for Filmmakers" for film practitioners directly in danger due to the ongoing war in Ukraine. The Coalition and the Fund have been canvassing for funding and donations as soon as war broke out. In the past days, significant financial contributions have been pledged by Germany's key national and regional film funding bodies (100K EUR), by La Scam*, the Netherlands Film Fund, and by many individual donors.

    The German funds include Filmförderungsanstalt FFA, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, HessenFilm und Medien, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, MFG - Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, MV Filmförderung, nordmedia - Film- und Mediengesellschaft Niedersachsen/Bremen.


    see also PR by IDFA .



    The NGO Docudays and Docudays UA festival team has initiated a fund to support Ukrainian filmmakers who are bravely and daringly documenting the events of the war in Ukraine right now: recording war crimes, filming footage for the international media and for their future films which will later give the world a more in-depth perspective on the situation in our country. Darya Bassel, producer and festival representative is one of eight on the board with the German Filmmakers SUPPORT FILMMAKERS UKRAINE, as well as Tanja Georgieva-Waldhauer.



    • MARIUPOLIS by Mantas Kvedaravicius © 2016  Everyday life is defined by bomb threats in Mariupol, a city in the Ukraine, situated to the east of the Crimea and once populated by Greeks. It is a visually powerful homage to a city in crisis, dedicated to its poets and shoemakers. 
      April 3, 2022. While trying to leave Mariupol, the occupiers killed Mantas Kvedaravicius.

    • THIS RAIN WILL NEVER STOP by Alina Gorlova ©2020
      Filmed in striking black-and-white, This Rain Will Never Stop observes the endless cycle of war and peace, in which we meet 20 year-old Andriy Suleyman. Fleeing the Syrian civil war, Andriy and his Kurdish family start a new life in a small town in Eastern Ukraine, only to be caught up in another military conflict. [CPH:DOX]*

    • RODNYE - CLOSE RELATION by Vitaly Mansky ©2015
      Russian citizen and Soviet-born Ukrainian native Vitaly Mansky crisscrosses Ukraine to explore Ukrainian society after the Maidan revolution as mirrored within his own large Ukrainian family.

    • PIPELINE by Vitaly Mansky ©2013
      Has not only connected but also inextricably merged
      'this' Russia with 'that' Europe.

    • COURAGE by Aliaksei Paluyan @2021
      During the presidential elections in Belarus, three actors from an underground theatre in Minsk are caught up in the wake of mass protests. It draws them onto the open streets of Minsk to protest for freedom of speech and the long-awaited change of power. But the people's voice is brutally crushed by the regime's security apparatus. Members of the theatre group are arrested.

      Belarus in December 2020. It has become quiet on the streets of Minsk, where just a few months ago thousands of demonstrators were protesting against the outcome of the presidential elections. Lukashenko used all the force he could muster against the demonstrators, and many of the participants are now in prison. In public, only the red-white-red colours symbolizes still that the resistance against the autocratic regime nevertheless continues.

    • ANYA AND SERYOZHA by Ivette Löcker ©2018
      Anya and Seryozha, eighteen and nineteen years old, have been close friends since school. They live in Mariupol, an industrial city in southeastern Ukraine.

    • SCHÖNBORN  by Maxim Melnyk © 2020
      Two villages with the same name: Schönborn. One located in Transcarpathia in Ukraine, the other one in Brandenburg in Germany. They are both struggling to find their identity, almost 30 years after the fall of communism in Germany and the founding of independent Ukraine.

    • SUMMERWAR by Moritz Schulz © 2019
      The war has been going on for five years now, and there are many Ukrainians who want to do something for their country. The right-wing Azov Regiment offers training for citizen militias, partly through summer camps for thousands of children. We follow two of the star candidates.

    • BOY OF WAR by Cyprien Clement-Delmas, Igor Kosenko ©2018
      "Why are you here? Are you mentally sick? Do you want to kill people?“ the Ukrainian military commander asks the 18-year-old recruit Artiom.

    • THE LAST TAPE by Igor Kosenko, Cyprien Clement-Delmas ©2016
      As Artiom prepares to fight for the Ukrainian army Anatoly his 88-year-old grandfather and war veteran records their diminishing time together and questions his choice.

    • LEARNING TO MILK A COW by Juliana Saragosa ©2016
      A 64min experimental documentary about my grandmother's personal experiences of being stolen from her family in Soviet Ukraine and taken to work for German farmers under National Socialism.

    • POSTCARD FROM UKRAINE by Sieva Diamantakos ©2016
      From the suburbs of Donetsk and the separatists camps in Lugansk, to the block posts in Mariupol and Crimea, passing by the still occupied Maidan Square in Kiev, Postcards From Ukraine sheds light on the country’s new generations – their values, their dreams – and the class tensions in the biggest crisis between East and West since the collapse of Soviet Union.

    • LANGES ECHO | LONG ECHO by Veronika Glasunowa, Lukasz Lakomy ©2017
      LONG ECHO – does it refer to the explosion not far from the town? Or to the time when people searched for a new idea for their country? Or is it rather the long echo of Soviet mentality that led to this bloody conflict? The film portrays the town Dobropolye, in Eastern Ukraine – 70 km from the border with the breakaway republics – and some of its people against the backdrop of the war. 

    • KHAN'S FLESH by Georg Kussmann, Krystsina Savutsina ©2021
      ...Like a Dziga Vertov on Lexomil, Krystsina Savutsina’s camera captures a series of gestures, micro non-events and simultaneous rituals, like so many daily choreographies to which the inhabitants of this Belarusian village, from every generation, devote or submit themselves... [Emmanuel Chicon, Visions du Réel] 

    • THE MYTH OF ODESSA by Inga Wolfram ©2017
      Odessa is a city of tradition and recommencement. Even the political dispute between Ukraine and Russia isn’t as present as somewhere else. Odessa is a multicultural microcosm since 225 years.

    • DONBAS DAYS by Philipp Schaeffer © 2021
      A short portrait of a young man, who choses Ukraine as the destination for his year abroad so he can teach juggling to children who have been affected by war. Surrounded by trenches, he confesses that he feels more comfortable here than in Czech Republic because the people are so kind-hearted. With great sensitivity the film shows a search for meaning surrounded by gunfire.



    • Are there still heroines in Putin’s Russia?
      FAITH HOPE LOVE by Katja Fedulova ©2017
      She finds three young, beautiful women, each fighting for their own vision of what their country should be. Their struggle offers a complex picture of modern Russian – full of dramatic, desperate, absurd and funny moments.

    • WEATHERMAKER by Stanislaw Mucha ©2021
      The loneliest workplace in the world on a weather station on the edge of the Russian polar sea.

    • MOSCOW – ART AND THE CITY by Inga Wolfram ©2020
      We introduce Moscow artists, designers and dancers to shed light on this latest chapter in the city’s art history. Moscow’s cultural scene dazzles these days with its splendid diversity.





      The documentary analyses the new 'Polish Order' in its effects, with a special focus on Poland's conflict with the EU, the systematic dismantling of press freedom and women's rights in the country.




    • ICE OF CHERNOBYL by Maryna Dymshyts ©2019
      Ice of Chernobyl is the treatise on the thrill of the forbidden: entering the restricted zone of a damaged nuclear power plant. 33 years after the disaster.?5 days and nights illegally in the restricted area, in Pripyat and on the Duga-1 antenna.?

    • CHERNOBYL THE INVISIBLE THIEF by Christoph Boekel ©2006
      April 26th 1986. The day a nightmare scenario became horrific reality: the day reactor block 4 of the Chernobyl atomic power station exploded. The early summer heat, insufficient security measures and lack of knowledge and training exposed the emergency workers to extreme risk. One of them was the young artist Dmitrij Gutin. During the last days of his military service he was posted to the highly contaminated 30 km. zone around Chernobyl. He died just short of his 40th birthday, after many painful years of suffering the effects of radiation poisoning.



    recomended Ukrainian films:

    • THE EARTH IS BLUE AS AN ORANGE by Iryna Tsilyk, 74min “War is when some people shoot. And other people shoot the people who shot first. When they start to shoot, mum wakes us up and we go to the corridor. And when they stop, we go back to sleep.” © 2020 [source 70 BERLINALE Generation 14plus, WS: CAT&Docs][CPH:DOX]*

    • A HOUSE MADE OF SPLINTERS by Simon Lereng Wilmont, 87min, ©2022, Tears turn to soap bubbles and hugs turn to fights in this award-winning film about an orphanage in eastern Ukraine. Eminently observed, and with unforgettable moments of hope.WS: RISE AND SHINE [CPH:DOX]*

    • NOVOROSSIYA by Luca Gennari, Enrico Parenti, 64min, ©2022, takes us into the grey zone of war in Donetsk, where we meet an American communist and foreign fighter in the bitter conflict, alongside a heavy metal band and two elderly women in their eighth year living in a Soviet bunker. Life in the borderlands continues despite the bombings, but the future is as uncertain as ever. P: elliot films, Susanna Trojano [CPH:DOX]*

    • MAIDAN by Sergei Loznitsa, The 2014 Ukrainian uprising depicted as a powerful historical fresco by director Sergei Loznitsa, a maestro of the contemporary and historical chronicle. Ukraine/Netherlands © 2014, 130 min [CPH:DOX]*

    • OUTSIDE by Olha Zhurba, As a 13-year-old boy, he became the poster boy of the Ukrainian revolution. Now Roma is back on the streets with nothing in his pocket but a lighter and a knife. Can he get his life together before it’s too late? Ukraine, Denmark/Netherlands ©2022, 79 min  [CPH:DOX]*

    • THE TREASURES OF CRIMES by Oeke Hoogendijk. A collection of historical artefacts from Ukraine is stranded in a museum in Amsterdam as Russia annexes Crimea. For to whom should they be returned? A deep dilemma turns courtroom drama. Netherlands © 2021, 82 min [CPH:DOX]*



    [CPH:DOX]*: 'Before the full-scale Russian invasion, Ukraine was sadly underrepresented in Western media. We have selected a number of strong films offering a range of views on life in the independent state whose existence is now threatened by Putin and his army.'



     [#dokfest2022 _ 37 DOK.fest Munich]

    • A HOUSE MADE OF SPLINTERS by Simon Lereng Wilmont, 87min, DNK, SWE, FIN, UKR 2022, P: Cinephil, Final Cut for Real,
    • DONBAS DAYS by Philipp Schaeffer, 16min, UKR, DE 2021, streetsfilm.
    • NAWALNY by Daniel Roher, 98min, USA 2022, WS: Dogwoof
    • PUSHIING BOUNDARIES by Lesia Kordonets, CH 2021, 102min, P: Dschoint Ventschr
    • TRENCHES by Loup Bureau, FRA 2021, Loup Bureau, 85min, WS: Films Boutique

  • Grand Prix at FID Marseille 2023 goes to BACKGROUND

    directed by Khaled Abdulwahed, produced by pong film GmbH. 'A photo camera is cleaned. Click. The shutter works. Bright light. A crackle and ...

    directed by Khaled Abdulwahed, produced by pong film GmbH.
    'A photo camera is cleaned. Click. The shutter works. Bright light. A crackle and hiss in the sound. A broken "Hello?" opens a conversation between Khaled Abdulwahed, a Syrian filmmaker living in Leipzig, and his father in Aleppo. The son reconstructs his father's journey, arriving in the GDR as an exchange student in 1956. His son applies for asylum more than 60 years later as a refugee. The civil war in Syria separates their stories, the film BACKGROUND brings them back together and continues them.'

    The Alice Guy Award goes to Gianna Scholten for TWO GIANTS THAT EXIST HERE — A GERMAN FAIRYTALE, produced by Academy of Media Arts Cologne.





    LineUp of German productions and co-productions:





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    FID Marseille 2023

  • Shortlisted EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2023

                  The 36 EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS will be celebrated in Berlin – Germany’s capital and where the European Film Academy is based. The ...








    The 36 EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS will be celebrated in Berlin – Germany’s capital and where the European Film Academy is based. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 9, 2023 in ARENA BERLIN. Four German documentary productions and co-productions are selected.




     Browse the Documentary Selection efa 2023 here.



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    36 efa 2023
    35 efa 2022

  • 34 Sunny Side of the Doc June 19-22, 2023

          FATMA SAID: REVIVING A FORGOTTEN TREASURE by Ralf Pleger, THE PICKERS by Elke Sasse, as well as  VIETNAM – OUR VOICE UNHEARD by Lucio Mollica ...




    FATMA SAID: REVIVING A FORGOTTEN TREASURE by Ralf Pleger, THE PICKERS by Elke Sasse, as well as  VIETNAM – OUR VOICE UNHEARD by Lucio Mollica are awarded with Best Pitch. CONGRATULATION to the authors and German producers winning in three different categories!


    Over four days the 34th edition Sunny Side of the Doc brought together more than 2,000 participants from 64 countries, 1,000 companies, 90 exhibitors and 300 international decision-makers representing major broadcasters, streamers, foundations, sales agents, funders and also museums from all over the world, and welcomed 40 delegations from Spain, Canada, Australia and China, who were back in force this year. The 35th edition is scheduled for June 24–27, 2024 in La Rochelle, France.


    OUR VOICE UNHEARD by Lucio Mollica, produced by LOOKS Film
    wins the Best History Pitch 



    Jury’s word: "Incredible access to unknown archives, the digital work that was put into accessing it… and the point of view! Bravo."




      THE PICKERS by Elke Sasse, produced by Berlin Producers

    wins the Best Impact Campaigns Pitch


    Jury’s word: "Because of the global and timely relevance of the topic the film presents, because of the wide range of allies and partners the campaing may have; and because of the potential it has for impact actions at the community, corporate, institutional and government level, we would like to give this award to the film project “The Pickers”, directed by Elke Sasse and produced by Kristian Kaelher." Congratulation to Berlin Prducers Media GmbH!




    produced by 3B-Produktion wins the Best Arts & Culture Pitch


    Jury’s word: "This is a project we want to see on screens because it tells a story that bridges the gap between the past and present, classical and contemporary cultures, and the Arabic and Western worlds. The main character is compelling as she serves as a true ambassador for her generation. The pitch was well-prepared and successfully involved the character in the presentation, showcasing her deep involvement in the entire project." Congratulation to 3B-Produktion GmbH!





    Meet our representatives Björn Jensen & George Kalomenopoulos at booth B04. 

    Meet&Greet at 5pm on June 19, 2023







    This year, 42 projects from 23 countries – including 6 projects from Germany – have the privilege to compete for the best pitch prize in each category. Discover the official selection of the 7 pitching sessions such as GOBAL ISSUES | NATURE & CONSERVATION | SCIENCE | HISTORY | ARTS & CULTURE | IMPACT CAMPAIGNS | NEW VOICES.





    • APOLLO 1: ETERNAL FLAME by Mark Craig, P: Seventyone Films, [history]
      A the story of the world’s first space tragedy – which took the lives of three exceptional astronauts. It tells of the devastating impact on their families, and the lasting influence the accident has had on all space flights since, as Artemis prepares to return humans to the Moon. 

    • CLIMATE WARS by Johan Gabrielsson, P: Tremoniamedia Filmproduktion GmbH [global issues]
      A soldier-turned-activist explores future security threats and the military’s increasing role within a changing climate.

    • FATMA SAID – REVIVING A FORGOTTEN TREASURE by Ralf Pleger, P: 3B-Produktion GmbH, [arts&culture]
      A colorful, touching, and entertaining documentary and film musical that bridges the cultures of the Middle East and Europe. The film follows acclaimed soprano Fatma Said on her mission to save a treasure of Arab culture that is in danger of disappearing: the astonishing work of Mohamed Abdelwahab.

    • THE PICKERS by Elke Sasse, P: Berlin Producers Media GmbH, [impact campaigns]
      We want cheap fruit and veg, all year. No problem. The Pickers deliver, but they are paying the price for us: Exploited migrants harvest our tomatoes, strawberries, carrots and other fruit and vegetables in Greece, Spain, Italy, Germany, or Portugal. Our impact campaign raises awareness among consumers about their personal 'slaves' on the fields.

    • THE SREBRENICA TAPE by Chiara Sambuchi, P: Docdays Productions GmbH [history]
      In possession of a rare VHS tape shot by her father during the enclave years of Srebrenica, Alisa goes on a journey to uncover the history of her war-torn family, in search of understanding and healing. An intimate search for traces and a journey back to the enclave years of Srebrenica and the massacre of July 1995.

    • VIETNAM by Lucio Mollica, P: LOOKS Film & TV Produktionen GmbH [history]
      Between 1945 and 1975, the Vietnamese fought against the French, the Americans and among themselves, in fratricide wars that changed the world. With unprecedented access to Vietnamese archives and witnesses from all sides, the series looks at the history of this country from the perspective of the Vietnamese women and men who lived through it.


    Sunny side of the doc has been bringing the international documentary community together for more than 30 years. It organises events and activities throughout the year, and its signature event – the international marketplace – is held live in June in La Rochelle. This year, Sunny Side of the Doc 2023 #ssd23 will put the spotlight on viewers.

    Who watches what, where and why?

    Documentary is currently enjoying a Golden Age. Streamers have certainly impacted the documentary space, by boosting the exposure and popularity of the genre and pushing for new forms of storytelling. At the same time, with a profusion of content and entertainment options, the audience is ever more fragmented.
    What does it take to address and reach an audience, particularly a younger and more diverse audience? We wish to provide the industry with key elements in order to adapt to a rapidly changing environment. To that extent, Sunny Side of the Doc will address this subject in all market activities: panels, discussions, workshops and even pitching sessions.






    Ex Oriente Film, a training program powered by Institute of Documentary Film in association with Sunny Side of the Doc, has just unveiled its open program! Conferences, case studies and masterclasses: Sunny Side of the Doc accredited delegates will have the opportunity to take part in some of the Ex Oriente Film workshop activities, being held at the University of La Rochelle. Program highlights will include a case study 'producing documentary series' by Charlotte Uzu (Les Films d'Ici), a masterclass by director Angus McQueen on episodic storytelling and a lecture by Ken-Ichi Imamura on the Asian documentary market.  



     as single page:
    #34ssd #SSD23 •
    #33ssd #SSD22 • REPORT _German only_
    #30ssd #SSD19 •


  • German Documentary Award 2023

      DEUTSCHER DOKUMENTARFILMPREIS 2023 Stuttgart, June 30, 2023    KASH KASH by Lea Najjar as well as WHEN SPRING CAME TO BUCHA by Mila Teshaieva ...


    Stuttgart, June 30, 2023


    • KASH KASH by Lea Najjar as well as WHEN SPRING CAME TO BUCHA by Mila Teshaieva, Marcus Lenz are awarded with the GERMAN DOCUMENTARY AWARD  2023.

    • The HDF sposorship award goes to NASIM by Ole Jacobs, Arne Büttner.

    • BETTINA by Lutz Pehnert is the winner of the SWR MUSIC AWARD.


    • HONORARY AWARD 2023 goes to Wim Wenders.

    ...more information –German only– here.








    The 7th edition of the SWR Doku Festival will take place in Stuttgart from June 27 to 30, 2023. Twelve films have been nominated for the GERMAN DOCUMENTARY AWARD, covering a broad range of topics and creativity. The award ceremony will take place at the end of the film festival, on June 30, 2023 in Stuttgart.

    HONORARY AWARD 2023 goes to Wim Wenders.
    The SWR Doku Festival is progamming three of his documentaries such as
    TOKYO-GA ©1985
    PINA ©2011.

    And as well honoring him by screening the portrait by Eric Friedler and Andreas Frege











    as single page:

    German Documentary Award 2023
    German Documentary Award 2022
    German Documentary Award 2020
    German Documentary Award 2019
    German Documentary Award 2018

  • FilmKunstMesse Leipzig, September 18—22, 2023

       Sorry, the website of the Film Art Fair is German only.     The FILM KUNST MESSE counter is located in the foyer of the Elaya Hotel Leipzig ...


     Sorry, the website of the Film Art Fair is German only.



    The FILM KUNST MESSE counter is located in the foyer of the Elaya Hotel Leipzig City Center (1st floor, Hainstr. 21). Accredited trade visitors can book tickets in advance for all industry screenings with their access code. If there are still seats available at the start of the screening, you will also be admitted on site with your trade visitor badge. Tickets for the public screenings can be purchased at the respective box office. During the main screening (19:30 - 21:00), tickets are subject to a charge. For the films from 21:30 onwards, you can pick up free tickets at the box office with your badge. Part of the film programme will be available for online viewing for trade visitors in the FKM Video Library from 18 September - 29 September.


    LineUp german documentaries:


    as single page:
    FilmKunstMesse Leipzig 2023

  • 4 LETsDOK September 11-17, 2023 all across Germany

                  The German nationwide documentary filmdays LETsDOK 2023, organized by the Association for the Promotion of Documentary Film ...








    The German nationwide documentary filmdays LETsDOK 2023, organized by the Association for the Promotion of Documentary Film Culture [Verein zur Förderung der Dokumentarfilmkultur] in Cologne and Partners all over Germany, take place for the fourth time and started as documentary day celebrating the 40th anniversary of the AG DOK, German Documentary Association in September 2020.

     4 LETsDOK all across Germany, September 11-17, 2023


    LineUp of German documentary productions and co-productions among others in the program [LETsDOK]:







    as single page:
    LETsDOK 2023
    LETsDOK 2022
    LETsDOK 2021D





  • German Focus at the Venice Production Bridge 2023

      The IWONDERFULL Grand Prize of the 38 VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM CRITICS' WEEK as well as the Mario Serandrei – Hotel Saturnia Award for Best ...


    The IWONDERFULL Grand Prize of the 38 VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM CRITICS' WEEK as well as the Mario Serandrei – Hotel Saturnia Award for Best Technical Contribution goes to MALQUERIDAS by Tana Gilbert, a Chilean/German coproduction.

     IWONDERFULL Grand Prize Settimana Internazionale della Critica conferred by an international jury to the best film in competition and consisting of 5,000 Euro.




    German Focus at the Venice Production Bridge 2023 with German VR Booth on the Immersive Island at the

      80th Venice International Film Festival, August 30—September 9, 2023



    FOCUS ON GERMANY, supported by German Films:

    • VR | Meet the German Creators + Cocktail on Sep 1, 5.00 pm, Meet the Creators Area, Immersive Island. Hosted by German Films with Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, MOIN!, Hessen Film & Medien, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Nordmedia, FFF Bayern, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW.

    • VR | Panel | German XR Gaming: Exploring the Potential and the Market of Narrative Games in XR on Sep 4, 9.30 am, Spazio Incontri Immersivo, Immersive Island. Hosted by German Films with Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, MOIN!, Hessen Film & Medien, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Nordmedia, FFF Bayern, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW.

    • Edward Berger (ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT) and Philippe Falardeau in Conversation on Sep 3, 3.30 pm, Press Conference Room, Palazzo del Casino. Hosted by German Films, SODEC, Variety and La Biennale di Venezia.




    Documentaries with German participation in the 80 Venice IFFSettimana Internazionale della Critica programme, or Venice Production Bridge are:


    Find more information and the whole LineUp of films with German participation at the website of German Films and visit the website of 38. Settimana Internazionale della Critica, la selezine 2023 for the whole LineUp of the 38 VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM CRITICS' WEEK.




      as single page:
    80 Venice IFF

     Download programme.

  • 76 Locarno Film Festival, August 2-12, 2023

              With 11 sections, 3 competitions and 20 awards, quality and variety are key. This is the framework of a festival that explores cinema ...






    With 11 sections, 3 competitions and 20 awards, quality and variety are key. This is the framework of a festival that explores cinema from every perspective, to discover in the present the filmmakers and films destined to have a future. With more than 300 films presented in 13 theaters, including a huge number of German fiction productions and co-productions.



     Documentaries in the programme with German participation:



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    76 Locarno FF 2023
    75 Locarno FF 2022


    _ VARIETY _


  • 36 IDFA November 8–19, 2023

      Let's meet at 36 IDFA November 8-19, 2023. General accreditation and submissions Markets open June 21, 2023.     IDFA's Opening Film as ...


    Let's meet at 36 IDFA November 8-19, 2023.
    General accreditation and submissions Markets open June 21, 2023.



    IDFA's Opening Film as well as the competition titles will be announced at the Press Conference on October 18 at 2.30 PM, which will also be live streamed on IDFA's website. The industry and film programs will be announced on October 27,  key dates, including IDFA Forum, DocLab Forum and Producers Connection November 12–15, Docs for Sale November 10–15, and more. Stay tuned!

    As first film selections of IDFA 2023 are presented, here as work in progress
    LineUp German productions and co-productions:





    Competitions and other sections

    • International Competition The best of the art. Singular films that are artistically confident, well-rounded, and universally relevant. An international jury of five jurors will award the best film as well as other films that champion the craft and innovation of filmmaking.

    • Envision Competition With stylistic integrity and courage, these films traverse our current reality, offering visions of a documentary art form that can, might, and will be. An international jury of five jurors will award the best film as well as other films that champion the craft and innovation of filmmaking.

    • IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction A testament to the power of exceptional non-fiction storytelling across media and technologies, the selected works for the IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction reveal the full spectrum of immersive art. An international jury of three jurors will award the best project in addition to handing out a special jury award.

    • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling The selected projects in the IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling illustrate all the different ways to create stories in new ways to innovate and re-imagine the potential of interactive storytelling, often moving between the digital and the physical. An international jury of three jurors will award the best project in addition to handing out a special jury award.

    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary The IDFA Competition for Short Documentary has titles that showcase a healthy boom for the short film form. A mosaic of styles and themes defines this selection, exploring everything a short documentary can be. An international jury of three jurors will award the best film.

    • IDFA Competition for Youth Documentary The IDFA Competition for Youth Documentary offers world-class films that challenge the definition of youth documentary. Selected titles are presented for two distinct age groups: 9- to 13-year-olds, and 14-year-olds all the way to adulthood.

    • Luminous The premiere-only section’s lineup includes a wide range of styles and formalist approaches, from observational to personal to experimental.

    • Frontlight The premiere-only section take an artistic approach to exploring the urgent issues of our time.

    • IDFA on Stage The IDFA on Stage selection presents a boundary-breaking program of live cinema events—bridging film, new media, and the performing arts.

    • IDFA DocLab Spotlight Documentary art across disciplines, presenting emerging media works and research projects by masters and new talents.

    • Paradocs Pushing the limits of the documentary form. A showcase of the year’s best experimental documentary art.

    • Masters The latest films by today’s auteurs of documentary cinema, whose renowned names and careers never disappoint.

    • Best of Fests Prize-winners, public favorites, and high-profile titles from the international festival circuit.

    • Signed The latest films by the most interesting contemporary filmmakers whose filmographies we highly appreciate, and for whose work we wait with excitement.

    • Top 10 Ten films selected by IDFA’s Guest of Honor, from influential masterpieces to hidden documentary gems.

    • Retrospective A tribute to the festival’s yearly Guest of Honor with a celebration of their oeuvre.

    • Focus Programs A selection of new and canonical films curated around a thematic point of focus.




    Let's meet at 36 IDFA November 8-19, 2023

    International Film Festival Amsterdam



    MARKETS take place from Sunday November 12 until Wednesday November 15 onsite in Amsterdam, returning to a new and improved Felix Meritis floor plan. IDFA hosts a dynamic marketplace that caters to filmmakers, producers, and industry professionals throughout the full life cycle of documentary film and new media making at IDFA Forum (November 12-15, 2023) and Docs for Sale (November 10-15, 2023).

    • Producers Connection + Rough Cut presentations – Sunday November 12 Afternoon
    • Forum and DocLab Forum Presentations – Monday-Tuesday November 13+14 Morning
    • All One-on-One Meetings for selected projects will take place Monday-Tuesday November 13+14 Afternoon + Wednesday November 15 morning.
    • Forum Lunches take place Monday-Tuesday November 13+14.
    Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact the industry team at idfaforum@idfa.nl or docsforsale@idfa.nl




    submission June 21 – September 8, 2023



    Docs for Sale IDFA takes place November 10-15, 2023
    As of 2023, prior to the event, teams with selected films in the catalogue attend hybrid workshops to maximize their distribution strategy and use of Docs for Sale’s activities.
    • Submissions open June 21
    • Deadline for submissions: September 8
    • Acquisition accreditation opens on June 21 and closes October 1

    Meet here
    • Filmmakers looking to maximize their launch with sales and distribution opportunities
    • Sales agents looking to showcase their roster and scout new films
    • Buyers, distributors, and festival programmers looking for the best creative documentaries for their festival program or TV, cinema, or platform slot.


    Catalogue 2022—2023 A leading showcase of the most recent documentary films, series, and shorts seeking distribution and exhibition opportunities, including German productions and c-productions.



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    IDFA 2023
    IDFA 2022
    IDFA 2021
    IDFA 2020
    IDFA 2019
    IDFA 2018
    IDFA 2017

  • 40 FILMFEST MÜNCHEN Juni 23 - July 1, 2023

            premiering three german documentaries: BOYZ by Sylvain Cruiziat, THE COMBINE by Moritz Springer, WAR AND JUSTICE by Marcus Vetter ...





    premiering three german documentaries: BOYZ by Sylvain Cruiziat, THE COMBINE by Moritz Springer, WAR AND JUSTICE by Marcus Vetter, Michele Gentile, and WAKING UP IN SILENCE by Mila Zhluktenko, Daniel Asadi Faezi screening in the KINDERFILMFEST section. [#40FFMUC]



    Some 58,000 people attended the opening evening and the eight days of the festival, which saw approximately 500 film screenings and festival events.





    LineUp german documentaries:



  • 30 Sheffield DocFest June 14—19, 2023

      The Youth Jury Award was presented to ANHELL69 by Theo Montoya by five of the UK’s most passionate young documentary lovers to celebrate ...


    The Youth Jury Award was presented to ANHELL69 by Theo Montoya by five of the UK’s most passionate young documentary lovers to celebrate non-fiction cinema. 



    The jury, Alexandra Judkins, Amanda Daud, Annabel Bai Jackson, Jenny Luisa Barruol and Tymofii Donets, who curated a selection of seven films to be considered in a mentored deliberation said: "To us, The Youth Jury Award means the future of documentary filmmaking - films that push the boundary of the form, are inclusive and diverse, and champion voices left out of the conversation. We’re at a time in which documentary filmmakers are self-reflexive in their approach, and the films in our selection do just that. They interrogate the struggles for young filmmakers and the lack of representations of voices within our industry and show the future of documentary filmmaking as exciting and innovative. One film encompasses exactly what the award represents to us as a generation. It is boundary breaking, it is unique, it’s visually stunning and genre defying. The film is an act of resistance against documentary conventions and we are proud to give the award to Theo Montoya’s Annhell69!"


    The Tim Hethering Award goes to the Ukraine production 20 DAYS IN MARIUPOL by Mstyslav Chernov. The Special Mention goes to TOTAL TRUST by Jialing Zhang. The jury, Julian Carrington, Bruno Jorge and Katayoon Shahabi, said: “A film of profound political bravery that draws the audience into a chilling dystopian reality, TOTAL TRUST honours those Chinese citizens valiantly standing against a totalitarian regime now supercharged by seemingly omniscient surveillance technology. We extend our congratulations to director Jialing Zhang.”

    Browse all the other JURY AWARDS here.


    This year’s festival, June 14-19, saw international and UK delegate attendance rise by 17% compared to 2022. More than 2550 delegates from more than 60 countries attended the five day festival – up from 2188 delegates attending in 2022. More than 190 Industry Representatives from 93 companies and 19 countries took in-person meetings with selected projects and talents over the course of the festival market days.



     37 World Premieres, 20 International Premieres, 10 European Premieres, 47 UK Premieres and 8 retrospective films, from 52 countries of production

    The 30th edition of Sheffield DocFest will take place in Sheffield from Wednesday 14 June to Monday 19 June 2023. The MeetMarket will take place on Thursday 15 June and Friday 16 June, allowing Industry Professionals the opportunity to experience the opening of the Festival. Browse information on the full public programme for Sheffield DocFest 2023 here.


    LineUp German documentary productions and co-productions:

    Browse all films A-Z in the programme of 30 Sheffield DocFest here.



    There will be a German delegation. More Information ___German only___ here.



    2023 MeetMarket Projects:

    The selection for the 18th edition of the pitching forum, the MeetMarket, which will take place on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 of June 202 is published here. The slate includes 48 documentary projects – 5of them with German participation – , in development or at production stage, to be pitched in one-to-one meetings to international and UK industry representatives and experts.
    The 48 projects in the 2023 edition encompass 35 countries of production/co-production: Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Norway, Palestine, Philippines, Poland, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, and Venezuela.
    Drawn from over 500 submissions, new work will be presented from directors including: ... Ike Nnaebue of No U-Turn, a project developed as part of Generation Africa, screened at 72 BERLINALE, Docs Against Gravity, 29 Sheffield DocFest, HRWFF – Human Rights Watch FF  a.o.


    Inspired by #WimWenders’ book A SENSE OF PLACE, the anthology project ‘Iran: A Sense of Place’ sees a group of Iranian filmmakers develop new work inspired by a connection to place. Four of the ‘Iran – Sense of Place’ films are presented at #SheffDocFest2023, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers, who were mentored by Wim Wenders and Hella Wenders, and project curator Afsun Moshiry. The programme was developed by Afsun Moshiry (Road River Films) Wim Wenders Foundation and is co-produced by Pejman Foundation and La Onda Productions.



    The five projects with German participation are:


    • CASAS MUERTAS  rough cut project
      Venezuela submerged and dark. The present of Venezuelans trapped in exile in their own country, drowned by the whim of some barbarians who rule it. Isabel, Jesús, Darwin and Juan Pablo's parents survive by resisting, desperate and cornered between flight, hunger and resilience.
      Director: Rosana Matecki | Producers: Rosana Matecki, Natalia Imaz (Parabellum Film), Claudia Lepage | Executive Producers: Rosana Matecki, Natalia Imaz (Parabellum Film), Claudia Lepage [Venezuela, Ecuador, Germany, Spain]

      Finding El Dorado is a journey through Europe, portraying the lives of Westafrican migrants who (seemingly) made it – in the eyes of the ones back home. Was it all worth it? What is their perspective?
      Director: Ike Nnaebue | Producers: Asbirg Naranjo (Andersona Films & Amuché prod),  Ike Nnaebue [Germany, Nigeria]

    •  MOLKA 
      Two filmmakers follow South Korean survivors and activists in their fight against Korea's 'spy-cam epidemic', only to discover the issue is closer to home than they could have ever imagined. 
      Directors: Ieva Zellite, Olivia Neller | Producer: Andrew McLain [South Korea, United Kingdom, Germany]

      How could the current war in Ukraine have been prevented?  Thirty years ago, the New Thinking of Mikhail Gorbachev was dismissed as a utopian fantasy, but a chance for long-lasting peace was lost forever in the pursuit of short-term gain.
      Director: Irina Maldea | Producers: Brendan Culleton (Akajava films), Sorin Manu, Ralitsa Golemanova [Ireland, Germany, Bulgaria]

      Four Southeast Asian youth discover the colorful and dynamic vogue and ballroom subculture. We witness their journey to build their own ballroom families, connect with voguing’s source in New York City, and grow a flourishing queer community across the region.
      Director: Chan Sze-Wei | Producers: Alemberg Ang (Daluyong Studios), Chan Sze-Wei | Executive Producers: Daniel Karslake, Derren Lawford (DARE Pictures) [Philippines, Singapore, Germany, United Kingdom]


    Discover the range of venues across Sheffield city centre, most within walking distance from the train station.

     More information ___German only___





    as single page:
    30 Sheffield DocFest 2023
    29 Sheffield DocFest 2022
    28 Sheffield Doc|Fest 2021
    27 Sheffield Doc|Fest 2020
    26 Sheffield Doc|Fest 2019
    25 Sheffield Doc|Fest 2018
    24 Sheffield Doc|Fest 2017

  • DEUTSCHER FILMPREIS – German Film Award 2023

      Presented by longdistance swimmer Sara Mardini the GERMAN FILM AWARD DOCUMENTARY #lola23 goes to ELFRIEDE JELINEK – LANGUAGE UNLEASHED by ...


    Presented by longdistance swimmer Sara Mardini the GERMAN FILM AWARD DOCUMENTARY #lola23 goes to ELFRIEDE JELINEK – LANGUAGE UNLEASHED by Claudia Müller, produced by Martina Haubrich and Claudia Wohlgenannt. The German/Austrian co-production (CALA Filmproduktion GmbH / Plan C Filmproduktion OG) portraing the Austrian (based Munich) literature nobel prize winner 2004 Elfriede Jelinek, got awarded with the AUSTRIAN FILM AWARD DOCUMENTARY [Österreichischer Filmpreis – Sektion Dokumentarfilm] as well. Ingrid Molnar, editor of german documentaries congratulates.



    Volker Schlöndorff, the director of THE FOREST MAKER, gets awarded for his lifework with the EHRENPREIS, laudatio by John Malkovich videoconferencing.











      The award ceremony will take place May 12, 2023. Invitees only.




    • KALLE KOSMONAUT by Tine Kugler, Günther Kurth, Producers: Tine Kugler, Günther Kurth, Production Company: KMOTO Medienproduktion, [LOLA TALK]

    • LOVE, DEUTSCHMARKS AND DEATH | LIEBE, D-MARK UND TOD by Cem Kaya, 96min, Producers: Claus Reichel, Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay, Florian Schewe, Stefan Kauertz, Production Companies: filmfaust, Film Five, Distribution Germany: Rapid Eye Movies, [LOLA TALK]

    •  ELFRIEDE JELINEK – LANGUAGE UNLEASHED | ELFRIEDE JELINEK – DIE SPRACHE VON DER LEINE LASSEN by Claudia Müller, Producer: Martina Haubrich, Claudia Wohlgenannt, Production Companies: CALA , Plan C Filmproduktion and Editor Mechthild Barth is nominated for best editing as well. Mechthild Barth has already successfully edited German documentaries for many years and the editor of german documentaries is therefore particularly pleased that she has been nominated this time with a documentary for this section. The montage of archive material with voiceovers and interviews, some of them recently recorded, is told from Jelinek’s point of view. [39 FFMUC] [LOLA TALK]






    Ansgar Frerich, Martin Farkas, Annekatrin Hendel, Felix Grassmann, Karsten Aurich, Ursula Höf, Lorenz Dangel, Mirjam Leuze, Antonia Kilian, Mohammad Farokhmanesh [preselection comission documentary]

     © 2022 Florian Liedel | Deutsche Filmakademie e.V.










       German Film Award | LOLA 2023
       German Film Award | LOLA 2022
       • German Film Award | LOLA 2021
       German Film Award | LOLA@Berlinale 2020
       • German Film Award | LOLA@Berlinale 2019
       German Film Award | LOLA@Berlinale 2018

  • Thomas Kufus awarded with Carl Laemmle Producer Prize

      The renowned director Andres Veiel, a long-time companion and close friend of Thomas Kufus, gave a moving laudation for the award winner ...


    The renowned director Andres Veiel, a long-time companion and close friend of Thomas Kufus, gave a moving laudation for the award winner, in which he recounted the life of an ever-curious, often courageous and, above all, passionate 'man of conviction' who wants to enlighten and bring about change: "Even with your first films, you set milestones that are still valid 30 years later: With documentaries and, increasingly, fiction feature films that question familiar points of view, that cause offence, that initiate debates. They explore new territory in terms of form and content. At the same time, you're taking a risk: you're constantly leaving the safe standards of convention – which means, especially with documentaries, traveling into the open, letting the film develop bit by bit in the editing room. Your projects have thus repeatedly pushed you and your company into risk zones that others wouldn't have entered in the first place."



    Ingo Bergmann, Christine Strobl, Thomas Kufus, Andres Veiel, Björn Böhning





    Thomas Kufus is one of the most influential independent producers in Germany today. He was born in Essen in 1957 and began his career as a director (including MEIN KRIEG | MY PRIVATE WAR, BLOCKADE – Leningrad 1941-1944). In the past 25 years, he has produced over 120 documentaries, series and feature films with the Berlin-based production company zero one film, including award-winning films such as Regina Schilling's KULENKAMPFFS SCHUHE | KUHLENKAMPFF'S SHOES (Grimme Award and German Television Award 2019), Andres Veiel's BEUYS (German Film Award Best Documentary 2018), Anne Zohra Berrached's 24 WOCHEN (German Film Award in Silver 2017), Lars Kraume's DER STAAT GEGEN FRITZ BAUER (German Film Award 2016), Julia Albrecht's DIE FOLGEN DER TAT (Grimme Award 2016), Markus Imhoof's MORE THAN HONEY (German Film Award 2013 as well as Austrian and Swiss Film Awards), WESTEN by Christian Schwochow (German Film Award for Jördis Triebel), Corinna Belz's GERHARD RICHTER PAINTING (German Film Award 2012), Arnon Goldfinger's DIE WOHNUNG | THE FLAT (Ofir Award), and BLACK BOX BRD by Andres Veiel (European and German Film Awards). He is also a co-production partner of several films by renowned Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov (including MOLOCH, FATHER AND SON, FRANCOFONIA). Together with business partner and director Volker Heise, Thomas Kufus realized groundbreaking documentary television formats such as 24H BERLIN - EIN TAG IM LEBEN | 24H BERLIN – A DAY IN THE LIFE and 24H JERUSALEM (both German Television Award) as well as SCHWARZWALDHAUS 1902. For 24H JERUSALEM he received the Producer Award of the German Academy for Television. The format was continued with the projects 24H BAYERN and 24H EUROPA. Currently, the feature fiction film DER VERMESSENE MENSCH | MEASURES OF MEN  (D: Studiokanal, WS: Picture Tree International) by director Lars Kraume is in theaters. Thomas Kufus is a member of the German Film Academy. He was also its chairman from November 2009 to early 2015. [source: PR May 26, 2023 PRODUZENTENALLIANZ]



    Produced or co-produced by Thomas Kufus in our catalogue a.o.



    THOMAS KUFUS, CEO of zero one film GmbH




  • ANSELM by Wim Wenders at 76 Festival de Cannes

                          Wim Wenders shot this 93minutes portrait over the course of two years in stunning 3D.     This unique film experience ...











      Wim Wenders shot this 93minutes portrait over the course of two years in stunning 3D.



    This unique film experience delves deep into an artist's work, revealing their journey through life, inspiration and creative process. It explores his fascination with myth and history. Past and present intertwine to blur the line between film and painting and allow the audience to be fully immersed in the remarkable world of one of the greatest contemporary artists, Anselm Kiefer.


    FOUR DAUGHTERS | LES FILLES D'OLFA | OLFAS TÖCHTER by Kaouther Ben Hania, WS: The Party Film Sales, P: Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion,[Festival de Cannes - Competition] Between light and darkness stands Olfa, a Tunisian woman and the mother of four daughters. One day, her two older daughters disappear. To fill in their absence, the filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania invites professional actresses and invents a unique cinema experience that will lift the veil on Olfa and her daughters’ life stories. An intimate journey of hope, rebellion, violence, transmission and sisterhood that will question the very foundations of our societies.


    MALQUERIDAS by Tana Gilbert, 75min co-produced by Dirk Manthey Film UG, Germany is looking for festivals, sales agent, distributors, buyers, gap financing [MARCHÉ DU FILM] Women in prison reconstruct their experience of motherhood through videos and photographs captured with their forbidden cell phones while serving their sentences. Malqueridas offers a reflection on the severity of motherhood when faced with confinement and the loss of affections.




    The festival will take place May 16 – 26, 2023, download the PDF with screening times here.


    Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes
    German Pavilion #124
    Village International - Riviera
    1 Boulevard de la Croisette
    06400 Cannes, France


     German Films – German Documentaries Happy Hour

     May 22, 2023, 18:00-19:00 GMT+2, The Viewpoint (Lerins)









    The nominees for the 2023 Doc Alliance Award are announced.

    In 2023, each of the Doc Alliance festivals has nominated one feature-length and one short film, both eligible for two respective feature and short prizes. The selection of 16 films has been revealed at Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes, May 23, 2023. Discover all nominees here. The award ceremony will take place at DokuFest in Prizren in August 2023.

    This year’s jury members are:
    • Jonathan Ali, programmer and curator (Locarno, Open City Docs, True/False and Sheffield Doc/Fest, Third Horizon Film Festival)
    • Anna Berthollet, CEO, Lightdox (sales and distribution)
    • Arnaud Hée, programmer (Bibliothèque publique d’information in Centre Pompidou) 

     Nominated by DOK Leipzig are the two german documentaries

    Julia Teichmann, Simone Baumann @ 76 FESTIVAL DE CANNES



    More information..

  • 38 DOK.fest Munich, May 3-14, 2023 [May 8-21 @home]

         • VIKTOR DOK.international Competition goes to  THEATRE OF VIOLENCE by Lukasz Konopa, Emil Langballe   • VIKTOR DOK.deutsch Competition ...



    • VIKTOR DOK.international Competition goes to  THEATRE OF VIOLENCE by Lukasz Konopa, Emil Langballe  

    • VIKTOR DOK.deutsch Competition goes to GRETA'S BIRTH by Katja Baumgarten


    19 festival days with 28 world premieres, 13 international premieres and 45 German premieres. Among the directors, men are only slightly in the majority this year with 51 percent. 45 percent of the filmmakers are female, 4 percent diverse. Find the entire programme here

    The main award VIKTOR of the DOK.international Competition, sponsored by BR – Bayerischer Rundfunk, is endowed with 10,000 Euros and will be awarded – among other prizes – at the festive awards ceremony on May 13, 2023 at Deutsches Theater München. Among the 12 nominated films are four german documentaries:
    BE WATER – VOICES FROM HONG KONG by Lia Erbal, 94min.
    JACKIE THE WOLF by Tuki Jencquel, 93min.
    LA EMPRESA by André Siegers, 90min.
    THEATRE OF VIOLENCE by Lukasz Konopa, Emil Langballe, 104min.


    38 DOK.fest München, May 3–14, 2023 [May 8–21 @home]



    LineUp German productions and co-productions:



    The guest country at DOK.fest München 2023: TURKEY
    Between tradition and modernity, secularism and religiosity: at DOK.guest this year we look east to Turkey. With five films, the festival illuminates various facets of life in Turkey, a country of contrasts that has recently distanced itself politically more and more from Europe. Discover the films, including the German production EREN by Maria Binder.





    The award winning projects with German participation of the 38th DOK.fest München

    • VIKTOR DOK.international Competition goes to  THEATRE OF VIOLENCE by Lukasz Konopa, Emil Langballe, 104min. Jury statement: 'In their carefully constructed film, Emil Langballe and Lukasz Konopa create a more complex space with each new scene in which we, as viewers, ask ourselves question after question about international law in a post-colonial framework, about the challenges of doing justice while threatening to reopen old wounds and about guilt, forgiveness and reconciliation.'

    • VIKTOR DOK.deutsch Competition goes to GRETA'S BIRTH | GRETAS GEBURT by Katja Baumgarten, 96min. From the jury statement: 'From an unpretentious and feminist standpoint, she tells the story of a progressive midwife and doctor whose life becomes a nightmare as a result of the trial. We become witnesses to a tendentious and unprecedented verdict that not only destroys an entire existence but also advances long-standing efforts to limit the work of independent midwives. With GRETAS GEBURT the filmmaker succeeds in making an essential contribution to this highly sensitive topic and impressively demonstrates the social relevance of documentary film work.'

    • The megaherz Student Award goes to BORDER CONVERSATION by Jonathan Brunner, 30min. From the jury statement: 'Through text messages, still tableaux and a camera that is in the right places at the right time, the film allows us to sense and feel how terrible the circumstances on the border between Belarus and Poland must be. Here, Europe’s external border becomes the setting for the dissolution of the very values that Europe is meant to represent. Without losing touch with its subject matter, the film portrays the work of the two activists Kornelia and Karolina. In its sensitive devotion to the protagonists, the film does not leave us alone but becomes a manifesto for humanity and justice.'

    • The VFF Documentary Film Production Award 2023 goes to the producers Carsten Rau, Hauke Wendler, PIER 53  with the German documentary FOR EVER | FÜR IMMER. The jury says: 'Intended as a long-term observation, which according to the basic idea was to continue until the death of one of the two spouses, the project was difficult to calculate in terms of the effort and costs involved. The impossibility of naming a clear completion date defies the procedures in the German film industry. (...) With clever interventions in the calculation and in the funding applications, the Hamburg production company managed to realize a project with an open outcome and temporal unpredictability - and without allowing the creative participants to exploit themselves in the process.'

    • The FFF Talent Award Documentary goes to SHE CHEF by Melanie Liebheit, Gereon Wetzel, 100min. From the jury statement: 'In a direct cinema style, always remaining close to the protagonists, the co-director Melanie Liebheit takes the audience behind the scenes of 'Haute Cuisine', with an exciting, entertaining narrative approach and clear dramaturgy. Little by little, different working cultures are revealed and Agnes asks herself how she would like to work in the future: what kind of working environment is important to her? Which is right? And how can you combine family and career? Agnes represents a generation of young women who no longer take a back seat in male domains.'

    • The German Documentary Film Music Award goes to composer  David Langhard for original score of THIS KIND OF HOPE by by Pawel Siczek, 83min. Jury statement: 'With his work on THIS KIND OF HOPE, David Langhard has succeeded in what this award seeks to honor: a composition that combines with the documentary narrative in an outstanding way - and at the same time shapes and contrasts it as an independent artistic design element,' says Barbara Schulte, Managing Director of the Versicherungskammer Kulturstiftung. 'It is a matter of concern to our foundation to promote the encounter between artistic documentary film and contemporary music. For this, we can't think of a better partner than DOK.fest Munich, and I'm very pleased that we can jointly present this award for the ninth time.'

    • DOK.digital – Award for New Narrative Formats goes to TRUTH DETECTIVES – SERIOUS GAME by Anja Reiss and Raphael Perret. From the jury statement: The prototype for this contemporary and innovative serious game has a high social relevance, shows the potential when journalistic and interactive skills are combined and complemented with scientific expertise. It can sustainably promote the media competence of users by enabling them to learn journalistic research using real image sources, to uncover fake news or even to become online investigators beyond the game in order to uncover human rights violations.

    • DOK.talent Award [offers students to present their current projects to industry experts] goes to A SMALL MOMENT | EIN KLEINER MOMENT by von Daniela Magnani Hüller. From the jury statement: A Small Moment' by Daniela Magnani Hüller tells from the inside perspective of all the small but very significant moments that happened to the filmmaker after she survived an attempted murder. There are many films that are told from the perspective of the perpetrator, but only a few that are from survivors. (...) Courageously, bluntly and with a lot of heart, Daniela addresses an important social issue with her film: In Germany, a femicide happens every third day. Above all, however, the film sheds light on how the actions of one individual can decisively change the life of another person.

    • DOK.archive Award [promotional prize for compilation films in development] goes to BERLIN CHIC by Sigal Rosh. From the jury's statement: In 1933, there were 2,700 brands in German-Jewish ownership; in 1939, there were only 120 left in Germany. With a wealth of new information and archive images – film footage, photographs, sketches, drawings and fashion magazines – the team brought to life the colourful Berlin fashion industry of the 1920s and 30s and showed how the glamorous "Babylon" Berlin became a fashionable backwater.

    • Doc Around Europe Award & Visioni dal Mondo Award goes to HEADSHOTS – ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS, FOTOGRAFIN | HEADSHOTS – ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS, PHOTOGRAPHER by Sonya Winterberg

    • Nebulae Project Selection Award goes to SURROGAT (WT) by Benedikt Schulte

    • browse the winner of the ohter awards and more information here.










    An award for courageous documentary film producers: The VFF Documentary Film Production Award, unique in Germany, recognises the passionate commitment and the role of production in the creation of current cinema documentary film projects. The process of making a documentary film is difficult to plan, often involves great uncertainty and requires courage. The award is sponsored by the VFF Verwertungsgesellschaft der Film und Fernsehproduzenten mbH and comes with prize money of 7,500 euros. The award goes to the producer of the film. Jury for this year's VFF Documentary Film Production Award.

    Eight productions have been nominated for this year's VFF Documentary Film Production Award:






    Young documentary filmmakers who are from Bavaria or live or have studied in Bavaria, and whose films are shown at the festival: The FFF Documentary Film Talent Award (Förderpreis Dokumentarfilm), sponsored by FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, honours local up-and-coming directors at DOK.fest München. The prize is endowed with 5,000 euros. In 2023, the jury members are Hannes Kaltenhauser, Martin Blankemeyer und Elina Kewitz.

    The nominees are:

    • PLASTIC FANTASTIC by Isa Willinger, 102min, original with English subtitles.
      Plastic is designed to last for eternity. Only where should all the hazardous plastic waste go?

    • SHE CHEF by Melanie Liebheit, Gereon Wetzel, 100min, original with English subtitles. The male-dominated world of high-end cuisine: the young chef Agnes is determined to do things the way she wants to.

    • STIMMEN AUF DEM DACH DER WELT by Patrick Ranz, Felix Möller, 55min, original with German subtitles. High altitude music lessons between Sichuan and Eastern Tibet. A film like a fortune cookie.

    • VON VIELEN by Eva Hartmann, 79min, original with English subtitles. Rainer Von Vielen – a music band during the pandemic. What remains when the essence of your job disappears?




    nominees of the DOK.edit Award – presented by Adobe 


    Focus on editing: with the DOK.edit Award – presented by Adobe, an editing award will be given for the third time at DOK.fest München in 2023. The award is donated by Adobe and endowed with 5,000 euros. The award is intended to shed light on the post-production of documentaries and to honour the work of editors. It was developed in cooperation with Adobe. Films with outstanding editing work are nominated across all sections. The nominated films will be presented at the festival with extended Q&As with the DOK.edit jury and the respective editor. One of the three nominated productions is the German production #RACEGIRL – THE COMEBACK OF SOPHIA FLÖRSCH by Sonia Otto, edited by Finbarr Willbrink, Karoline Schulz, 95min, P: Gebrüder Beetz.





    Every year, the German Documentary Film Music Award honours a composition that combines in an outstanding way with the documentary film narrative. It sees itself as a platform for the work of the composers and the value of music as a narrative level in documentary films. The award is endowed with 5,000 euros. The composer of the film is being honoured. It is donated by the Versicherungskammer Kulturstiftung and supported by the Förder- und Hilfsfonds des Deutschen Komponistenverbandes DKVMembers of the jury 2023 are...


     The nominated German documentary productions and co-productions are:









    DOK.forum Marketplace

    As the market for co-creation and co-production of DOK.fest München, the DOK.forum Marketplace invites around 45 selected, strong documentary film projects in the development stage to Munich every year. At pitching events, Roundtable Sessions and One-to-One Meetings the project teams meet around 250 experts such as commissioning editors, producers, funding representatives, distributors and sales agents. The aim is to provide a forum for relevant ideas through targeted matchmaking, to provide valuable feedback, to enable and new partnerships, and thus help the projects to get realised. The next edition of DOK.forum Marktplatz will take place from 3 to 8 May 2023.

    Schedule 2023 Format- and Award Pitchings of DOK.forum Marketplace:
    Pitching DOK.digital: 3 May
     • Pitching DOK.archive: 5 May
     • Pitching DOK.talent: 7 May (tbc)
     • Pitching DOK.composition: 7 May
     • Master's Pitch: 6 May
     • Roundtable Sessions: 6 and 7 May
     • One-to-One Meetings: 7 May (on site) and 8 May (online)



    out of the newsletter April 30, 2023:

    For the first time, the DOK.forum Perspectives also invite you to two major conferences to discuss the future of documentary film in all its facets: Under the motto "It's a Match! Connecting Formats to Audiences", we will be focusing on the interplay between programme content and viewers from 4 to 5 May; at the conference "Perspektive Kino! Concepts for a Future-proof Practice" we will explore possible synergies between regular cinema and festival operations, also from 4 to 5 May.

    The project selection for the DOK.forum Marketplace is ready: This year they welcome 42 exciting documentary projects in various stages of development – from the first idea to the rough cut – which will meet relevant experts from the industry in various pitching and meeting formats.

    SUCH AS:

    Director Etna Ozbek, Producer Burak Karamete for Zug Film,

    Director Daniela Magnani Hüller, winner of DOK.talent Award by Haus des Dokumentarfilms.
    From the jury statement: A Small Moment' by Daniela Magnani Hüller tells from the inside perspective of all the small but very significant moments that happened to the filmmaker after she survived an attempted murder. There are many films that are told from the perspective of the perpetrator, but only a few that are from survivors. (...) Courageously, bluntly and with a lot of heart, Daniela addresses an important social issue with her film: In Germany, a femicide happens every third day. Above all, however, the film sheds light on how the actions of one individual can decisively change the life of another person.

    Director Jan Prazak, Producer I am looking for a producer.

    Director Sigal Rosh, Producer Michal Weits- HSCC, winner of DOK.archive Award by British Pathé.
    From the jury's statement: In 1933, there were 2,700 brands in German-Jewish ownership; in 1939, there were only 120 left in Germany. With a wealth of new information and archive images – film footage, photographs, sketches, drawings and fashion magazines – the team brought to life the colourful Berlin fashion industry of the 1920s and 30s and showed how the glamorous "Babylon" Berlin became a fashionable backwater.

    Director Philipp Schaeffer, Producer Paul Hartmann, Franziska Unger

    Director Daniel Nils Roberts, Producer Anne Köhncke,

    Director Daniela Magnani Hüller, Producer HFF München,

    Director Jens Becker, Producer Dorothea Braun,

    Director Sorina Gajewski, Producer Milena Krmek

    Director Rama Ayasra, Producer Mariam Salim & Asmahan Bkerat, Composer Zeina Azouqah, winner of DOK.composition Award by Sonoton Music.
    From the jury statement: The jury finds the approach of combining Arabic sound systems with tempered, modern soundscapes and using authentic instruments convincing. The film material is appropriately arranged, the score fits the location of the action perfectly. The sounds of sowing and harvesting are harmoniously integrated.

    Director Sonya Winterberg, Producer Birgit Schulz, BILDERSTURM Filmproduktion GmbH,
    [winner of Doc Around Europe Award as well as Visioni dal Mondo Award ]

    Director Adrian Huber, Producer Zündholzfilm,

    Director Redon Kikaj, Producer Dardan Hoti and Luca Tesei Li Bassi Composer N/A

    Director Johann Schilling, Producer Julius Wieler, Composer Kilian Oser

    Director Irmak Karasu, Producer Zeynep Ekmekçi

    Director Farahnaz Sharifi, Producer Anke Petersen, Composer Atena Eshtiaghi, JYOTI Film,

    Director Gilad Baram Producer Gilad Baram – Nowhere Films UK, Composer Bnaya Halperin-Kaddari,

    Director Nuno Escudeiro, Producer Andreas Pichler,

    Director and Producsér Miriam Jakobs and Gerhard Schick,

    Director Faezeh Nikoozad Producer Julia Cöllen, Karsten Krause, Frank Scheuffele,

    Director Michael Bühler, Producer Martin Schilt,

    Director Karanja Ng'endo, Producer Joan M. Njeri

    Director Virginia Heath, Producer Grant Keir, Faction North, Alex Tondowski, Tondowski Films, David Power & Ciaran Deeney, EZ Films, Dublin, Composer David McAulay (Tondowski Films)

    Director Mohammed Almughanni, Producer Rashid Abdelhamid,

    Director Annelie Boros, Christiana Bukalo Producer Lea Neu, Katharina Kolleczek,

    Director Benedikt Schulte Producer Christoph Menardi, NEOS Film,

    Director Jakob Krese Producer Jürgen Kleinig (Neue Celluloid Fabrik)

    Director Luyao Zhang,  Producer Julien Coquet, 

    Director Chiara Sambuchi Producer Antje Boehmert (DOCDAYS)

    Director Miro Jelok, Producer Katarina Jonisova, Miro Jelok

    Director Zvi Landsman, Producer Zvi Landsman

    Director Adrian Winkler, Producer Laurin Merz

    Director Daniel Froidevaux, Producer Marc Serpa Francoeur, Ben Lenzner, Julian Carrington, Composer Joseph Shabason

    Director Arata Mori, Producer Arata Mori, Andreas Hartmann

    Director Firas Rebiai, Producer Dhia Rebiai, Firas Rebiai,

    Directors Raphael Perret, Anja Reiss, winner of DOK.digital Award by Bayerische Landeszentrale für neue Medien BLM
    From the jury statement: The prototype for this contemporary and innovative serious game has a high social relevance, shows the potential when journalistic and interactive skills are combined and complemented with scientific expertise. It can sustainably promote the media competence of users by enabling them to learn journalistic research using real image sources, to uncover fake news or even to become online investigators beyond the game in order to uncover human rights violations.

    • UNDINE*
    Director Felix Rier, Producer Helios, Sustainable Films – Martin Rattini, Petra Forer; Torero Film – Rouven Rech
    [winner of the DAE Talent Award, Documentary Association of Europe]

    Director Lilian Sassanelli,

    Director Denis Pavlovic, Producer Julia Meyer-Pavlovic, Denis Pavlovic (Glass Frog Films)

    Director Jana Stallein, Producer Charlotte Peters,






    DOK.forum is looking forward to a lively exchange with the (inter)national industry and invites filmmakers to take advantage of the diverse range of events.

    To the events of DOK.forum



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    ...by the way

    Daniel Roher's film NAWALNY celebrated its German premiere May 2022 as the opening film of 37 DOK.fest Munich 2022. March 2023, the movie won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. The documentary follows prominent Russian opposition figure and Putin opponent Alexei Nawalny from the Russian secret service assassination attempt to his return to Moscow and imprisonment. Among the five feature documentaries nominated for Oscars were two other works that screened at last year's 37 DOK.fest Munich: A HOUSE MADE OF SPLINTERS and FIRE OF LOVE

  • 20 Millenium DOCS AGAINST GRAVITY May 12-21, 2023

          in cinemas across the eight Polish cities Warsaw, Wroclaw, Gdynia, Poznan, Katowice, Lódz, Bydgoszcz and Lublin, and online all across ...




    in cinemas across the eight Polish cities Warsaw, Wroclaw, Gdynia, Poznan, Katowice, Lódz, Bydgoszcz and Lublin, and online all across Poland May 23 – June 4, 2023 online#20MDAG


    LineUp of german documentaries


    Download the catalogue of 20 MDAG here.


      April 27, 2023, Berlin       Steffi Niederzoll has received the Roman Brodmann Prize 2023 for SEVEN WINTERS IN TEHERAN.          The €10,000 ...


    April 27, 2023, Berlin




    Steffi Niederzoll has received the Roman Brodmann Prize 2023 for SEVEN WINTERS IN TEHERAN





    The €10,000 award recognizes politically and socially relevant documentaries. Around 110 submissions were received for the ROMAN BRODMANN PRIZE, which was awarded for the second time by the Haus des Dokumentarfilms - Europäisches Medienforum Stuttgart e.V. (HDF) and the Institut für Medien- und Kommunikationspolitik (IfM). A twelve-member selection jury – consisting of industry members and media journalists – has nominated eleven productions: seven feature-length documentaries, most of them with theatrical release, and one documentary series.


    The nominated german documentaries are:

    and until yet not mentioned in our catalogue


    From the eleven nominations, the main jury will select one production to be awarded the Roman Brodmann Prize on April 27, 2023, at the Landesvertretung Rheinland-Pfalz in Berlin. In accordance with its statutes, the prize may not be shared. Jury members are:
    David Bernet (director, AG DOK co-chairman)
    Bettina Böhler (editor, director)
    • Elwira Niewiera (writer, director of THE HAMLET SYNDROM)
    • moderated by Ulrike Becker, HDF








     as single page:

  • 59 GRIMME PRIZE 2023

    CONGRATULATIONS to the juries for taking the opportunity to draw attention to current issues by awarding these four german documentaries. Between ...

    CONGRATULATIONS to the juries for taking the opportunity to draw attention to current issues by awarding these four german documentaries.

    • Between Carsten Rau, director and producer of the 94min documentary NUCLEAR FOREVER | ATOMIC POWER FOREVER, and the moderator Jo Schück, started a discussion on the efficiency and safety of nuclear power plants during the ceremony, less than a week later after the shut down of them in Germany.

    • Mila Teshaieva and Marcus Lenz continue to watch the war in the Ukraine. They are currently working on the next film, planned with a lenght of 90 minutes ore more. They have been awarded for the 60 minute documentary LEBEN NACH BUTSCHA – TRAUMA UND HOFFNUNG | WHEN SPRING CAME TO BUCHA.

    • Peter Nestler – together with Dieter Reifarth and DoP Rainer Komers – spent already more time to work through eight decades of injustice on two documentaries with Romani Rose in UNRECHT UND WIDERSTAND | INJUSTICE AND RESISTANCE with 116 minutes as well as some artists of the Sinti and Roma in DER OFFENE BLICK | AN OPEN MIND with 101 minutes.

    • Antonia Killian's film THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER is unfortunately an ongoing topical for more than one reason. Women who want to live self-determined in the Orient, forced marriage, warlike conflicts, education.... 91 minutes on the feminist movement in Kurdish regions.


    The editor of german documentaries congratulate the awarded filmmakers and wish them all the best for their current projects.




    ...and the Grimme Prize trophies go to

     April 21, 2023 is the date of the award ceremony


    The awarded german documentaries are:



     The award ceremony will take place at Theatre Marl April 21, 2023.




    '...The documentary NUCLEAR FOREVER | ATOMKRAFT FOREVER (PIER 53 Filmproduktion for SWR/NDR) follows the debate about nuclear energy, which has once again come into focus since the energy crisis resulting from the war in Ukraine. Images of partly immense destruction of the Ukrainian small town of Bucha are shown in the documentary WHEN SPRING CAME TO BUCHA | LEBEN NACH BUCHA – TRAUME UND HOFFNUNG (Wildfilms for WDR/Die Story im Ersten). Two other award-winning productions deal with resistance: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER (Doppelplusultra Filmproduktion/Pink Shadow Films/Greenlit Productions OY for ARTE) accompanies a Kurdish woman in autonomous Rojava, while the documentary JUSTICE AND RESISTANCE – Romani Rose and the Civil Rights Movement | UNRECHT UND WIDERSTAND (strandfilm/Navigator Film for ZDF/3sat) portrays the family of civil rights activist Romani Rose and their struggle against discrimination against Sinti and Roma....' [out of the PRtext GRIMME PREIS 2023]




    GRIMME PREIS is the German equivalent of the Emmys. Only movies that have been broadcasted by a public or private TVstation or provided in the internet in Germany can be nominated or awarded. Therefore some of the nominated documentaries for Grimme Preis 2023 you'll knew from former edtions of our catalogue, because they have been shown at festivals and German cinemas for about two years, the common usage of the retention period for coproductions with TVstations before broadcasted in German speaking territories.  






    The nominated german documentaries mentioned in our catalogue are:


    Further German documentaries attractive for the international market [...but until yet not mentioned in the catalogue. Maybe because no English version available until yet. Stay tuned.]



    ... find all 59 GRIMME PRIZE 2023 nominees here ...


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    59 GRIMME PRIZE 2023
    58 GRIMME PRIZE 2022
    57 GRIMME PRIZE 2021




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  • 30 Hot Docs April 27 – May 7, 2023

          Celebrating the art of documentary for 30 years together with a German delegation, this year's festival features 214 outstanding documentaries ...




    Celebrating the art of documentary for 30 years together with a German delegation, this year's festival features 214 outstanding documentaries – including 18 german documentaries – from 72 countries.



    LineUp german documentaries




    30 HOT DOCS 2023
    Programme browse here





    May 2 – 4, 2023 in-person at Toronto's Hart House 
    May 11, 2023 online meetings





    Deal Maker Projects

    35 documentary projects – including 3 German co-productions – from 25 countries, participate in the 2023 edition of Hot Docs Deal Maker and pitch to international decision makers at the 30th anniversary festival. Deal Maker returns in-person to Toronto's Hart House with pitches taking place from May 2 to May 4, and an additional day of online meetings on May 11.



      Directors: Tia Lessin, Carl Deal  
      Producers: Carl Deal, Tia Lessin, Birgit Rasch  
      Executive Producers: Jeff Bieber, Gunnar Dedio, Regina Bouchehri, Michael Kantor  
      Production Companies: Jeff Bieber Productions, LLC (USA), LOOKSfilm GmbH (Germany), WNET/American Masters (USA), Elsewhere Films (USA)

      Director: K.D. 
      Producers: Ilyas Yourish 
      Co-Producers: Anke Petersen, Lilian Tietjen  
      Executive Producer: Graeme Isaac  
      Production Company: Kamay Film (Afghanistan), Jyoti Film GmbH (Germany)

      Directors: Udi Nir, Sagi Bornstein
      Producers: Udi Nir, Sagi Bornstein, Georg Tschurtschenthaler, Christian Beetz
      Production Companies: udiVsagi production Ltd (Israel), gebrueder beetz filmproduktion GmbH (Germany)

    • explore all projects.




    Participating Deal Makers from Germany:
     • 3Boxmedia International Sales, J. Valentin Romero
     • MAGNETFILM, Georg Gruber, Frauke Knappke
     • NEW DOCS, Elina Kewitz
     • Rise And Shine World Sales, Stefan Kloos







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    30 Hot Docs 2023
    29 Hot Docs 2022
    28 Hot Docs 2021
    27 Hot Docs 2020
    26 Hot Docs 2019
    25 Hot Docs 2018


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  • Visions du Réel Nyon, April 21—30, 2023

          Special Mention for IN UKRAINE by Piotr Pawlus and Tomasz Wolski                 The 163 documentaries – including more than a dozen ...




    Special Mention for

    IN UKRAINE by Piotr Pawlus and Tomasz Wolski









    The 163 documentaries – including more than a dozen German productions and co-productions – offer a panorama that often challenges the boundaries between fiction and reality. 46 countries are represented in the the official selection for the 54th edition of Visions du Réel. The 2023 programme of the International Filmfestivl Nyon features an equal number of films from female and male directors, and is rich, with a wonderfully wide range of formats, approaches and countries represented. Visions du Réel will be held in Nyon and Gland from 21 to 30 April in person and online, with its streaming platform available from 24 to 30 April. Everyday, from Monday 24 April, a series of films from the official selection will be available online for a limited period. 




    LineUp of German productions and co-productions



    Visions du Réel Industry, April 21-30, 2023



    VdR–Industry [April 23—27, 2023] is dedicated to cinema professionals and its activities represent a springboard for future films to find support in every stage of their production.

    PROJECTS with German participation:

    • GABIN, A YOUTH IN THE BAKLAND by Maxence Voiseux, France, Germany [pitching]

    • JUST LIKE A DREAM by Corine Shawi, Lebanon, Germany [VdR-Development Lab]

    • RISING UP AT NIGHT by Nelson Makengon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Belgium, Germany, Burkina Faso [work in progress]

    • MISTY – THE ERROL GARNER STORY by Georges Gachot, Switzerland, France, Germany, [SWISS FILMS Previews]


     VdR Film Market



    The VdR–Film Market, formerly known as the Media Library, is an online platform that includes a selection of +400 new creative documentaries with international potential. It groups Visions du Réel’s Official selection as well as many more unreleased documentaries proposed by our own selection committee, partner institutions, sales agents and producers. The purpose of the Film Market is to facilitate exchanges, purchases and potential sales of new films. Here some of the German productions or co-production in the media library at the VdR-Film Market 2023


     Press Release of March 28, 2023.


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    54 Visions du Réel, Nyon 2023
    53 Visions du Réel, Nyon 2022
    52 Visions du Réel, Nyon 2021
    51 Visions du Réel, Nyon 2020
    50 Visions du Réel, Nyon 2019
    49 Visions du Réel, Nyon 2018


    and the 55th edition of Visions du Réel will take place April 12—21, 2024, submission starts September 5, 2023.

  • CPH:DOX March 15 – 26, 2023, Copenhagen

      The winner of the F:ACT AWARD is SEVEN WINTERS IN TEHERAN by Steffi Niederzoll. "This film is artfully crafted – from the visual language ...


    The winner of the F:ACT AWARD is SEVEN WINTERS IN TEHERAN by Steffi Niederzoll.

    "This film is artfully crafted – from the visual language to editing style, we are impressed by the filmmaker's creative vision and ability to execute. It's emotional but never sensational. It tells a tragic story but yet allows us to witness the warmth and resilience of human nature. It not only shows the courage of individuals standing up against systemic abuse and violence but also reminds us that even deaths can't defeat one's will to fight. The award goes to 'Seven Winters in Tehran'." The jury says.

     Browse here the full DOX:NEWS 'And the winners of CPH:DOX 2023 are...' or  Winners of CPH:DOX 2023 announced.




    Marking the 20th anniversary of the International Documentary Film Festival CPH:DOX, the 2023 edition  offered an outstanding programme of 200 films, including 24 German documentary productions and co-productions, by both established and emerging filmmakers as well as talks, debates, performances, exhibitions, parties and much more from 15-26 March 2023.
    In addition, a selection of the official 2023 programme was available from March 24 – April 2  at the festival’s streaming platform PARA:DOX (geo-blocked to Denmark). The 20th anniversary of CPH:DOX became a record breaking year for us with an audience number reaching 125,680 - in total. 
    With an audience of 125,680, CPH:DOX 2023 became the most visited edition of the festival ever. Over the past 20 years, CPH:DOX has grown from a small Copenhagen event with just under 12,000 visiting guests to one of the world’s leading documentary film festivals with a large and engaged audience, both in the cinemas and online on the festival’s new streaming platform PARA:DOX.




    LineUp German documentary productions and co-productions:


    LineUp German interactive productions and co-productions:


    • LOCAL BINARIES by Lauren Moffatt, Germany, Spain, Denmark, 2022, AR, International Premiere  [CPH:DOX’ INTER:ACTIVE]

    • THE UNCENSORED LIBRARY by Reporters Without Borders, Germany, 2020, [CPH:DOX’ INTER:ACTIVE]

    • HIVEMIND with Danielle Bathwaite-Shirley in association with Trust and Serpentine’s R&D Platform. UK/Germany, [CPH:DOX’ INTER:ACTIVE]










    Juries of the five festival competitions DOX:AWARD, NEW:VISION, F:ACT AWARD, NORDIC:DOX and NEXT:WAVE.




    CPH:DOX’ industry events will include the financing and co-production event CPH:FORUM, CPH:CONFERENCE and INTER:ACTIVE symposium. The industry programme runs under the banner 'Business as Unusual' between March 19-24. Read more about the key dates and events in the industry programme here. For the tenth year running, CPH:FORUM and Eurimages are happy to present the Co-Production Development Award of 20,000€ for the best pitch. To express solidarity with the Ukrainian film industry, alongside the long-standing Co-Production Development Award, Europe's Eurimages Fund decided to award a new Special Eurimages Co-production Development Award at CPH:FORUM 2023 of additional 20,000€, that will go to one of the Ukrainian projects in the Forum line-up.
    The awards will be handed out during the CPH:INDUSTRY AWARDS Happy Hour Drink on Thursday, March 23 at 18:00.



    KEY DATES for filmmakers and professionals

    If you’re a filmmaker or an industry professional, please mark your calendar with these important dates and deadlines, to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the activities that CPH:DOX has to offer:

    INTRO:DOX Day (19 March)
    INTRO:DOX is a brand-new initiative envisioned to welcome emerging filmmakers from all over the world, working on their first or second non-fiction feature. INTRO:DOX will open the CPH:INDUSTRY 2023 programme with a full day of introductory sessions on Sunday, March 19, 2023, finishing off with a networking happy hour.

    CPH:FORUM (20-23 March)
    CPH:FORUM is our long-standing financing and co-production event. Highly acknowledged producers and directors from all over the world will take the stage to pitch 35 carefully selected projects in the intersection of non-fiction, fiction, visual art, journalism and science. Besides project presentations, CPH:FORUM offers pitch preparation and tailored one-to-one meetings between the presenting teams, potential co-production partners and interested financiers and distributors, and culminates with presenting the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award of €20,000 for the event’s best pitch.

    The half day symposium will showcase the projects developed throughout the CPH:LAB training programme and will be used as the pivot of the debate about the business aspects of how to produce, finance and distribute this kind of audiovisual projects. The next edition of the Symposium will take place in Copenhagen and will be open for all accredited guests as well as ticket holders.

    DELEGATIONS (20 March)
    CPH:INDUSTRY offers a wide range of activities and networking events to help facilitate the match of potential business partners among nearly 2.000 film professionals from all over the world who are joining CPH:DOX annually.

    CPH:CONFERENCE (21-24 March)
    CPH:CONFERENCE is a unique industry event, presented and curated in partnership with the leading training initiative Documentary Campus. The next edition takes place in Copenhagen and is open to all accredited guests, as well as the public.


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    CPH:DOX 2023 .
    CPH:DOX 2022 .
    CPH:DOX 2021 .
    CPH:DOX 2020 .
    CPH:DOX 2019 .

     CPH:DOX will return to the Copenhagen cinemas March 13-24, 2024. New submissions start May 15, 2023. Submit a film here. Rules&Regulations.

  • 73 BERLINALE February 16-26, 2023

              The Berlinale Documentary Award goes to EL ECO | THE ECHO by Tatiana Huezo, awarded as Best Director by the Encounters Jury as well.  ...






    • The Berlinale Documentary Award goes to EL ECO | THE ECHO by Tatiana Huezo, awarded as Best Director by the Encounters Jury as well. 
      In rural surroundings, young people discover the world. Luminous, intimate images of a grandmother, rainstorms, and school classrooms reveal a complex community. This deeply affectionate film shows time passing, a world opening up. It is a fascinating new piece in the director’s already distinguished body of work. Our award goes to Tatiana Huezo for El eco. [Jury Statement]

    • The Compass-Perspektive-Award as well as the 38 Friedensfilmpreis der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung [PeaceFilmPrize] goes to SEVEN WINTERS IN TEHERAN | SIEBEN WINTER IN TEHERAN by Steffi Niederzoll.
      'How does one overcome the feeling of powerlessness and show resistance?
      Spellbound, we follow the story of a young woman who defies institutionalised male violence. What also emerges is a sensitive portrait of a family torn apart by the battle against an unethical regime. Using a variety of documentary materials, the film follows a strict narrative arc.
      This film is painful and unsettling. At the same time, encountering the young protagonist Reyhaneh is inspiring, leaving us with a spark of hope. The 2023 Compass-Perspektive-Award goes to Seven Winters in Tehran by Steffi Niederzoll'. [Jury Statement Compass-Perspektive–Award]

    • The Caligari Film Award goes to Selma Doborac for DE FACTO.
      The jury states: "an extraordinary and highly intense film that, like hardly any other before it, makes us think philosophically about destructive (group) dynamics and the inhuman in human beings".

    • The Special Prize of the Generation Kplus by Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk for Best Short Film  goes to WAKING UP IN SILENCE by Mila Zhluktenko, Daniel Asadi Faezi.
      We would like to give the prize to a film that offers a tender glimpse into the daily rhythms of a dislocated childhood. This film’s effortless intimacy bears witness to enduring joy, strength and innocence against a backdrop of profound loss. We were moved by the film’s confident approach. It powerfully evokes a sense of place and history as it offers an important snapshot of the urgent present. [Jury Statement]

    • The Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film of the Youth Jury Generation 14plus goes to AND ME, I'M DANCING TOO | MAN KHOD, MAN HAM MIRAGHSAM by Mohammad Valizadegan
      Woman: A person who identifies as female.
      Life: The period of time between birth and death. The experience of being alive.
      Freedom: The absence of coercion and restrictions. The ability to express yourself as you wish.
      Dance: A ritual, a custom, a profession, a sport, a form of therapy, a social interaction or simply an expression of feelings. Dancing is liberation.
      The film not only moved and touched us, but it also made us thoughtful and, above all, combative, through the authentic presentation of topics which are unfortunately still as relevant today as they were years ago. [Jury Statement]

    • and...

    ...the GOLDEN BAER for Best Film of the 73 BERLINALE goes to the French documentary production

    SUR L'ADAMANT | ON THE ADAMANT by Nicolas Philibert, produced by Céline Loiseau, Gilles Sacuto, Miléna Poylo. The film portrays the floating structure located on the Seine in the heart of Paris de jour L'Adamant, a special day center for the treatment of adults with mental disorders.







    73 Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin 2023 with a total number of 17 German Documentaries in the programme and some more as screenings at the EFM. Visit our virtual stand online at the EFM linking to the screening schedule of each of them or let's meet at our booth 18, groundfloor GROPIUS BAU. Access with market badge only.






    LineUp German documentary productions and co-productions @ 73 BERLINALE




    Berlinale Documentary Award [photo ©2022 Gundula Krause]

    The Berlin International Film Festival has long been committed to the diversity of documentary forms. A distinct award for the best documentary film was launched in 2017. The Berlinale Documentary Award, endowed with 40,000 Euros in prize money, will be sponsored by public broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb).

    In total, 20 documentary forms from the sections Competition, Berlinale Special, Encounters, Panorama, Forum, Generation and Perspektive Deutsches Kino are nominated for the Berlinale Documentary Award. The prize money will be shared by the director and the producer of the winning film. The award will be presented during the official Award Ceremony at the Berlinale Palast on February 25, 2023. A three-member jury will pick the winner. Click here for more information.









    53 BERLINALE FORUM: Powerful documentaries stand alongside highly personal essay films, while works of fiction draw on pared-down plots or surrealist exuberance in equal measure. Whether narrow analogue formats or digital scans, 80s video footage or hand-coloured images from cinema’s early years: the 28 films that make up the 53rd Berlinale Forum main programme celebrate the diversity of cinematic forms, approaches and narratives, and explore the predicaments of the past and the present in unflinching fashion.
    With German documentary productions and co-productions such as:

    18 FORUM EXPANDED is presenting a total of 33 works from 19 countries at the Forum Expanded cinemas, at the silent green Betonhalle, as well as at SAVVY Contemporary and in the Marshall McLuhan Salon of the Embassy of Canada in Berlin including German documentary productions and co-productions such as:

    PANORAMA screens extraordinary cinema, is a traditional audience favourite and - with its own audience award - has the festival’s biggest jury. Every year since 1999, the Berlinale’s biggest jury – the Panorama audience – has awarded the Panorama Audience Award for the most popular feature film and documentary. The section has always recognised its audience as its closest ally.

    PERSPECTIVE The Perspektive Deutsches Kino section presents debut and second films produced in Germany but featuring universal, international stories. The selected narratives are multifaceted and courageous, their creators devise and realise them with curiosity, passion and originality.

    ENCOUNTERS is a platform aiming to foster aesthetically and structurally daring works from independent, innovative filmmakers. Its goal is to support new perspectives in cinema and to give more room to diverse narrative and documentary forms in the official selection. Conceived as a counterpoint and a complement to Competition, Encounters is a competitive section devoted to new cinematic visions. The films selected will challenge traditional forms and ask viewers to reconsider their positions in relation to them. Being a mirror of the different ways of production that have developed in the 21st century and reflecting this vibrant energy, Encounters will become a meeting point for filmmakers and producers, programmers and film critics, cinephiles and festival lovers. • THE ECHO






    Visit our 'Companie Profile' AG DOK / German Documentaries online or let's meet booth 18 at GROPIUS BAU groundfloor under the umbrella of German Films, with Kordula Marisa Hildebrandt [t: +49 30 25920 - 842], who gladly will present your press material of your latest German documentary production or co-production.

    EFM 2023 Shipping Information:
    European Film Market
    Booth 18 [German Films / AG DOK / German Documentaries]
    contact: Kordula Marisa Hildebrandt
    GROPIUS BAU, Niederkirchnerstr. 7, 10963 Berlin, Germany

    'The European Film Market (EFM) of the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival came to a successful close yesterday (February 22). After two online editions in 2021 and 2022 due to the pandemic, this year’s market, now once again on-site, reports record results with 230 stands and 612 companies from 78 countries and a total of over 11,500 market participants from 132 countries. These numbers are an impressive testament to the EFM’s position as one of the most significant audiovisual content trade platforms worldwide. 773 films were shown in 1,533 screenings, including 647 online screenings and 599 market premieres. The total number of buyers also rose to 1,302. 629 film projects were presented on the new Producers & Project Pages.' source: PR Feb 23, 2023
    Back in Full Force: The European Film Market (EFM) Reports Positive Results for the First Post-Pandemic Edition.






    EFM Market Screenings
    Focussing all activities at Potsdamer Platz, the EFM offers numerous state-of-the-art screening venues in different sizes, all in proximity to the EFM venues and the festival centre.




    73 BERLINALE Press Releases click here.
    BERLINALE video channel click here.





    global forum for women film organizations @berlinale 2023

    As part of the Berlinale 2023, the global forum for women film organizations will shine a light on the work of women filmmakers who operate in war zones and other areas of danger and conflict currently shaking the world. On Friday February 17th at 10a.m. at the Embassy of Canada to Germany, Leipziger Platz 17, 10117 Berlin [admission 9.15 am]
    The aim of this event is to highlight the importance of female voices during times of crisis and in authoritarian regimes. Female filmmakers from Afghanistan, Iran and Ukraine are invited to the panel to share their perspectives. Get yout ticket here.




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    73 BERLINALE 2023
    72 BERLINALE 2022
    71 BERLINALE 2021
    • 70 BERLINALE 2020
    69 BERLINALE 2019
    68 BERLINALE 2018

     ••• 74 BERLINALE, Februar 15—25, 2024 •••
     Online submission for 2024 will be activated in mid-September 2023.


  • 20 dokumentarfilmwoche hamburg, april 24-30, 2023

              With German productions and co-productions a.o. ALL SOUNDS WITHIN | TODOS LOS SONIDOS ENTRAN ADENTRO by Salka Tiziana, 26min, AN ...






    With German productions and co-productions a.o.


    • AN OPEN MIND | DER OFFENE BLICK by Peter Nestler, 101min


    • EIGENTLICH EIGENTLICH JANUAR by Jan Peters, 100min,


    • I'TIKAAF by Raaed Al Kour, Anna-Maria Dutoit, 30min

    • KAYU BESI by Andrianus 'Oetjoe' Merdhi, Max Sänger, 28min

    • KLASSENVERHÄLTNISSE AM BODENSEE by Ariane Andereggen, Ted Gaier, 82min

    • NÖRDLICH VON LIBYEN – DARIUSH UND ANTJE by Luise Müller, 60min

    • RETREAT by Anabela Angelovska, 30min

    • TARA by Volker Sattel, Francesca Bertin, 86min,

    • THREE WOMEN | DREI FRAUEN by Maksym Melnyk, 85min

    • WITHIN SIGHTS by Benjamin Hassmann, 30min

    • URBAN SOLUTIONS by Minze Tummescheit, Arne Hector, Luciana Mazeto, Vinícius Lopes, 30min





     MY MOTHER, A WAR AND ME by Tamara Trampe



    20 dokumentarfilmwoche hamburg dedicate a small tribute to the film-maker and dramaturge Tamara Trampe, who died at the end of 2021. In a panel discussion with long-time companions, it will be possible to look at the work of the exceptional documentarian.

    • MEINE MUTTER, EIN KRIEG UND ICH | MY MOTHER, A WAR AND ME by Tamara Trampe, Johann Feindt, 78min

    • WEISSE RABEN – ALPTRAUM TSCHETSCHENIEN by Tamara Trampe, Johann Feindt, 92min


    Download the PDF with the programme of the 20th edition of the dokumentarfilmwoche hamburg here.


  • 44 FF Max Ophuels Preis, Januar 23-29, 2023

     THE PRIZE OF FILM CRITICS as well as BEST ORIGINAL SCORE DOCUMENTARY goes to INDEPENDENCE by Felix Meyer-Christian with Helen Wendt and composer ...

     THE PRIZE OF FILM CRITICS as well as BEST ORIGINAL SCORE DOCUMENTARY goes to INDEPENDENCE by Felix Meyer-Christian with Helen Wendt and composer Marcus Thomas.

    Felix Meyer-Christian with Helen Wendt



    "...A young Afro-German woman from Berlin embarks on a search for her roots. In the process, not only is the changeable relationship between the GDR and Mozambique made clear, but above all the question of identity, belonging and independence is raised. Based on this personal story, the successful essay film traces other independence movements, lets people from South Sudan have their say, from Catalonia, Great Britain and also from Bavaria. The struggle for independence, be it Brexit or the national Bavarian party, is neither judged nor ridiculed, but taken seriously. By playing out independence on three levels, the personal, the political and the symbolic on the theater stage, the film develops a tremendous pull and thus appears unstrained and immediate. Only when the question of belonging is clarified can one be truly independent." [Jury Prize of Film Critics]




    The Max Ophüls Preis Film Festival is considered the most important newcomer film festival in the German-speaking world, giving voice and presenting the works of new talents from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. 






    WETTBEWERB DOKUMENTARFILM with eleven films from German speaking countries, such as Austria, Germany and Switzerland, competing for four prizes:

    • MAX OPHÜLS PRIZE: BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM, endowed with 7,500 Euros, provided by Saarland Medien GmbH

    • MAX OPHÜLS PRIZE: BEST FILM MUSIC, endowed with 5,000 Euros, offered by Saarland Medien GmbH and endowed by the Strecker Foundation.

    • MAX OPHÜLS PRIZE: PUBLIC PRIZE DOCUMENTARY FILM is endowed with 5,000 Euros by Dillinger and Saarstahl. The prize is awarded to an entry from the Documentary Film competition by a vote of the festival audience.

    • The award of the non-endowed MAX OPHÜLS PRIZE: PRIZE OF FILM CRITICS is decided by a three-member jury composed of the film critics' associations from Germany (BVMJ and VdFk), Austria (Austrian Film Critics' Guild) and Switzerland (SVFJ).



    LineUp German documentary productions and co-productions












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    44 FF Max Ophüls Preis 2023
    43 FF Max Ophüls Preis 2022
    42 FF Max Ophüls Preis 2021
    41 FF Max Ophüls Preis 2020
    40 FF Max Ophüls Preis 2019

    ...and 'work in progress' 45 FF Max Ophüls Preis 2024

  • 52 IFFR International Film Festival Rotterdam, Jan 25 – Feb 5, 2023

            with German documentary productions and co-productions such as: ASHES BY NAME IS MAN by Ewelina Rosinska, 20min, P: DFFB, [Short & ...





    with German documentary productions and co-productions such as:


    Find all German productions and co-productions at the 52 edition of IFFR at the website of GERMAN FILMS.


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    52 IFFR 2023


    NEXT:  IFFR January 25 – February 4, 2024,

  • 25 RIDM November 17 – 27, 2022, Montreal

            Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) This year’s selection tallies up to 134 films from 49 countries that aim to reflect ...





    Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM)

    This year’s selection tallies up to 134 films from 49 countries that aim to reflect the current state of the world, while also showcasing the sheer breadth of creativity and diversity in documentary cinema. Several discussions and activities, all free of charge, are also included in the lineup, thus enabling important conversations around documentary to take place, and bringing the ‘encounters’ (or ‘rencontres’) component of the festival to the forefront. 

    For this anniversary edition, the RIDM carries on with its mission to bring together the films of both established directors and new talents. A whopping 58 emerging filmmakers will present their first or second works at this year’s edition. The festival is also delighted to welcome 27 international filmmakers to its event, and to acknowledge the work of female directors, by presenting again this year a program in which a majority of films were made by women.



    LineUp German documentary productions and co-productions:




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    26 RIDM Novenber 15 – 26, 2023.

  • 26 RIDM, November 15—26, 2023, Montreal

    26 RIDM, November 15—26, 2023, Montreal #ridm  The complete RIDM line-up will be unveiled at a press conference on Wednesday, October 25 at ...
  • 39 DOK FEST KASSEL Nov 15-20, 2022

    + ONLINE until Nov 27.   ...and the A-38-Production Grant Kassel-Halle goes to ANNA by Julia Roesler. HOW TO SAVE A DEAD FRIEND by Marusya ...

    + ONLINE until Nov 27.



     © Kathrin Maurer


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    This year, Kassel Dokfest takes place in hybrid form. An extensive programme has been put together with numerous special programmes, 251 films as well as 19 media installations from 56 countries. Programme overview as PDF available here.



     LineUp german documentary productions and co-productions among others



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  • 57 Hof IFF, October 24—29, 2023

      57 Hof IFF, October 24-30, 2023       The 57th Hof International Film Festival will take place from October 24 to 29, 2023. Information ...
  • 27 Ji.hlava IDFF, October 24 – 29, 2023

      27 Ji.hlava IDFF, October 24 – 29, 2023        Ji.hlava New Visions Forum: Europe 2023 The event is dedicated to the new generation of European ...


    27 Ji.hlava IDFF, October 24 – 29, 2023




    Ji.hlava New Visions Forum: Europe 2023

    The event is dedicated to the new generation of European producers, new formats, innovative trends, and visions for the future. The programme is open to diverse audiovisual formats.

    At the core of the Ji.hlava New Visions Forum 2023 will be the pitching of 18 European documentary projects – both in the development stage and in production / post-production stages. The event will take place place on October 26–27 during the 27th Ji.hlava IDFF attended by film professionals and other stakeholders in the film industry accredited at the festival. The presentations will take place in person. The call is open not only to documentary films but also diverse audiovisual formats such as fiction with documentary aspects, hybrid, experimental, short films, docu and web series, cinema expanded projects, games with documentary aspects and VR / AR / Live documentaries. Submit your projects here.


    LineUp German documentary productions and co-productions [work in progress]:





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     • 26 Ji.hlava 2022



  • 20 Doclisboa, October 6-16, 2022

        Doclisboa Festival Internacional de Cinema, October 6-16, 2022        celebrates its 20th anniversary, with a huge amount such as 15 German ...




    celebrates its 20th anniversary, with a huge amount such as 15 German productions & co-productions in the programm. Two decades imagining a space of meeting and sharing between spectators and filmmakers that this year comes true in a special edition.



    LineUp German productions and co-productions

    Find the full lineup at 20doclisboa22 here or browse full programm and download the programm as PDF...


    In 2015, Doclisboa organised the first complete retrospective of Želimir Žilnik, a key figure of Yugoslav Black Wave. These four short films, made between 1973 and 1975 in West Germany, were considered lost and, therefore, weren’t shown. The miracle happened: they were recently rediscovered, as well as the material for his second feature, Freedom or Cartoons. Journal About Želimir Žilnik follows the efforts to finish this film fifty years later.
    • FAREWELL | ABSCHIED 9min, © 1975, [NEW VISIONS]
    • REQUEST | ANTRAG 9min, © 1974 [NEW VISIONS]
    •••• JOURNAL ABOUT ZELIMIR ZILNIK by Janko Baljak, Serbia [NEW VISIONS] ©2021

    ...as well as
    • REDEMPTION by Miguel Gomes, 27min [GREEN YEARS] © 2013
    • ROSTOV-LUANDA by Abderrahmane Sissako, 60min © 1997



    It is a group of activities, gatherings, opportunities and people for the advancement of the creation, production and dissemination of independent film. In 2022, Nebulae will take place on-site between the 11th and 16th October. Programm as PDF for download.


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    21 doclisboa 2023
    20 doclisboa 2022

     coming up 21 doclisboa, October 19 – 29, 2023.


  • German Documentary Award 2022

      DEUTSCHER DOKUMENTARFILMPREIS  2022 GERMAN DOCUMENTARY AWARD       2022 the shared main award goes to Maria Speth's MR BACHMANN AND HIS ...








    Prof. Dr. Kai Gniffke, Franz Böhm, Carl Bergengruen, Maria Speth




    • The Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award 2022 goes to WERNER HERZOG .
      "...a great personality whose work inspires and inspires generations of filmmakers. For almost six decades now, he has taken his camera into parts of our world where no other director has dared to go, to tell stories in a way that no one else even considered. His films impressively demonstrate why Werner Herzog is regarded as one of the boldest and most visionary filmmakers of our time – a director whom both Milos Forman and Francois Truffaut described as 'the greatest living filmmaker'. On behalf of the SWR Doku Festival, I would like to congratulate Werner Herzog on receiving the Honorary Award of the German Documentary Award." CEO of SWR, Prof. Dr. Kai Gniffke says.


    Wim Wenders presents the Ehrenpreis – Deutscher Dokumentarfilmpreis to 





    Out of 100 submissions an independent jury, Prof. Regina Ziegler, Gero von Boehm, Prof. Aelrun Goette, Prof. Astrid Pellengahr and Prof. Bettina Reitz nominated twelve documentaries for the German Documentary Award as well as three documentaries for original score in a German documentary production. Interview with Prof. Regina Ziegler __German only__

    The Nominees are:

    2022 the members of the jury Music Award SWR are Fola Dada, Rainer Homburg and CAMPINO aka Andreas Frege. __Interview German only___




    as single page:
    German Documentary Award 2022
    German Documentary Award 2020
    German Documentary Award 2019
    German Documentary Award 2018




    Editor german documentaries Ingri Mola
  • International Film Festivals in Germany

    The festivals with markets are: BERLINALE | efmDOK.fest Munich | DOK.forumDOK Leipzig | DOK INDUSTRY      Schedule of the international documentary ...

    The festivals with markets are:

    BERLINALE | efm
    DOK.fest Munich | DOK.forum
    DOK Leipzig | DOK INDUSTRY   


    Schedule of the international documentary festivals as well as festivals with sections of documentaries chronologic throughout the year.


    45 Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis January 22—28, 2024 [FB] ___Submission___ starts September 1 until End of October




    74 BERLINALE – International Filmfestspiele Berlin, Feb. 15—25, 2024
    Online submission for 2024 will be activated in mid-September.

    efm - European Film Market further information  [FB]



    20. dokumentarfilmwoche hamburg, April, 20–24, 2023
    Find out more information about 20. dokumentarfilmwoche hamburg at the festival's website: https://dokfilmwoche.com/en/home/





    40 INTERNATIONALES FRAUEN FILM FEST Dortmund+Köln, April 16—21, 2024 in DORTMUND. The festival takes place annually, alternating between Dortmund and Cologne [FB



       39 DOK.fest Munich, May 1—12, 2023
                              and  May 6—20 @HOME



    IKFF - 40 Hamburg International Short Film Festival, June 4–9, 2023
    ___Submission___ starts November 1, 2013 [FB]



    #FFMUC | 40 FILMFEST MÜNCHEN in Munich  June 23—July 1, 2023. All films screened at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN are selected by the festival programmers.


    NaturVision Filmfestival, Ludwigsburg, July 20—23, 2023 [FB]



    31 FILMFEST HAMBURG, September 28 – October 7, 2023
    #FFHH23 _ Submission _ opens in March [FB]



    57 Internatonale Hofer Filmtage | Hof International Film Festival, October 24—29, 2023
    [FB] For futher Information please visit the website of the festival.



    66 DOK Leipzig, October 8—15, 2023
    International Leipzig Film Festival for Documentary and Animated Film [FBSubmission until July 15, 2023
    18 DOK Co-Pro Market will take place during DOK LEIPZIG.
    66 DOK Leipzig please visit the website of the festival.




    65 Nordic Filmdays Lübeck, November 1–5, 2023  [FB].
    __ online submission starts Spring 2023  and ends August 1, 2023.




    47 DUISBURGER FILMWOCHE, df#47 the festival of documentaries produced in Germany, Austria and Switzerland  in Duisburg, November 6—12, 2023. Deadline for submission is August 6, 2023. For further information concerning 48 DUISBURGER FILMWOCHE please visit the website of the festival. [FB]

     doxs! festival - creative European documentaries for children and adolescents, Duisburg, November. For further information concerning next dox! please visit the website of the festival. [https://www.do-xs.defilmwoche@stadt-duisburg.de]



    40 KASSELER DOK-FEST, Kasseler Dokumentarfilm und Video Fest, November 14—19, 2023. The 40th Kassel Dokfest is being planned as a hybrid form, it will take place on-site from November 14 to 19, 2023. The online offer will be available until November 26, 2023. Submission will be possible from mid-April until July 1, it is always free of charge and a premiere is not a requirement.


    among others...

  • German Films

      is the national information and advisory center for the promotion of German films worldwide. German Films’ range of activities includes: ...


    is the national information and advisory center for the promotion of German films worldwide.

    German Films’ range of activities includes: Close cooperation with and presence at all major international film festivals and selected TV markets; hosting selection delegations from international festivals; PR and press work for all major national and international media representatives; information and advice for international buyers, German producers and exporters; publication of informational literature on current German films and the film industry; organization of the annual “Next Generation” short film program; administration of the selection procedure for the German entry for the OSCAR for Best Foreign Language Film; staging of “Festivals of German Films” worldwide and “German Premieres” in selected cities; collaboration with Deutsche Welle’s DW-TV KINO program; organization of the “German Films Previews”; selective financial support for the foreign releases of German films; organization with Unifrance of the annual German-French film meeting.

    For additional information and a complete list of the current shareholders, board members and staff, please visit the German Films Website.