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DOK.fest Munich gives a review of the most important documentary films of the year with an emphasis on the promotion of creative documentary films. The festival presents filmographies of well-known filmmakers and supports filmmakers from so called `low production countries´ - initiating sustainable liaisons between established artists and newcomers.

For the coming DOK.fest we accept with a duration of at least 52 minutes, which must have been completed after January 1st 2023 and must not have been shown in German public television yet.

For our School program we look for professional short films (10 to 30 minutes) showing powerful stories about kids and adolescents (8 to 18 years), told in an artistic and creative way.

Submission deadlines:

DOK.fest: December 18th, 2023 December 18th, 2023




DOK.fest München

Dachauer Str. 114

D-80636 München

+49 89 51 39 97 88


39th DOK.fest Munich - Call for entry



Calls for Entries 2024


The submission for the 39th DOK.fest München (1 to 12 May 2024 @cinemas, 6 to 20 May @home) is open!

We are looking for stirring, moving, curious, impressive and relevant documentary films. From now on, filmmakers, producers, distributors and composers are invited to submit their latest films for the various programme sections of DOK.fest München.

With our third dual edition, we will continue to combine the best of both worlds into a dual festival experience in 2024: We will stick to our additional digital offering and present the festival films not only on the big screen in the cinema, but also again on the digital screen in your home.


DOK.fest München Film Programme

For the 39th DOK.fest München we are looking for outstanding national and international documentary films with a minimum length of 52 minutes which were completed after 1 January 2023 and have neither been shown regularly in cinemas in Germany, nor broadcast on German television, nor made freely available on any online platform (online presentation of festivals excepted). Preference will be given to premieres.

Submission deadline: 18 December 2023
Regulations, further information and film submission School Programme

For the school programme of our film literacy section we are looking for professional documentary films or films by professional filmmakers (10–30 minutes) that tell strong stories for and about children and young people (aged 6 to 19) in an artistic and creative way. The films may already have been broadcast and shown on other platforms. Submission for is free of charge.

Submission deadline: 18 December 2023
Regulations and further information 

Click here for the announcement of the documentary film competition for young people.


Student Award

The Student Award presents outstanding documentary films by students from German-speaking film schools and academies. All students from our partner universities are invited to submit their films. The films selected for the competition are nominated for the megaherz Student Award, endowed with 3.000 euros. In addition to classic formats, the Student Award is also looking forward to submissions of innovative, experimental and hybrid formats of any length. There is no submission fee for students (full waiver).

Submission deadline: 18 December 2023
Regulations and further information


German Documentary Film Music Award

The German Documentary Film Music Award, endowed with 5.000 euros, honours film compositions that connect with the documentary narrative in a special way. Composers and filmmakers are invited to submit their original compositions for a current feature-length documentary film from the German-speaking countries. The award is sponsored by the Versicherungskammer Kulturstiftung.

Submission deadline: 1 February 2024
Regulations and further information


VFF Documentary Film Production Award

Unique in Germany, the VFF Documentary Film Production Award honours the role of production in the creation of current cinema documentary film projects. It is endowed with 7.500 euros.

Sumbission deadline: 1 February 2024

Regulations and further information 
FAQ for the VFF Documentary Film Production Award


Competitions and Awards

Find out here about the competition series and awards of DOK.fest München.



DOK.fest München Film Programme School Programme 
Student Award 
VFF Documentary Film Production Award

Veronica Loebner,
Elena Lanzinger,


German Documentary Film Music Award

Johanna von Websky,


DOK.fest München
Dachauer Straße 116
80636 Munich
Phone: +49 (0)89 – 51 39 97 88



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