Munich International Documentary Film Festival


Years running: 38 (since 1985)

Munich International Documentary Film Festival

International Documentary Film Festival in Munich.


Munich hosts its International Documentary Film Festival, one of the few festivals devoted to the subject, still a living medium in the cinemas of many countries. Screenings take place at museums, cultural centres and other Munich venues. The aim of the International Documentary Film Festival is to highlight documentary films made for cinema by taking them out of the shadow of competing dramatic films. In line with the goal of maximising the exposure of documentary films from around the world, there are no pre-festival embargoes on the entries. Media coverage is more on a regional level, with the presence of representatives from the field of documentaries.


  • (International Competition),
  • DOK.deutsch (German-language Competition),
  • DOK.horizonte (films from development and emerging countries),
  • DOK.panorama (International Productions Out of Competition),
  • DOK.guest (focus region),
  • (young audiences),
  • DOK.retro,
  • DOK.special.


  • The film must have been completed after January 1st 2021 and must not have been shown in German public television yet.
  • Films with a duration of at least 52 minutes are accepted.

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • Fill out entry form,
  • Send 2 DVDs with submitted film by mail or download work via Internet. 

Selection Media Type: DVD, online

Screening Media Type: DCP, ProRes files

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Managing and Artistic Director
Daniel Sponsel




Official Website



DOK.fest München
Film administration
Dachauer Str. 114
80636 München

Phone: +49 89 51 39 97 88

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Deadline
    December 17, 2021
  • Event Dates
    14 — 15 May 2022
Categories & Fees

Documentary films longer than 52 minutes.

  • Deadline — €40

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. German subtitles.

  • Deadline — free
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