DOK Preview Germany

DOK Preview Germany

DOK Preview Germany is a launch pad for works-in-progress projects and freshly completed German documentary films seeking world premiere and international distribution opportunities.

DOK Preview Germany showcases German feature-length documentaries ready to enter the international market. The teams present their projects to international buyers, commissioning editors, world sales, festival curators and distributors looking for outstanding films to offer their audiences.

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.

Apply Now With Your Project

We are looking for your creative, author-driven, feature-length documentary projects (min. 79 minutes) suitable for theatrical release and festival distribution with an international audience in mind. 


We accept completed documentary films as well as projects nearing completion, aiming for an estimated release date in winter/spring 24/25.

Projects in development or early stages of production are not eligible.

Only productions with a majority of German participation are eligible. We require a BAFA proof for international co-productions. 

The deadline for applications is 5 September 2024. 

Please find all relevant information on participating with a project and how to submit in the DOK Preview Germany Entry Guidelines, and check our FAQ.

Ready? The application takes place via myDOK. You’ll need to login (or to register for a new account to access the entry form: 

Start your submission here


A presentation room viewed through the reflections of the windows. Two persons stand with hand microphones in front of an audience. Behind them a blue screen with the DOK Leipzig logo.

The event brings together an audience of approximately 80 international buyers, distributors and festival curators with the directors and producers of the selected projects.

People applauding

Live project presentation followed by a networking cocktail where guests and project representatives get the opportunity to meet, talk and network in a relaxed atmosphere.

An online workshop for the selected project teams will precede the event as a warm-up and preparation for their participation.

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When and Where?

DOK Preview Germany takes place on Monday, 28 October 2024 as part of DOK Industry. The venue is located in Leipzig’s city centre with festival cinemas and the festival centre within walking distance. 

The presentation will also be streamed live for additional experts who are not present.

Applications FAQ

For all questions on how to apply for DOK Preview Germany, read the following FAQ:

Which project team member should apply?

We encourage either the director or the producer to apply.


Where can I find the entry form?

Once you have completed the registration for myDOK and logged in, you will see the application options. Please choose “Apply for Preview Germany”.

If you choose the incorrect form, return to the menu and complete a new application.


I have submitted my application incompletely or would like to change a note. What should I do?

Once you have clicked the submit button, you cannot change the form anymore. You can either start a new application or, if you would like to change a submitted application, please do so by emailing the DOK Preview Germany Coordinator (preview [at] dok-leipzig [dot] de (preview[at]dok-leipzig[dot]de)).

Please respect our capacity for answering emails.


I am not sure if I can make the deadline. Can I get an extension?

The deadline is 5 September 2024, midnight CEST (UTC +2).

Do not wait until the final moment to apply. The server might be overwhelmed.

Even more noteworthy, please do not send us panicked emails. We are reasonable and can give you a possible extension if you contact us early on.



How many team members can participate at DOK Preview Germany?

We have limited capacity and can only welcome two team members per project, either a producer, two producers or a producer and a director. 

We keep our events small and exclusive, focusing on opportunities to meet decision makers. We are only able to do so by restricting the number of participants.


Is there a participation fee?

Participation in the presentation and the networking event afterwards is free of charge. Please note your participation does not give you automatic access to our DOK Leipzig Festival and DOK Industry Programme.

If you want access to the entire programme, we offer a discount on the accreditation fee.


I am a first-timer at a rough-cut presentation. Is there a possibility to receive training?

We foster knowledge exchange through the DOK Industry Programme. We are happy to advise you on your participation or how to position your written materials for the project overview, e.g. via Zoom.

We also offer a workshop (online) before DOK Preview Germany begins that will focus on honing your pitching skills in a supportive environment.


Two men smile at each other in front of an audience in a wooden-paneled room. Both are holding certificates in their hands.
Susann Bargas Gomez

In 2023, our partner D-Facto Motion has once again awarded the D-Facto Motion Works-in-Progress Prize to one of the projects presented at DOK Preview Germany.

The prize comes with post-production services valued at 10,000 € and went to 

“Johatsu – Into Thin Air”
directed by Andreas Hartmann and Arata Mori
(Germany, Japan)


Alumni Projects

that have recently celebrated their world premieres
A group of seven young women pose for a picture. One of them holds a boom pole with a huge microphone.
Tell Them About Us
Preview Germany 2022

by Rand Beiruty
produced by: Shaghab Films, Tondowski Films

World Premiere at CPH:DOX and at Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival

An empty alley at night with little shops and neon signs on the sides. Two persons on bicycles at the end of the alley.
Johatsu - Into Thin Air
Preview Germany 2023

by Andreas Hartmann and Arata Mori
produced by: Ossa Film

Combined World Premiere at CPH:DOX and Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival 

View from a house with open doors and windows at a giant cactus at dawn.
Night of the Coyotes
Preview Germany 2023

by Clara Trischler
produced by: HORSE & FRUITS Filmproduktion

World Premiere at CPH:DOX (F:act Award Competition)


More to Discover

Director of Dok Industry Nadja Tennstedt on stage. She speaks into a microphone and smiles slightly.
Project Archive

Want to browse last year’s Preview Germany selections?

Go to our Project Archive

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Acclaim for DOK Industry Alumni

We are happy to see the film projects from previous DOK Industry editions evolving into successful films. 

Follow their stories


DOK Preview Germany is a joint production of German Films and DOK Leipzig, with the support of AG DOK.

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