Berlinale Documentary Award

Rithy Panh, director of Irradiés, which was awarded the Berlinale Documentary Award 2020

For many years now, the Berlin International Film Festival has been committed to the diversity of documentary forms. A distinct award for the best documentary film was launched in 2017.

The Berlinale Documentary Award is endowed with 40,000 Euros in prize money sponsored by public broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb).

Approximately 18 current documentary forms from the sections Competition, Encounters, Panorama, Forum, Generation, Berlinale Special and Perspektive Deutsches Kino are nominated for the Berlinale Documentary Award. A three-person jury chooses the winner. The 40,000 Euros in prize money is split between the film’s director and producer. The award is presented during the official Awards Ceremony at the Berlinale Palast.

Download Guidelines Berlinale Documentary Award, PDF (70 KB)