Every two years innovative filmmakers from all over Europe meet up in Neubrandenburg. Documentaries, fiction and animated films are welcome. The films tackle the topic "future" under a bigger scope and deal with changing realities. They test and transcend the boundaries of their genre in exciting frontier region between tradition and avant-garde.
We warmly welcome entries from professional filmmakers and film students. Films and videos should not be more than sixty minutes in length. The films have to be subtitled in English. We accept all standard formats. Preference will be given to films, which have not previously been shown elsewhere, although we will accept those that have.
Every year a different European film school will introduce itself as part of the festival's international program. As well as our European program, dokumenART also offers a special forum for Eastern European films. The aim of this forum is to promote encounters between filmmakers from Eastern and Western Europe within the newly expanded Europe. Our international programme is further supplemented by Specials, Retrospectives and regional features. The next submission deadline starts in spring 23.
We encourage committed filmmakers to submit via FilmFreeway.

The Latücht-Award of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern will be awarded to an outstanding film, video or multimedia project which makes best use of the creative possibilities of the medium.
It comes with a cash prize of 5,000 €.

The City of Neubrandenburg Award will be awarded to a courageous and artistically ambitious film that explores or transcends the boundaries of its genre. It comes with a cash prize of 2,000 €.

The award of the Members-Jury of the Film & Media Association Latücht, the upholder of the filmfestival dokumentART. It comes with a cash prize of 1.000 €.

The Award of the Student Union Greifswald will be presented by students of the University Neubrandenburg as well as the University Greifswald and
comes with a cash prize of 1,000 €.

The Audience award of Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) The festival audience of Neubrandenburg choses their favorite competition film.
It comes with a cash prize of 1,000 €.

General rules European Competition

- Every genre is accepted.
- The film deals with the topic "future" in all of its appearances.
- Only films with a max. length of 60 minutes are eligible.
- A European production country must be attached to the project (Director or production
company must be a resident in a European country).
- We accept releases from after January 1st 2019, or later.
- One member of the film crew is able to attend the festival and to represent the film to
the audience (part of the costs can be covered by the festival organizers if you are
traveling from a European country).
- By handing in a film, the filmmakers accept that no fees will be paid for screening at the
festivals, neither after the festival on occasion of dokumentART program presentations.
- By handing in a film to the festival, the filmmakers accepts that the film might be selected
for competition as well as the Eastern Europe Special Program.

General Rules Eastern Europe Special Program (out of competition)

- Every genre is accepted
- All film lengths are eligible
- Films from OR about countries/a country in Eastern Europe, incl. the CIS states.

Overall Rating
  • Elene Gomelauri

    Thank you so much for having us! Met so many cool people here.

    November 2023
  • Johann Schilling

    thank u for having me there!<3

    December 2021
  • Veneta Androva

    It was really nice expirience for me to be part of the 27. dokumentART. Great programm with a lot of interesting works and such nice and welcoming athmosphere. Thank you for having me!

    November 2018
  • Thomas Hirgorom

    I could go to this festival and the programmation and the reception were perfect!!

    October 2018
  • Riccardo Gaspare Contrino

    It's been a really beautiful and fulfilling experience! The crew of doukumentART are extremely kind and well organized! The selection of the festival was very interesting as well as the location.

    Great experience!

    March 2018