Zeughauskino Berlin
October 4-21, 2018

Doku.Arts - Films on Art 11

Artistic documentary films by independent film auteurs, whose work crosses the boundaries of format, have almost entirely disappeared from German television programs.

BEYOND FORMAT. Doku.Arts - Films on Art 11 provides the opportunity to witness the entire fascinating and vivid spectrum of contemporary work in the field of documentary film beyond format. Particularly unconventional intimate artist-portraits, essay films, long-term observations and the documentation of work processes have become a rarity within the German media landscape. Internationally, however, these works enjoy great popularity and are held in high esteem by film makers as well as the general audience even if they usually are placed at the fringes of the big festivals. Thematically, all arts can be represented: music, literature, painting, sculpture, architecture, theatre, cinema, photography, dance, concept art, experimental film, film montage, etc.

BEYOND FORMAT. Doku.Arts - Films on Art 11 showcases through its program the memory of the arts and their significance for the present. Our project offers film makers, scholars and artists a platform to engage in a mutually stimulating dialog about genre-specific films as well as about current art discourses.

Our international festival presents about 25 new full-length films on art, which to date have not been shown in Berlin; most of them will be German premieres. Nearly all film makers will present their work in person.

The international symposium with the participation of exceptional scholars and film makers complements the festival and is one of its highlights.


Films for the 11th edition of DOKUARTS can be submitted until June 1, 2018.

Documentaries of all lengths that have premiered after June 1, 2016 and have not been shown to the public in Berlin or broadcasted on public TV in Germany prior to DOKUARTS 2018 are eligible.

Detailed conditions of participation and the online application form can be found here:


Application Form

We are very much looking forward to receiving new documentaries on art!

Essaydox in Rio de Janeiro

Our Brazilian partner, Instituto Moreira Salles in Rio de Janeiro screened a selection of films from last year's Essaydox program from July 27 until July 30, 2017.