Film submissions: 20. dokumentarfilmwoche hamburg (April 24th to 30th 2023)



The dokumentarfilmwoche hamburg is a collectively run film festival. Due to the large increase in submissions, which we could not do justice, we have not been accepting general film submissions since 2018.

We make exceptions for documentaries with a regional reference – i.e. for films from and about Hamburg. If your film has a corresponding connection, please fill in the following form and justify the regional reference through e.g. production, direction, location, theme or film funding.

Submissions for such documentaries are open from October 1st to December 31st, 2022.

We place great importance on the attendance of the filmmakers during the screening as part of the dokumentarfilmwoche Hamburg between Wednesday April 24, to Sunday April 30 2023.

Everything remains subject to the pandemic situation.



The documentary film festival hamburg is hosted by the dokumentarfilmwoche hamburg e.V. Documentaries related to the City and region of Hamburg of all kinds and lengths may be submitted.


The person or institution submitting the film is responsible for clearing all rights to the content of the work relevant to the film’s use at the festival. They furthermore indemnify the dokumentarfilmwoche hamburg against all third-party claims in connection with the screening at the Festival.


The preview copy (online link) including all required materials has to be submitted by 31 December 2022 at the latest. The completion date of the film should not be older than two years by the time of the festival (April 2023).


For previewing purposes please send us an online link to your film, preferably a downloadable Vimeo link. Please note, that one-time online links cannot be accepted. Downloads are also accepted, but please delay the the expiration date as long as possible. If the spoken language is neither German nor English, subtitles in one of those languages are mandatory.


Possible formats for the screening copy are DCP and other digital formats, 16mm and 35mm. BetaSP, DigiBeta, Blu-ray or DVD are also possible. If the spoken language is neither German nor English subtitles in one of those languages are mandatory.


All potential costs of submitting and providing a preview copy are paid be the applicant. All submitted preview copies remain in dokumentarfilmwoche hamburg’s archive and cannot be returned. The cost for returning the screening copy is covered by the festival. All submissions from non-EU countries have to be labelled ’No commercial value – for cultural purposes only’.