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Renewal and tradition for 25th Munich DOK.fest

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The 25th anniversary edition of the Munich International Documentary Film Festival - DOK.fest will run from May 5-12.

The event, newly headed by Christian Pfeil, is the most important documentary feature festival in Germany and welcomes around 13,000 viewers every year. This year, it will present around 70 films from across the world, divided into nine sections overseen by its new artistic director, Daniel Sponsel.

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The heart of the festival is of course the international competition, open to the most acclaimed international documentaries of the past year. For the first time at this 25th edition, it will be accompanied by a competition reserved for German-language films which will premiere at the festival. Meanwhile, titles from emerging countries will vie for honours in DOK.horizons.

The other sections are: DOK.forum; DOK.guest (devoted this year to Africa to mark the Football World Cup); DOK.education, which is directly aimed at young viewers; the retrospective DOK.best of 25, focusing on titles that have made an impact at the festival; DOK.hff, a selection of films produced during the year by the Munich University of Film and Television; and DOK.special.

Pfeil also says that for the first time this year the festival will have a real focal point in the city (Sonnenstraße), which will enable audiences and industry professionals to mingle more and encourage meetings and enthusiasm on the subject of documentaries.

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(Translated from French)

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