Our Member Companies
As a charitable association registered in Munich, Documentary Campus e.V. is a strictly non-profit organisation. Launched in 2000 by German media enterprises, the association was joined in 2003 by selected European non-fiction companies. Member companies support the initiative financially and benefit by gaining access to new ideas and projects, qualified professionals and high-quality training.
Board Members of Documentary Campus e.V. are:
- Dr. Patrick Hörl (Head of Board)
- Christine von Preyss
- Rea Apostolides
- Stefano Tealdi
- Heinrich Mayer-Moroni
- Marco Visalberghi
AGITPROP has produced a number of films, mainly creative documentaries, among which the multi-internationally awarded Georgi and the Butterflies, The Mosquito Problem and other stories, Corridor #8, as well as 15 – the first BG omnibus film. The company also produced the first original Bulgarian productions for HBO, Concrete Pharaohs and Paradise Hotel. AGITPROP’s latest films include Dad Made Dirty Movies and The Boy Who Was a King, which premiered at Toronto International. AGITPROP is one of the few Bulgarian film production companies well known on the European film market. During the last years most of the company’s projects are in co-production with leading TV broadcasters such as: Channel 4, Sundance Channel, ITVS, ARTE, RAI, SVT, YLE. AGITPROP is actively involved in the management of the Balkan Documentary Center www.bdcwebsite.com and has also produced numerous social, educational and advertising campaigns.
Represented by: Martichka BozhilovaMore info
Anemon Productions is an independent production company based in Athens, Greece. It was founded in 2003, bringing together the expertise of five filmmakers and producers. Anemon produces documentaries and television programmes for the Greek and international market. Recent work includes co-productions with ARTE, ZDF, YLE, HISTORY TV, AVRO, TV3, TSR, ERT, SKAI TV and the GREEK FILM CENTRE, and focuses on society, history and current affairs. The company also develops and produces international cross-media projects in partnership with museums and educational institutions.
Represented by: Rea Apostolides & Yuri AverofMore info
Austrian Broadcasting Corporation
The Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) is Austria’s largest media provider, operating four national television and nine regional radio channels, as well as a comprehensive range of websites. Being a public service radio and television company, ORF is not profit-oriented, and invests all revenue directly into the programmes and services it provides to its ORF audiences. ORF 1 and ORF 2 broadcast a rich variety of programmes consisting of current news, in-depth information, documentaries, TV-magazines, reports, talk-shows and other shows, movies, and TV-series. ORF Sport Plus and ORF III a special-interest channel for information and culture. ORF’s natural history Department produces more than 10hours of blue chip documentaries per year in cooperation with international partners like BBC, ZDF, NDR, ARTE, National Georgraphic, Discovery Channel or Fremantle Media.
Represented by: Thomas MatzekMore info
Autentic invests in high quality factual content production and distribution. The company represents a broad range of factual and documentary programmes, acting as a distributor and a provider of channels and editorial services for media companies worldwide. Being platform-neutral, Autentic delivers its services to both linear and non-linear players in the global market. Autentic operates subscription based channels in several countries, including ‘Spiegel Geschichte’ on Sky Deutschland, and ‘Explore’, ‘History’, and ‘Code’ in Southern Africa. Autentic’s team helps broadcasters and aggregators to bridge the gap between creative resource and the engaged viewer. Autentic was founded in 2008 by Patrick Hörl and Jan Mojto. The company is based in Oberhaching near Munich, Germany. Held by Patrick Hörl and Jan Mojto’s BetaFilm, one of Europe’s biggest distributor of TV content, Autentic offers a unique background of expertise in both the German and international market.
Represented by: Dr. Patrick Hörl, Head of Board, Documentary CampusMore info
The Munich-based production company represents outstanding journalistic content and high-quality cinematic visual language. Thanks to its innovative approach in narration and visualization, Bilderfest has been a pioneer on the national and international TV market for many years. At its head office in Munich, Bilderfest has a team of 30 permanent employees and more than 60 freelancers. The company also maintains a worldwide network of business partners, among them some of the most skilled directors, cameramen and CGI experts in the field of factual television.
Represented by: Dietmar LyssyMore info
Bökamp & Kriegsheim
Boekamp & Kriegsheim GmbH is an independent production company, based in Berlin/Germany and founded by Nils Bökamp and Felix Kriegsheim in 2009. The focus is producing documentaries and documentary series for an international market. In 2012 B&K started to produce fiction films.
In 2013 they have founded the agency Supermarket Medien GmbH. Supermarket concentrates on the marketing and financing of documentaries and fiction films with social or eco-political topics.
Represented by: Nils BökampMore info
Discovery Communications Deutschland
Discovery Communications Deutschland is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Discover, Inc., the world’s leading non-fiction media company with a reach of three billion viewers in 220 countries. Under the name of Discovery Deutschland, the company produces the the free TV channels DMAX, TLC and Eurosport 1 as well as the Pay TV channels DISCOVERY CHANNEL, ANIMAL PLANET and Eurosport 2 Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The media company, which was founded in 1996, is based in Munich.
Represented by: Axel StegmaierMore info
DocLab Productions srl. is an independent production company based in Rome, Italy. It was founded in 1999 by producer-director Marco Visalberghi on the strength of his 20 year experience producing science and natural history documentaries for the Italian and international markets. DocLab tends to focus on science, history, culture and current affairs, more recently developing a number of feature-length documentary projects. It works in partnership with Gabriel Films in the US, La Compagnie des Taxi Brousse and Bonne Pioche in France, and Ma.Ja.De in Germany.
Represented by: Marco VisalberghiMore info
The team of FEBRUAR FILM is made up of experienced and award-winning writers, directors, researchers and production personnel who create films and television formats for the German and international markets focusing on history, society, science and adventure. The documentaries and docu-dramas the company has produced include series and one-offs for ZDF, MDR, WDR, BR, RB, ARTE, 3SAT, DW, and Servus TV. Thanks to international cooperation deals and marketing, FEBRUAR FILM’s productions are shown worldwide by several dozen different broadcasters. In addition, FEBRUAR FILM has specialized in producing dramatized scenes for documentaries and docu-dramas. Through close cooperation with directors of both fiction and non-fiction, with screenwriters and experienced cinematographers, the company has created acted scenes ranging from associative storylines to elaborate re-enactments.
Represented by: Florian HartungMore info
Filmquadrat.dok is an independent company based in Munich, Germany. Our documentary films are made by renowned authors and filmmakers mainly in collaboration with German and French public television, but also for enterprises and theatrical release. We work with European co-producers and our films are supported by national and European film funding.
Filmquadrat.dok stands for award-winning and engaging films and stories that emphasize the personal experience of our protagonists. We want to entertain with our non-fiction formats and give an understanding for foreign cultures and societies in an exciting way, without losing the focus for the important contents. And we succeed!
Filmquadrat.dok has its own technical infrastructure with HD cameras and Avid editing suites.
Represented by: Thomas WartmannMore info
Films Transit International
Founded in 1982 by Jan Rofekamp, Films Transit International is one of the longest running, renowned and respected international sales agencies of quality documentaries with offices in Montréal and in New York. Films Transit specializes in the worldwide release and marketing of high profile, theatrical and TV documentaries in two large genre fields: ARTS & CULTURE, which include all our documentaries about Arts, Culture, Biography, Cinema and Music. SOCIETY & POLITICS, which include all our documentaries about Current Affairs, Society, Politics, Human Interest and History. We strongly believe that major festival exposure adds prestige to a film's international career. Therefore we help our filmmakers secure their world festival premiere, design an international festival career, and provide them with the right contacts and recommendations.
Represented by: Jan RofekampMore info
Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion
Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion is one of the few German production companies specializing in the production and distribution of documentary programmes worldwide. In collaboration with authors and international independent producers, GBF develops and produces creative, award-winning documentaries, TV theme evenings, documentary series, reports and cultural-TV-magazines. As well as producing documentaries for the German national market, our goal is to produce high quality TV productions for the European and international market. Accordingly, GBF has established an extensive network with co-producers worldwide. We are maintaining successful working relations with all major German and European broadcasters, such as ZDF, ARD, NDR, SWR, WDR, arte, 3-sat, BBC, YLE, DR2, SVT, NPS, ORF, etc.
Represented by: Christian Beetz & Reinhard BeetzMore info
Golden Girls Filmproduktion
Golden Girls Filmproduktion is a Vienna based production company working for 15 years in cinema and TV film production, commercials, music videos, industrial film and post-production service. The films produced or directed by the members of the company have received more than 50 international awards in the last years. Golden Girls’ award winning films include Arman T. Riahi's feature documentary DARKHEAD, Ed Moschitz’ feature documentary MAMA ILLEGAL and EVERYDAY REBELLION by the Riahi Brothers, a cross-media project and feature documentary about ceative forms of nonviolent protest and civil disobedience worldwide, which has already received various prizes such us the Politiken Audience Award at the CPH:DOX Festival, the Ben Award for Best Transmedia Project at the B3 Biennale Frankfurt, the Pixel Prize at Pixel Lab London for Best Cross-Media Project and is now nominated for the Cinema for Peace Documentary Award 2014.
Represented by: Arash T. Riahi, Raphael Barth, Sabine GruberMore info
Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion
The Cologne based Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion GmbH was founded at the end of 1989. The main purpose of the company is to develop and produce documentaries for the international market. We have specialized in high profile documentaries and series on history, science, factual and natural history for the evening program of ZDF, ARD, ARTE as well as for renowned TV stations abroad.
Represented by: Alexander Hesse and Stefan SchneiderMore info
Established in 1969 by Rudolf Klingohr as a small family-owned enterprise, Interspot Film has since grown to become one of the biggest and most successful independent film and video production companies in Austria. From the start, Interspot Film has devoted itself to the production of high-end history, cultural, scientific and natural history documentaries. Under the management of producer Heinrich Mayer-Moroni Interspot Film has proved as a reliable partner in internatinal co-productions with broadcasters all around the world including Discovery Channel US and Canada, National Geographic Channel US and Canada, WGBH/NOVA, BBC, Canal+, ARTE, ZDF, WDR as well as with major distributors as Fremantle Media, ZDF Enterprise, ORF Enterprise, Granada etc.
Represented by: Nikolaus KlingohrMore info
British Columbia’s Knowledge Network is where stories live that speak to our time. Through television, internet and mobile platforms we inform and inspire by exploring the world from provincial and global perspectives. As a viewer supported public broadcaster, Knowledge Network offers programs of direct relevance to British Columbians. We play a vital role in supporting the independent production community in British Columbia and Canada, as well as internationally. Knowledge Network is commercial-free, funded by an annual operating grant from the provincial government and through support from over 35,000 individual donors, our valued Knowledge: Partners. Our digital broadcasting facility is located in Burnaby, British Columbia. Knowledge Network Corporation, through a joint venture with BBC Worldwide, also operates BBC Kids, a children's digital subscription channel in Canada.
Represented by: Rudy ButtignolMore info
Louise Rosen Ltd.
Louise Rosen Ltd. was launched in 1996 to specialize in setting up international television pre-sales and co-productions on behalf of independent documentary and non-fiction producers. As a natural extension of this role, Louise Rosen Ltd. typically handles the remaining distribution that can be done on behalf of these projects. It also provides consulting services to advise filmmakers and production companies on finance, development, production, marketing and distribution strategies.
Represented by: Louise RosenMore info
Marco Polo Film AG
Marco Polo Film AG, based in Heidelberg and Halle, was established by the filmmakers Annette and Klaus Scheurich. It is one of Germany's leading nature/adventure/science film production companies and is primarily engaged in the production of TV- and feature-length documentaries. Most of Marco Polo Film AG's yearly output is realised as co-productions with partners in Germany and abroad with the main focus on high end documentaries for prime-time slots of the international TV-market. Since 2000, Marco Polo Film AG produces films in High Definition Formats and has accumulated an extensive archive of HD footage. Production key elements are series, shorts, 60’ one-offs. Special attention is turned to cross-genre projects connecting different themes, i.e. natural history combined with science, history, adventure and life-style. Children’s programs, reports and short films for nature related magazine programs are also on the production slate.
Represented by: Klaus und Annette ScheurichMore info
Founded 30 years ago MedienKontor produces high quality TV productions for the German and international markets, ranging from such as the award-winning documentary series „360° - Geo Reportage“ (ARTE), investigative documentaries (“Theme evenings”, ARTE) and docutainment productions (RTL and Sat.1) to TV movies and feature films for cinema.
Represented by: Theo BaltzMore info
NEW DOCS is a young, independent distribution company based in Cologne/Germany. We are specialized in high-quality documentaries that have been produced for the international TV market. We offer a select portfolio of one-offs and series from the fields of history, science, current affairs, human interest, culture, art, nature and travel. We do not see ourselves as a traditional marketer but rather as a long-term distribution partner for independent producers. Our consultancy starts as early as production development and financing. Our focus is always on the film itself and on having an individual distribution strategy specific to it. The business relationships we have nurtured over the years now give us a solid network of program buyers, commissioning editors, DVD distributors, VOD platforms from around the world. We are regulars at the MIPs in Cannes, the Sunny Side of the Doc, DISCOP, Sheffield Doc Fest, WCSFP and the History Makers. NEW DOCS was founded in 2012 by Elina Kewitz. Before running NEW DOCS Elina Kewitz worked for seven years as Sales Manager at United Docs, the distribution subsidiary of Germany’s public broadcaster ARD and it’s regional channels such as WDR, NDR, SWR and HR.
Represented by: Elina KewitzMore info
PBS International, widely recognized for its diverse catalog of the best documentary, lifestyle, and children’s programming, is the worldwide co-production and distribution arm of PBS Distribution, a joint venture of PBS and WGBH-TV Boston—one of the largest producers of primetime programming for PBS in the United States. PBS International distributes content developed by PBS, WETA, WGBH (NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE), and WNET, as well as programs from independent producers such as Ken Burns, Stanley Nelson, Martin Scorsese, Rory Kennedy, Providence Pictures, and Antje Boehmert, to media buyers worldwide. We highly value our relationship with our clients and believe that the great breadth and depth of our capabilities, and our robust catalog of high-caliber programs, enables us to provide our producers and media partners with the best possible service.
Represented by: Tom KochMore info
Point du Jour
Point du Jour, founded in 1988, is owned by PDJ & Associates, a holding company set up by five Point du Jour executives in 2007. The company produces documentaries, series & magazines for the French and international market, covering social issues, current affairs, history, discovery, culture, science, etc. Winner of the 2003 "French TV Producer of the Year Award".
Its subsidiary Point du Jour International handles international distribution and pre-sales of in-house and third party programmes. In 2004, it received the first “TV France Intl. Export Award for the documentary "Dark Side of the Moon". In 2013, Les films du balibari, based in Nantes, have joined Point du Jour and are part of the group.
Represented by: Luc Martin-Gousset & Doris WeitzelMore info
Polar Star Films
Polar Star Films is an independent production company founded by Carles Brugueras. It’s a dynamic and creative company that has built a reputation over a decade for its documentaries which have been co-produced with broadcasters such as ARTE, BBC, TVE and PBS and presented at festivals incl. Hot Docs, Tribeca and Sundance and awarded all over the world, incl. the PrixEuropa, FIPRESCI PBS Ind Lens and the Max Ophüls. Recently Polar Star Films has been granted a MEDIA slate funding 2nd Stage for the development of three feature documentaries.
Represented by: Carles BruguerasMore info
SPIEGEL TV, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the well-known German magazine "Der SPIEGEL", has been around for more than two decades now. The original aim was to present classical SPIEGEL-style journalism in a manner suitable for television. What started out in 1988 with SPIEGEL TV MAGAZIN has grown into a production company with two of its own television channels, SPIEGEL GESCHICHTE and SPIEGEL TV Digital, and six different broadcast windows on RTL, Sat.1 and VOX. The 240 staff members supplied last year 508 hours of factual programming. SPIEGEL TV is an award-winning producer with a strong focus on history, science, discovery, social issues and current affairs. Its productions acclaim regularly the audiences and critics – many of them produced in cooperation with broadcasters like ARD, ZDF, ARTE, BBC, WGBH, National Geographic.
Represented by: Elvira LindMore info
Stefilm is one of the leading documentary production companies in Italy. It is committed to creating and distributing documentary programming which brings Italian themes and talent to the rest of the world and to re-establishing a thriving documentary culture in Italy. Stefilm's productions have been co-financed with over 50 broadcasting, institutional and independent partners in Europe and North America. The company produces one-offs and series on historical, social and cultural issues. Stefilm's award winning films include CITIZEN BERLUSCONI, nominated for a Grimme Award in the year 2004; PORTO MARGHERA – VENICE 59th Mostra del Cinema di Venezia 2002, SORRISO AMARO (RICE GIRLS) 60th Mostra del Cinema di Venezia 2003 and MoMA New York, International Documentary Fortnight.
Represented by: Stefano TealdiMore info
Story House Productions
Story House Productions is a film and TV production company with offices in Berlin, Munich and Washington, D.C. (USA). In 2010 an additional production site was opened in Halifax, Canada. There are around 120 salaried employees working at all four locations. With an annual production volume of roughly 6,000 minutes Story House Productions is one of the leading production companies for science and factual entertainment programming in Germany. Our focus is on the production of high-quality programming formats for both the German and the international markets. Our know-how ranges from clips to magazine and news reports to high-end documentaries and entire magazine formats. Currently STORY HOUSE Productions is working on a launch show for the first worldwide 3D-channel for the American Discovery Network, to go on air in February of 2011. In Germany Story House Productions produces successful blue chip programming for ARD and ZDF (such as Terra X), as well as HD documentary series like “Galileo am Sonntag“ and “Galileo X.Perience“ for the Pro 7 network. Among Story House Productions' media partners are RTL, RTL2, ProSieben, Sat.1, Kabel1, ZDF, NDR, SWR, BR, N24, Spiegel TV, Phoenix, 3Sat, Servus TV (AT), TV2 (DK), Discovery Channel (USA), TLC (USA), Discovery-Times (USA), PBS (USA), National Geographic (USA), The History Channel (USA), True-TV (USA), NBC (USA), MSNBC (USA), BBC (GB). Numerous prestigious international honours and awards for direction and script writing, among them two Emmy nominations, are the results of this work.
Represented by: Jens AfflerbachMore info
Taglicht media is one of the leading German independent film and television production companies based in Cologne. Founded in 1996, the company has earned an excellent reputation for its high-quality factual programming and award-winning documentaries. Annually we produce about 20 hours of documentary programs for the German and international market, specializing in history, science, natural history, wildlife and current affairs. The company has established extensive relations with major German and European broadcasters, such as ARD, ZDF, arte, National Geographic Channel, Smithsonian Channel, Discovery, PBS, France 5, ORF, Servus TV and many others.
Represented by: Bernd WiltingMore info
TANGRAM believes in the power of documentary filmmaking, especially in today's global society where communication and understanding are more important than ever before. Their documentary films and series are developed with international audiences in mind and are made in cooperation with partners who share their vision and enthusiasm.
Under the guidance of Producer and CEO Dagmar Biller, TANGRAM presents films that address the multifaceted and complex nature of life in today's world. We're especially interested in topics that deal with society, current affairs, culture, history and politics. Our team is composed of innovative, investigative thinkers who are committed to producing compelling films. We focus on cutting-edge and controversial topics, always showing the highest regard for credibility and contemporary storytelling. TANGRAM productions have been broadcast on some of the most prestigious television networks including ARD, ZDF, ARTE, BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, PBS, Sundance Channel, SBS, History Television and Radio Canada. TANGRAM films have been shown at festivals throughout the world and have won numerous distinctions including Germany's distinguished Grimme Award in 2014.
Represented by: Dagmar BillerMore info
Founded January 1, 2011, TERRA MATER Factual Studios is the new home of the internationally acclaimed former production team of UNIVERSUM, ORF’s Natural History Unit, and is based in Vienna. The company is a sister company of the RED BULL Media House and specializes in factual production and distribution for Cinema, TV and multimedia platforms. Committed to the highest production values, TERRA MATER Factual Studios produces blue-chip factual programmes for TV and theatrical release. The core genres are wildlife and nature, science and history on the small and the big screen. For developing new and exciting factual formats and ‘docutainment’ we reach out to a wider array of genres and styles. With our big cinematic projects the borders between fiction and ‘faction’ become more and more seamless or do not exist at all. TMFS collaborates with the best producers, cameramen and directors worldwide and use the latest cutting edge equipment to realise its cinematic dreams.
Represented by: Dr. Walter KöhlerMore info
TONDOWSKI FILMS is an independent production company based in Berlin, Germany. The company was founded in 2011 by the German writer/director/producer Ira Tondowski and the French/ English actor/producer Alex Tondowski. For us at TONDOWSKI FILMS filmmaking is about the realization of strong stories in a simple and straightforward way with an impact on society and politics. From documentary to fiction TONDOWSKI FILMS produces with passion and creativity content for the international market. We work closely with writers, directors and freelance producers of diverse cultural backgrounds. We are strong in bringing content to its maximal potential and identifying its needs at an early stage. TONDOWSKI FILMS is present at major pitches, festivals and markets globally. Over the past 6 years we have built a solid network of partners around the world. In 2016 TONDOWSKI FILMS found DISTRIFEST a festival distribution agency for documentaries (www.distrifest.com)
Represented by: Alex TondowskiMore info
True Stories is a Munich-based distribution company. True Stories was founded in 1997 by Christine von Preyss, who has been head of the Munich office of London based Parthenon Entertainment Ltd./ 2012 SkyVision - where she was responsible for sales & acquisition within German speaking Europe. Since 2017 Christine von Preyss is working for TRX rights exchange as GAS (Germany/ Austria/ Switzerland) representative. TRX is a British start-up developing a sales & acquisition platform for all Media worldwide.
Represented by: Christine von Preyss
Ventana-Film GmbH is a Berlin based TV and film production company run by the former deputy programme director of ARTE, Hans Robert Eisenhauer. He took over the company in June 2011 after retiring from his position as a commissioning editor at ZDF/ARTE, where he specialized in international coproductions. Working for ARTE since its foundation in 1991, he was responsable for more than 2000 Theme evenings and about 50 feature-length documentaries for cinema and TV, a large number of current affairs programmes and series. Eisenhauer works also as a consultant and lecturer at different film workshops for initiatives like Documentary Campus or „Greenhouse“.
Represented by: Hans Robert EisenhauerMore info
Westend Film & TV Production
Westend Film & TV is an independent production company based in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. It was founded in 1990 by Wolf Truchsess von Wetzhausen and Robert Heitmann. In 1996 Westend expanded to New York City.
Producing for national and international clients, Westend TV is specialized in high profile corporate TV, as well as feature documentaries and cultural programs for public television. Our camera and avid operator teams work globally for us and our clients, and are specially trained for working in conflict zones. Among our clients are ARTE, ZDF, CNBC, HSBC, ECB, Franklin Tempelton and many others.
Our TV documentaries, mostly produced in cooperation with ARTE and ZDF, are distributed internationally in various languages. Titles include “Lise Meitner”, “Pocahontas” and the award-winning series “America’s Forgotten Heart – On Horseback through the Wild West” with actress Marie Bäumer.
Each year, Westend realizes around eight editions of the European culture program “Metropolis” for ARTE – a unique format, which has been defining the network’s profile for over 20 years.
Represented by: Wolf Truchsess von WetzhausenMore info
Video powerhouse Zoomin.TV creates hundreds of original stories in 19 languages every day. With its headquarters in Amsterdam, 18 offices around the world and its network of over 3,500 video journalists, Zoomin.TV sources astonishing untold stories and develops them in our unique GenZ way. Dare, Care and Share are the key ingredients. Zoomin.TV values positivity, open-mindedness and hope, producing stories about an electricity-free theme park in Italy that is powered by the people attending, a Spanish hairdresser who makes your haircut unforgettable by using swords, a preschool in Brazil that teaches toddlers Yoga and meditation to help them express themselves and Palestinian men working out a midst the rubble of Gaza. Zoomin.TV is a part of the leading international digital entertainment group MTG since 2015.
Represented by: Flore DerooseMore info