initiators and curators

Dunja Bialas, director and curator of UNDERDOX, is the editor of the online-film-magazine "artechock"  since 2000. In 2002 she was assigned member of the advisory board for the international documentary film festival Munich (Dok.Fest). She is a jury member in various international film festivals. Together with Bernd Brehmer she founded UNDERDOX in 2006. Until 2013 she was the curator of the International Competition of Dok.Fest Munich. Since 2013 she is member of the executive committee of the Association of German Film Critics and of Filmstadt Munich.

Bernd Brehmer, director and curator of UNDEROX, is one of the programming directors of Munich based Werkstattkino since 1995. He established the internationally esteemed film archive and contributes to several festivals as programming advisor. In 1991 he founded the "24" film magazine and was general manager of the "Exit distribution agency" from 2003 until 2006 that focused on documentary films as well as independent german productions. Since 1998 he regularly contributes writings on film for the "Süddeutsche Zeitung". Together with Dunja Bialas he founded UNDERDOX in 2006.   

Florian Geierstanger, artist and film maker. He studied fine arts at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts with Stephan Huber, guest student at the Highschool for Television and Film in Munich. Since 2012 he studies film at the University for Design in Karlsruhe, Germany. He is curator of UNDERDOX since 2010.

Matthias von Tesmar lives and works as freelance writer and programmer in Munich, Germany. Studies of German New Literature, Philosophy and Dramatic Science. From 2008 to 2010 he was the director of the video library and the artist's archive of lothringer13/spiegel, Munich. In 2015 he curated the UNDERDOX / VIDEODOX video art retrospective "spiegel-Mediathek der Lothringer13" at Galerie der Künstler.

UNDERDOX - dokuments and experiments

has been founded 2006 in Munich as an international festival for experimental and artistic film. The programme focuses on documentaries that distinguish themselves through their extraordinary artistic quality. UNDERDOX also shows feature films with a more documental narritive style. Furthermore, it presents entertaining Mockumentaries that reinvent reality in seemingly authentic documentaries. UNDERDOX disregards any genre limits and adds a new and youthful festival to Munich’s existing festival landscape. It positions itself next to the International Dokumentarfilmfest München "Dok.Fest" and the International Munich "Filmfest" as a film event featuring artistically ambitious productions.

The films are being selected at major international festivals as Rotterdam, Berlin, Marseille, Vienna, Pesaro und Bruxelles. UNDERDOX shows these films as Germany or Munich premieres.

UNDERDOX also presents the region’s upcoming artists. In a separate section of the programme we show videos of artists from Munich and its environs for the first time on a cinema screen. Subsequent to the projection the artists discuss their works with the audience. UNDERDOX creates in this an opportunity for the intellectual exchange on temporary art.


Blogs and film magazines

artechock Filmmagazin – Munich film magazine with festival reports ad film reviews (in German)

Die Bleiwüste – Texts, thoughts and debates around documentary themes (in German)

Cargo Film / Medien / Kultur – Web magazine of the Cargo magazine (in German)

Cargo-Container – Blog of the Cargo magazine (in German) – Film magazine with detailed reviews of UNDERDOX films (in German)

Missing Image / Feed Agregator – Blog about films we are missing (in English)

New Filmkritik – Blog with detailed text archive (in German)

Independencia – Blog with detailed festival reports (in French)

Parallelfilm – Blog of filmmaker Christoph Hochhäusler (in German)

Revolver – Blog of the magazine of the same title (in German)

Sigi Götz Entertainment – Fanzine around filmmaker Sig(g)i Götz-Rothemund and other personalities of hidden film history


FID Marseille – Festival International du Documentaire de Marseille

IFFR – International Filmfestival Rotterdam

Indielisboa – International Independent Film Festival Lissabon

Les Inattendus – Festival de cinéma (très) indépendant, Lyon

Pesaro – Internationales Festival des Neuen Films

Torino – Torino Film Festival

Viennale – Vienna International Filmfestival 

berlinerpool – International Platform for video art, editor of Monday-News, weekly entry appels for international festivals

the festival's artists

Ossi Fink – artist 2016

Cora Piantoni – photographer 2007-2012

Axel Recht – photographer 2013

Nicola Müller – artist 2014

Friedemann Roll – photo artist 2015