23rd – 28th April, Galanta, SK – ROUGH CUT

The first session aims to maximise the film’s potential. The workshop is focused on intensive individual editing sessions and work on a specific distribution strategy.

We start with a screening of the participants´ rough cuts, followed by a moderated discussion and in-depth analysis of the rhythm, character development, narrative structure and dramaturgy. Each participant is assigned a supervising tutor and chooses an additional ‘fresh eye’ consultant to work with on the editing, receives their feedback on the structure, dramaturgy and narration of the film and its potential for international audience. Consequently, every project develops during the workshop and the participants, as well as the tutors, see the results of their work immediately.

Meanwhile, the producers of the participating projects work on a rough distribution and festival strategy, searching for specific opportunities for their films within concrete territories, platforms or institutions. They prepare a proper timing, based on current situation of the film and receive feedback on their financing plans, attending case studies of the concrete possibilities of crowd-funding and other independent financing, using the social networks. They   information about the potential benefits of the distributional platforms online, too.

In between two workshops the participants are supposed to work intensively. They should:

  • achieve a near ‘final cut’ stage
  • prepare a concrete distribution and festival strategy to be discussed at the next session
  • have an idea about the first release of the film and its marketing, incl. its financial plan


Confirmed tutors for the 1st dok.incubator workshop 2018: 

Ulla Simonen /FI/
Producer – MADE
aThe founder and managing director of the production company MADE and a tutor. She has also worked as the commissioner for short and documentary films in the national fund AVEK. Simonen started her career in film production in 1997 and has since then been the producer for over 50 titles which have been awarded around the world. Her filmography includes both domestic films and international co-productions that challenge the borderline between documentary and fiction: ”Innovative use of cinematic tools and an attempt to create something new and unforeseen even in everyday subjects pull my attention.”

Sigrid Dyekjær /DK/
Producer – Danish Documentary
SigridSigrid Dyekjær has produced more than 20 documentary films during the last 16 years. She is one of the most experienced producers in Denmark when it comes to the financing and production of international documentary films. She also has experience with the serial format, both from ‘BUGS’ (2016) by Andreas Johnsen and ‘Scandinavian Star’ (in
development) by Mikala Krogh. Because of her brilliant international track-record, and the great success of Hanna Polak’s ‘Something Better to Come’, Sigrid was accepted as a member in the renowned Producers Guild of America in 2016. In 2015, she was awarded the Ib Award, given by the Danish Directors
Association to honor the best producer in the Danish film industry. Besides producing films and TV series, Sigrid teaches at the National Film School of Denmark and at dok.incubator, an initiative supported by MEDIA. She also delivers masterclass lectures in documentary filmmaking at film schools around the world.

François Sculier /FR/
François SculierFrançois Sculier lives in Paris – but he loves to leave Paris to travel elsewhere. His directorial work as well as his work as an editor has led him to Greece, Iran, Burkina Faso, Morocco, and Russia. Before directing movies, this self-taught filmmaker began his career with the
editing of many short films in the 80‘s (narrative, experimental and documentaries), when film stock was still prevalent. His fortuitous meeting with Joris Ivens and his collaboration with Jean-Daniel
Pollet were decisive. Since then he has edited and directed short narrative films but especially documentary films that have been screened and awarded at many festivals. He has been an editing trainer at the Femis, Lussas, Cinédoc and HEAD in Geneva. He pursues and maintains a balance between these three aspects of his work: directing, editing and training.

Stephan Krumbiegel /DE/
Stefan Krumbiegel - stillStephan Krumbiegel has been working as a freelance editor for feature and documentary films since 1996. Among the award-winning documentaries he’s edited are: ‘Berlin Symphony’ (by Thomas
Schadt), ‘White Ravens – Nightmare in Chechnya’ and ‘Lullaby’ (Johann Feindt /Tamara Trampe), ‘Accordion Tribe’ and ‘Echos of Home’ (Stefan Schwietert), ‘Enterprise Paradise’ and ‘Under Control’
(by Volker Sattel) or ‘Gerhard Richter-Painting’ and ‘Peter Handke: In the Woods, Might Be Late’ (by Cornna Belz). His last work ‘BEUYS’ (Andres Veiel) was invited to compete at Berlinale 2017. Since 2001, Stephan has been teaching
editing at the Filmuniversity Babelsberg, and has been a professor of film editing there since 2007.

Nanna Frank Møller /DK/
NannaNanna Frank Møller has edited over 40 films, including creative documentaries, feature films and short fiction. She graduated as an editor from the National Film School of Denmark in 1999 and made her debut as a director in 2007 with ‘Someone Like You’ which won the
Talent Dove at the International Leipzig Film Festival and the Grand Prix at Odense International Short and Documentary Film Festival the same year. She has directed four documentaries, all of which were sold to international broadcasters and toured international festivals. As an editor, she has a long term collaboration with Danish director Max Kestner and has worked with Anne
Regitze Wivel, Kaspar Munk, Phie Ambo and Mohamed Jabaly among others. In 2001, she co-founded the Society of Danish Film Editors and was a member of the board from 2001–2005. She guest teaches at The National Film School of Denmark and has mentored several workshops.

Joelle Alexis /BE/
Born in Belgium, Joelle Alexis is one of the top film editors based in Tel Aviv. She has been working on full length documentaries as well as on fiction films for over 20 years. Her works have been selected by festivals like Cannes, IDFA, Sundance, and many others. A few of the recent documentaries she has worked on are Muhi- Generally Temporary (R. Castelnuovo, T.Elterman) Best of Fest at IDFA 2017, and Twilight of a Life (S. Biegeleisen) Visions du Reel 2015. In recent years Joelle has been the editing consultant on documentaries needing an extra hand like Silas (A.Nayar) TIFF 2017, Becoming Who I was (M. Chang Yong, Jeon Jin) Berlinale 2017, and Babylon Dreamers (R. Shumunov) best Feature doc at Moscow IFF and Kiev IFF 2017. She tutors at the Sundance Edit Lab, Doc Campus, Crossing Borders, BCPF South Korea, Green House, EsoDoc and Doc Lisbon. She also gives editing master classes on trailers, documentaries and fiction.

 Freddy Neumann /DK/
Neumann PR & Strategic Communication
Freddy NeumannFounder of Neumann PR & Strategic Communication, focused on strategic consulting, communication management, agenda setting, corporate- and product branding, community relations, public affairs, issues management, crisis management and media awareness. PR and marketing specialist, concentrated primarly on the cinema (feature- and documentary film) with a client’s portfolio mainly represented in the Danish and international film and entertainment industry.

Extra tutors for Slovak filmmakers

Arash T. Riahi /AT/
Born in 1972 in Iran, Arash T. Riahi moved to Austria as the child of political refugees in 1982. Studying Film and the Arts at the University of Vienna, he then worked as a freelancer in the youth and art department of Austrian TV. In 1997, he founded the film and media production company Golden Girls Filmproduktion (www.goldengirls.at). His body of work, which has won more than 80 international awards, comprises various short and experimental films (‘Mississippi; ‘That Has Been Bothering Me The Whole Time’), commercials, music videos, and documentaries, including ‘The Souvenirs of Mr. X’, ‘Exile Family Movie’ or the cross-media project ‘Everyday Rebellion’ that he made with his
brother Arman. His first fiction film ‘For a Moment Freedom’ was Austria’s candidate for the Academy Awards in 2010. Since 2010, he is also working as a dramatic advisor for the MEDIA supported
script-development programmes SOURCES 2, Nipkow and Berlinale Talents. He teaches at the Vienna film school and the filmacademy, and has held lectures at the Scottish Documentary Institute, Goethe Institute Dublin, ZKM Karlsruhe, etc.

Christian Falch /NO/
Producer Christian Falch works for UpNorth Film in Norway. He has been producing documentaries for the domestic and international market since 2003. His previous films have been screened at numerous festivals around the world, have won several awards and have been sold to more than 20 different territories. Among his previous titles are the feature films ‘The Exorcist in the 21st Century’, ‘Blackhearts’, ‘The King and the Crook’, ‘Two Raging Grannies’ and ‘Street of Dreams’. His latest film ‘Golden Dawn Girls’ premiered in the main competition at IDFA 2017 and has been selected for festivals such as Visions du Reel, HotDocs and many more. The film won the main award for the best documentary at HUMAN Int. Film Festival in Oslo and has been sold worldwide. Falch has also co-produced several feature documentaries with countries like Finland, France, Germany, Australia and Iran. Falch graduated from EuroDoc in 2013 and dok.incubator in 2017. He is a member of the EDN and a board member of The Mid Norwegian Film Centre. In March 2018, Falch received the Norwegian University of Science and Technology`s Film Award for “his work in the field of international documentary production”.