3rd Session: 27th-31st October, DOK Leipzig /DE/ – FINAL PACKAGE
The third session is composed of the official presentation of the projects – DOK Preview – within DOK Leipzig industry market, and it’s preparation.
We starts with very last individual editing meetings on request, in order to finalize the trailers to be presented on the presentation. Follow a plenary session that updates the tutors on the projects‘ last development, sales proposals and ambitions. Afterwards, the workshop program is focused on the preparation of the pitching presentation – speech structuring, 5min.clip selection, trailer feedback. The participants get individual meetings with sales agents, independent producers and marketing experts, in order to train their presentation skills and the concrete introduction of the project and prove their ‚pitching‘ in front of different audience invited.
The presentation itself is composed as an exclusive event, organized by DOK Leipzig festival, with personally invited key decision makers, festival selectors, commissioning editors, sale agents and distributors. Each participant get 10 minutes to introduce the project and screen the trailer and a short excerpt of the film. The preview is followed by a informal lunch with arranged one-to-one meetings with the invited industry guests.
The last day of the workshop participants summarize their results and plans for the future and get feedback on their ambitions and opportunities. Although workshop is over in that moment, we keep in touch with them, aiming to support them, using our contacts and networks with the film international release and contacts with sales agents. We continue with a wide promotion of workshop projects for a year afterwards.
Gesa Marten /DE/
As a freelance film editor Gesa Marten has since 1991 edited more than 60 films – feature films including “Fräulein Stinnes travels the world” (2008) or “LowLights” (2009) as well as documentaries including “pereSTROIKA” (2009), “Ausfahrt Eden” (2010) or “Wo stehst du?” (2011). She is very much committed to her work as a dramaturgic consultant specialising in feature-length documentary film (such as “Bruder Schwester” and “Hoffenheim” (2010), “Whiteblood” and “Fremd – Foreign” (2011). At the moment she is editing the documentary “The Order of Things” (Filmtank Hamburg). Her work was nominated in 2000, 2004, 2006 as Best Edit at the German Television Award for “Abnehmen in Essen” and at the German Camera Award for “Krokodile”, “Im Augenblick” and “Geschwister Vogelbach” respectively. In 2005, she received one of Germany’s most prestigious editing awards the Film+ Bild-Kunst Schnitt prize for her documentary “Was lebst du?”. In 2008, she was again nominated for this award for the documentary “Lost in Liberia” and in 2009, she won this award a second time for “pereSTROIKA – reCONSTRUCTION of a flat”. Gesa Marten has taught at various film schools since 1996 (KHM Köln, HFF Potsdam, UdK Berlin, ZeLIG Bozen, BFM Tallinn etc.). She is a member of the European Film Academy. Photo by: Thekla Ehling
Per K. Kirkegaard /DK/
Per K. Kirkegaard is one of the most established editors in the Danish film industry. He has edited numerous critically acclaimed documentaries and narrative features, and his latest merits include films like Armadillo – for which he was awarded an Emmy for best editing of a long format documentary – and TPBAFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard, which recently premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. Per K Kirkegaard is renowned for his musically atoned editing style, his great precision as a story teller, his loyalty to the projects he engages in, his unique eye for the poetic yet specific and his punk attitude to filmmaking.
Claudio Hughes /FR/
Born in Uruguay, Claudio Hughes has lived in Brazil before settling down in Paris, France in the 90s where he became chief editor of many documentaries and feature films. In the past years he has been editing and also teaching. His work has been selected in festivals like Cannes, Locarno, Sundance, Toronto, Amsterdam where the documentary “Stranded” won the Jori Ivens prize and was also selected for the best european documentary in the European Film Academy Awards (Berlin), for the Directors’ Guild of America and the International Documentary Association Awards (Los Angeles).
Sigrid Dyekjær /DK/
Producer – Danish Documentary
Sigrid Dyekjær has worked as a producer on both feature films and documentary films since 2000. She was the producer of ”The Monastery”, winner of the JorisIvens Award at IDFA in 2006, and nominated for a European Film Award and several other Awards. Sigrid Dyekjær is one of the most experienced producers in Denmark both when it comes to national documentary films, but also international documentary films in financing, producing and creative consulting on films. In her spare time she teaches at the National Film School of Denmark, as well as doing master classes and lectures at film schools around the world and courses in documentary filmmaking like “Bridging the Gab”, and pitch sessions around the world. She is educated in dramaturgy from the University in Århus, and has been a part owner of the production company Tju –Bang Film before she became part owner of Danish Documentary Production.
Simon Kilmurry /US/
Executive Director of POV
The executive director of American Documentary since 2006, initiator of new activities of AmDoc since 1999, including the Diverse Voices Project, POV’s co-production initiative for emerging filmmakers; POV’s Borders, PBS’ Webby Award-winning online series; and True Lives. Advisor and funding panel member for other organizations including the New York City Center for Arts Education, the Association for Independent Video and Filmmakers and New York State Council on the Arts. Simon worked in a close partnerships with both Netflix and Docurama, to expand the distribution opportunities for POV filmmakers and was associate director at Teachers & Writers Collaborative
Freddy Neumann /DK/
Neumann PR & Strategic Communication
Founder 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.
Irena Taskovski /UK/
Taskovski Films is London based world sales and Production Company of independent documentary films. We welcome innovative, playful and risky forms of filmmaking capable of engaging and surprising audiences around the globe. Our passion is discovering new talents and creative, author-driven stories. Our portfolio includes multi-award winner documentary “Czech Dream” by Vit Klusak & Filip Remunda-the most successful European documentary film; “People I could have been and maybe am” by Boris Gerrets – Winner of IDFA, Visions du Réel, HotDocs; “Cooking History” by Peter Kerekes – Special Jury Award at Hot Docs 2009, nomination for the European Academy Award; “Work Hard – Play Hard” by Carmen Losmann – FIPRESCI Award, Award of the Ecumenical Jury at DOK Leipzig 2011. Among our latest acquisitions are “Fortress” by Klara Tasovska & Lukas Kokes – Winner of Jihlava IDFF and Taskovski’s co-production – IDFA Feature-Length Competition – “Who will be a Gurkha” by Kesang Tseten. Recently Taskovski Films opened a production branch in Berlin.
Stefan Kloos /DE/
Kloos & Co. Medien / CEO Rise and Shine
Grimme Award-winner Stefan Kloos founded Kloos & Co. Medien in 2002 and has since produced numerous award-winning creative documentaries with international TV broadcasters and for the cinema. Kloos is a member of EDN and AG DOK and an alumni of the DOCUMENTARY CAMPUS MASTERSCHOOL. He is a regular on the international market and festival circuit and lectures on documentary film and distribution. Recent award-winning films and coproductions include: THE OTHER CHELSEA, PUTINS KISS, OF SHARKS AND FISH, GANGSTER OF LOVE, AWAY FROM THE SUNS, ON THE SEA WITH BADJAO and the cultural comedy AND WHO TAUGHT YOU TO DRIVE?.
In 2007, he additionally founded RISE AND SHINE WORLD SALES and has since been also successfully involved in international distribution of selected award-winning documentaries from all over the world. The catalogue includes THE BRUSSELS BUSINESS, BOTTLED LIFE, TOMORROW, THE KID AND THE CLOWN, LIFE IN STILLS, WINTER GO AWAY, DANCE FOR ME, MY STUFF, CESAR´S GRILL and others.
Simone Baumann /RU/
Born in 1963 in Zschopau/Saxony. Graduated from Rostov-upon-Don State University (Russia), where she studied philosophy 1982-87. Employment History: since 2009 head of the German managing committee of the Friends of the German-Russian Film Academy, since 2005 Eastern Europe Representative for German Films, since 2003 Board member of MFFV Central German Producers Association, 2000 Participant Independent Producers Program EAVE , 2000 Enlargement of LE Vision to include Moscow office. 1997 – present Managing director, partner, and Producer for LE Vision. 1995/96 Producer, Focus TV (Pro7 network), Munich. 1992 – 95 production assistant, domestic politics department, MDR, Dresden. 1991 – 92 researcher, Hegel Institute, Berlin, Dep. for Russian Hegel reception. 1987 – 91 lecturer, Humboldt University Berlin, philosophy departure.
Susanne Guggenberger /CH/
Producer, Head of Film Market, Sales Manager – Mira Film GmbH
Since fall 2007 she has worked as a sales manager (TV) for AUTLOOK Filmsales (Vienna/Austria). From 2005 – 2007 producer for Navigator Film (Vienna/ Austria), focus on development and marketing , 2002 – 2005 various positions in multimedia projects , 1998 – 2004 various positions in documentary films, studies of communications and history. Born 1970 in Lienz, Austria. Documentary projects include “Time to Go” (2006), “Stift Klosterneuburg” (2006), “Hanno und das Haus” (2004), “Hedy Lamarr” (2003), “Kosova Transit” (2001). Multimedia projects: ziel2wien.at (2002-2005), literaturtv.at (2003), lehrlingsweb.at (2003).
Alexandra Strelkova /SK/
Slovak Film Institute
Established in 1963, the Slovak Film Institute, member of FIAF and European Film Promotion, is the sole national institution in the field of cinema. It consists of the National Film Archive and the National Cinematographic Centre. The National Film Archive collects, preserves, and protects national film heritage and makes it available to the public. At the same time, it handles producers rights to Slovak films produced by Slovak national studios from 1895 to 1991 and promotes their international presentation. The National Cinematographic Centre serves as the national film promotion centre, providing complex information and documentation services related to Slovak cinema, organizing film events in Slovakia and abroad.
Sean Farnel /CA/
Sean is currently an unrestricted free agent, specializing in documentary, having recently departed his post as Director of Programming at Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, market and conference. Sean was recruited to this newly created position in November 2005, following six years as a staff programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival. At Hot Docs, Sean was responsible for managing all Festival programming, including film curation and the Industry conference. He also created the popular Doc Soup screening series, as well as the Dog Mogul Award, and managed the Shaw Hot Docs Fund. Sean is a graduate of Cinema Studies from one of Canada’s most respected film schools, Concordia University. Upon graduation he received the Motion Picture Foundation of Canada Award for Most Outstanding Achievement. His occasionally writes on his blog RippingReality.com.