3rd workshop session 2017

18th – 25th September, Nordisk Panorama (Ystad, Malmö, SE)


dsc_1155The third session is dedicated to prepare the participating teams for the official presentation of their projects within the industry.

We start with the individual editing meetings in order to finalize the trailers/pilots to be presented. The workshop program is focused on the preparation of the pitching presentation – speech structuring, five-minute clip selection, trailer feedback. The participants have individual meetings to train their presentation skills and detailed introduction of the project.

The informal pitching itself is composed as an exclusive event, organized by Nordisk Panorama, with personally invited key decision makers, festival selectors, commissioning editors, sale agents and distributors. Each participanting team gets ten minutes to introduce the project and screen the trailer and a short excerpt of the film. The preview is followed by a networking lunch with matchmaking with the invited industry guests.


By the end of the workshop, the participants summarize their results and plans for the future and get feedback on their ambitions and opportunities. Although the workshop itself is over at that moment, we keep in touch with our participants, aiming to support them, using our contacts and networks with the film international release experts and sales agents. We continue to widely promote all workshop projects in the following year.

CONFIRMED TUTORS FOR THE  3rd dok.incubator SESSION 2017:

Ulla Simonen /FI/
Producer – Made
aThe founder and managing director of the production company MADE, Ulla is also a tutor, advisor and consultant for documentary and fiction projects. She has worked as the commissioner for short and documentary films in the Finnish national fund AVEK as well as film festival director. Simonen started her career in film production in 1997 and has since produced over 50 titles. 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.” Ulla is a gardener, bee-charmer and avid football fan.

Sigrid Dyekjær /DK/
Producer – Danish Documentary
Sigrid DyekjaerSigrid 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.

Freddy Neumann /DK/
Neumann PR & Strategic Communication
Freddy Neumann_OKFounder 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.

Peter Jäger /AT/
Sales agent – Jaeger Creative

Born in Belgium, studied law and philosophy; was a film magazine ‘Commercial & Marketing Director’ and a ‘Marketing & Acquisitions Consultant’ for several major independent film distributors and film exhibitors. In 2005, together with Austrian producers founded and became CEO of Autlook Filmsales. Peter is a distribution panel member of MEDIA Programme and an expert-panellist for several major Festivals as well as a jury member of the Vienna and Flemish Film fund, regularly invited as guest-lecturer on ‘International Distribution & Marketing’ to Film academies & National Film Institutes.


Iikka Vehkalahti /FI/
iikkaCommissioning Editor for YLE TV2 Documentaries, Finland since 1998. Executive Producer for Steps For The Future and Another Finland and one of the Series Producers for Why Democracy. Board member in Steps International, Steps India and IDFA. In YLE he has commissioned internationally awarded documentaries like 3 Rooms Of Melancholy; Decent Factory; Recipes for Disaster; Lakshmi and Me; Paradise; In The Shadow of Holy Book; Northern Star, and Riot On! Before YLE he directed several awarded documentaries for Epidem and Musafilm, e.g., Past is Present; Man from the Shadow; Daughter of a Terrorist; Tehri – Two Journeys. In 2008 published the book Steps By Steps (co-written with Don Edkins). Currently, is off for a year from his post at YLE being a visiting professor at Tampere University.