3rd Session: 25th-31st October, DOK Leipzig /DE/ – FINAL PACKAGE
The third session is dedicated to prepare the participating teams for the official presentation of their projects within the DOK Leipzig industry market:
October 29th 2014
Kabarett Leipziger Pfeffermühle
We start with the very last individual editing meetings on request in order to finalize the trailers to be presented. Then a plenary session follows to update the tutors on the projects’ last development, sales proposals and distribution ambitions. Afterwards, the workshop program is focused on the preparation of the pitching presentation – speech structuring, 5min. clip selection, trailer feedback. The participants have individual meetings with sales agents, independent producers and marketing experts, in order to train their presentation skills and detailed introduction of the project and try their ‚pitching‘ in front of a various 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 participanting team gets 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.
On the last day 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.
Sigrid Dyekjær /DK/
Producer – Danish Documentary
Sigrid has worked as a producer on both feature films and documentary filmssince 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.
Osnat Trabelsi /IL/
Osnat is one of the leading producers in Israel. Chair-woman of the Israeli Documentary Filmmakers’ Forum. Owner of Trabelsi Productions, which specializes in political and social films. Among the films she produced are international award winning films such as Arna’s Children (director: Juliano Mer Khamis), Strawberry Fields, Ashkenaz, Pizza in Auschwitz, Jaffa, the orange’s clockwork. Her last film Sound of Torture won the Israeli Academy award and other prizes and honors around the world. Co producer of the original ground breaking webdoc “Gaza-Sderot”. She initiated and directed the first International Human Rights Film Festival in Tel Aviv and Ramallah and curate theme programs for cinematheques and art places. In 2007 she was chosen by The Marker as one of 40 women who make change in society. Graduate of the Department of Film and Television at the Tel Aviv University.
Gitte Hansen /DK/
First Hand Films
In 2002 Gitte started at First Hand Films, where her work includes project development, financing & packaging, marketing strategy, executive producing, sales and acquisition. Previously Gitte was Head of Information and Promotion with Filmkontakt Nord for five years, coordinator of the Nordisk Forum for Co-financing of Documentaries, was preparing the first edition of the EDN TV Guide and a study on the European Documentary sector regarding co- production and film financing. She has joined Vertical Strategies, Eurodoc session, Transmedia Next and is a consultant and lecturer at local and international workshops and events where she works for colleagues like EDN, Eurodoc, IDFA, Crossing Boarders and Ex Oriente. Gitte has served on several international film festival around Europe and holds a master in Film and Rhetoric from the University of Copenhagen.
BROADCASTERS and FESTIVALS:
Iikka Vehkalahti /FI/
Director of awarded documentary films, co-produced and executive producer, and commissioning editor for the Finnish Broadcasting Company, YLE Documentaries, Finland since 1998. Executive Producer for Steps For The Future and Another Finland and one of the Series Producers for Why Democracy. He is a board member in Steps India and IDFA. He has be also involved or supported numerous international well known documentaries like Act of Killing, Armadillo, Viva Les Antipodes, Five Broken Cameras, Happiness, or Why We Fight. Between 2011 and 2012 Ikka was a visiting professor at the Tampere University. He has also been lecturing, leading the workshops or having master classes in Russia, USA, India, South Africa, Kenya, Nepal, Canada, Australia and of course many European countries. Among the publications there is a one book about documentary filmmaking ;“Steps By Steps”, written together with Don Edkins.
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.
Suse Schiebler /DE/
born in Karl-Marx-Stadt, GDR (today City of Chemnitz), Suse started doing films and editing already besides school in a local filmclub, and continued doing this throughout her studies at Bauhaus University Weimar, graduating there with a diploma of Media Design/Visual Communications in 2003. Since then working as a freelancer she‘s always looking for the adventure of combining both skills editing and graphics, also playing out her passion for music, and did so for various documentaries, features, TV series, music videos and mixed formats. With projects getting bigger over the years she‘s got quite some experience in handling films with huge amounts of raw material, only few time and… in keeping up endurance and loyalty to every single film. For the last two years she was responsible of editing and motion graphics developement for the international eight Episodes TV Docu Drama Series „14 – Diaries of the Great War“ /“14 – Tagebücher des Ersten Weltkriegs“ by director Jan Peter; broadcast by arte, ARD, ORF, BBC and many other partners worldwide.
Per K. Kirkegaard /DK/
Per 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 – TPBAFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard, which recently premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. And The Sound of a Revolution, a feature-length documentary about Greenland’s first rock band. Per 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.
Gesa Marten /DE/
Gesa graduated from Cologne University, in Dramatics, German Literature and Philosophy. As a freelance film editor she has since 1991 edited more than 60 films – documentaries including “Lost in Liberia” (2009), “Wo stehst du?” (2011) or „FEMMEfille“ (2014) as well as feature films including “Hannah” (2006) or “LowLights” (2009). She is very much committed to her work as a dramatic advisor specialising in feature-length documentary film such as „Whiteblood“ (2010) or “Fremd – Foreign” (2011). Her work was several times nominated as Best Edit at the German Television Award (2000), Best Edit at the German Camera Award (2004, 2006) and Best Edit of a Documentary at the Filmplus Editing Award (2005, 2008, 2009). With the Editing of „Was lebst Du?“ and with the Editing of “pereSTROIKA – reCONSTRUCTION of a flat” she won this prize in 2005 and in 2009. For her documentary „The order of things“ she is again nominated for the Film + Editing Award 2014. Gesa is teaching at the University of Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg. She is a member of the European (EFA) and the German Film Academy. Photo by: Thekla Ehling
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).