Author Archives: Bethan

Double success of Dreaming of Denmark: Amnesty International Award and the second prize at Giffoni International Film Festival

Big congratulations! Dreaming of Denmark (DOK.Incubator 2016) by Michael Graversen (director), Rebakka Jørgensen, Sofie Steenberger (editors) and Lise Saxtrup, Sofie Rørdam (producers)  has just won the Amnesty International Award at the 2016 Giffoni Film Festival for its portrayal of an illegal immigrant after being refused asylum in Denmark. Moreover, the film was given the 2nd prize in the main documentary competition at the same festival.

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Co-founder of DOK.Incubator, Claas Danielsen appointed head of MDM fund in Germany

Claas Danielsen, the creative direction and managing director of DOK Leipzig for the past ten years (2004-14), and co-founder of DOK.Incubator has just become the Chief of the Mitteldeutschen Medienförderung MDM, key funding body for projects realised – or co-produced by companies based in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia, Germany.

Claas Danielsenwas born in 1966 in the city of Hamburg and studied documentary film direction at the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF). Since 1999 Claas has been actively involved in the shaping the current documentary industry in Europe, by establishing education programmes (“Discovery Campus” – today: Documentary Campus in 1999, DOK.Incubator in 2011), he was a board member of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Dokumentarfilm (ag.dok) and of the European Documentary Network (EDN). Claas has served on many international festival juries and the selection committees of different German film and media funds and wored as the advisor to the European Film Academy.

Claas has been the DOK.Incubator´s Leading tutor since the programme was established in 2011. Together with DOK.Incubator director, Andrea Prenghyová, he was the author of the workshop’s concept and cooperated actively on the program of DOK.Incubator, scouting of the tutors, financing and organisation. In 2016, Claas has become the Leading Tutor of a long-term workshop for Central European filmmakers with projects in the shooting stage, organized by the DOK.Incuabtor team.

In the new role of a CEO of Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung Claas will be responsible for the annual budget of 12.8 million euros to support German filmmakers and audiovisual industry itself.

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Grand Prix of Docs Against Gravity goes to … Ukrainian Sheriffs!

Ukrainian Sheriffs /UA/ by Roman Bondarchuk and Darya Averchenko keep their  successful run along festivals. This time Sheriffs win the Grand Prix at Docs Against Gravity (Warsaw, Poland). 

Ukrainian Sheriffs (DOK.Incubator 2015) have already got Special Jury Award Feature Length Competition IDFA 2015, trevelled to Hot Docs 2016, Zagreb Dox, One World HRFF 2016, Sofia IFF 2016, Tempo Documentary Festival, Thessaloniki IDFF 2016, Bergamo Film Meeting, One World Romania, Sarasota International Film Festival, Millenium International Documentary Film Festival,  DOK Munich, Go East.

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A Family Affair wins at Biografilm Festival!

After 4 extraordinary days and nights at Biografilm Festival | International Celebration of Lives| International Celebration of Lives, the jury awarded A Family Affair by Tom Fassaert with the Best Film award in the International Competition.

Biografilm Festival (Bologna, Italia) it is the only international event entirely committed to promote and support biographies and life tales. The Festival brings the best selection of biopics, documentaries and short films produced every year on an international basis.

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Sdílejte s námi kancelář v centru Prahy!

DOK.Incubator se stěhuje do bytu z 19. století v centru Prahy s výbornou dopravní dostupností (Bolzanova 1, na zastávce tramvaje “Hlavní nádraží”) přebudovaného na kanceláře. Dvě místnosti (20 + 12m) spolu se sdílenou zasedačkou a kuchyňkou nabízíme k podnájmu neziskovkám, grafickým a jiným studiím, malým kulturním institucím. Od 1. června budou k dispozici za 14.000,- Kč včetně všech poplatků (které se odvíjejí od počtu osob v kanceláři).

Kancelář je tichá a světlá, nachází se ve 3. patře s výtahem, s okny do vnitrobloku. Za poplatek lze přikoupit parkovací stání přímo v domě – ve vnitrobloku je vybudovaná garáž.

Na fotografiích jsou kanceláře vybavené a používané původními majiteli, kteří se koncem května stěhují pryč…

V případě zájmu se nám co nejdříve ozvěte na adresu zofie@dokincubator.net či telefon 224241192.

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THY FATHER’S CHAIR wins the main prize at Docudays 2016 in Kiev

Thy Father’s Chair (DOK.Incubator participant 2014) by Àlex Lora and  Antonio Tibaldi won at the 13th International documentary films about human rights festival DOCUDAYS (Kiev, Ukraine) in the category DOCU/LIFE.

It has been   awarded for “its superb and precise depiction of a hidden and claustrophobic world full of memory and pain, the directors beautifully realize a work of cinematic accomplishment that makes for one of the most expansively human portraits we’ve ever had the privilege to see . It is, simply put, a big film”.

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CHEER UP premiers at Hot Doc! Congratulations!

Cheer Up / FI, CA/ is premiering in May at Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Festival which will be held April 28 – May 8, 2016 in Toronto.

Cheer Up by Christy Garland is a story of  Miia, the ambitious coach of Finland’s worst competitive cheerleading team, who is sick of losing and stuck in Rovaniemi, on the Arctic Circle. So she takes a trip to the motherland, Texas, where she’s inspired by the American mindset and focus of the world’s best cheerleaders.  Returning to Finland a tougher coach, she pushes her girls to the breaking point… but is that what the team really wants?  cheer_up_1

World premiere of The Beekeeper and His Son at Vision du Reel, Nyon!

On April 19 one of the most important European film festivals – Vision du Reel in Nyon, Switzerland, will host the international premiere of The Beekeeper and His Son /CH, CA/, an intimate insight into a Chinese rural family and their struggle between traditional manner and the dreams of a young migrant worker, produced by Mira Film.csm_71964dd369ee7f2401f4f09cc040bffdd5438b0b_1926b3e782

The old beekeeper Laoyu is losing his hives to the most severe worm outbreak he has seen in his fifty-year long beekeeping career. However, he feels even more anxious about the future of his only son Maofu, who has been wandering from city to city as a migrant worker. When Maofu returns home in the summer, Laoyu hopes that together they will rebuild the beehives. While Laoyu is disappointed by Maofu’s focus on profits instead of the bees, Maofu feels suffocated by his father’s authoritarian tunes. Their unspoken expectations tensely echo with the harsh weather conditions and a mischievous goose.

Between Sisters premieres at True False festival!

In 2 weeks, an important documentary festival for all the Northern American territory – True False festival in Columbia, Missouri, USA. The festival with the attendance over 45,000 will host the international premiere of Between Sister, a touching family story of the director Manu Gerosa /IT/, produced by Clin d’oeil films of Hanne Phlyppo /BE/.

Two Italian sisters, Ornella and Teresa, have cared for each other through their whole lives, sharing their love for Ornella’s son, Manu, the film director. Teresa is now in her life’s twilight and having problems facing fate. Before it’s too late, Ornella decides to confront Teresa with a painful untold story that goes back to their childhood and might change their close bond forever. The film is a warm portrayal of an Italian family, seen through the eyes of the son, Manu. With humor and tenderness he brings out what it means to build a life upon a secret.

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