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Game Over won Gaudi Award!

DOK.Incubator 2013 film Game Over (Gaia Audiovisuals) won yesterday the Gaudí Award for best documentary 2015 given by the Acadèmia del Cinema Català. The story of Djalal,  obsessed with war toys, an only child of a middle class Spanish family, raised and admired by his parents, has successfully premiered at Karlovy Vary 2015, travelled to the Festival de Malaga, Documenta Madrid 2015, and was awarded by the Talent Award at DocsBarcelona 2015.

The Catalan Film Academy was created to be a voice of the Catalonian film industry and awards annually both documentary and fiction films.

Sales Contact for the film: Visible Film


DOK.Incubator participant has just won at Sundance!

The Best Directing Award in the World Documentary Competition received the film of the DOK.Incubator 2013 participant, polish producer Marta Golba (Endorfina Studio), All the Sleepless Nights.

After the same victory for DOK.Incubator film The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear in 2013, a successful start in the same competition of Chuck Norris vs Communism the year after and the 2015 premiere of DOK.Incubator guest project Hooligan Sparrow, Golba´s film has been the fourth film, which made it in the 4-years´ existence of DOK.Incubator among the 12 films, annually selected for the Sundance World Documentary Competition

all the sleepless nights

DOK.Incubator hledá projektového manažera

Hledáme projektového managera, který se bude starat o české/slovenské filmaře v rámci mezinárodního filmového workshopu DOK.Incubatoru.

Osobnost, která ráda komunikuje, má přehled o českém dokumentárním filmu, organizační schopnosti a praxi s pořádáním kulturních/vzdělávacích akcí.

Zájemci mohou zaslat svůj strukturovaný životopis s referenčními kontakty a motivační dopis (max. 1/2 strany) na adresu . Vybraní uchazeči budou na počátku února pozváni k osobním pohovorům.

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Nástup na konci února.




SUNDANCE 2016: 2 DOK.Incubator participants in the competition

Nanfu Wang (CN), the director of the film Hooligan Sparow (workshop title Road from Hainan) came to DOK.Incubator 2015 as a guest project from the IFP Independent Lab. Marta Golba (PL) instead, is the producer of DOK.Incubator project Life of the Butterfly, which has just premiered at IDFA. At Sundance, Golba will compete with another project of hers, All These Sleepless Nights (Director: Michal Marczak). Both ladies will compete at the World Cinema Documentary Competition, a prestigious program offering only 12 films from around the worksld, every year.

Hooligan Sparrow

Ukrainian Sheriffs and A Family Affair AWARDED AT IDFA

On Wednesday 25th evening, the IDFA 2015 Awards were given in Amsterdam. Two of the six DOK.Incubator films in the program were awarded.
The Special Jury Award in the main, feature-length competition (€2,500) went to “Ukrainian Sheriffs” by Roman Bondarchuk. A tragicomic story of a rural village in southern Ukraine, where a sheriff duo Viktor and Volodya has to solve crimes such as the theft of two ducks. But the country changes and when the time to celebrate the country’s 70th Independence Day comes, the men of the village are drafted into the army…
A Family Affair (NL, BE, DK) was awarded by the IDFA Special Jury Award for Dutch Documentary.The director Tom Fassaert tells an intimate, yet dramatic story of his own family, unfolding from the moment he’s gone to South Africa to visit his grandmother, a family myth and a famme-fatale Marianne.

Sheriffs won at IDFA

6 films from DOK.Incubator at IDFA 2015

Not only three of the eight 2015 projects, but also three films from the previous editions of DOK.Incubator are meeting in November at IDFA. In four years’ history of DOK.Incubator, 12 out of the total 32 films have competed in Amsterdam.

The 28th edition of the Festival will open with A Family Affair, the personal struggle of the director Tom Fassaert (NL) with the femme-fatale of his family: the grandmother Marianne. The film will compete in both Dutch and feature-length competition. In the main category, the filmmakers will meet two colleagues from DOK.Incubator 2015: Ukrainian Sheriffs /LV, UA, DE/, following a pair of local heroes, Victor and Volodya, appointed to keep the Order and Law in Ukraine, where even the police is not available right now, and Thy Father’s Chair /IT/ which tells the story of two Orthodox twins who have stopped throwing away anything since the death of their parents. Now, their upstairs tenant threatens them to stop paying the rent unless they get rid of all the accumulated stuff.

The DOK.Incubator collection at IDFA 2015 also includes Holy Cow /AZ, DE, RO/ following Tapdig, an Azerbaijani, who’s is ready to risk the anger of the traditional community and challenges the conservative mentality by bringing to his picturesque village an European Cow. A comedy from a territory, where making any film means risking own security.

A personal fight with own past is the topic of The Life of a Butterfly /PL/, a film of the talented director Piotr Bernaś (The European Film Academy Award nominated Paparazzi). What happens if passion becomes an obsession, and love is overshadowed by ambition is an issue for the mid-length competition.

Finally, the festival will screen in the Best of Fests selection K2. Touching the Sky /PL/, guest project of DOK.Incubator 2014. The children of acclaimed alpinists, who died on K2, undertake an expedition to the Himalayan mountains to face their parents’ fatal destiny and answer the question what is the price of passion?

IDFA this year runs from November 18th to 29th.


A Family Affair opening film at IDFA 2015

the personal struggle of the director Tom Fassaert (NL) with the femme-fatale of his family: the grandmother Marianne, former top-model, who left her family and lives in South Africa is the core of our 20014 participating project: A Family Affair. The film will compete in both IDFA’s feature-length documentary and Dutch documentary competitions and has become the flag-ship of this year’s festival, being selected as its Opening Film.

The filmmaker’s venture, which quickly becomes way more complicated than the filmmaker could ever have imagined opens in Amsterdam on 18 November, 2015.


K2. Touching the Sky has premiered at Locarno IFF

Guest Project of DOK.Incubator 2014, developed in the frame of our programme for Polish filmmakers, DOK.Restart, Eliza Kubarska’s K2. Touching the Sky (workshop title K2 PASSAGE /PL/) is celebrating a successful premiere at the Locarno IFF. Eliza, the director and alpinist, together with an international group of grown-up children of acclaimed climbers, sets out on an expedition to reach K2 base camp, the burial place for those who lost their lives on K2. The children of acclaimed alpinists are encouraged to face their parents’ fatal destiny on an expedition to the Himalayan Mountains. Being a woman and an experienced alpinist, the director asks herself a question, if her passion is worth the risk she takes? And – more importantly – should she have a child? This emotional journey does not bring neither easy nor obvious answers, but closes the old chapters and open the new ones.

Eliza Locarno

An Emmy Award Nomination for Dance for Me!

The Danish documentary from our 2012 program is officially nominated for the 2015 News & Documentary Emmy Awards in the category Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming, announced the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Produced by Klassefilm ApS and directed by Katrine Philp, Dance for Me is a documentary film about two young deeply passionate dancers where the ambition of success overshadows everything else.

In the past, this intimate film into the world of competitive ballroom dance has been screened in many films Festivals (such as IDFA, Doc Edge, DokLeipzig…) and won the Audience Award at the 2013 American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs.

Winners will be announced on September 28th in New York, during the News & Documentary Emmy Awards ceremony.

DFM photo

Three DOK.Incubator projects will be pitched at the IFP Independent Week, New York

To the Amazon /CO, BE, IR/, produced by dok TARANTULA, Holy Cow /DE, AZE/, co-produced by Kloos & Co. Medien and Free Art production and Obsolescence /IT/, produced by GraffitiDoc have been selected to participate the IFP Independent Week in September. The exclusive platform for USA producers provides both creative and business opportunities connecting new talents and attractive projects with financiers, executives, influencers and decision-makers at the US market. The selected DOK.Incubator teams will be the only European project to get introduced to over 100 U.S. & International festival programmers and executives, including representatives from Berlin, Cannes, Full Frame, Hot Docs, New York Film Festival, New Directors, Rotterdam, Slamdance, Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca Film Festival.