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Chuck Norris.. and The Queen of Silence compete at HOT DOCS

DOK.Incubator participants from both 2013 and 2014 meet at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival:

Chuck Norris vs.Communism is a thrilling story of a young Romanian translator who secretly dubbed thousands of Hollywood blockbusters to get them to the audience, which might get arrested by the communist regime for simple watching foreign films. The Queen of silence instead tells a captivating story of Denisa, who´s able to turn the complicated and often sad realities od a 9 years old deaf Roma girl into an enchanted Bollywood stage.

Strong stories, impressive festival run in both cases..Fingers crossed, ladies!queen

The submissions are closed now. More than 80 projects applied.

In first round, all the submitted projects will be considered by two independent selectors each. The 15 rough cuts with the best potential will go to the second round of the selection to be considered by a 4 members’ DOK.Incubator board, which is also deciding on scholarships. It will be interested in the film’s dramaturgy and distribution plan, financing and the professional background and the motivation of all the team members. We will inform the applicants about the first round selection results via email after March 20th.
The top 15 projects selected for the second round might get invited to a Skype interview.

The final 8 projects selected for DOK.Incubator Workshop 2015 will be announced officially April 10th

Chuck Norris vs. Communism is competing at SUNDANCE

The 2013 DOK.Incubator project, a mesmerising thriller about the magic of film and the power it has to change lives – Chuck Norris vs. Communism – has been selected to take part at World Documentary Competition at SUNDANCE 2015.

In 1980s Romania, thousands of Western films smashed through the Iron Curtain opening a window into the free world for those who dared to look. Thedirector, Ilinca Calugareanua discovers for the audience the black market VHS racketeer and a courageous female translator, who brought the magic of film to the masses and sowed the seeds of a revolution.

To follow the project, check its website of facebook profile.Chuck Norris


The closing ceremony of the 27th IDFA in Amsterdam’s Compagnietheate have just finished. From the three DOK.Incubator nominations, Drifter reached the AWARD at the First Appearance Competition…


18-year-old rebel Risci, who’s middle name might be “Trouble” has won the hearts of the jury by unruly, restlessly scaring up problem after problem. Driving cars without a license, theft and escaping from the cops are all just a part of his daily routine much for his parents’ despair…Ricsi won’t stand for routines nor the expectations of his deadbeat father. Afterall, where was he when Ricsi needed him the most?

The 2014-15 festival run has just started: and other 4 films are being finished, right now.

Three DOK.Incubator films NOMINATED AT IDFA

The nominations for IDFA’s various competition programs have just been announced.DOK.Incubator has supported three of the nominees, in two different competitions!


Something Better to Come“, a film by Hanna Polak /PL/, DOK.Incubator 2013 observer, who has followed her main character Yula for 14 years, from she is 11 until she turns 25 on her way out of the Europe´s biggest garbage dump.The is nominated for

the IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary. Moreover, this film has been nominated also for IDFA DOC U Award On Friday, the DOC U jury, consisting of young people aged 15 to 18 years.
The jury of the IDFA Competition for First Appearance will need to decide between two of DOK.Incubator 2014 participants: “Drifter“, a film by Gabor Hörcher/HU/ and Eva Tomanova´s /CZ/ debute “Always Together” /CZ/, portraying an unusual Czech family, living with nine children on sunlit meadows seem to be a paradise – but the father is a disciplinarian and leads his family with a heavy hand.
Drifter” brings ont he big stage the rugged, persistent Hungarian countryside, loaded with decay and melancholy. Following 18-year-old rebell Risci on his complicated way towards his big dream: a rally troophey. With an enourmous intimacy with Ricsi and his
juvenile male restlessness the film beautifully frames the poverty-stricken Hungarian countryside.
The winners will be announced on Friday evening at the closing ceremony of the 27th IDFA in Amsterdam’s Compagnietheater.

DOK.Incubator PREVIEW is coming!

Nine promising international debuts will be soon presented by DOK.Incubator in Leipzig

29th October (10:00) at the Leipziger Pfeffermühle Kabarett will come one of the last opportunities to meet our filmmakers and have a look on their projects just before they will be released!

DOK.Incubator participating films are close to their premiere and awardswill be presented at the widely sought out DOK.Incubator Preview – a special event organized by DOK Leipzig festival. Last year, the event was visited by more than 170 industry guests and a more than half of the presented films gained collaboration with one of the renowned sales representatives to start their careers internationally. The workshop presents here its 2014 collection of eight high-end cinematic films here, suitable for international festivals, theatrical and TV release – just before their premiere.


DOK.Incubator films are starting at festivals!

Three of our 2013 and 2012 projects are meeting each other in a couple of weeks, at Jihlava IDF. The Serbian Lawyer (workshop title Defending Karadzic’), Felvidek, Caught in Between and My Farm is my Castle (w.t. Pit Hole) are competing at the Between the Seas and Czech Joy sections. Moreover Felvidek has just won at Budapest IDF Let us be free section! Congratulation to the premiers of The Serbian Lawyer and My Farm is my Castle, see you soon in Jihlava.

Panels on new distribution strategies open to local filmmakers!

On Thursday, September 4, a bloque of exclusive discussion panels will take place in Telč, Czech Republic.DOK.Incubator will open its program to the Czech and Slovak filmmakers, who are invited to dicuss own experience and learn more about the situation on the digital market and new ways of active cooperation among producers regarding distribution, the differences between the European and North American film market….The panels will host Simon Kilmurry, director of the independent film channel POV by the US public broadcaster PBS; successful independent producer Lori Cheatle from Hard Working Movies, who is also a regular lecturer at Sundance, Berlinale, Toronto, and Hot Docs; and distribution partner for independent films from ro*co films Sue Turley, who is an experienced analysis expert on potential audience, film release strategy, and closing financial gaps. Apart from the US experts, directors of important European film festivals like Tine Fischer (CPH:DOX) and Claas Danielsen (DOK Leipzig) are coming to the workshop as well.


The capacity of the workshop venue is limited, so please,
register by email by September 1 at the latest at


Students of the Czech filmschools invited to DOK.Incubator…

Are you a student of documentary filmmaking, editing or production and do you want to know more about the dynamics of the international scene? You have the opportunity to join the second and the third session of DOK.Incubator in Telč (CZ) and Leipzig (DE) and to see how the participating projects are being developed, edited, distributed and marketed.
Moreover you get the possibility to come to DOK Leipzig and see how the whole industry section works, in order to understand in advance, how can you promote your film and get attention at the big festivals all over the world.

The application deadline for students is TODAY. You can Apply HERE