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DOK.Elevator presents its participants

DOK.Incubator presents for the first time a new workshop called DOK.Elevator prepared for Swedish producers, already well established on the national level, who aim to introduce their projects to the international scene. The workshop focuses on international film distribution, festival work, PR and marketing. Experienced tutors from the film industry (producers, sales agents, PR specialists and editors) inform the participants about the current situation in European distribution and the festival landscape, and provide tailor-made consultations with concrete focus on their individual projects, solving production issues, preparing PR materials and elaborating distribution and festival strategies.


The workshop will take place in September during the Nordisk Panorama festival.

The selected participants are: Caroline Ingvarsson, Sofie Palage, Ann Lundberg, Fredrik Myrtell, Kerstin Ubelacker,  Mike Shum (director), Magnus Paulsson and Saga Gärde.

You can find more information on the participants here

The project is co-organized by Film i Skåne

The project is funded by Invest in Skåne


Open Program in Smolenice

DOK.Incubator invites all filmmakers from Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to join our participants at open program in Smolenice first week in July. Panel discussions and lectures will mainly focus on festival dramaturgy, distribution and sales strategies.

Come to Smolenice and meet sales agents such as Heino Deckert, Petr Jäger or Maëlle Guenegues and festival programmers Joost Daamen from IDFA and Caroline Libresco from Sundance, and many others!

The working language is English and the program is for free. If you want to attend, please, RSVP to till June 30, 2016.

Monday, July 4
9:00 – 11:00 Distribution: Evolution of the Revolution (Peter Jäger)

Tuesday, July 5 – Distribution Day
9:30 – 13:00 Who needs a distributor? Producers in the distribution process (Ulla Simonen, Heino Deckert,  Maëlle Guenegues, Peter Jäger)
14:30 – 16:00 Festival’s strategy/broadcasters? (Peter Jäger)
16:00 – 18:00 Festival´s Backstage (Joost Daamen (IDFA), Caroline Libresco (Sundance), Ondřej Moravec (One World)

Friday, July 8
9:30 – 12:30 Fishing in the Big Pond. Distribution morning with sales agents (Ulla Simonen, Maëlle Guenegues, Heino Deckert)


Heino Deckert
Deckert Distribution

Maëlle Guenegues

Peter Jäger
AUTLOOK Filmsales


This programme was supported by:


DOK.Incubator unveils selected Slovak projects

Four Slovak projects will be attending the upcoming workshop in Smolenice, Slovakia. The directors, editors and producers will work on the dramaturgy, editing and have individual consultations with our tutors. The selected projects are Lovely Oil Homeland (director Dominik Jursa), Never Happened (director Barbora Berezňáková), Peace To You All (director Juraj Mravec) and Swedes From a Slum (director Katarína Farkašová). Learn more about the projects here.












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Meet the festival programmers in Smolenice

During the DOK.Incubator workshop we have prepared an open program for all film professionals which will be held on Tuesday July 5, 2016 in Smolenice Castle. Panel discussions and lectures will focus mainly on distribution, promotion of films and festival strategies.

Come and meet Joost Daamen from IDFA, Caroline Libresco from Sundance and others!

The working language is English and the program is for free. If you want to attend, please, RSVP to till June 30, 2016.


You can find more info about the workshop here.

Joost Daamen

(IDFA, Netherlands)


IDFA is the biggest documentary festival in Europe and is each year visited by more than 3000 film professionals.


Caroline LibreCaroline Librescosco

(Sundance, USA)


Sundance Film Festival is the most famous festival of independent films in the USA.




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DOK.Incubator films at Hot Docs 2016

Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Festival that will take place in Toronto April 28 – May 8, has two DOK.Incubator movies in its program this year!

Cheer Up /FI, CA/ is going to have an international premiere, and Ukrainian Sheriffs /UA, LV, DE/ will be screened for the first time for North American audience.

DOK.Incubator has brought already quite a number of its films to Hot Docs. Last year Chuck Norris vs. Communism /UK/ and The Queen of Silence /PL, DE/ were in the Hot Docs Official selection, and in 2014 – Agreement  /DK/.hot docs 2016

IDFA Bertha Fund will support two DOK.Incubaor projects, Ukrainain Sheriffs and Holy Cow, for Distribution for International Co-productions!

IDFA Bertha Fund has concluded its February 2016 selection round.  Holy Cow by Imam Hasanov and Ukrainian Sheriffs by Roman Bondarchuk (IDFA Special Jury Award 2015) are among eleven films that will be supported this year. They have been selected in the framework of IBF Europe: Distribution for International Co-productions.

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Slovak documentary filmmakers and producers can now apply for 4-day workshop focused on new distribution channels and opportunities opening for documentary films.

Meet with successful sales tutors like Peter Jäger (Autlook Filmsales), Thomas Tielsch (Filmtank) or Hanne Phlypo (Clin d’oeil films), who will hold lectures and show a case study on a documentary film close to its international premiere – Between Sisters.

For more information about the workhop, go here.

Applications are now open until 21st November!


Last chance to apply for DOK.Restart workshop


 DOK.Restart applications extended until April 23rd!

4-day long workshop, based on the know-how of the international workshop DOK.Incubator:


  • 8  intensive pitching training
  • 8  tailor-made distribution and marketing strategy for your film
  • 8  work on a strong story-telling of your film through the editing of a presentation pilot
  • 8 individual mentoring of the top European editors, producers and distributors

Krakow, May 25th – 28th

The films from DOK.Restart get the opportunity to be presented at Doc to Go of the Krakow Film Festival!


DEADLINE extended until WEDNESDAY, April 23rd

DOK.Restart workshop application deadline!

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Apply now for a unique intense 4-day workshop for Polish documentary filmmakers in post-production stage aiming to work on strong film structure, story-telling, strategic communication to the audience and distribution strategy.

The workshop will take place in Krakow, Poland, 25 – 28 May, during the Krakow Film Festival. All projects will present their film at Docs to Go presentation of Polish documentary works in progress on 29th May!



UNFOLD YOUR FILM by strategic communication

an open forum introducing a modern promotion tool, used by award winning Danish documentary filmmakers to get the attention for their films.

There is a lot of noise out there and we are all struggling to get access to the same public awareness and the media’s attention. – How can you build a closer relation to our audience? How can we increase the awareness, get audience to talk about our film and conquer the public agenda? It is all a matter of working strategically with your communication when unfolding your film for public.

Get a usable promotion tool inspired by modern branding and strategic communication.

The session takes place in Kino Kultura, Warsaw (PL), March 26th from 10:00 to 12:00

This open session is a part of the international documentary rough-cut workshop DOK.Incubator/DOK.Restart, which takes place in Krakow, May 22nd – 29th and it’s open to polish documentary film makers and producers. More information and the application you can find at

Freddy Neumann is based in Copenhagen and has been working with film promotion Freddy Neumannsince 1990. He is working in the Danish Film business with several major companies and distributors of both feature- and documentary films. He is educated MA CC at School of Business and Social Sciences, MA Dramaturgy and worked as associate professor at Aarhus University, DK.


Sigrid Dyekjær is one of the most experienced Danish documentary producers, having produced  both feature films and documentary films sigrid B:Wsince 2000. She was the producer of ”The Monastery”, winner of the Joris Ivens Award at IDFA in 2006, nominated for a European Film Award and several other Awards. She produced dozens of award winning films, among all Enemies of Happiness, A Normal Life, Free The mind or Ai Weiwei, the Fake Case.