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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


ULTRA wins post-production prize at Rough Cut Boutique in Sarajevo!


Great news! The team of ULTRA (dir. Balazs Simonyi, ed. Thomas Ernst, prod. Laszlo Jozsa), one of 8 projects selected for DOK.Incubator 2016, has just won the main prize of Docu Rough Cut Boutique held annually in the framework of Sarajevo Film Festival.






As a winning film of the Docu Rough Cut Boutique, ULTRA has got post-production prize in the value of 20 000 EUR, provided by Digital Cube, the biggest Romanian post-production studio. Big congratulations!

ULTRA is drama about everyday athletes who join an extreme running race of legendary Spartathlon in order to test their personal limits, heal their souls and release their demons.


Remarkably, it’s not the first time DOK.Incubator’s participants are awarded with the main prize of Docu Rough Cut Boutique –  in 2014 it was DRIFTER (DOK.Incubator 2014), the Winner of the IDFA Award for the Best First Appearance Documentary 2014.  


A Family Affair selected for European Film Awards!

Fantastic news – A Family Affair (DOK.Incubator 2014) by Tom Fassaert (director), Wout Conijn (producer) and Claudio Hughes (editor) has been selected for the European Film Awards! Congratulations!

After premiering as the opening film for IDFA in 2015, A Family Affair continues to have an incredible festival run, from winning the IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary as well as the Special Jury Mention, to Best Film Award in the International Competition at Biografilm Film Festival 2016 only a few weeks ago.

This is the second DOK.Incubator project to be selected for the EFA after Drifter /HU, DE/ by Gábor Hörcher last year.

Find out more about the EFA selected documentary projects here:

A family affair

Banyak Films fund to invest £5000 to develop a documentary about the issues of housing in Europe

Banyak Films Feature Development Fund Brief - EUROPE-page-001

Banyak Films (UK) have started an investment fund to develop ideas. The first will be around the issues of housing in Europe and they have £5000 for a filmmaker to develop a pitch and trailer with them.

In brief

  • Banyak Films have a development fund and their first round is for a feature film on housing in Europe.
  • They want to work with a filmmaker to develop an idea, a treatment and taster material/pilot.
  • They have £5000 UKP to give to a filmmaker to do this.
  • The eventual films will be of international interest aimed at cinema and European TV.
  • Ideas to be sent to:
  • Find below the invitation to pitch ideas.

Banyak Films Feature Development Fund Brief – EUROPE (1)


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.


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.


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:


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.


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.












This programme was supported by:


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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