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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.


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!


DOK.Preview 2014

The presentations of the 9 participating projects are now available online!

For the first time, the nine extraordinary feature-length documentary films were presented to over 180 the decision-makers of the international industry at the ceremonial atmosphere of the Liepziger Kabaret Pfeffermühle.

The DOK.Incubator Workshop 2014 ends with a confirmed premiere of three of the films at the biggest documentary film festival at IDFA: Always Together /CZ/ as a story of a dream of an ideal family life that just went too far; Drifter /HU, DE/ an intimate portrait of a young rebel in desperate need of a lacking, supportive father and Queen of Silence /PL, DE/ – a documusical starring a deaf girl from an illegal Roma settlement, who escapes the reality into the Bollywood world.

CPH:DOX premiere awaits another Czech documentary Sugar Blues /CZ/, a tragicomic, vibrant and emotional story of one mother’s fight against the global sugar mafia.


Workshop awards were also announced today, recognizing the exceptional efforts of three teams.

Two sound mixing awards in the value of 3,000 EUR at Bystrouška post-production studio were awarded to:

DSC_0842-2Between Sisters /IT, BE/, a sensitive, intimate quest of the director to uncover a family secret to be told before it’s too late was recognized for fair cooperation and respectful atmosphere within the team as well as openess for input through which they made enormous progress of the film


IMG_5951Drifter /HU, DE/, for their devotion, focus, and hard work as they overcame difficult financial conditions and boost the film in the last home stretch to compete at IDFA and awarded with sound mixing in the value of 3,000 EUR.


The third award – colour grading in the value of 1,500 EUR – at the Spoon post-production studio went to

DSC_0798Game Over /ES, DE/, asking whether boys can become men when facing the reality of war, for the determination of the whole team supporting each other that resulted in the most remarkable improvement in storytelling bringing the film into light.

Last, but not least, two more exceptional films are now looking to premiere in spring 2015: The Beekeeper and His Son /CA, CH/ is an intimate insight into a Chinese rural family and their struggle between traditional manner and the dreams of the young generation, and A Family Affair /NL/, already presented at the Independent Film Week in New York in September, as an intimate director’s struggle with the sentiments of his grandmother who claims to be in love with him, and K2 Passage/UK, PL/, an alpinist’s contemplation of the influence of her passion on her children’s future.

DOK.Incubator team will now follow all the films’ journey supporting them in their endeavors to the largest international audience.