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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.

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.

DOK.Incubator 2nd Session 2014

US tutors presented new distribution ways for documentary films at the 2nd workshop in Telč.

With internet and social networks changing the way we choose films to watch and how we get to know about them, the audience are spending less time in cinemas and in front of television screens. But this trend doesn’t necessarily be a bad news for documentary films. As the most progressive genre, documentary is finding new channels to its audience via online distribution networks such as Netflix, Amazon or Vimeo, a trend new in Europe but already well-established in the US.


Therefore, DOK.Incubator invited leading US film professionals to the 2nd session in Telč, Czech Republic, to speak about these new opportunities and opened their lectures to Czech filmmakers for free.

„Television has long stopped being just a mere broadcaster, now it has to offer more to its audience,“ says Simon Kilmurry, director of the biggest independent channel POV, „today we travel with our documentaries and also offer them online.“

Lori Cheatle, producer from Hard Working Movies and lecturer, together with Sigrid Dyekjaer, one of the most established Danish producers, held a lecture comparing the distribution ways in Europe and the US. While many European producers worry about distribution in post-production, in US producers think about distribution already before taking on a project.


Sue Turley, director of established sales company ro*co films, talked about alternative markets for documentaries such as universities or Hollywood studios which are now adapting documentaries into fiction.  She also talked about the importance of choosing the right sales agent, a decision that makes a big difference in the life of a documentary film.

Apart from the US experts, directors of important European film festivals like Tine Fischer (CPH:DOX) and Claas Danielsen (DOK Leipzig) came to the workshop as well. Together with Martin Horyna, programmer at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and Marek Hovorka, director of Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, they talked about how filmmakers can work together with film festivals to reach the largest international audience possible with their films.


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


DOK.Incubator scholarship to promising Czech documentary projects!

Would you like to hear a second opinion on your rough-cut or edited scenes from award-winning filmmakers? DOK.Incubator will bring renowned dramaturgists, producers, distributors and representatives of the biggest film festivals to the workshop’s second session taking place in Telč, 2 – 9 September, 2014.FOTO 5

Czech filmmakers with international ambitions can apply with their films until 30 June on the DOK.Incubator website. At the workshop, they will have the opportunity to work on their financing strategy, marketing or distribution and talk to colleagues who achieved international success about the story-telling options for their film. Apart from these individual consultations, they can join the programme of the workshop such as lectures, open discussions about festival and distribution strategy, marketing and engaging future audience.

DOK.Incubator 1st session starting on Thursday!

In just a few days, the first workshop session of DOK.Incubator starts in Cracow, Poland. The selected participating films will get individual mentors for more than half a year – from May to November, to work intensively on the editing, production, marketing and distribution of their films. DOK.Incubator doesn´t hire career teachers, but we are keen to match the new talents, present at the workshop, with the top from the professional active film-makers, like Emmy and Cannes Critique Grand Prix awarded editor Per K. Kirkegaard /DK/, editor of “Stranded” (IDFA  winner 2007) Claudio Hughes /FR/, award-winning producer of “Monastery”, “Free the Mind” or “Ai Weiwei the Fake Case”, self-distribution expert Sigrid Dyekjær /DK/ or sales people like Stefan Kloos/DE/, CEO of Rise and Shine. All of those will be present at the first workshop session to make the participants ready to break into the international market, when DOK.Incubator will be over…