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.