dok.incubator CZ offers 3-day open programme for Czech film professionals and a long-term mentoring programme for Czech filmmakers that connects them with internationally established tutors and develops their documentary projects. The programme is held in English.

Confirmed tutors and guests can be found here, the applications are closed now. 

The open programme at dok.incubator workshop 2018 for Czech film professionals


3 days on the documentary distribution

 Tuesday, June 26th

9.00 – 10.30 Evolution of the Revolution
Not piracy, but Netflix and digital media changed the distribution chain completely. The audience’s choice impact increases; social media are changing the way people learn about the films and there are no clear rules anymore. The intro guidance into the jungle of current distribution provides Salma Abdalla (Autlook Filmsales/AT).

11.00 – 12.30 No sales agent? DYI: First steps
What can a single producer do for his first film with international ambitions? Tools, tips and successful strategies how to start distribution by yourselves offered by Aleksandar Govedarica (Syndicado/CA).

location: Masaryk University Centre Telč                                                        Address: Náměstí Zachariáše z Hradce 2, 588 56 Telč

Individual consultations on request with Aleksandar Govedarica (sales agent – Syndicado) and Tomáš Hrivnák (marketing specialist).

Wednesday, June 27th

9.00  – 10.30 Who needs a distributor?
Interview with Sigrid Dyekjær (Danish Documentary/DK), a producer with an innovative approach towards distribution and significant revenues from the circulation of each of her films, on how she secures distribution already in the early stages of the documentary development and about where is the producer’s role in the distribution process is.

10.30  – 12.00 Fitting of your film
Different films need different strategies – sales agents introduce three different approaches to place a film at international market according to its nature. With Aleksandar Govedarica (Syndicado/CA), Anaïs Clanet (Wide House/FR) and Olivier Tournaud (Cinephil/IS).

12.00 – 13.30 Where is the money?
Based on the revenue analysis of three film case studies we will discuss where most of the producer’s income within the current distribution comes from and what the good strategies for future are. With Ulla Simonen (MADE/FI), Sigrid Dyekjær (Danish Documentary/DK), Aleksandar Govedarica (Syndicado/CA), Anaïs Clanet (Wide House/FR) and Olivier Tournaud (Cinephil/IS).

9:00 – 11:00 Individual consultations
on request with Aleksandar Govedarica (sales agent – Syndicado), Olivier Tournaud (sales agent – Cinephil) and Anaïs Clanet (sales agent – Wide House).


15.30 – 17.00 Festival Map of Europe and North America
With the critical approach, we give an overview of nowadays most important documentary festivals, their characteristics and how they can help your film, how the festivals can be useful on the PR level and for next distribution of the films. The session is guided by Ulla Simonen (MADE/FI) and commented by three sales agents.

17.00 – 18.30 Festival’s Backstage
Programmers of prestigious competitions at European and North American festivals introduce the way how they select the films and decide about competitions.

With Harry Vaughn (Sundance), Leena Passanen (DOK Leipzig), Joost Daamen (IDFA), Shane Smith (Hot Docs) and Julie Kárová (Jeden Svět).

Thursday/Friday, June 29/30th

9.30 – 14:00 Screenings of the workshop’s films
followed by in depth analysis and discussionfor – for limited number of participants

15:30 – 18:30 individual meetings on request with festival representatives and sales agents

Saturday, June 30th

9.00 – 13.00 Fishing in the Big Pond
Be in the catalogue of one of the prestigious sales companies can get your film to the best festivals and secure its future.  But how to reach it and work with the sales agents successfully? What are their conditions, what do they expect you to do for your film? At the hot chair, the Finnish producer Ulla Simonen is questioning three different sales agents about how they select films, how they deduct the money from revenues and what you can negotiate for yourself and what you should be careful about in their contracts.

The open programme takes place in Hotel Antoň:
Address: Slavatovská 92, 588 56 Telč

Individual consultations and Tuesday’s No sales agent? DYI: First steps take place at 
Masaryk University Centre Telč
Address: Náměstí Zachariáše z Hradce 2, 588 56 Telč

Long-term editing dok.incubator workshop 2018

Telč workshop dates: 24th – 27th June 2018

Prague workshop dates: 19th – 20th October 2018

The whole creative team (producer, director and editor) attends an intensive four-day workshop in Telč to focus the topic of the film and sharpen the storytelling. Further individual consultations with the dok.incubator tutors in the months following the workshop are available upon request and there is also a second workshop session in Prague in the autumn.

Unlike the international dok.incubator workshop, this mentoring programme for regional filmmakers accepts projects not only in the post-production stage but also during the shooting period. We accept projects that have filmed at least 50% of their material.



Director: Radovan Síbrt
Editor: Tomáš Elšík
Producer: Karel Poupě

What would you do with your life, if you knew that you have a limited time ahead of you? And also a very limited body? Members of The Tap Tap – a popular music band made up of physically disabled – or rather crippled as they cynically call themselves – have a pretty clear idea. They want to enjoy every minute of it and to taste the fame of improbable rockstars.
The Tap Tap orchestra shows how to confront difficulties and obstacles. And above all, how to have fun in your life. The members of the band are strong personalities with a direct attitude to life. They drink, smoke, curse, love as long as they enjoy it. But what lies behind this cheeky exterior? The film will explore the spirit of survival and the wild lust for life against all the odds.

Produced byPINK (CZ)


Director: Eva Tomanová
Editor: Marek Šulík
Producer: Jiří Konečný

The main protagonist is Mirek, a marriage swindler. For many years, he lived in several parallel relationships pretending to be the right one. Within several weeks, he would get hundreds of thousands of his victims’ savings. Gradually he was sentenced to five years in jail. Monika is one of the last people to have been bamboozled by him. She stayed with Mirek. When she got pregnant, unplanned, they both decided to keep the baby. She tested positive for HIV. Mirek started taking care of her and even proposed marriage to her before going to jail. Monika started fighting for his innocence, and went through the entire trial with him. She gave birth to a healthy baby. After break up they are back together again. Monika brings Andělka for jail visits, they plan their future and hope he might be released this June. But they ´re his victims who have the last word and not all have forgiven him.

Produced byendorfilm (CZ)


Director: Kristýna Kopřivová
Editor: Elvíra Dulskaya
Producers: Dagmar Sedláčková, Bára Kamarytová, Kristýna Kopřivová

The issue of searching one´s own identity and responsibility through prism of Palestinian refugee camp Al Amari, Ramallah. Al Amari was established after their inhabitants were expelled from their original homes with the promise that the situation is just for a week. This “provisional” has become permanent and has lasted for 70 years. The past has transformed into everyday reality and appears in any aspects of the camp environment. Protagonists Shams, Hannan and Jafar have their own ways how to get out from the camp and how to deal with their “refugee” identity, also written in their ID´s. People´s solidarity in this ghetto from concrete cubes almost transforms into eternal rubbernecking and uptight rules. It questions why the people are here and why they don´t do anything with that on a personal as well as wider level as an exemplary case of communication limits of two opposite sides.

Produced byMasterfilm (CZ)


Guest project of the Slovak dok.incubator programme in Galanta:


Director: Michal Varga
Editor: Alexandra Jonášová
Producer: Marek Novák, co-producer: Jakub Viktorín

Rosťa Novák, the principal of the circus ensemble “Cirk La Putyka” accepts an offer to make a joint show for a festival with artists from Rwanda. Eliseé Niyonsenga leads a group of orphaned acrobats on the shores of Lake Kivu. They’re trying hard to establish the art of contemporary circus in a country, which still resonates with its tragic past and is still heavily relying on foreign aid. For Eliseé and his group, the collaboration with a successful European group is their hope for a better future. For Rosťa, it’s a challenge, going back to roots and stepping out of his European comfort zone. Both in Rwanda and Prague, he is confronted with many differences: Rwandan attitudes towards work, communication, and perception of time.

Will they manage to bridge their differences in an authentic show or is it going to fall into African kitsch and stereotypes? And what will remain, after such cultural hit?

Produced byXova Film (CZ)
Co-produced by: nutprodukcia (SK)



Gesa Marten /DE/
Gesa MartenGesa graduated from Cologne University in Dramatics, German Literature and Philosophy. As a freelance film editor since 1991 she has edited documentaries including ‘The Order of Things’ (2014), ‘FEMMEfille’ (2015), ‘Shot in the Dark‘ (2016) or ‘Lucica and her children‘ (2018), as well as feature films including ‘Hannah’ (2006) or ‘LowLights’ (2009). She is very much committed to her work as a dramatic advisor, specialising in feature-length documentary film such as ‘Whiteblood’ (2010), ‘Foreign’ (2011) or ‘Master of Disaster‘ (2018). Her work has been nominated as Best Edit at the German Television awards (2000), Best Edit at the German Camera awards (2004, 2006) and has been awarded Best Edit of a Documentary at the Filmplus Editing prize (2005, 2009). Gesa teaches at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. She is a member of the European (EFA) and the German Film Academy. Gesa lives in Potsdam near to Berlin.

Pernille Bech Christensen /DK/
Pernille Bech Christensen graduated from the National Danish Film School in 1987 in Editing. She regularly teaches at the National Danish Film School and has been a guest teacher at the Norwegian Film School. She has been nominated and won several prizes, including the Danish Academy Award for editing in 2003 and the Television Editor of the Year Award in 2005. Pernille has edited all but one of Susanne Bier’s feature films, including ‘After the Wedding’, nominated for an Oscar in the Foreign Language Category in 2007, and ‘In a Better World’ won both the acclaimed Golden Globe award and an Oscar in 2011. Pernille edited the feature-length documentary ‘The Monastery’, which won the main prize at IDFA. Over the years, her films have had 35 wins and 31 nominations at festivals worldwide. She is an international editing consultant in both documentary and feature film, as well as working as a script consultant in Denmark and Scandinavia. As an executive producer, she is currently developing a drama series at the national commercial broadcaster TV 2 Denmark.

Serge Gordey /FR/
Serge Gordey is a French producer mainly involved with international creative documentaries, presently working at TEMPS NOIR (Paris). In recent years, he has been involved with projects such as the innovative webbased ‘GazaSderot: Life in Spite of Everything’ (executive producer) and ’24 hours Jerusalem’. He was the French co-producer of the Oscar-nominated and International Emmy awarded ‘Five Broken Cameras’ (Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi). He also coproduced ‘The Wonderful World of Papa Alaev’ (Tal Barda & Noam Pinhas), ‘Vaclav Havel, A Free Man’ (Andrea Sedlackova) and ‘Lech Walesa, A Portrait’ (Andrzej Fidyk). He is an advocate urging for an enhanced role of creative documentaries. From 2015 to 2017, he was the president of the documentary committee of the French CNC.

Anna Johnson Ryndová /CZ/
Editor Anna Johnson Ryndová began her film career as a clapper and then worked as a script supervisor and assistant editor. She holds an MFA from FAMU. She was nominated for the Czech national film award for ‘Pouta’ (‘Walking Too Fast’, 2010) and for the Slovak national film award for ‘Dom’ (‘House’, 2011). From 2012 until 2015, she worked as a lecturer of Film Studies at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, USA. She understands film art as an intellectual, aesthetic, and emotional inquiry rather than a product designed to entertain. In her work as an editor and teacher, she is especially interested in the topics of authenticity, media literacy, kitsch in all its forms, and the ethics of film making. Recently, she collaborated on documentary essays ‘Slepý Gulliver’ (‘Blind Gulliver’, 2017) and ‘Muris’ (‘D Is For Division’, 2018). Currently, she is finishing a fiction film ‘Zlaty podraz’ (‘Golden Betrayal’).