Frequently asked Questions

– DOK.Incubator for participants with a project
– DOK.Incubator for observers



What kind of projects fit the program?

We call for feature-length documentaries, with an ambition to be distributed internationally, in the rough-cut stage. We call filmmakers, ready to re-open the editing, distribution strategy, and marketing of the film, in order to find the strongest and most interesting way to tell their story.

I currently do not have a project in post-production stage, but I’m interested in participating. Can I join otherwise?
Yes. As an observer.


DOK.INCUBATOR for participants with a project

How will the workshop influence my postproduction timing?
We invite you with your late rough-cut documentary. But afterwards, you will be working on the editing, distribution, and marketing for another six months. This means you can plan a premiere for all the autumn festivals and you will have to book your editor in between the first and the second workshop session (MAY-JUNE), and a period between the second and third session (JULY-AUGUST). You will need to edit very intensively to CLOSE THE CUT and submit your film to the autumn festivals (DOK.Leipzig, IDFA, Jihlava IDFF…).

You will attend three one-week residential sessions at different stages of project development:

1st – 6th May – Třešť, Czech Republic // ROUGH-CUT
26th June – 1st July – Mojmírovce, Slovakia // FINE CUT
18th – 25th of September – Malmö, Sweden // NEAR PICTURE LOCK

For more details about the content of the workshops, please follow this link.

I do not have a rough-cut, but I fit the workshop timing. Can I apply?
Yes. You can send us a compilation of edited scenes, but your chances of being selected are lower. Those who apply with edited scenes rather than a rough-cut will be asked for an update on the progress of the projects at the end of February. The later the rough-cut, the more likely your film is to be chosen by the selection committee. The minimum length of the audiovisual material submitted for the application is 40 minutes.

Does the full team (director, editor, producer) have to commit to the full three-terms of the program?
Yes. This is one of the very basic conditions of your participation. The goal of the program is to give each member the opportunity to develop professionally as they are developing and progressing within their organisations. Participants are expected to participate in all the three workshop sessions of the program.

We are not three, but just two of us: I don’t have an editor yet, may I participate without him? I am director/producer in one person, can I participate?
You only can participate if you complete your team and find motivated colleagues. According to our experience, filmmakers who work on the film alone, without an editor or producer, suffer at the workshop and do not gain as much as possible from its program. We often split the participants into groups for directors/producers/editors – and work simultaneously on various tasks. It would be extremely difficult for you as the director + producer to elaborate marketing and distribution strategy and at the same time, to work in the editing room. The same goes for a director + editor.

What is the result of the workshop?
We aim to helpyou conclude the editing of the film. You will have edited various pilots, which will present the main character and the main plot, the way you want to tell the story, what is the film´s mood and narration. You will work on both: the pilots and the whole rough-cut.
Your distribution strategy for the film, including a clear festival strategy, will be opened to a network of key decision-makers – international sales agents, broadcasters and festival representatives – who will give you feedback on your film and your distribution strategy. Finally, you will design a tailor-made marketing strategy, (including PR outcomes: visuals, texts, trailer, posters, media strategy) to enlarge your audience, internationally.

Can you help me also with financing the project?
To get financed in this stage of development is difficult and takes time. Optimally you should be able to cover your expenses at least until the fine cut is concluded. Obviously, we will support you in finding financing, using all our network of contacts. Our support gives you credibility and makes people open the door and listen – but it is up to you to convince them. We cannot guarantee you success.

How many projects and observers will you take?
Eight projects + six observers.

Do you accept also non-European projects?
Yes. We will invite up to 25% of all participants from outside the Europe. The other participants are supposed to be citizens of the MEDIA countries, which includes the EU member states, and additionally: Norway, Iceland, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Republic of Serbia (full participation in the Creative Europe Programme); Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova (full participation in the Culture Sub-programme and partial participation in the MEDIA Sub-programme, i.e. participation in training, festivals, audience development and market access activities) and Israel (conditional participation in the Culture Sub-programme and partial participation in the MEDIA Sub-programme). You can find the latest list of participating countries here.

What special documents will I need for application?

  1. English-subtitled rough-cut of your film or edited scenes in the length of minimum 40 minutes (max. 2GB, we prefer mp4/mov format); an additional edited pilot/trailer/teaser of the film is an advantage
  2. one edited scene (max. 5 minutes) by applicant editor, preferably from the submitted rough-cut but if not possible, then some example of his/her previous work
  3. film treatment (max. 1 page) based on the shot material
  4. short synopsis
  5. motivational letters from all the team members: director, editor and producer (max. half-page)
  6. rough distribution strategy, including the estimated premiere time and place
  7. financing plan of the film (specify non-/confirmed funding)
  8. stills from your film
  9. portrait photo of director, editor and producer, their CVs and contact details
  10. link to the reference film of the director

How do you choose the projects and when do you announce the result?
In the first round every project will be seen and judged by two of our selectors. They recommend the top 15 rough cuts with the most potential. In the second round of the selection, the projects will be seen by the dok.incubator board, which will also be considering the film’s background and crew. We will announce the final top 8 projects on the dok.incubator website after March 25th.

The top 15 projects selected for the second round might be asked for additional materials, or be invited to a Skype interview. Please note that the dok.incubator board is also deciding on scholarship applications, and may ask about the financing of the film.

To find out more about the selection process, please click here.

What are the dok.incubator participants’ obligations?
The conditions of the workshop participation are specified in the contract. In short, all the participants are obliged to participate actively throughout the entire workshop program (all three sessions), enable the workshop to promote the participating film with the media partners (using your promo stills and texts). When the film is finished, we ask you to put our logo in the final credits and send us the link to the final version of the cut, a final trailer, and the marketing materials (e.g. poster, leaflet, postcards) to promote your film and the workshop.

Will dok.incubator screen my movie or will it show anywhere?
We will screen the different versions of your rough-cut for the closed group of workshop participants and tutors. Outside the group, we require just the right to screen the initial and final version of the cut to the workshop funders´ representatives, in order to prove the results of the workshop aim (we will create a closed website, protected by password, which will be given only to the main public funds, who finance the workshop). We have non-commercial rights to screen the film at promotional dok.incubator events (talks at film schools, for example) if pre-approved in an agreement with the producer.

The final version of the trailer will be published on the workshop website, and promoted to the film professional public. If requested by the participant, the trailer can be updated at any time with a new version.

How does the participation fee work? What is its actual amount? What does it cover?Participation fee for the whole workshop is € 5,500. The fee does not include travel expenses or Forum accreditation for Nordisk Panorama. Otherwise, it covers accommodation, breakfasts and lunches, editing room rental cost at all three sessions, and contributes to the tutors’ fees and other workshop costs. For more information, please see fees and scholarship.

Do I have to pay for my transportation?
Yes. You will travel independently, communicating with us the time of your arrival and departure so we can book your accommodation.

What are the criteria for receiving a scholarship?
We accept projects in very different financial situations, with budgets from 50,000 to nearly one million euros. Therefore, every situation needs to be considered individually. The fee of € 5,500 will be reduced for the majority of projects by a scholarship, in case of unapproachability of additional financing from the local film institute; we also often support non-European projects, which have additional travel costs. The scholarships are based on the decision of the dok.incubator Board.

Can I submit the application in my mother tongue, instead of English, to avoid mistakes and misunderstandings?
No. The whole workshop program is held in English. Both lecturers and selectors are chosen internationally, so in order to be able to consider your application, all the materials you provide us with, have to be in English and all the audiovisual material has to be subtitled in English. We even recommend that the English-speaking parts be subtitled too, to avoid any misunderstandings due to sound quality or accents.

I still have a question, who can I contact?
Please email for any additional questions not covered on this page.


DOK.INCUBATOR for observers

Do I have to commit to the full three-terms of the programs?
No. The sessions which the observers are expected to attend are only the first two sessions. This program counts on the active observers´ participation. The third session, focused on the pitching performance of the participants, will be a far less intense program and he or she will be encouraged to follow the Nordisk Panorama program.

What is covered by observers´ fee?
Observers’ fee is € 2,500. This fee covers all costs for the first and second session and three days during the third session in Malmö, the whole third session is not obligatory for the observers, we recommend them to come only to the last part of the session (presentation at the Nordisk Panorama festival).
Independent producers, editors or students can get a scholarship and pay only their accommodation and meals (around € 300 per one session).

Do I have to pay for my transportation?
Yes. You will travel independently, communicating with us the time of your arrival and departure so we can book your accommodation.

Can I as an observer receive a scholarship?
Yes. Some applicants can get a scholarship and pay only for their accommodation and meal (around 300 EUR per session).

If I cannot come for both the workshop sessions, will you return the fee paid back to me?
No. Unfortunately, the fees cover primarily the workshop lecturers and the venue, and the cancellation terms of the booked accommodation does not allow us to refund the fee for the observers not present at a workshop session.

As an observer do I have individual meetings with tutors?
No. The focus of the observers´ participation at the workshop is on following the eight participating projects. You will watch the know-how of our tutors very closely and learn first-hand from the development of the members´ films. But due to the focus of the workshop and our aim to work altogether on the eight participating films, it´s improbable to work in the meantime individually on the observers´ projects.