dok.incubator workshop calls for ambitious feature docs in rough cut stage


The next submission deadline for international projects will be January 29th 2020.

The applications for SLOVAK FILMMAKERS are now closed.

The deadline was March 19th, 2019. The next submission deadline for Slovak projects will be in spring 2020.

The applications for CZECH FILMMAKERS are now closed.

The deadline was April 12th, 2019. The next submission deadline for Czech projects will be in spring 2020.

dok.incubator invites editors, directors and producers to a six–month long workshop, focused on filmmakers’ professional development and giving you access to top internationally-experienced tutors. Eight teams, comprising a producer, a director and an editor, will focus the film’s unique perspective and sharpen the storytelling, placing it within the international context and finding concrete tools to effectively approach future audiences. Intensive work on editing, distribution and audience-building upgrades your rough-cut to a high-end film with the potential to meet worldwide interest.

  • Intensive 6 months of editing and project development aiming for picture lock early autumn 2019
  • 25 internationally-active filmmakers tutor you throughout the postproduction period
  • Find your film’s unique perspective within an international context
  • Build your own tailor-made marketing and distribution strategy
  • Participation of your whole creative teams in three intensive week-long workshops:

1st session: 29th of April – 4th of May – Donovaly, Slovakia // ROUGH CUT
2nd session: 24th – 29th of June – Telč, Czech Republic // FINE CUT
3rd session: 16th – 23rd of September – Malmö, Sweden // NEAR PICTURE LOCK

  • The nearly-finished films are introduced to key decision-makers at Nordisk Panorama

How it works:

The editing mentors work with the participants continuously to develop the storytelling and focus the story

The production mentors help the producers with the financing, team management and distribution

The marketing and distribution tutors  help you to position the film and build a sophisticated strategy to target your audience

The programme opens your film to a testing audience of experienced festival representatives and sales agents for you to receive feedback on your film and distribution strategy.

The application form is closed now, the admission fee is 20€.



 dok.incubator traces at Sundance Film Festival

dok.incubator is delighted to announce another 3 films developed in dok.incubator workshop are now competing in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at Sundance Film Festival! In the last 7 years of the workshop 9 films have already been selected for Sundance.

World Cinema Documentary Competition

An intimate portrait “The Disappearance of My Mother” by Beniamo Barrese (IT), where we w­­itness a once-iconic fashion model striving to escape the world of images and disappear for good. But her son’s determination to make a final film about her sparks an unexpected collaboration and confrontation with the camera’s gaze .


“Lapü”, directed by César Alejandro Jaimes & Juan Pablo Polanco (CO) takes us on a sensory journey through the desert of La Guajira in Columbia where a young Wayuu woman exhumes her cousin’s remains buried in the middle of the Guajira desert in order to meet her for the last time.


With remarkably intimate access Petra Costa’s “The Edge of Democracy” (BR) follows Brazil’s embattled leaders Dilma Rousseff and Lula da Silva as they grapple with a scandal born out of their country’s fascist past and inflamed by a furious and ideologically divided nation. Like a great Greek tragedy, the film witnesses their rise and fall and the tragically polarized nation that remains.  

Moreover, we are happy to congratulate also another three films, competing this year at Sundance, made by dok.incubator ex-participants and tutors!

The Magic Life of V.” by Tonislav Hristov and “Advocate”, edited by Yael Bitton compete in the World Cinema Documentary Competition and Nanfu Wang’s “One Child Nation” has been selected for the U.S. Documentary Competition.

Applications for the 2019 workshop are open now!

DEADLINE: 30th January
or meet us at Berlinale 8th – 12th of February.



meet us at IDFA!

Interested in the workshop programme? Considering applying with your rough-cut? Want to know more about the dok.incubator filmmakers and their journeys? Or just feel like having a chat? If the answer is ‘yes’, we’d love to see you!

You can find us at IDFA from 15th to 21st of November and join us for a drink or arrange a meeting to discuss your film.

Stay tuned here or at our Facebook page for more details on where to find us at the festivals.
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Nordisk Panorama dok.incubator preview 2018





Applications for the open programme for Czech film professionals
at dok.incubator workshop in Telč, CZ (24th – 30th June) are closed now.


The detailed schedule of the open programme can be found here.

Find the list of confirmed tutors and guests here. 


dok.incubator announces selected Czech projects

While former dok.incubator projects are experiencing a successful run (The Russian Job receiving Pavel Koutecký Award for Best Czech Documentary and Wilder Than Wilderness being the most seen documentary in Czech cinemas this spring), dok.incubator is announcing four new Czech projects for 2018:

Lust For Life (director: Radovan Síbrt, producer: Karel Poupě, editor: Tomáš Elšík)

Circus Rwanda (director: Michal Varga, producer: Marek Novák, editor: Alexandra Jonášová)

Another Chance (director: Eva Tomanová, producer: Jiří Konečný, editor: Marek Šulík)

Al Amari – Even today is like any other day (director: Kristýna Kopřivová, producers: Dagmar Sedláčková, Bára Kamarytová, editor: Elvíra Dulskaya)

More information about selected projects can be found HERE.


We are proud to announce eight ambitious projects which have been selected to participate in dok.incubator workshop 2018!

The teams behind the projects are coming from the whole world and they are covering a wide range of topics and genres.

These eight projects have been selected out of 101 applications and they got a chance to join other successful documentaries which went through the dok.incubator workshop (in the six-years of dok.incubator more than one third of the films ended up at IDFA, other competed at Sundance, Visions du Réel, CPH:DOX, Hot Docs and other platforms).

Find detailed information about the projects HERE!

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Dates and locations of the 2018 workshop sessions

1st session: Galanta, Slovakia
Monday 23rd – Saturday 28th April
Arrival and departure dates: 22nd April and 29th April (accommodation is provided)

2nd Session: Telč, Czech Republic
Monday 25th June – Saturday 30th June
Arrival and departure dates: 24th June and 1st July (accommodation is provided)

3rd Session: Malmo, Sweden
Monday 17th September – Monday 24th September
Arrival and departure dates: 16th September and 25th September (accommodation is provided)

Information about the programme for Slovak filmmakers can be found here.
Information about the programme for Czech filmmakers can be found here.


And here’s what a few of this year’s participants have said about the 1st workshop…

“This workshop gave new life to my film: just before the beginning of the workshop I didn’t know how to continue with the editing. The work with the mentors and fellow participants made the light come out and the sun shine once more.” 

“It’s the best place for networking. We met and bonded with more professionals than we could have imagined.” 

“I’ve never met this kind of organisation or people. It’s like a family and when you are part of it you have advantages.”