1st Workshop Session 2014

1st Workshop Session: May 22nd-28th, Krakow /PL/ – ROUGH CUT

The first session aims to maximize the film potential. The workshop is focused on intensive individual editing sessions and work on a specific distribution strategy.

We start with screening of the participants´ rough cuts, followed by a moderated discussion and in-depth analysis of the rhythm, character development, narrative structure and dramaturgy. Each participant gets a supervising tutor and choose an additional ‚fresh eye’ consultant to work with on the editing, get their feedback on the structure, dramaturgy and narration of the film and its potential for international audience. Consequently, every project develops already during the workshop itself and the participants, as well as the tutors, see the results of their work immediately.

Meanwhile, the producers of the participant projects work on a rough distribution and festival strategy, searching for specific opportunities for their films within concrete territories, platforms or institutions. They prepare a proper timing, based on real situation of the film and get feedback on their financing plans, attending case studies of the concrete possibilities of crowd-funding and other independent financing, using the social networks. They get information about the potential benefits of the distributional platforms online, too.

In between two workshops the participant are supposed to work intensively. They should:

  • achieve near ‘final cut’ stage
  • prepare a concrete distribution and festival strategy to be discussed
  • have an idea about first release of the film and its marketing, incl. its financial plan





Confirmed lecturers:

Gesa Marten /DE/
Gesa Marten
As a freelance film editor Gesa Marten has since 1991 edited more than 60 films – feature films including “Fräulein Stinnes travels the world” (2008) or “LowLights” (2009) as well as documentaries including “pereSTROIKA” (2009), “Ausfahrt Eden” (2010) or “Wo stehst du?” (2011). She is very much committed to her work as a dramaturgic consultant specialising in feature-length documentary film (such as “Bruder Schwester” and “Hoffenheim” (2010), “Whiteblood” and “Fremd – Foreign” (2011). At the moment she is editing the documentary “The Order of Things” (Filmtank Hamburg). Her work was nominated in 2000, 2004, 2006 as Best Edit at the German Television Award for “Abnehmen in Essen” and at the German Camera Award for “Krokodile”, “Im Augenblick” and “Geschwister Vogelbach” respectively. In 2005, she received one of Germany’s most prestigious editing awards the Film+ Bild-Kunst Schnitt prize for her documentary “Was lebst du?”. In 2008, she was again nominated for this award for the documentary “Lost in Liberia” and in 2009, she won this award a second time for “pereSTROIKA – reCONSTRUCTION of a flat”. Gesa Marten has taught at various film schools since 1996 (KHM Köln, HFF Potsdam, UdK Berlin, ZeLIG Bozen, BFM Tallinn etc.). She is a member of the European Film Academy. Photo by: Thekla Ehling


Per K. Kirkegaard /DK/
per_kirkegaardPer is one of the most established editors in the Danish film industry. He has edited numerous critically acclaimed documentaries and narrative features, and his latest merits include films like Armadillo – for which he was awarded an Emmy for best editing of a long format documentary – TPBAFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard, which recently premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. And The Sound of a Revolution, a feature-length documentary about Greenland’s first rock band, singing in their own language. Per is renowned for his musically atoned editing style, his great precision as a story teller, his loyalty to the projects he engages in, his unique eye for the poetic yet specific and his punk attitude to filmmaking.


Claudio Hughes /FR/
Claudio HughespicBorn in Uruguay, Claudio Hughes has lived in Brazil before settling down in Paris, France in the 90s where he became chief editor of many documentaries and feature films. In the past years he has been editing and also teaching. His work has been selected in festivals like Cannes, Locarno, Sundance, Toronto, Amsterdam where the documentary “Stranded” won the Jori Ivens prize and was also selected for the best european documentary in the European Film Academy Awards (Berlin), for the Directors’ Guild of America and the International Documentary Association Awards (Los Angeles).


Menno Boerema /NL/
MenoBorn in Holland in 1958, Menno grew up in Rome, Italy, where he started his editing career. He then graduated from The Netherlands Filmacademy and earned a post-graduate degree at Centro Sperimentale di Cinema in Rome studying with Roberto Perpigniani. Since then he worked in Amsterdam and other countries around the world on award-winning fiction and documentary films such as De Grote Vakantie, Jungle Rudy or Meisje. Since 1998 he has been teaching at the Dutch filmschool and lecturing editing at workshops such as IDFA Summer School, the Berlinale Talent Campus or Docstories Black Sea in Georgia. Among the films he has tutored are the Academy-Award nominated Five Broken Cameras,  Where Condors Fly by Carlos Klein (Special Mention of the Cinéma Suisse Jury), and award-winning IDFA-premiered Judgement in Hungary.


Claas Danielsen /DE/
Filmmaker & Director of International Film Festival DOK Leipzig
claas2After working as a journalist and getting practical training in film production companies he studied documentary directing at the Munich Film Academy. He made seven documentaries of which several did an extensive festival tour, won international awards and were sold to European broadcasters. In 2000 he became Head of Studies of Discovery Campus, an internationally highly respected training initiative for documentary professionals and up-and-coming talents who want to enter the international non-fiction market. In April 2004 Claas Danielsen was appointed Artistic and Managing Director of the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Films, the biggest German and one of the leading documentary festivals worldwide, which he has developed into an important meeting place of the international non-fiction industry. Claas Danielsen was board member of the German documentary filmmakers’ association a.g.dok and the European Documentary Network EDN for several years. He is a member of and an advisor to the European Film Academy and has served on many international festival juries and the selection committees of different German film and media funds.


Sigrid Dyekjær /DK/
Producer – Danish Documentary
Sigrid Dyekjær has worked as a producer on both feature films and documentary films sigridsince 2000. She was the producer of ”The Monastery”, winner of the JorisIvens Award at IDFA in 2006, and nominated for a European Film Award and several other Awards. Sigrid Dyekjær is one of the most experienced producers in Denmark both when it comes to national documentary films, but also international documentary films in financing, producing and creative consulting on films. In her spare time she teaches at the National Film School of Denmark, as well as doing master classes and lectures at film schools around the world and courses in documentary filmmaking like “Bridging the Gab”, and pitch sessions around the world. She is educated in dramaturgy from the University in Århus, and has been a part owner of the production company Tju –Bang Film before she became part owner of Danish Documentary Production.


Milton Tabbot /US/
Senior Director of IFP
milton_tabotHe started with IFP as a volunteer in 1995, working at that year’s Independent Feature Film Market (now called Independent Film Week), and came on staff in 1996, really jazzed about being at this intersection of the creative and business communities in the independent world. Currently, as senior director of programming, he supervises a number of programs, primarily the documentary components of both the Project Forum of Independent Film Week and Independent Filmmaker Labs, and also fiscal sponsorship program and certain components of annual Gotham Independent Film Awards


Freddy Neumann /DK/
Neumann PR & Strategic Communication
Freddy NeumannFounder of Neumann PR & Strategic Communication, focused on strategic consulting, communication management, agenda setting, corporate- and product branding, community relations, public affairs, issues management, crisis management and media awareness. PR and marketing specialist, concentrated primarly on the cinema (feature- and documentary film) with a client’s portfolio mainly represented in the Danish and international film and entertainment industry.


Tomáš Hrivnák /CZ/
Brand Management & Brand Strategy
tomasTomáš is a “brand therapist”, co-founder of the brand consultancy Idealisti, who has been working for brands big and small in the CEE region for the past 20 years and held a number of creative and managerial positions – from copywriter and executive creative director of MARK/BBDO to the director of strategic planning at Euro RSCG New Europe in Prague. Tomas ran his own consultancy since 2001 where he advised his clients on brand management, qualitative and quantitative research and business coaching. He believes brands should convey meaning and by doing so they should help businesses, individuals and non-profits get and retain customers, provide sustainable advatage over the competition and help people live more meaningful lives. Branding for him is much more than design, but a multidisciplinary approach bordering on human capital management, marketing communication, innovation management, leadership and organizational learning.