2nd Workshop session 2017

2nd Session: June 26th – July 1st, Mojmírovce /SK/


During the second session the workshop participants focus on building specific marketing strategies, precising a proper distribution plan and expanding their knowledge of the international film market.

The near-finished films are “test screened” to an international audience: producers, distributors and sales agents, who then lead the discussion and provide the participants with fresh feedback on the content and structure of the film, as well as on the specific strategy of release and distributionEditing sessions and individual meetings follow.

The workshop tutors share their know-how on how to break into the international market even without big budgets. Marketing specialists introduce the specific ways how and where the documentaries can be promoted effectively, how to use festivals and opportunities of the guerrilla marketing strategies. Afterwards, they work individually with the participants on their marketing ideas, developing them into specific strategies. The end of the workshop is dedicated to legal issues of distribution – pre-sale and sale contracting, dealing with the rights and providing the participants with a detailed overview of the European sales landscape.

This workshop is supported by our partners Association of independent producers (ANP), Krakow Film Festival and Laokoon Filmgroup and funders, especially The Creative Europe programme and The International Visegrad Fund


Confirmed Lecturers for the 2nd dok.incubator workshop 2017:


Ulla Simonen /FI/
Producer – Made
aThe founder and managing director of the production company MADE, Ulla is also a tutor, advisor and consultant for documentary and fiction projects. She has worked as the commissioner for short and documentary films in the Finnish national fund AVEK as well as film festival director. Simonen started her career in film production in 1997 and has since produced over 50 titles. Her filmography includes both domestic films and international co-productions that challenge the borderline between documentary and fiction: ”Innovative use of cinematic tools and an attempt to create something new and unforeseen even in everyday subjects pull my attention.” Ulla is a gardener, bee-charmer and avid football fan.


Yael Bitton /CH/
yael_bittonYael has been making films for over 20 years and is an editor for both cinema and television. She lives and works in France, the USA
and Switzerland, currently working as an editing tutor at the HEAD in Geneva, as well as an editing and story consultant for dok.incubator and Rough Cut Services. Her latest credits include: ‘Las Fantasmas del Caribe’ by Felipe Monroy (2017); ‘Machines’ by Rahul Jain 2016, winning the 2017 Sundance Cinematography award in the World Documentary Competition and the Special Jury, Human Value and FIPRESCI awards at the Thessaloniki Documentary film festival; MOMA’s Doc Fortnight opening film); ‘Forget History’ by Anat Even (2016); ‘The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev’ by Noam Pinchas and Tal Barda (2015). From 1995 to 1999, she worked as a script supervisor on various feature films in the USA, including ‘Lisbon story’ by Wim Wenders, ‘Girlfight’ by Karin Kusama, ‘Hamlet’ by Michael Almereyda, and many more. She has directed two feature-length documentaries: ‘Not For Sale’ (2003); ‘The Rabbi‘s 12 Children (2007); as well as various shorter formats for television. She lives in Paris.

Stefan Krumbiegel /DE/
Stephan Krumbiegel has been working as a freelance editor for feature and documentary films since 1996. Among the award-winning documentaries he’s edited are: ‘Berlin Symphony’ (by Thomas Schadt), ‘White Ravens – Nightmare in Chechnya’ and ‘Lullaby’ (Johann Feindt /Tamara Trampe), ‘Accordion Tribe’ and ‘Echos of Home’ (Stefan Schwietert), ‘Enterprise Paradise’ and ‘Under Control’ (by Volker Sattel) or ‘Gerhard Richter-Painting’ and ‘Peter Handke: In the Woods, Might Be Late’ (by Cornna Belz). His last work ‘BEUYS’ (Andres Veiel) was invited to compete at Berlinale 2017. Since 2001, Stephan has been teaching editing at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, and has been a professor of film editing there since 2007.

Nanna Frank Møller /DK/
NannaNanna Frank Møller has edited over 40 films, including creative documentaries, feature films and short fiction. She graduated as an editor from the National Film School of Denmark in 1999 and made her debut as a director in 2007 with ‘Someone Like You’ which won the Talent Dove at the International Leipzig Film Festival and the Grand Prix at Odense International Short and Documentary Film Festival the same year. She has directed four documentaries, all of which were sold to international broadcasters and toured international festivals. As an editor, she has a long term collaboration with Danish director Max Kestner and has worked with Anne Regitze Wivel, Kaspar Munk, Phie Ambo and Mohamed Jabaly among others. In 2001, she co-founded the Society of Danish Film Editors and was a member of the board from 2001–2005. She guest teaches at The National Film School of Denmark and has mentored several workshops.

François Sculier /FR/
François SculierFrançois Sculier lives in Paris – but he loves to leave Paris to travel elsewhere. His directorial work as well as his work as an editor has led him to Greece, Iran, Burkina Faso, Morocco, and Russia. Before directing movies, this self-taught filmmaker began his career with the editing of many short films in the 80‘s (narrative, experimental and documentaries), when film stock was still prevalent. His fortuitous meeting with Joris Ivens and his collaboration with Jean-Daniel Pollet were decisive. Since then he has edited and directed short narrative films but especially documentary films that have been screened and awarded at many festivals. He has been an editing trainer at the Femis, Lussas, Cinédoc and HEAD in Geneva. He pursues and maintains a balance between these three aspects of his work: directing, editing and training.


Freddy Neumann /DK/
PR & Strategic Communication 

Founder 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.


Sigrid Dyekjær /DK/
Producer – Danish Documentary
SigridSigrid Dyekjær has produced more than 20 documentary films during the last 16 years. She is one of the most experienced producers in Denmark when it comes to the financing and production of international documentary films. She also has experience with the serial format, both from ‘BUGS’ (2016) by Andreas Johnsen and ‘Scandinavian Star’ (in development) by Mikala Krogh. Because of her brilliant international track-record, and the great success of Hanna Polak’s ‘Something Better to Come’, Sigrid was accepted as a member in the renowned Producers Guild of America in 2016. In 2015, she was awarded the Ib Award, given by the Danish Directors Association to honor the best producer in the Danish film industry. Besides producing films and TV series, Sigrid teaches at the National Film School of Denmark and at dok.incubator, an initiative supported by MEDIA. She also delivers masterclass lectures in documentary filmmaking at film schools around the world.


Shane Smith /CA/
Director of Programming – Hot Docs
Shane Smith is Director of Programming at Hot Docs, North America’s largest Festival and Market for documentary film. Smith previously worked at the Toronto International Film Festival as director of Special Projects, and director of Public Programs. Prior to TIFF he was Executive Producer, In-Flight Entertainment, Spafax, overseeing all entertainment on Air Canada, Director of Programming at Channel Zero Inc, Director CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival, Short Film Programmer for Sundance Film Festival, Programmer for Inside Out LGBT Film Festival. Smith has served on juries, or participated on panels at festivals and events around the world including Sundance, Cannes, Sheffield Doc Fest, DocNYC, IDA, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, Guadalajara International Film Festival, Sao Paulo and Rio Short Film Festivals, Encounters Film Festival Bristol and Bangkok International Film Festival.
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Joost Daamen /NL/
Senior Programmer – IDFA
Joost DaamenJoost Daamen is the Senior Programmer of IDFA, The Netherlands. Over the past twenty seven years, IDFA has become one of the world’s leading documentary film festivals, screening up to 300 documentaries to an audience of over 250.000. IDFA offers two professional markets – Docs for Sale (online), a market backed up by an extensive database and catalogue, and the FORUM, Europe’s largest pitching FORUM and gathering of commissioning editors and independent producers. IDFA Bertha Fund, formerly known as the Jan Vrijman Fund, supports documentary filmmakers and festivals in developing countries. IDFA 2015 takes place from 18-29 November.

Leena Pasanen /FI/
Festival Director – DOK Leipzig
Leena Pasanen started her career as a journalist in print media and in 1993 joined YLE, where she worked as a reporter, political commentator, TV presenter and the head of documentaries for YLE TV1. In 2000 she was chosen as the Head of Programmes responsible for cultural, factual and fiction programmes in YLE Teema. She stayed with the channel until November 2005, when she started working as the Director of EDN, European Documentary Network in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2011 – 2014 she worked in Budapest, Hungary leading the Finnish Institute and also serving as cultural attaché at the Finnish Embassy in Budapest. She is currently based in Leipzig, Germany and working as Managing and Festival Director of DOK Leipzig, the international film festival for documentary and animated film.

Alex Szalat /FR/
Commissioning EditorARTE
Alex Szalat has directed short films, documentaries and TV series since 1977. His filmography is extensive, covering a full range of aspects dealing with European life, culture, and society. In 1987, Szalat founded KS VISIONS, an independent producers’ organisation, and has produced over a hundred documentaries and TV series for Canal +, Arte, FR3, FR2, TF1, Planete, IBA, RTBF, Dutch Channel 1 amongst others. In 2005, Szalat became Commissioning Editor for Geopolitical Europe and Society department of Arte France, and in 2008, to the Head of Current Affairs, Social Issues and Geopolitical department. Since September 2011, he has been Deputy Manager of the Society and Culture department of Arte France.

Mads Mikkelsen /DK/
Programmer – CPH:DOX
Mads Mikkelsen has been a programmer at CPH:DOX – Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival – since 2008. CPH:DOX is one of the largest documentary festivals in the world, with an internationally-recognized profile that covers staging, visual art and performance as well as other art forms. Besides programming for CPH:DOX, he runs a monthly film series at the Danish Film Institute/Cinematheque, and contributes to various national and international magazines and publications about film.


Julie Kárová /CZ/
Programmer – One World Festival

Julie has been part of the programme department at the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival since 2015. One World has become the largest human rights film festival in the world, promoting human rights and encouraging society to be interested in various issues happening in the contemporary world. She is a member of the final selection committee and organiser of One World Brussels, the Brussels edition of the the festival, which concentrates on advocacy through documentary films and debates. She has worked on a variety of cultural, public space, and community projects in Prague.

Viktor Koreň /SK/
Programme Department MFDF Jihlava

Born and raised in Slovakia, I work in the Programme Department of Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival in the Czech Republic. I work closely with the programme board, as I handle all film submissions, film fees negotiations and coordinate film traffic. Before joining Ji.hlava, I worked for The Cinematheque, a nonprofit arthouse theatre in Vancouver as a theatre manager. My interest mostly focuses on American independent cinema, and besides watching too many films to count, my other work experience includes the screening committee for DOXA – Documentary Film Festival and contributions as an assistant curator for Vancouver Foreign Film Society.

Aleksandar Govedarica /SRB,CA/
Sales agent – Syndicado
Aleksandar Govedarica was born 1987 in Sarajevo, graduate of University of East Sarajevo as well as Vancouver Film School. He started working as a film programmer at Kriterion Sarajevo, the only art house cinema in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aleksandar was part of the organizing committee of the Serbian Film Festival in Vancouver. He produced two documentary films and has experience in all aspects of filmmaking including directing. With three years of previous experience in sales and distribution, Aleksandar now runs the Toronto based world sales agent Syndicado.

Maëlle Guenegues /FR/
Sales agent – CAT&Docs

After working at different festivals in France (Les Rencontres du Cinéma, Sunny Side of the Doc, FIPA), Maëlle has started working in international distribution with Point du Jour International and Doc&Co (now Doc & Film International). Then she has joined Catherine Le Clef and in 2009 she has started her own company CAT&Docs. CAT&Docs is dedicated to promotion & distribution of all types of docs in all media around the world: pertinent and impertinent docs on topical questions and timeless subjects; docs that are carefully researched, audacious, question the world and propose new ways of looking at it. Recent acquisitions include: Sonita, Cameraperson, Don Juan, A Syrian Love Story, CITIZENFOUR, My Love don’t Cross That River, Of Men and War, The Shelter, Tea Time,             The Oath, Planet of Snail, Last Train Home.

Salma Abdalla /AT/
Sales agent – Autlook Filmsales
After her master degree in journalism and political science Salma started to work as international tv sales manager at Autlook in 2005. In 2010, she took over all operational matters and acquisitions as Autlook‚ as managing director and propelled digital distribution for documentaries. Salma speaks on panels, gives lectures and workshops at major film festivals with focus on rights management and distribution.


Peter Jäger /AT/
Sales agent – Jaeger Creative
Born in Belgium, Peter studied Law and Philosophy. He was Commercial & Marketing Director of a film magazine and Marketing & Acquisitions Consultant for several major independent film distributors and film exhibitors. In 2005, together with Austrian producers, he has founded and become CEO of Autlook Filmsales. Peter is a distribution panel member of MEDIA Programme and an expert-panelist for several major Festivals as well as a jury member of the Vienna and Flemish Film fund, regularly invited as guest-lecturer on International Distribution & Marketing to Film academies & National Film Institutes.


Arash T. Riahi /AT/
Production and Dramaturgy Tutor
Born in 1972 in Iran, Arash T. Riahi moved to Austria as the child of political refugees in 1982. Studying Film and the Arts at the University of Vienna, he then worked as a freelancer in the youth and art department of Austrian TV. In 1997, he founded the film and media production company Golden Girls Filmproduktion (www.goldengirls.at). His body of work, which has won more than 80 international awards, comprises various short and experimental films (‘Mississippi; ‘That Has Been Bothering Me The Whole Time’), commercials, music videos, and documentaries, including ‘The Souvenirs of Mr. X’, ‘Exile Family Movie’ or the cross-media project ‘Everyday Rebellion’ that he made with his brother Arman. His first fiction film ‘For a Moment Freedom’ was Austria’s candidate for the Academy Awards in 2010. Since 2010, he is also working as a dramatic advisor for the MEDIA supported script-development programmes SOURCES 2, Nipkow and Berlinale Talents. He teaches at the Vienna film school and the filmacademy, and has held lectures at the Scottish Documentary Institute, Goethe Institute Dublin, ZKM Karlsruhe, etc.

This project is supported by:


Project Partners:

krakow film foundation  laokoon  ANP2