2nd Workshop session 2018

25th June – 30th June, Telč /CZ/ – FINAL CUT, DISTRIBUTION

During the second session the workshop participants focus on building specific marketing strategies, devising a precise 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 a specific strategy of release and distributionEditing sessions and individual meetings follow.

The workshop tutors share their knowledge on how to break into the international market even without a big budget. Marketing specialists teach specific tactics explaining how and where the documentaries can be promoted effectively, how to use festivals, and opportunities of 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 the 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, Speak Easy Project and Laokoon Filmgroupand funders, especially The Creative Europe programme, Slovak Audiovisual Fund and The International Visegrad Fund which enables us to offer the V4 film professionals unique access to knowledge and expert know-how on the documentary film market to increase the international potential of their work.


 Confirmed tutors for the 2nd dok.incubator workshop 2018: 

Ulla Simonen /FI/
Producer – MADE
aThe founder and managing director of the production company MADE and a tutor. She has also worked as the commissioner for short and documentary films in the national fund AVEK. Simonen started her career in film production in 1997 and has since then been the producer for over 50 titles which have been awarded around the world. 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.”

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.

David Grant Keir /UK/
Producer – Faction North, Ltd.
Grant Keir develops and produces feature films, TV drama, documentary and cross platform projects with a range of national and international partners. Grant attends all the major film markets and festivals and has an extensive network of national and international contacts in the film and TV world. Grant has produced films and TV programmes on four continents for broadcasters and financiers including BBC, C4, ARTE, ABC (Australia), UKFC, National Film Board of Canada, Screen Yorkshire, EM Media and NFM. Grant Keir was an active member of the Sheffield Docfest Board from 2005 – 2016 and is a graduate of the European Audio Visual Entrepreneurs (EAVE) professional producer training course. Grant specialised in coaching creative start up entrepreneurs in how to pitch more effectively to decision-makers, working for national clients. Grant went on to write, develop and produce award winning short films and many hours of documentaries for Faction North Ltd.

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.

Stephan Krumbiegel /DE/
Stefan Krumbiegel - stillStephan 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 Filmuniversity Babelsberg, 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.

Joëlle Alexis /BE/
Born in Belgium, Joelle Alexis is one of the top film editors based in Tel Aviv. She has been working on full length documentaries as well as on fiction films for over 20 years. Her works have been selected by festivals like Cannes, IDFA, Sundance, and many others. A few of the recent documentaries she has worked on are Muhi- Generally Temporary (R. Castelnuovo, T.Elterman) Best of Fest at IDFA 2017, and Twilight of a Life (S. Biegeleisen) Visions du Reel 2015. In recent years Joelle has been the editing consultant on documentaries needing an extra hand like Silas (A.Nayar) TIFF 2017, Becoming Who I was (M. Chang Yong, Jeon Jin) Berlinale 2017, and Babylon Dreamers (R. Shumunov) best Feature doc at Moscow IFF and Kiev IFF 2017. She tutors at the Sundance Edit Lab, Doc Campus, Crossing Borders, BCPF South Korea, Green House, EsoDoc and Doc Lisbon. She also gives editing master classes on trailers, documentaries and fiction.

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.

Aleš Fiala /CZ/
Aleš Fiala
A member of a multidisciplinary team HRVNK, creative director and copywrighter, communication, creativity and methodology advisor. Interested in semantic and linguistic. Helps to handle, structure and develop complex ideas, never mind if comics or a space research programme. Since 1991 makes part of the advertisement industry. In twenty years of his experience worked in a number of creative and managerial positions in different agencies – from big branches of global networks like BBDO, Mccann, JWT, DDB to small Prague creative hotshops – Men on the Moon, Kaspen/JvM, Mustard. Currently he focuses on modern and peripheral marketing  areas, communication and group work in critical and extreme conditions.

Tomáš Hrivnák /CZ/
Branding strategist

A linguist originally, Tomáš acquired most of his marketing/advertising experience in the developing markets of CEE in the last 25 years. His domains have been: copywriting, strategic planning and brand identity since 1990. Specialties: branding and identity, integrated communication strategy, planning, qualitative market research.
Tomáš is a brand management advisor. Over the last 20 years he has worked in advertising, marketing, and consultation as a copywriter (MARK/BBDO), creative director (MARK/BBDO), company director (Men on the Moon), and strategic planner (TBWA and Euro RSCG). For the last 5 years he has co-directed the company “Idealisti”.

Extra tutors for Czech filmmakers

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.

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.

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.

DISTRIBUTION, FESTIVAL and SALES MENTORS are still to be confirmed but please have a look at our mentors from 2017 here.


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.
He is not the guy from Vice.

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.

Harry Vaughn /US/
ProgrammerSundance Film Festival
Harry Vaughn is a programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, specializing in US and World documentary features. He is also a consulting programmer for Sundance Catalyst, a curated initiative that connects film investors and funders with highly-anticipated film projects and with the Sundance community. He also is a consulting programmer for Frameline: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival. His past programming experience includes Outfest Los Angeles, Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival and NewFest: New York’s LGBT Film Festival. He holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California and is a native of Los Angeles.

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.

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.

Ondřej Moravec /CZ/
Director of Programming – One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
Ondřej Moravec is the Director of Programming of the One World Festival in the Czech Republic, focused on documentaries about human rights. He also works as a filmmaker and journalist. He used to work in Czech Television in the department of the cultural newsroom. He is on the beginning of the filmmaker career, while still studying on the FAMU film school in Prague. He is the cofounder of the film platform called Apropos, which specialises in documentary movies.

Alex Szalat /FR/
Commissioning Editor – ARTE
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 azines and publications about film.

Hanka Kastelicová /CZ/
Comissioning Editor – HBO

Hanka Kastelicová is the Executive Producer of Documentaries for HBO Europe. Based in the Budapest head office she works closely with HBO Europe’s production centers in Warsaw, Prague and Bucharest, and is responsible for the development and production of HBO Europe’s documentary films. She earned a Master of Arts degree from the Faculty of Film and TV Documentary Department at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She continued with her professional career in Slovenia, where she worked for more than 25 years as a documentary director and producer, latterly as commissioning editor and Head of Development of documentary programming. As an experienced and dedicated documentary film-maker, she has lectured on documentary filmmaking. She has also served as a moderator and participant on numerous industry panels and other documentary events. 

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.

Salma Abdalla /AT/
Sales agent – Autlook Filmsales

Salma Abdalla started to work as the international tv sales manager at Autlook in 2005. In 2010, she took over all operational matters and acquisitions as Autlook’s managing director, and propelled digital distribution for documentaries. Salma speaks on panels, gives
lectures and workshops at major film festivals, with a focus on rights management and distribution. Autlook had grown to be one of the leading doc specialists, where individual distribution strategies lead to the widest possible audience. Autlook Filmsales proudly presents acclaimed directors like Nikolaus Geyhalter, Morgan Spurlock, Sharmeen Obaid – Chinoi, and Fredrik Gertten as well as emerging talents like Alexander Nanau (Toto And His Sisters), and Rahul Jain (Machines).

Anaïs Clanet /FR/
Sales agent – Wide House
Anaïs Clanet has been involved with the cinema industry since 2005, working for the website www.allocine.com, where she conducted interviews and covered press screenings for documentaries such as The Kid Stays in the Picture. Anaïs pursued her master’s degree in History and Audiovisual Theory. She started at Wide in 2006 and became Head of Sales and Acquisitions for both fictions & documentaries in 2007. With Loïc Magneron, she later opened Wide House, an independent documentary organization focused on documentary pre-sales & sales to which she is the General Manager.
WIDE HOUSE is focused on feature documentaries sales and is promoting and distributing internationally cultural and creative titles.
The current highlights are I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO by Raoul Peck, THE RAFT by Marcus Lindeen, YOUNG SOLITUDE by Claire Simon and LET THE CHILD BE THE GUIDE by Alexandre Mourot.

Olivier Tournaud /IS/
Sales agent – Cinephil 

Olivier Tournaud is Sales & Acquisitions Manager at Cinephil, the international sales and advisory firm which has a strong reputation for securing international distribution deals and financing for documentaries from all over the world on behalf of producers and directors. After a second degree in law from Lyon university, Olivier joined Europa Cinemas’ headquarters in Paris, the biggest European Art House Cinemas network. He then moved to Tel-Aviv to be the Audiovisual Attaché of the French Embassy initiating new projects such as the Israeli-French TV series Forum. Cinephil recent titles include “The Distant Barking of Dogs” by Simom Lereng Wilmont, “The Silence of Others” by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar, “On Her Shoulders” by Alexandria Bombach.