24th – 29th June // Telč, Czechia // FINE CUT & DISTRIBUTION
Czech programme: 23rd – 26th June
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 distribution. Editing 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 2019:
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.
Sigrid Dyekjær /DK/
Producer – Danish Documentary
Sigrid 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.
Hilla Medalia /IL/
Peabody Award-winning producer has received three Emmy® nominations. Her projects have garnered critical acclaim and screened internationally; Among them: ‘Transkids’ 2019 (a 5 episode series for yesDocu), ‘Leftover Women’ 2019 (Tribeca, ARTE), ‘The Oslo Diaries’ 2018 (Sundance, HBO, ARTE), ‘Muhi’ 2017 (IDFA, HotDocs), ‘Censored Voices’, 2015 (Sundance, Berlinale), ‘The Go Go Boys’ 2014 (Cannes), ‘Web Junkie’ 2014 (Sundance, POV, BBC), ‘Dancing in Jaffa’ 2013 and more. Hilla holds an M.A. from SIU.
Stephan 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 Filmuniversity Babelsberg, and has been a professor of film editing there since 2007.
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 ‘Leftover Women’ (premieres at Tribeca and Hotdocs 2019), ʻMuhi- Generally Temporaryʼ (Best of Fest at IDFA 2017), and ʻTwilight of a Lifeʼ (Visions du Reel 2015). In recent years Joelle has been the editing consultant on documentaries like ‘Cine Morocco’ (Leipzig FF 2018), ʻSilasʼ (TIFF 2017), ʻBecoming Who I Wasʼ (Berlinale 2017). She tutors at the Sundance Edit Lab, Doc Campus, EsoDoc and is part of the RoughCutService team of consultants.
Audrey Maurion /FR/
After being graduated in Philosophy, Audrey Maurion began her career as an editor. She has been working as a freelance editor for feature and documentary films since 1995. Among the award-winning documentaries she’s edited: the theater documentary A Specialist by Eyal Sivan and Rony Brauman, Conversation on a Sunday Afternoonby Khalo Matabane, The Siege by Rémy Ourdan and Patrick Chauvel and the recent series Slavery Routes directed by Fanny Glissant, Juan Gélas, and Daniel Cattier. She has co-directed the feature-lenght documentary I Love You All with Eyal Sivan. She has also directed Farewell Peasant, a 52′ archive documentary. In recent years Audrey has been editing consultant for various documentaries in South Africa, country in which she has tied links since 1997 and her involvement in the Step for the future project. She is currently working as co-writer and editor on a documentary mini-series for Arte and PBS about the Tiananmen massacre.
Thomas Krag /DK/
Educated as film editor from the national film school of Denmark, Thomas has been editing film and tv series, short films and documentaries for 25 years. He collaborated with Lars von Trier and many other Danish, as well as Swedish directors. Former feature film commissioner at The Danish Film institute, also the Danish Eurimages representative. Thomas is the head of editing at the Danish School, tutoring students on developing and editing fiction and documentary projects. He is in charge of several seminars on editing / sound & music / title sequence. Thomas is currently working as supervising editor and tutor, giving master classes at film schools and Universities primarily in the Nordic region. Recently he has been teaching documentary students at the Norwegian film School in Oslo, where he also moderates a seminar on documentary editing together with Niels Pagh Andersen.
Mathias Noschis /CH-FI/
Mathias Noschis is a film marketing strategist specialised in social media. He is the founder of Alphapanda, a film marketing agency with team members in Berlin, Warsaw and Geneva. Before founding Alphapanda, Mathias ran online promotional campaigns in several European territories for films such as “Toy Story 3”, “Black Swan” and “Piranha 3D”. He also used to work for the Swiss national film promotion agency. Alphapanda’s client list includes 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., the European Film Awards, Festival Scope and several independent producers, distributors and sales agents. Alphapanda’s recent projects span from fiction films “A Colony” (Berlinale ’19), “The Guest” (Locarno ’18), “Another Day of Life” (Cannes ’18), “Touch Me Not” (Berlinale ’18 Golden Bear) and “God’s Own Country” (Sundance ’17) to documentaries “Lemebel” (Berlinale ’19), “Hamada” (IDFA ’18), “Heartbound” (TIFF ’18) or Hollywood titles “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Isle of Dogs” (Berlinale ’18) and “Shape of Water” (Academy Award ‘18). Mathias is also a consultant for Creative Europe MEDIA and a marketing expert and tutor for organisations such as FOCAL, Locarno Industry Academy, Proimagenes Colombia and IFFR.
Joanna Solecka /PL/
Warsaw based Marketing Strategist and Audience Design expert. Creative producer for shorts and documentaries. Film marketing tutor for the international training workshops for fiction and documentary filmmakers. Her carrier started at Wajda Studio and Wajda School in Warsaw where she worked for more than 10 years as the Head of PR, Festivals & Sales developing promotion and distribution strategies for shorts, features and documentaries including handling two Oscar campaigns for nominated short documentaries Rabbit a La Berlin and Joanna. Since 2015 Joanna has been working with Alphapanda founded by Mathias Noschis where she is focusing on marketing and social media strategy for the European films. Among her recent clients were: feature animated film Another Day of Life (EFA 2018 winner), young audience film My Extraordinary Summer with Tess (Special Jury Mention, Berlinale’ 19), hybrid film Touch Me Not (Golden Bear winner, Berlinale’ 18) and documentary Over the Limit (IDFA’17).
Tutors for Czech filmmakers:
Gesa Marten /DE/
Gesa 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 for Best Editing at the German Television Awards (2000), Best Editing 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 Academies. Gesa lives close to Berlin.
Giles Gardner /GB, FR/
Giles Gardner has been working in post production for over 20 years, with a broad experience in features and documentary. He is British with dual French Nationality and is based in Paris. In 2017, he edited the documentary ‘Winnie’ by Pascale Lamche, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, going on to win the Sundance World Documentary Grand Jury Award. In 2018 he edited the documentary ‘A Thousand Girls Like Me’ (director Sarah Mani) which premiered at HotDocs and went on to receive numerous awards on the international festival circuit. Most recently he edited the reggae documentary ‘Inna de Yard’ (Peter Webber) which opened at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival; and ‘On the Inside of a Military Dictatorship’ (director Karen Stokkendal Poulsen) which premiered at HotDocs 2019 and CPH:DOX. Committed to nurturing new and emerging talents he participates annually on mentoring programs like Greenhouse Film, and regularly consults on rough cuts and projects at early development stage.
Vadim Jendreyko /CH/
Born in Germany, grown up in Switzerland. Between 1983 – 86 Vadim worked as assistant director, camera assistant and editing assistant in Germany and Switzerland. 1986 – 1988 he worked in different theatres in Germany as assistant director and assistant of light design. Since 1986 he works as director, essentially for documentary films. Vadim together with Hercli Bundi founded production company Mira Film (Zürich and Basel) in 2002. Today he is realizing films as author and director and works at Mira Film as producer and co-producer. His films were presented in festivals around the world and received several awards, among them twice the Swiss Film Award for Best Documentary and nominations for the European Film Award and the German Film Award. He is giving lectures at film schools and is contracted as consultant and coach for independent documentary films. He is a member of the European Film Academy and the Swiss Film Academy.
DISTRIBUTION AND SALES TUTORS
Salma Abdalla /AT/
Managing Director & Theatrical Sales, 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.
Jason Ishikawa /US/
Head of International Sale, Cinetic Media
Jason is an Executive at Cinetic Media where he oversees international sales for the company. Recent documentaries he is working on include Hale County This Morning, This Evening, Filmworker, Love Means Zero, People’s Republic of Desire and The Gospel of Eureka and this year’s Oscar Nominees Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, Last Men in Aleppo and Strong Island. Prior to joining Cinetic, Jason worked at The Film Sales Company where he was the Senior Director of Acquisitions, Financing and Sales. During his tenure, he sold over 100 titles across domestic and international territories. Jason graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and holds a BA in Cinema Studies.
Diana Karklin /DE/
Sales & Acquisitions, RISE AND SHINE
Moscow-born Diana Karklin studied in Russia, Spain and Germany graduating from Philipps-Universität Marburg (Germany) in economics. Focusing on film business early on, she worked for many renowned production companies like Morena Films (Madrid) and Zentropa Entertainments Berlin before taking over the Head of Sales position at Boomtown Media International. Since 2010, Diana has been in charge of sales and acquisitions for RISE AND SHINE WORLD SALES, one of the leading international sales agents for documentary films. Diana lectures regularly on documentary distribution in Europe, Russia and Latin America and has been invited on many occasions as a jury member and international expert by festivals and national funding bodies.
Lauren Valmadre /AU/
Sales & Acquisitions Manager, LevelK
Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Lauren Valmadre is the Sales & Acquisitions Manager for International Sales Agent, LevelK in Denmark. She handles both international sales to European and English-speaking territories and specializes in feature film documentary acquisitions. Previous to her work in Sales, Lauren worked in film festival programming and curation for some of Australia’s leading events including the Melbourne International Film Festival, Shadow Electric Cinema and the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, where she held the role of Programming Director. It is here especially, where she developed a great passion and expertise in international documentary film.
BROADCASTERS AND FESTIVAL REPRESENTATIVES
Joost Daamen /NL/
Senior Programmer, IDFA
Joost Daamen is the Senior Programmer of IDFA, 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.
Harry Vaughn /US/
Programmer, Sundance Film Festival
Harry Vaughn is a programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, specializing in US and World documentary features. At the festival, he is also program lead on a Talent Forum initiative that introduces world documentary filmmakers to American film industry representatives. In 2018, he was a consulting programmer for Sundance Institute’s Catalyst Forum and he began his career at the institute in 2011 as an intern and reader for the Feature Film Program, International. Aside from his work at Sundance, Harry is on the board of Dirty Looks, a platform for queer film, video and performance, and he is also a consulting programmer for Frameline: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival. His previous work includes: senior programmer for Outfest Los Angeles, programmer and coordinator for NewFest in New York and Outfest Fusion. He holds a Master’s degree in Arts Journalism from the University of Southern California and is a Los Angeles native.
Olena Decock /CA/
Programmer, Hot Docs
Olena is an Industry Programmer for Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, where she oversees the festival’s year-round funds portfolio as well as curates on-stage talks, master classes, and workshops the annual industry conference. In her role, she works with documentary filmmakers from around the world on their projects and oversees the organization’s investment in their professional development. Olena has a background in festival programming, which includes two years as the Programming Associate to TIFF’s selections from the Middle East & Africa. In her spare time, she co-produced the short fiction film DZIADZIO (d. Aaron Ries) which had its World Premiere at TIFF18.
Marie Ørbæk Christensen /DK/
Marie is a programmer for CPH:DOX, Copenhagen Int. Documentary Film Festival. She leads the debates and partnerships team and is in charge of the 150+ events presented in connection to audience screenings during the festival, as well as the collaboration with partners on film presentations and outreach. She has been with CPH:DOX since 2014, where she in 2015 developed and launched the new online media platform CPH:DOX Everyday (www.cphdox.dk/everyday) and after that let the kids and school department from 2016 to 2017. In 2018, she joined the programming team as a full time programmer and member of the selection committee. She holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Communication and a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Copenhagen.
Madeline Robert /FR/
Selector, Visions du Réel
Madeline Robert is a member of Visions du Réel’s (International Film Festival – Nyon, Switzerland) selection committee since 2015. After various experiences in festivals, in France and elsewhere, she dedicates her career to documentary films and settles in Lussas (France) in 2008, within the Documentary Village. There, she founds the production company Les Films de la caravane where she currently works and produces documentary films. In 2012, she takes part in setting up the Doc Corner, a space dedicated to documentary films within the Cannes Festival Film Market. She is also involved in the new SVOD Plateform dedicated to creative documentaries: Tënk (www.tenk.fr).
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. Ondřej studied Dramaturgy and Screenwriting at FAMU as well as Journalism at Charles University. He has also worked on many virtual reality projects as a dramaturg.
Julie Kárová /CZ/
Programmer, One World International Human Rights Documentary Film 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.
Alex Szalat /FR/
Docs up Fund
Alex Szalat is a Director of short films, documentaries and TV series since 1977. His filmography is extensively covering a full range aspects dealing with European life culture and society. In 1987, Alex founded KS VISIONS, an independent producers society and has produced over a hundred documentaries and TV series for Canal +, Arte, FR3, FR2, TF1, Planete, IBA, RTBF, Dutch Channel 1 amongst others. Since 2005 Alex Szalat was commissioning editor for the Geopolitical Europe and Society department of Arte France, from 2008 he led the Current affair, Social issues and geopolitical department. Since September 2011, he has been the Deputy Director of the Society and Culture department of Arte France. Currently he is developing a project for Foundation for documentaries 90’ lengths about Human rights.
Anna Zavorszky /HU/
Executive Producer – HBO Europe
Anna Zavorszky is the Executive Producer of HBO Original Series and Documentaries developed and produced in Hungary. Anna has been working in the Hungarian Film Industry for almost 20 years, she has experience in International production services, feature film and documentary productions. Working with outstanding filmmakers in the past decade she is committed to create outstanding and engaging projects. She joined HBO Europe Original Production department five years ago, she has produced two seasons of ‘Terapia’ TV Series and three Seasons of the best Hungarian TV Series titled ‘Aranyélet’ that won the critics’ and the audience heart. She also created festival awarded Hungarian documentaries like ‘Harm’, ‘Train to Adulthood’ and ‘Ultra’.