The second session starts on August 24th, 2020 and combines individual meetings in editing room & digital plenary sessions.
Please note that the date of the workshop might be postponed due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
During the 2nd session, the 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 feedback on the content and structure of the film, as well as on 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 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 2020:
Grant Keir /UK/
Producer & Head of Studies / Faction North Ltd
Grant Keir develops and produces feature films, feature documentaries, television and hybrid content for a range of national and international financiers, platforms and distributors. Grant teaches Pitch Training to his fellow industry professionals, funded by industry bodies such as Creative England, Creative Scotland, Channel4TV and ScreenSkills. Current productions at his Edinburgh based company, Faction North, include the feature length documentaries ‘Full Circle’ (Screen Ireland, Screen Scotland, RTE, BBC Scotland and the BAI) and ‘Prince of Muck’, (Dutch Film Fund, Screen Scotland and DKC Rotterdam). Recent credits include the TV documentary ‘Dreaming without Sleeping’ for BBC Scotland and the feature documentary ‘Suzi Q’ (SkyTV, Melbourne Film Festival 2019). Feature Films include the Scottish Classic: ‘From Scotland with Love’, (2014) archive and music feature documentary for BBC Scotland (screened 9 times) and Creative Scotland: “hypnotic”, The Independent; “hugely affecting”, The Guardian; “spellbinding”, Radio Times – International distribution Arts Alliance / Park Circus / Label Distribution. Grant was also Producer on ‘A Very Unsettled Summer’, (2013) feature film co-production, with finance from Film I Vast (Sweden), BBC Scotland and CNC Romania, writer/director Anca Damian, (BBC2 Scotland September 2014, Warsaw & Goteborg International Film Festivals 2014).
Christine Le Goff /FR/
Producer / ZED
Award-winning producer Christine Le Goff started her career in the 80s in New York independent feature films. Encounter with Newsreel founder Robert Kramer led her to Paris to focus on documentaries. She’s produced over 70 films, including 1998 Sundance premiere CLASSIFIED X with Melvin Van Peebles for ARTE and BET, 2002 Feature Documentary Academy Award winner Jean-Xavier Delestrade’s MURDER ON A SUNDAY MORNING for France 2, Channel 4 and HBO, James Redford and Maro Chermayeff’s KINDNESS OF STRANGERS about organ transplant for HBO, 2005 Europa Prize and Hot Docs Best Directing ORIGIN OF AIDS, Werner Herzog’s WILD BLUE YONDER, Venice Mostra Fipresci prize winner. More recently, she produced several prime-time features and series for ARTE including LIVING UNIVERSE, SACRED SPACE and BIRTH OF SHOPPING. Christine is currently developing feature documentary MASHA directed by Giedre Zickyte, about the recent discovery of a Russian woman street photographer’s lost archive.
Joëlle Alexis /BE/
Editor – ONLINE
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 ‘Speer goes to Hollywood’ (Berlinale 2020) ‘Leftover Women’ (Tribeca and Hotdocs 2019), ʻMuhi- Generally Temporaryʼ (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, Close Up, Doc Campus, EsoDoc and is part of the RoughCutService team of consultants.
Chris Wright /UK/
Chris Wright was born in the Northern English town of Bolton, studied in Cambridge and then at the film school in Babelsberg. Since the mid-90s, he’s lived in Berlin, working as an editor and documentary-maker. His credits include Thomas Heise’s “Heimat is a Space in Time”, which won awards around the world. He won the German Camera Prize in the category best feature-length editing for “Fighter”. He teaches the documentary course at the German Film and Television Academy (dffb) and works as editing consultant on documentaries and fiction films.
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. Last year, she currently worked as co-writer and editor on a documentary mini-series for Arte and PBS about the Tiananmen massacre. In recent years Audrey has been editing consultant for various documentaries in South Africa, a country in which she has tied links since 1997 and her involvement in the Step for the future project. She is also a member of Rough Cut Service.
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. Recently been Editing consultant on a Danish tv 2 fiction Series and has been supervising editing on Documentary films in Vienna, Torino and “on Line “ to projects in Rio and Zagreb. This is his second DOK Incubator workshop as editing Tutor.
Freddy Neumann /DK/
Marketing Strategist / Neumann 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 primarily on the cinema (feature- and documentary film) with a client’s portfolio mainly represented in the Danish and international film and entertainment industry.
Vesna Cudic /UK/
Marketing Strategist & Sales Agent & Executive Producer / Met Film – ONLINE
Vesna is the Head of Sales at MetFilm Sales, a London-based agency, specializing in sales of documentary features and series. Since joining MetFilm in 2017, Vesna has built a strong slate, which includes Sundance 2020 award-winner THE REASON I JUMP, and Sundance and Berlinale 2019 entry SHOOTING THE MAFIA. She has executive produced Netflix hit LAST BREATH, BBC Arts docs THE CHANGIN’ TIMES OF IKE WHITE and CAPTURING LEE MILLER, and Shosh Shlam & HIlla Medalia’s LEFTOVER WOMEN. As a filmmaker, Vesna trained at the NFTS and is the winner of RTS and multiple film festival awards. Her experience in the field of international distribution combined with her background in filmmaking, provides her with valuable tools for identifying the demands of the international marketplace, while working closely with the filmmakers. Prior to joining Met Film, Vesna headed the international sales arm of Dogwoof from its inception in 2011 until 2017.
Karolina Lidin /DK/
Senior Advisor Documentary / Nordisk Film & TV Fond
Karolina Lidin is a documentary consultant with 25+ years of experience on the international scene, currently engaged at Nordisk Film & TV Fond, and for 12 years at Sheffield Doc/Fest developing the successful MeetMarket concept. In addition, Karolina is involved in training schemes, developing projects with international potential, lately with Docs by the Sea, DocEdge Kolkata, Dhaka DocLab and DocsPort Incheon/DMZ. Karolina’s activities include moderating the IDFA FORUM and many other film festival & market events – in addition to panel & selection committees and tutoring worldwide.
Tutors for Czech filmmakers:
Vadim Jendreyko /CH/
Producer & Director / Mira Film
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.
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 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.
François Sculier /FR/
François 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.
Tutors for Slovak filmmakers:
Erik Winker /DE/
Producer / CORSO Film
Erik Winker has been working in the field of documentary for over 15 years. In 2008 he was the co-founder of HUPE Film in Cologne/Germany. The company has been responsible for successful films such as ´Searching Eva´ by Pia Hellenthal (Berlinale Panorama, Special Mention CPH:DOX, HOT DOCS, Docfest Sheffield and many more), ʻWork Hard Play Hardʼ by Carmen Losmann (FIPRESCI Prize DOK Leipzig, Grimme Award beyond others, big number of festivals worldwide), ʻDancing with Belliesʼ by Carolin Genreith (Official selection Berlinale), ʻFighterʼ by Susanne Binninger (preselected for the German Film Award, German Camera Prize) or ʻHappyʼ by Carolin Genreith (Best Documentary Film Festival Bozen, preselected for the German Film Award, German Critic´s Award) and international co-productions like ʻ15 Corners of the Worldʼ by Zuzanna Solakiewicz (Award of the Semaine le la Critique Locarno, Int. Competition DOK Leipzig), ʻA Woman Capturedʼ by Bernadett Tuza-Ritter (Sundance, IDFA, Hot Docs, Sheffield and many more, nominated for the European Film Awards, Best Documentary Linz, Best Documentary Boston, Hungarian Film Award) or `Aida´s Secrets´ by Alon Schwarz (HOT DOCS, Audience Award Doc Aviv). Since summer 2016 the company is running under the new name CORSO Film, since 2017 with a second office in Stuttgart / South-Germany. Erik is teaching regularly at film schools and international workshops, is a former chairman of the filmmaker´s association Filmbüro NW and member of the German Film Academy.
Pernille Bech Christensen /DK/
Editor & Executive Producer
Pernille Bech Christensen graduated from the National Danish Film School´s Editing department in 1987, and has worked since 1987 as an editor on both feature film and documentaries. 2011-2014 P.B.C. was appointed Commission Editor on the board for commercial feature film at the National Danish Film Institute. Since 2015 Pernille Bech Christensen has been working as Executive Producer in the fiction department at the national broadcaster TV 2 Denmark where P.B.C. develops fiction-series . Since 2016 a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures. Since 2018 studying a Diploma degree in Cultural Leadership. P.B.C. is an international editing consultant in both documentary and feature film and is also working as script consultant in Denmark and Scandinavia. P.B.C teaches regularly at The National Danish Film School and has on several occasions been a guest teacher at the Norwiegen Film School . P.B.C. has during her career been nominated and won several prizes, including the Danish Academy Award for editing 2003 and the Television Award “Editor of the year” 2005. She has been Susanne Bier’s editor from 1987 til 2015, including the feature film ‘After the Wedding’, nominated for an Oscar in the Foreign Language Category in 2007, and ‘In a Better World’ winner of 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.
Arash T. Riahi /AT/
Producer & Director / Golden Girls Filmproduktion
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.
Jacqueline Nsiah /DE/
Programmer / Berlinale
Jacqueline Nsiah is a freelance film festival and arts & culture consultant. Her twelve years’ experience of working with film festivals across the world in various capacities, includes the positions as Co-director for the Cambridge African Film Festival in 2008, Producer of the Real Life Documentary Film Festival in Accra, Assistant Producer of the Rio International Film Festival and Guest Manager in the Panorama Section of the Berlinale. Other past positions include Co-director and Curator of the African film festival, UHURU, in Rio de Janeiro, Programmer for Film Africa London and Programme Director at the Africa Film Society, Ghana. Nsiah works as a project manager on an African industry film platform for the Goethe Institut, cinidb.africa, is on the advisory board for screenworlds.org and a curator for the section Forum-Berlinale. She holds a MA in Visual and Media Anthropology from the Free University in Berlin and a BA in African Studies and Politics from SOAS. Jacqueline Nsiah has recently published her MA final thesis titled “Returning From Exile”, a research project on the return of Ghanaian diaspora to Ghana.
Marie Ørbæk Christensen /DK/
Programmer / CPH:DOX
Together with her team Marie Ørbæk Christensen launched the new online media platform Everyday in 2015. Everyday is an interactive video platform and learning site created by CPH:DOX, focusing on ordinary people’s extraordinary stories and challenging users to create artistic videos and tell personal stories through the cameras they carry right in their pocket. Marie is in charge of education, workshops and partnerships as well as Everyday’s activities related to CPH:DOX. Marie has a background in literature, film and cultural studies and worked with collaborations between formal education and creative institutions, before joining CPH:DOX in 2014.
Madeline Robert /FR/
Programmer / Visions du Réel – ONLINE
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).
Marie Kloos /DE/
Programmer / DOK Leipzig
Marie is a member of DOK Leipzig’s selection committee, specialising in international feature length films. For over 60 years, the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film has been showing films from around the world. It focuses on the values of peace, tolerance, human dignity and freedom of expression, along with a strong, individual artistic signature of the filmmakers. Marie has been organising and programming for film festivals and cinemas since 2014. Previous experiences include the Berlinale Forum, where she was a programme consultant, and the Marrakech International Film Festival, where she was the programming coordinator. She studied in Berlin, Paris and Montreal and holds an MA in philosophy.
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.
Tomáš Poštulka /CZ/
Programmer / One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
Born in Olomouc, Czech Republic, Tomáš Poštulka studied at Palacký University and did his masters in Film and Media studies in 2020. In cooperation with MFDF Ji.hlava, he was a regular contributor for DOK.revue documentary web site. At his home university, he was a part of research team in two academical projects, one devoted to Jan Švankmajer, second to the structure of czech film industry in the years 2018 and 2019. Since 2016 he has worked for the festival Academia Film Olomouc, currently as the assistant of communication. He was responsible for the textual identity of Pastiche Filmz film club in Olomouc. In the years 2018 and 2019 he spent seven months at Goethe Universität in Frankfurt am Main. In 2020, he started to work as a programmer and outreach coordinator for One World film festival.
Harry Vaughn /US/
Programmer / Sundance Film Festival – ONLINE
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.
Joost Daamen /NL/
Programmer / IDFA – ONLINE
Daamen is the Senior Programmer of IDFA, Netherlands. Over the past thirty two 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 – the FORUM, Europe’s largest pitching FORUM and gathering of commissioning editors and independent producers. Docs for Sale (online), a market backed up by an extensive database and catalogue, and IDFA Bertha Fund, formerly known as the Jan Vrijman Fund, supports documentary filmmakers and festivals in developing countries. IDFA is the world’s leading institution dedicated to the art and industry of documentary film and new media. With its fund and filmmaker training programs, IDFA supports filmmakers and connects them across continents, genders and generations. IDFA festival offers a trend-setting film and new media program that gets 295,000 visits and brings together +3000 professionals. IDFA’s Markets, the Forum and Docs for Sale are the reference business events that documentary film professionals never miss.
Shane Smith /CAD/
Director of Programming / Hot Docs – ONLINE
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.
Maëlle Guenegues /FR/
Sales Agent / CAT&Docs
After collaborating with different festivals in France (Les Rencontres du Cinéma, Sunny Side of the Doc, FIPA…), Maëlle started working in International distribution with Point du Jour International and Doc&Co (now Doc & Film International). She joined Catherine Le Clef in 2009 to set up CAT&Docs. CAT &Docs is dedicated to the 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. Our catalogue include: ’Bitter Love’, ’Only the Devil Lives without Hope’, ‘Wake Up on Mars’, ‘The Earth is Blue as an Orange’, ’Overseas’, ’Transnistra’, ‘The Good Postman’, ‘La Chana’, ‘Stranger in Paradise’, ‘Houston, We Have a Problem!’, ‘Cameraperson’, ’Sonita’, ‘CITIZENFOUR’, ‘My Love Don‘t Cross That River’, ‘Of Men and War’…
Sales Agent / Deckert Distribution GmbH
Liselot graduated with a degree in film production from the Dutch Film Academy in 2007. She has more than 10 years experience in the audiovisual sector, first working for a few years in production before moving to film festivals. Amongst other postings, she was a festival and market producer at the IDFA Forum and Cinekid for professionals, two of Amsterdam’s most preeminent cultural events. In 2013 she began working in documentary sales, first for the sales arm of NPO sales and then for Autlook Filmsales. She currently handles sales and acquisitions for Deckert Distribution. Parallel to this, in 2018 she co-founded Dox Consulting, offering bespoke consulting and tutoring services for a variety of clients. Liselot is based in Amsterdam.
Stephanie Fuchs /DE/
Sales Agent / Autlook Filmsales
Stephanie is the Festival Manager at Autlook Filmsales, one of the leading sales agents for feature documentaries and doc series, including Academy-nominated For Sama, Sundance-awarded Acasa, My Home, The Painter And The Thief, Midnight Family and Academy-nominated Of Fathers And Sons. She is in charge of Festival strategies, coordination of all international festivals and single bookings. She also offers her expertise as a consultant and panelist and had been part of several juries. Stephanie studied computer science and has been working in the creative industries since 2012. She joined Autlook Filmsales in 2014.
Rita Balogh /HU/
Festival Director / BIDF
Rita Balogh is a producer, a documentary filmmaker and the co-founder Budapest International Documentary Festival. BIDF (www.bidf.hu) is the highest ranked platform in Hungary for discussions around critically acclaimed documentaries from across the world, an international competition festival without thematic restriction. Founded in 2014 with important international professional encouragement, today BIDF has a stable position with a country-wide network and a constantly broadening profile including activities such as year-round screenings, VOD distribution, Story Bridge Budapest: story-market or filmmakers, etc.(www.bidf.hu).
Hanka Kastelicová /CZ/
Commissioning Editor / HBO Europe – ONLINE
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 filmmaker, she has lectured on documentary filmmaking. She has also served as a moderator and participant on numerous industry panels and other documentary events.
Alex Szalat /FR/
Director / 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, A. Szalat 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 A. Szalat was commissioning editor for the Geopolitical Europe and Society department of Arte France, and from 2008, he heads the Current affair, Social issues and geopolitical department. Since September 2011, he is Deputy Director of the Society and Culture department of Arte France.