3rd workshop session 2017

18th – 25th September, Nordisk Panorama (Ystad, Malmö, SE)


dsc_1155The third session is dedicated to preparing the participating teams for the official presentation of their projects within the industry.

We start with individual editing meetings in order to finalize the trailers/pilots to be presented. The workshop program is focused on the preparation of the pitching presentation – speech structuring, five-minute clip selection, trailer feedback. The participants have individual meetings to train their presentation skills and detailed introduction of the project.

The informal pitching itself is composed as an exclusive event, organized by Nordisk Panorama, with personally invited key decision makers, festival selectors, commissioning editors, sale agents and distributors. Each participating team gets ten minutes to introduce the project, and screen the trailer and a short excerpt of the film. The preview is followed by a networking lunch with matchmaking with the invited industry guests.


By the end of the workshop, the participants summarize their results and plans for the future and get feedback on their ambitions and opportunities. Although the workshop itself is over at that moment, we keep in touch with our participants, aiming to support them, using our contacts and networks with the film international release experts and sales agents. We continue to widely promote all workshop projects in the following year.

CONFIRMED TUTORS FOR THE  3rd dok.incubator SESSION 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.

Freddy Neumann /DK/
Neumann PR & Strategic Communication
Freddy Neumann_OKFounder 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.


Peter Kerekes /SK/
Director, producer, script writer
Peter studied film directing at the Academy of Performing Arts (VŠMU) in Bratislava in the years 1991 – 1998. He ended up teaching the same subject at the same institution, where he founded the feature and documentary film studio together with Dušan Hanáko. Although he originally wanted to make feature films and managed to reach for the university degree, he fell for documentary storytelling ever since his first documentary about the Slovakian poet Erik Groch. His feature documentary ‘Cooking History’ (produced by Austrian director and producer Georg Misch) won awards at many international festivals, such as Hot Docs and DOK Leipzig, and was even nominated for the renowned Prix Arte 2009 European Film Award. His latest film ‘Velvet Terrorists’ also offers a somewhat different perspective on history. It tells the story of three men who made an attempt to crush the communist regime in Czechoslovakia, with varying degrees of success. Based on the idea that what is a terrorist regime to one person may be a just political system to another, the film also looks at how the discourse on terrorism changes with the political context. ‘Velvet Terrorists’ is a Slovakian-Czech-Croatian co-production and was co-directed by Palo Pekarcik and Ivan Ostrochovsky.

Grant Keir /UK/
Film/TV Producer and Consultant
Grant Keir develops and produces feature films, TV dramas, documentaries and cross platform projects with a range of national and international partners. He obtained a degree in Geography from University College London and started in TV in the mid-80s as a researcher at ITN. Grant has produced films and TV programmes on four continents and attends all the major film markets and festivals. He has an extensive network of national and international contacts in the film and TV world.  Grant was an active member of the Sheffield Docfest Board and is a graduate of the European Audio Visual Entrepreneurs (EAVE) professional producer training course.  He specialised in coaching creative start-up entrepreneurs in how to pitch to decision-makers more effectively, and worked for national clients such as NESTA, Channel4Talent and Skillset.  Grant has written, developed and produced award winning short films and many hours of documentaries for Faction North Ltd. He now lives in Edinburgh where he loves music and enjoys the Arts, cycling, and cooking Thai food.

Sigrid Dyekjær /DK/
Producer – Danish Documentary
Sigrid DyekjaerSigrid 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.



Thomas Ernst /DE/
Thomas Ernst is a film editor, story editor and author. He has been involved in fictional productions, documentaries, music videos, short films, and also in the animated series ” Mr. Bean “. Feature documentaries like “Invisible Strings”, “Overdose”, “Stream Of Love” and “ULTRA” are on his long credit list. The film “Drifter” won the “First Appearance Award” at IDFA 2014. He was awarded the German Kamerapreis for Best Editing 2015 for his editing of the film “The Queen of Silence”. The feature documentary “The Pearl of Africa” can be found on NETFLIX. “Drifter” (2015) and “ULTRA” (2017) have both been selected for the European Film Academy award. He also works as a consultant and lecturer at international workshops.

Morten Højbjerg /DK/
Morten Højbjerg was born on October 31st, 1975 in Denmark and graduated from The Danish Film School in 2003. He is known for his work on ‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. I.’ (2013) and ‘Melancholia’ (2011). He was awarded with the prize for best editing at Woodstock Film Festival (2014) and Robert Festival (2015), and was nominated for Best Editing at Guldbagge Awards (2017). Morten has edited almost 30 feature films, over 30 trailers and several hundred commercials.

Nino Kirtadze /GE, FR/
Director, Scriptwriter, Actress
European Film Academy-award-winning director Nino Kirtadze was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. She is one of the few Georgian directors who made her cinematic debut in France and quickly established herself as one of the best documentary directors worldwide. She focuses on controversial subjects, placing the accent on human drama and creating deep insightful human portraits. Her films have won international acclaim and numerous prestigious prizes at festivals worldwide, including Best Director Prize at Sundance for ‘Durakovo – Village of Fools’, the European Film Academy award for ‘Pipeline Next Door’, Germany’s top documentary award, the Adolf Grimme Gold, for ‘Chechen Lullaby’ and the Cinema du Réel award for ‘Tell My Friends That I’m Dead’. Her films have been presented at top world festivals, including Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, IDFA and RIDM. Nino Kirtadze is also a scriptwriter and actress. During the troubled years in the Caucasus in 1990s she also worked as a war correspondent for the AFP and for the AP, covering the war in Chechnya and other armed conflicts in the region. Since 1997, Nino Kirtadze has been living in France and working with Peter Brook, Ben Gazzara, Vittorio Gassman, Jean-Pierre Ameris and Claude Goretta. She works on a regular basis with different national and international organisations and film schools as a consultant, jury member, lecturer and tutor.

Her last film ‘Don’t breathe’ which was premiered in Toronto IFF 2014 extends the borders of documentary and places this dark comedy between fiction and documentary. She is currently working on her new film focused on the incredible story of the Nobel Prize winning novel ‘Doctor Zhivago’ and its transformation into a cold war missile. She underlines in her film the tragic story of the novel’s author, Boris Pasternak, as he desperately tries to publish the forbidden book and is prepared to give his life for it.

Marion Tuor (DK, DE)
Marion Tuor studied Film Editing at the National Film School of Denmark. Since 2007, she has worked as a freelance editor, focusing on ambitious documentaries. Examples of award-winning documentaries she has worked on: ‘At Home in the World’ by Andreas Koefoed (winner of the IDFA Award for the Best Mid-Length Documentary), ‘Free the Mind’ directed by Phie Ambo and produced by Sigrid Dyekjær, ‘Ballroom Dancer’ by Andreas Koefoed & Christian Bonke (Special Jury Mention at the Tribeca Film Festival).


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.